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American Gods (series on Starz)

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I saw the first episode and was impressed with it. I have not read the book, so can't comment on accuracy, but the author is the exec producer.

 

The notion that the gods mingle with mortals is common in the non-Judeo/Christian religions. Odin (or Woden, from whom we name the day of the week Wednesday, Woden's Day) would appear like an old man on a path to test mortals in how they react to his behaviors. And he liked to fuck. So did Zeus and Poseidon, etc. This basically starts with that concept, that the gods still mingle with mortals both for private, lustful, ego worship motives and to shape the lives of people and nations, introduces a few such deities and the mortals they choose. And the gods like to mess with each other and the mortals are played like pawns. But mortal choice is always regarded as important.

 

I just began the 2nd episode, but found that I had to figure out how to turn on closed captioning because I can't always understand important points of dialogue.

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I'm really enjoying this show. The last one was very interesting from the point of view of someone who was raised a believer but figured out it was baloney. But she is fairly dead inside, no real love, no joy, no anything, just living until she dies. Then shit hits the fan, and she is forcibly put on a road encountering things way outside of her previous views. I'm curious to see where they take this. It was also a very funny episode towards the end.

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Ok, you convinced me to give it a try. I've never liked anything on Starz that I can recall and I thought it was a superhero show, so avoided it. 

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Neil Gaiman is very familiar with the various myths, and crafts the gods of many lands into characters for his stories. They have mentioned Jesus (the white Jesus, the black Jesus, the Indian Jesus, etc), and Odin said something like "They need a lot of him to go around". They have powers, but seem limited, they squabble and mess with each other. I assume that his own views will color how the story plays out, though some writers say that their characters take on a life of their own and stories can go in directions they didn't consciously predict or plan.

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