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Just in time for Halloween, Starz un-embargoed the first eight episodes of its original series, American Gods, based on the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman.  If you haven’t read the book, you should–it’s good–but you don’t need to know the book in order to appreciate the TV series. The premise of the story is that gods need believers and when that belief fades, the gods themselves die out.

As the series opens, ex-con Shadow Moon (Rick Whittle) is adrift after six years in jail and the sudden death of his beloved wife, Laura. When aging con man, Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) offers him a job as his bodyguard, Shadow accepts despite his initial misgivings. Things go from bad to utterly weird as Shadow finds himself caught up in a battle between the Old and New Gods.

The book is a road trip novel with Wednesday and Shadow traveling across the country, encountering odd characters. Their travelogue is interspersed with vignettes about different immigrants coming to America and bringing their gods with them. For the TV series, producer Bryan Fuller has taken the book as a framework and expanded upon it, incorporating scenes and gods that Neil had left out of the book as part of the editing process.

One of the things I like about the series is the way it keeps the dream-like quality of the novel intact. Recommendation: buckle your seatbelts, kids. It’s gonna be a great ride.

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