'American Gods' premieres Sunday on Starz and stars Ian McShane as an ancient god hoping to recalibrate belief in present-day America - From NJ.com
Wednesday is a one-eyed grifter with the gift of gab who needs some protection as he travels the backroads of America rounding up similarly dissipated deities.
The narrative is punctuated with elaborate, imaginatively staged and shockingly raw set pieces about the newcomers who brought their gods to these lands, from the Vikings to Africans slaves to Muslims from the present-day Middle East.
Nancy, a dandy in a purple plaid suit who appears on a slave ship to deliver a jazz-backed exhortation to an admittedly doomed rebellion.) The opulently bloody aesthetic Fuller brought to "Hannibal" is juiced up here with kinky sex (hey, it's pay cable!), cosmic jokes (literally; Shadow Moon's late pal Robbie, played by Dane Cook, floats naked and erect somewhere in the Milky Way as "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" plays) and clever visuals, including the introduction of Gillian Anderson's Media, one of the new gods, as Lucille Ball in an "I Love Lucy" rerun playing on a TV in a big box store.
"American Gods" is a bit too packed with these intriguing jaunts, and the narrative sometimes feels like it will run out of gas long before reaching its destination.
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