'American Gods' Will Make You Believe

'American Gods' Will Make You Believe

The new Starz series that's about to redefine television.
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Based on the 2001 Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods premiered April 30th on Starz and immediately proved that the series is one to watch out for.

The story follows Shadow Moon, an ex-convict whose world is turned on its head after crossing paths with the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. Shadow is introduced to a world beyond his own that's caught in a war between old and new belief systems.

The highly anticipated series produced by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green has already surpassed expectations. With Gaiman's fantastic wielding of language in a novel based in magical realism, I had my doubts that anyone would be able to bring Gaiman's images to life the way he does. But with Fuller and Green's recreation of *that* Bilquis scene (fans of the book...you know the one I'm talking about), they have proven that if anyone is right for taking on this book-to-screen adaptation, it's them.

The premiere exquisitely sets up the stakes of what's to come for Shadow. From the pulsing and cinematic energy of the music to the intricate specificity of camera movements, this season is setting up to read more as an eight-part movie than an episodic television show. Already, American Gods

is employing masterful creativity that transcends traditional film, and it is incredibly satisfying and exciting to witness.

Along with the stellar direction and production, the cast is nothing short of exceptional. It's such a joy to have Ricky Whittle ("Shadow Moon") back on my screen for the first time since his heartbreaking departure from The CW's The 100 as the beloved character Lincoln. Fans of both shows will see the similarities between Shadow and Lincoln: their quiet ferocity, their instinctive gentleness matched with equally as much power to pin someone down. Whittle brings back his most notable and admired qualities while giving fresh nuance and depth to his role as Shadow. The emotional layers Whittle brings to his performance are impeccable; he will grab you and place you in the story next to him, making you feel everything Shadow feels as you join him on this journey.

Equally as commanding are Whittle's costars: the legendary Ian McShane ("Mr. Wednesday"), Emily Browning ("Laura Moon"), Pablo Schreiber ("Mad Sweeney"), Yetide Badaki ("Bilquis"), and Bruce Langley ("Technical Boy"). This all-star cast is not messing around. Each actor delves so fully and complexly into their characters and brings them to life with powerful, showstopping performances.

Perhaps my favorite moment of the premiere, aside from every moment Ricky Whittle was on screen, was the introduction of the character known as Technical Boy. His entrance has to be the most innovative and captivating way a character has ever been introduced on television. My jaw genuinely dropped at just how unbelievably good it was.

Technical Boy is the first "new" god we're introduced to; god of computers and Internet. Joining him in future episodes is Media (played by the incomparable Gillian Anderson). Gods exist because of the people who believe in them, and ancient mystical figures like Mr. Wednesday are losing their power to modern gods like Technical Boy and Media as the things that are important to society change.

“We have reprogrammed reality. Language is a virus. Religion, an operating system. Prayers are just so much fucking spam.”

-Technical Boy

This series is definitely one to keep your eyes on. If the premiere is any indication, American Gods is about to be one of the most important, nuanced, and game-changing series in television history. A story about immigrants coming to America and bringing with them their unique beliefs and culture could not be more relevant, and Fuller and Green seem well-suited for the challenge of bringing this complex tale to life.

American Gods is available for streaming on Starz and Amazon Prime.

Cover Image Credit: EW

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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16 'Golden Girls' Quotes That Are Still Golden In 2019

Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia..four unique middle aged women from different backgrounds under one roof.

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One of the greatest shows of all time (at least in my opinion) is Golden Girls. I was not born yet when it first aired in 1985, but thankfully it is on Hulu. Here are just some of the many quotes from the series's seven-year run.

1. Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. -Blanche Devereaux

2. Go to sleep sweetheart. Pray for brains. -Dorothy Zbornak

3. Dorothy, was Sophia naked just now, or does her dress really need ironing. -Rose Nylund

4. People waste their time pondering whether a glass if half empty of half full. Me, I just drink whatever's in the glass. -Sophia Petrillo

5. I've been having a giood time, and there wasn't even a man in the room. -Blanche Devereaux

6. As they say in St. Olaf, Helgenbargenflergenflurfennerfen. -Rose Nylund

7. Have I given you any indication that I care? -Sophia Petrillo

8. I'm as jumpy as a virgin in a prison rodeo. -Blanche Devereaux

9. Blanche, I could get herpes listening to this story -Dorothy Zbornak

10. I had a knack for coming up with the firmest, most appealing yams. -Rose Nylund

11. No, I will not have a nice day! -Dorothy Zbornak

12. Look, you didn't ask for my opinion, but I'm old, so I'm giving it anyway. -Sophia Petrillo

13. There is a fine line between having a good time and being a wanton slut. My toe has been on that line. Blanche Devereaux

14. You'll have to excuse my mother. She suffered a slight stroke a few years ago which rendered her totally annoying. -Dorothy Zbornak

15. Everybody likes me. -Rose Nylund

16. Silly rabbi. Tricks are for kids. -Sophia Petrillo

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