American Gods Explores the Limits of the American Dream in Episode 3

Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane in American Gods

The dreamy visuals and even dreamier storytelling of American Gods has been something of a double-edged sword for the first two episodes. Although the show is as sumptuous as anything Bryan Fuller and David Slade have put together previously, its pace has been awkward. That’s especially true of the Czernobog storyline that was cooked up along with Mr. Wednesday and Shadow Moon’s dinner at the apartment the hammer-wielding slayer of cattle shares with the Zorya sisters in Chicago. The decision to leave Shadow’s fate up in the air as a weird cliffhanger eschewed the typical function of episodic …

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