The series—a big-budget blending of Americana, fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology—follows a recently-bereaved ex-con by the name of Shadow Moon (yep), who meets a strange man named Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) and becomes embroiled in a potentially world-ending conflict between the Old Gods and the New Gods. Crispin Glover plays the god of globalization, Gillian Anderson plays the goddess of media, Orando Jones plays Ghanaian trickster god Anansi, etc.
Ian McShane stan that I am, I started a free trial of Starz in order to watch the first season which, though flawed, was visually stunning, full of “that guy” actors having a grand old time masticating the scenery, and good for at least one spectacular scene per episode (scenes like this and this and this). Oh, and Liev Schreiber’s brother plays a giant leprechaun, with exactly the kind of accent you would expect, so there’s that, too.
Now, I’d heard that the second season went off the rails a bit—with showrunners Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Hannibal) and Michael Green (Logan, Blade Runner 2049) departing and fan-favorite Orlando Jones being fired for apparently shitty reasons—so I didn’t bother re-upping my Starz subscription (I’m still not 100 percent sure what Starz is to be honest…), but since we’re all facing into a particularly bleak and mournful winter, perhaps now is as good a time as any to give the garish gods another try.