TV Review: American Gods tells a timely story about immigration, war, and dangerous con men

In the kind of coincidence that would make Mr. Wednesday himself chuckle, there are two major 2017 releases rooted in Nordic mythology that are being touted with a road-trip angle. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has promised that in November, the Odinson and his “work friend” the Incredible Hulk, will trek across the cosmos to fend off the end of existence. And later this month, you’ll be able to take in the sights of small-town America before they’re wiped out by war when American Gods premieres on Starz.

As topical as that sentence might seem in light of recent events, the show’s central conflict is actually one that began brewing when Neil Gaiman first started making his way across the country, collecting the stories that informed his 2001 novel. The result was equal parts fairy tale, road novel, and unofficial ethnography, as well as pure, unadulterated Gaiman …

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