A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past.
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 Shadow Moon (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Laura Moon / ... (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Mr. World (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Technical Boy (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Bilquis (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Mad Sweeney (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Mr. Wednesday (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Media (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Mr. Ibis (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Anubis (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Salim (3 episodes, 2017)
Sonja Smits ...
 Laura's Mother (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Zorya Vechernyaya (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Mr. Nancy (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Audrey (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Czernobog (2 episodes, 2017)
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 The Jinn (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Jack (2 episodes, 2017)
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Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident. Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, he is greeted by a strange man in the seat next to him. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible. He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever be the same. Written by HarperTorch

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Disappointed
23 June 2017 | by (Northwest England) – See all my reviews

I loved this book. It's a rambling allegory of the cultures, hunger for power and the melting pot of everything that America is. There's pathos and humour, and a deep sense of the greater mysteries of life. Unfortunately, much of this was lost in the first episode. there's far too much, unnecessary gore a la Hannibal. That was fine for Hannibal, but distracts horribly from the underlying humanity of the book's story. The humour of the Techno Kid is completely lost in a departure from the book which ends instead - you guessed it - as a bloodfest lifted from Hannibal. What a turnoff. I would have said that in presenting this book, given the current craziness infesting American politics, it was actually pretty important to get it right, the effectiveness of TV in getting a message across should not be underestimated. So I feel this was a real let down. Another mess up was dragging out a totally gratuitous scene not in the book - Robbie's wife harassing Shadow over his dead wife's grave. It detracted from what could have been a poignant scene and I don't get why it was done this way. Yes, the American gods (who are actually from diverse cultures all over the world) and Odin himself are brutal, sexual creatures, much as the stories of them relate. But a little more subtlety, insight and recognising the strengths of the narrative, rather than the ego-driven need to 'improve' (which invariably fails to do so) was needed to make this complex book palatable on screen. Unfortunately it failed. Oh well. Fuller probably wasn't the producer for this.


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