am i the only one who kept up with this in the end? having never read neil g i had no idea what to expect going into this and having just finished the last episode my mind is pretty much made up - new favourite series. really colourful and interesting. thought it managed to deal with a tangled, complicated story pretty well for the most part, bar the odd unavoidable-because-necessary bit of looping back and forth.
i thought it was well done how shadow serves as the audience avatar, confused as fuck initially before gradually being won round by this world of magic and wonder. we learn in step with him, which i think is a very smart move. i’m really into my mythology and stuff anyway so once i realised the writers had actually done their homework and were faithful to the folklore and had their god characters behaving within that framework then i really started to appreciate it. when anansi showed up i held my breath cos i was like, oo this is a bit of a risk innit, but that scene is now one of my favourite tv moments ever:
“Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, a man got fucked. Now how’s that for a story? ‘Cause that’s the story of black people in America.”
orlando jones knocked that fucker out of the park. thought the jazz suited that scene too, although for some reason i thought the flamenco guitars in that scene with the mexican immigrants came off as a bit…shit and problematic.
mcshane can do no wrong can he. gill anderson is awesome in this too. totally nailed lucille, bowie, and marilyn. and crispin glover has a great mix of creepiness and charm.