Starz’s “American Gods” is another television adaptation based on a highly successful popular novel written by Neil Gaiman's. The eight episodes first season was aired on Starz app on April 30, 2017, and will be soon available on Amazon Prime. The first episode named "The Bone Orchard" was Directed by David Slade and written by Bryan Fuller & Michael Green.

Slick adaptation of the book

Joining a long line of TV shows which is inspired by the book, Starz’s “American God” joins its counterparts like HBO which is airing “Game of Thrones” or Hulu’s “Handmaid Tale.”

It is almost 16 years since the novel of the same name was published, the adaptation could not have come at a better time.

It is neither late nor early, and the book has been brilliantly adapted by Michael Green and Hannibal fame Bryan Fuller to showcase towering Gods in present day context.

The plot line of the latest TV serial inspired by the book by Neil Gaiman's is slick and engrossing. What if the Gods on which we have tremendous faith come to live among us and face the demi-gods of the 21st century like politicians, media moguls, and even managers?

The makers try to make the story line clear but the plot is not difficult to comprehend. We have Vikings battling it out on an ancient beach, and then the closing scene is a modern and futuristic city.

The link is pretty obvious.

The demography of the free world has been changing for centuries, and people from all over the globe have been moving to be a part of the great American dream. Along with them, they have brought their beliefs and Gods. However, their faith in these gods has been waning with the onslaught of technology and capitalism.


Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is a convict serving a long sentence finds his conviction forgiven after the tragic death of his friend and wife in an accident. Finding no job, he agrees to become the bodyguard of a conman, the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who is the incarnation of the Nordic God Odin.

The story takes off from here as the screen erupts into bloodshed, sex and storms and the scenes pans centuries across arid lands, rooftops, sleazy nightclubs, and garnish casino floors.

Not for the faint hearted

The scenes are gory and not for the faint hearted, especially the scenes where the Vikings who are unable to return to their homeland because of unfavorable winds, try to get the attention of their God, the one-eyed Odin.

It includes fire, bloodshed, voluntary binding and finally a massive beachside battle. There is also a gut-wrenching scene where a severed hand is holding a sword sails through the air before falling and piercing another person’s throat.