“American Gods” (2017)
Produced by: Bryan Fuller and Michael Green
Featuring: Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, Pablo Schreiber and Ian McShane
The series focuses on Shadow Moon, a man serving three years in prison. With only days remaining in his sentence, Shadow is given an unexpected early release after his beloved wife Laura is killed. Shadow finds himself next to a man named Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job. Wednesday appears to be nothing but a con artist who needs Shadow as a bodyguard, but is in fact the god Odin. Wednesday is making his way across America, gathering all the old gods, who have now incorporated themselves into American life, to confront the New Gods, including Media and Technology, who grow stronger.
Episode Four: “Git Gone”
Cinematographer: Darran Tiernan
Directed by: Craig Zobel
This episode is the first one not directed by David Slade and so we have a new director in Craig Zobel as well as a new cinematographer in Darran Tiernan. As fate would have it this is also the episode that is the most different from the previous ones in the series – we do not have a coda as to an Old God and their orgin in arriving in America, and whilst I enjoy these and think they add a lot to the show, in this particular instance it makes sense to not include one.
As the previous episode ended we had Shadow arriving back to his hotel room and confronted by Laura, his now deceased wife with the greeting we have come to expect from her, “Hello Pappy”. Needless to say Shadow looked shocked in the extreme, the ‘WTF’ look was priceless.
This story of this episode was not part of the overall narrative and plot from was not included in the book, but I find it welcome here, not only to give depth to the character of Laura, but also to provide us with some kind of perspective as to why she was sleeping with Shadow’s best friend as well as being killed with his member in her mouth – yes literally.
What we see within this episode is something akin to what we have seen from Shadow’s point of view, that is belief. In this case it is Shadows belief in his marriage, and what he will do to keep it. On the other hand what we see from Laura is the absolute belief in nothing at all, it turns out Laura is a nihilist which in a television show called “American Gods” is not a wise thing to be. In fact when we see her die she is faced with someone we have already met, Anubis – I am not going to spoil what happens but from that point on the show reveals much about what has gone on before, but has remained a mystery to Shadow and us the viewer.
The look of this episode is very different from the previous three episodes which fits perfectly well with the new team behind the camera, in fact Shadow look the most different and it is fitting with this new look that he sports from Laura’s point of view that both of them made the correct choice in getting married. One wonders if there is more to Laura than meets the eye. Both Zobel and Tiernan are not experienced film makers but do have much experience in television and I think in this case it helps them to give us a look into a world that is small and personal, not the giant landscape we have seen in the first part of the show – it is actually quite a breath of fresh air.
As we know by now that this televion show has been playing its plot close to its vest so this one is exposition heavy but withut being preachy, in fact when Laura seems bored of her marriage she gives a longing look to her hot tub – I will not say why – but also when she dies there is a vision of that same hot tub with her branded fly spray ‘Git Gone’ – it is very telling.
Once again I recommend this highly and you should start watching if you are not already.
Episode two is now available on Amazon Streaming.