“Come to Jesus” ends the first of American Gods an awkward and anticlimactic note. Creators and co-screenwriters Bryan Fuller and Michael Green seem to be aware of their perversity, cracking joke about it in the . Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) and Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) at the office of Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones), the present incarnation of the god Anansi, who’s tailoring suits for the leg of their . For a moment, it seems that we’ve dodged the obligation of sitting through a deity origin that typically opens each , until Mr. Nancy announces that he has a story, which Wednesday greets with comic frustration while nursing a tall whiskey. Wednesday is clearly speaking for the audience here, who may be understandably weary of yet another damn flashback. I’ve often defended the flashback of American Gods , as it has indicated a willingness to deviate from the plot-dispensing obligations of prestige television and screw with audience’s expectations. “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney” was almost entirely a flashback, which movingly refuted the functions of penultimate episodes that perfunctorily serve to ramp up tension or resolve outlying plot threads. This willingness to […]

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