Published: Tue, May 02, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

'American Gods': Bringing the 'Geektastic' Bilquis Scene to Life

'American Gods': Bringing the 'Geektastic' Bilquis Scene to Life

While Bryan Fuller and Michael Green's adaptation made a few slight deviations from Neil Gaiman's novel to better fit a TV show narrative, much of the series premiere was pretty faithful to the book - up until the final ten minutes or so.

Even in a show about Gods, a name like The All-Father still carries a great deal of weight to it, but who is The All-Father in American Gods and what can fans of Starz's latest series expect from this seemingly powerful figure? But it's safe to say that the series is indeed the novel brought to life. The leader proceeds to stab each of his companions' eye out in an attempt to draw the attention of the wind in order to manipulate it to leave the island.

The attractive Bilquis, one of the elder gods, yearns for the worship and connection of years passed. How do you film a god who's simultaneously an elderly African man and a tarantula? He slowly approaches a woman in her 30s sitting at the bar, wrapped in an an air of confidence.

After being released, he has trouble getting an earlier flight home and ends up waiting in the airport overnight. Shadow, who seems like the flawless choice to be convincing the Old Gods to fight against the New Gods due to his cold-bloodedness after serving time in prison and being released only to discover that his wife has died, is courted by Mr. Wednesday to help save the nation made up of different immigrant experiences. Are you ready to follow Mr. Wednesday into war?

But the two most important introductions were to the curiously named Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday, an ex-con and an old-world god. The plane has to make an emergency landing, so Shadow rents a auto for the rest of his journey home. The goddess demands worship from her lover, and proceeds to absorb him. [With acting] I say I'm very tactile, but I mean all the senses.

Perhaps it's my misinterpretation, but when Gaiman writes "it seems to him that he is hanging", I always envisioned Bilquis's client literally dangling between her legs. Shadow is dressed in crisp black and white, indicating he sees clear lines of right and wrong, real and not real, while Wednesday, whose morals and worldview seem to change faster than Mad Sweeney can down a Southern Comfort and Coke, wears grey. Fans of the 2001 Neil Gaiman novel may remember the moment a sex scene involving this goddess of love transforms into something altogether more provocative, and it's now been translated to the screen in jaw-dropping style. He learns that his best friend Robbie was also killed in the same vehicle accident.

Low Key Lyesmith (Jonathan Tucker), Shadow's confidante, pontificates, "This country went to hell when they stopped hangin' folks". After a bloody run in with Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber), an unusually tall leprechaun and a freaky abduction by Technology Boy (Bruce Langley), Shadow suddenly realises not all is as it seems. The job that Shadow has begrudgingly agreed to accept is that of a glorified bodyguard and escort, all while the Leprechaun shoots darts in the background.

Shadow wakes up in the back of Mr. Wednesday's auto with a coin and a hangover on the way to his wife's funeral. His wife and his best friend were having an affair when they died together in a blowjob-related auto accident, and his best friend's wife, Audrey, wants revenge. Wednesday offers Shadow a job that he doesn't want to take, and Shadow asks for information about his friend, Robbie (Dane Cook), that he doesn't want to hear. Then the faceless gang beats him up and ejects him.

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