Several unusual television shows have been released the last few years — among them “American Gods.”
Scripted as a new form of American mythology, this series is based on a best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman, perhaps best known for “Star Dust.”
The series is filmed with a dark, rich color scheme. Symbolism is used quite heavily, sometimes in ways that aren’t immediately apparent.
“American Gods” will keep viewers guessing what the actual endgame is, until they see it in the last episode of the first season.
When an episode begins, you aren’t really prepared for where it will end up — there are very few straight lines within the story lines. But the twists and turns are more apparent upon a second viewing.
I have watched the first episode twice and can see so much foreshadowing now that it seems absurd that I didn’t see those elements the first time I watched it.
Fair warning: This series is rated MA — and believe me, it is an accurate rating.
There is nudity, sex, violence, foul language and a whole host of other elements that should keep any little eyes from watching this.
The story revolves around — or seems to — a man named Shadow Moon. Moon is portrayed by Ricky Whittle, a relatively unknown actor from the U.K.
Some of the other cast members include standouts such as Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber and Kristin Chenoweth.
Two actors I’ve found particularly captivating are Crispin Glover and Gillian Anderson.
Glover is known for taking on unusual roles, including in the “Back to the Future” trilogy, in “Willard” and as the Knave of Hearts in the new “Alice in Wonderland.”
In “American Gods,” he plays Mr. World — who seems to run the show. Or does he? The question still lingers.
Anderson, perhaps best known for her role as Dana Scully on “The X-Files,” makes a huge impact as Media.
The first few times you see her, she’s in costume, disguised as different celebrities.
It’s possible that you’ve seen pictures of her dressed as Lucille Ball or David Bowie. Somehow, she looks just like both of them.
Overall, I have to say “American Gods” is well worth the time investment. Here’s hoping the second season comes soon!