By Erin Glines
Fresh out of prison and all alone in the world, Shadow Moon is a man who just wants to be left alone, but the gods are at war… and they have other plans.
Fans of author Neil Gaiman are thrilled by the news that his best-selling novel, American Gods, is finally being adapted by Starz for TV. With 8 episodes set to premier on April 30th, this thematically rich, contemporary fantasy has an all-star cast with names such as Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Ian McShane (Wednesday), Kristen Chenoweth (Easter), Crispin Glover (Mr. World), and Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy).
American Gods stands apart in a world of formulaic plots and stale characters. With unique players like a towering leprechaun, a blood thirsty, hammer-wielding god, and an enigmatic white buffalo, viewers will be hard pressed to guess what could possibly be coming next. Yet, while fantastic characters and unpredictable storylines are prevalent, underneath it all there is a fundamental theme that focuses on what it means to be an immigrant to this country, new or old, and how different cultures have clashed and blended into an entirely new identity.
Swept up into a metaphysical conflict, Shadow Moon will crisscross the country gathering support for the tired, fading gods of the old countries, against the new, powerful upstart deities of the modern age. Can he complete his task before the storm breaks and war is unleashed?