Starz’ s American Gods Season 2 has lost its way in over detailing and delaying the expected climax we all have been waiting for from the end of season 1.
The second season follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) , an ex-convict who is a helpful man and bodyguard or rather the protector for Mr. Wednesday(Ian McShane) , an Old God who is in the middle of a war between the Old Gods, the gods from antiquated mythology, and the New Gods, the gods of society, technology, and globalization. It tries to show different elements that are going to play an important role in the upcoming fight which all ends up giving us an disappointing end to the second season. American Gods first season was known for its weird enigma and unique storytelling but in the second season, the fight between the producers affected the progress of the show. Too much ‘predictable’ detailing on things that aren’t going to matter much in the show makes this season simply boring. There is a battle on hold but it doesn’t even start at the final episode of the second season.
If I had to give a one-line review about the second season then it will be “ Too many cooks spoil the broth.” There is a large number of characters but none of them are used in an effective way. There is no character base given about Mama-Ji (Shakina Jaffrey) the Hindu goddess Kali Maa who is serving burgers and fries in a restaurant. It could have been a unique and dangerous character but it was wasted over pleasing customers through catering. Bilquis (Yetide Badaki) attitude and objective is suddenly changed in the second season. Too much time is invested in trying to find a way to revive the dead girl without the lucky coin I.e. Laura Moon (Emily Browning) rather than investing it on showing the past-life of Mr. Wednesday and other gods before the war. Shadow Moon is still very confused and he still blindly follows Wednesday without knowing the proper purpose. A man following a god, getting beaten up for him still being faithful to him is very hard to believe as if Shadow doesn’t have any moral ambiguity. Everything is just being touched and not being explained to us in an accurate way. Probably they are saving it for the future but at least they should make the present scenario interesting enough that we are ready to wait for the future.
The season still has brilliant dialogues like “ You deadbolt with reinforced steel because you fear thy neighbor. Fear is order, fear is control, fear is safety, fear is fiction.” and some flashback scenes have been brilliantly shot like the leprechaun fight. Some tracks are good others are just a bad choice. Even after considering Mr. Wednesday’s character Ian McShane looks way too proud on the screen. Ricky Whittle and Emily Browning were just normal and so was the whole cast of this season.
As most of us know that season 1 showrunners Bryan Fuller and Micheal Green left the series due to monetary and creative differences with Fremantle Media. The show was given in the hands of Neil Gaiman , the author of the novel on which the show is based. But due to his busy schedule with Prime's Good Omens, he gave the major plot to Alexander and told him to manage it which eventually led to a confusing continuation of the first season.
Acting - 2 / 5.
Direction - 2 / 5.
Script - 2.5 / 5.
Cinematography - 3 / 5.
Music - 2 / 5.
FINAL VERDICT - 2 / 5.
Overall, this season is quite boring and isn’t able to fulfill the expectations we had for this season.
Somehow finish it and pray that season 3 doesn’t disappoint.