NOTeil Gaiman is not entirely satisfied with the first two seasons of American gods, Starz’s adaptation of his beloved 2001 travel novel. It praises the original showrunners in hyper-stylized visual language that Bryan Fuller and Michael Green created in its first season (the only one Fuller and Green direct before leaving the series). And he’s effusive about the show’s “fabulous” cast, led by Ian McShane as Norse god in disguise Mr. Wednesday and Ricky Whittle as Shadow, the widower and ex-convict Wednesday hired as bodyguard during of his journey across America to rally the old gods against the new.
But the famous fantasy writer is as outspoken about where the rest of the show stumbled in his eyes as he is about where he got it.
This first season “had a story that when it worked, it was breathtaking,” Gaiman tells the Daily Beast. “And when it didn’t work, it was like The twilight zone or something like that, where you go and have a new adventure every week in a different city or whatever. It didn’t look like a whole. He started to feel unsure of how far the series was moving away from its source material, which centered Shadow’s point of view. The series, on the other hand, focused on the warring deities themselves and Shadow’s not-quite-dead woman Laura Moon (played with foul taste by Emily Browning).
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