Ask a fan of Bryan Fuller what they love about his work, and you’re bound to get a whole mess of different answers. After all, what does “Hannibal” have in common with “Pushing Daisies?” The answer is visual style; both shows are drenched in deliberate imagery, from the whimsical to the nightmarish. It’s no surprise then that the new “American Gods” trailer has imagery — and blood — by the bucketful.
— American Gods (@AmericanGodsSTZ) March 15, 2017
So far, we’ve gotten looks at Shadow (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) doing the kinds of things you’d expect from a TV show: sitting on planes, going to funerals, talking about stuff. In this new trailer, however, not only do we get to see and hear some other characters in action, the teaser bombards you with images and insanity. There’s still a fair bit of mysterious talking, but now we get looks at the weird worlds of “American Gods” — Shadow standing on a field of bones, a trip to the virtual world of the Technical Kid, a zombie who wouldn’t look out of place on “The Walking Dead,” a torrential downpour of blood, a viking ship…
It’s a lot to take in, and fan who are anticipating the series will probably watch this trailer a dozen times. The imagery is rich, and unlike anything Fuller has worked on before. This isn’t the operatic nightmare world of “Hannibal” or the Tim Burton-like technicolor fantasy of “Pushing Daisies.” “American Gods” looks like the exact middle point. There’s a sense of weariness, and a dash of science fiction. Fitting for a story about the gods of the old world fighting a war with concepts like technology and media.
“American Gods” screened it’s first episode at SXSW, and the buzz is building. The show recently released a series of still images highlighting the different characters. With the arrival of this trailer, we are in the final stretch of hype until the show finally premiers on Starz on April 30.
Debuting on the Starz network in 2017, “American Gods” is Bryan Fuller and Michael Green stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, Bruce Langley as Technical Boy, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis and Jonathan Tucker as Low Key Lyesmith.
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