“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. The story continues…
Episode Five: “Lemon Scented You”
Mad Sweeney: “You are a fucking asshole, dead wife”
Cinematographer: Darran Tiernan
Directed by: Vincenzo Natali
Once again after missing a week the show starts with a short episodic “Coming to America” vignette, this time it’s a story about Nunymunnini, an ancient Mammoth god of some of the first Americans ever. Belief again is so strong that if people forget about the Gods, no matter how powerful they are, they will cease to be. Once again there can be no coincidence that the new Gods are very media and technology based whilst the old Gods are linear as well as primitive. The fate of Nunymunnini is worse than death, she may as well have never existed in the minds of her followers.
New director, the highly underrated Vincenzo Natali brings some new life to the show, particularly the opening that is fully animated, not unlike a child’s story, but so much more. Natali is no stranger to myths and monsters he has created two of his own in his cinematic outings, “Cube” (1997) and “Splice” (2009), he is not afraid to embrace the strange as well as the mythic so I find his direction extremely welcome, I just wish he would direct more of these episodes.
I find myself thinking of the revolutions that the music industry went through and now the film industry has to embrace, with the new internet Gods, but like Mr. Wednesday they are fighting it – they need to believe in the new and forget the old.
This episode quickly ends the sequence of Shadow and his newly revived wife to shift to a police interrogation about the bank robbery from Episode Four. Here we see Mr. Wednesday confessing exactly what he’s been up to in the previous few episodes as well as a hint as to what is to come.
We also get to see, once again, New Gods, Media (Gillian Anderson), Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) and the newly introduced Mr. World (Crispin Glover) as they meet to discuss their own issues about the old Gods.
The new Gods, sorry I mean the internet were all enamoured with Anderson’s Bowie as well as a Marilyn Monroe who can seemingly power herself up whenever she wants. Not only that we see Mad Sweeny and the newly incarnated Mrs Moon go at it over a coin, I will not spoil what happens but it is very cool, just like the show. Its great to see Crispin Glover who steals the entire episode as a God among Gods who forces Technical Boy to apologise for ‘lynching’ Shadow, the an offer Mr. Wednesday can’t refuse or can he.
Episode five is now available on Amazon Streaming.