Head Full of Snow is the third episode of the first season (We’re getting a season 2 🎉) of American Gods and follows on with the events of the book with perfect timing and replication.
This week the Coming to America segment was ethereally stunning and entailed a beautiful symbolic passing on to the afterlife of Ancient Egyptian tradition. This is naturally where we meet Anubis/Mr. Jacquel (Played by Chris Obi) who pays a visit to a woman who dies in Queens, he leads her up to the heavens which look absolutely breathtaking due to the brilliant CGI. The weighing of the heart was a cool moment especially with the juxtaposition of the feather being delicately placed on the scales and Anubis ripping the woman’s bloody heart out. Obi’s Anubis feels neither good nor bad, and his aloof but gentle manner is rather striking to watch and a great way to start the episode, especially due to what closes the episode.
As one of my favourite passages in the book I was so excited to see how Zorya Polunochnaya would be brought to the screen, needless to say, the moment was perfect in my eyes. I loved how dreamy it was and how the colour palette was very blue and purple to reflect this. Also, Erika Kaar played the innocently fascinating sister of the night just how I imagined she would be when I was reading it. And just like with the book I wish we could see a little more of her.
Another diversion from the main story comes in the form of another Somewhere in America storyline, this week was Salim and the Jinn. Salim is a down on his luck salesman but his life changes on one fateful cab ride wherein the driver is an Ifrit (A powerful Jinn in Islamic tradition). They have a conversation in Arabic after the Jinn amusingly curses at a dangerous driver in front of him, and as the words are translated on screen we also see the Arabic script itself written in bold yellow text which I think was a charming touch as the Arabic language is a very beautiful script. Salim and the Jinn share a connection which ultimately leads to a sexual encounter, and like with Bilquis sex becomes a sort of worship for the Jinn.
Mr Wednesday and Shadow Moon’s scenes together are just brilliant in this episode, from thinking of snow and marshmallows to a rather amusing conversation about the colours Jesus comes in, the chemistry between the two is just wonderful which is essentially the backbone of what made the main plot line in American Gods such good reading material and is then, in turn, another reason why the show is so freaking brilliant so far.
In conclusion, Head Full of Snow starts with death and ends with resurrection and is in between filled with musings on life and existence and the consequences of being forgotten. Filled with brilliant imagery, interesting plot lines and compelling characters American Gods is doing perfect justice to its source material thus far.