Review: American Gods Season 2
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Official plot: A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past. (source)
Starring: Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Pablo Schreiber, Ian McShane, Orlando Jones
Created by: Bryan Fuller and Michael Green
Season 2 release date: 10th March 2019 on Amazon Prime
Cinematic shots, other-worldly sequences and a character-driven story: season 2 of American Gods was strong and faithful to its prior season despite the change in show-runners.
Some viewers may grow frustrated at the cryptic style of the show, this season hatched another load of questions which along with those spawned in season 1, have not yet been answered. However the beauty and the strength of American Gods is its character-driven nature. If we can accept that this series has been produced as a slow-burner type of escapism I think we might enjoy it even more. Each episode must be appreciated as a piece of a very large and mystical puzzle. The major plot may still be a mystery, however each episode has a strong structure and it’s hard not to lose yourself in its allure.
The premise of a battle for power between Old Gods and New Gods, who were created by the thoughts and beliefs of the masses, is fascinating in itself but the series doesn’t rely on this one story-telling pillar to be successful. It relies on the strength of its characters. These characters are powerful yet complicated, problematic, difficult, and often unlikable. This is a recipe for success in my books: they have my full and unwavering attention. Not only because of their realistic personal attributes but also due to the fact that the series has continuously unraveled defining moments of each of the characters’ pasts. The many flashback sequences build upon this strong foundation of the show: the fictional beings who are driving this story forward. Without them or this insight into their origins, powers, beliefs and values, the strength of the series and its impressive plot will falter. We need to understand who these Gods are in order to navigate the mighty story-lines that will (hopefully) follow in the future. Season 2 focused more on the New Gods such a Tech Boy and New Media who as you can imagine, have a lot of power at their disposal.
Season 2 of American Gods suffered from a loss of momentum due to major behind-the-scenes changes, however it was a very promising and satisfying season in a supposed 6 season arc, though it must be appreciated as another world-building season. As Neil Gaiman said: “I think we’d all rather have it good than have it quicker”.
American Gods must be celebrated for its social commentary and its ability to transport the viewer into such a seducing, entrancing world. Season 3 has been confirmed and I cannot wait.
What did you think of this season?