The very title A Murder of Gods feels a little foreboding are we talking Murder as in Murder…or is it a clever spin on the name of a group of Crows (which themselves are linked to Mr Wednesday)…in actuality, it’s a double entendre. Does this mean we are finally getting the Old God’s all in one place, and who among them will die???
This week’s, Coming to America story drew on something that Wednesday mentioned a few episodes back “You’ve got your White, Jesuit-style Jesus, your Black African Jesus, your Mexican Jesus, and your swarthy Greek Jesus.”. The Mexican incarnation of Jesus was the focus of this scene, a group of Christians attempt to cross the Mexican border into America and on the way happen across their version of Jesus. He saves a man but is ultimately killed by an identifiable firing squad. The way in which he is shot is rather clever and acts as an allegory to the story of Jesus’ crucifixion using bullets instead of nails to pierce his flesh.
Laura Moon and Mad Sweeny is perhaps the most unexpected team-up of the show but it really bloody works. They squabble and call each other insulting names such as “Dead Wife” or “Ginger Minge” and every single sentence is laced with expletives. It’s just so fun to watch these two characters interact with each other. Add Salim who is on the look for his Jinn and this little sideline road trip just got a little crazier and more interesting.
Vulcan, a totally new character to the American God’s TV Series and who is inspired by a disturbing real-life story that Neil Gaiman happened upon. In the show, Vulcan is the Roman god of Fire which includes Volcanoes, Metalworks and forging. He is a rather intriguing addition to the Old Gods Pantheon as so far he seems to be the only one thriving in the modern world (aside from Bilquis that is). And the very reason for his invigoration is Guns, a modern metalwork that is found everywhere. Vulcan is, therefore, a representation of the ever growing gun culture in America, for every gun that is welded or fired he is worshipped. Naturally, he leans towards the opposing faction as his resurgence is down to modern man’s fixation with weaponry which makes for an interesting showdown with Mr Wednesday.
In Conclusion, my prediction about the Old God’s gathering was proved false but we did have a murder. Wednesday is proving with each episode that he is very much a formidable man which was demonstrated by his swift execution of Vulcan. With only two more episodes to go of season one, I am wondering what other events from the book we may be graced with, surely the House on the Rock with it’s “world’s largest carousel” is coming soon. Maybe, it’s just that I want some more of Anansi who has only been in the show for the briefest of moments albeit one of the best moments of the show thus far.