'American Gods' season 2 vs 'Now Apocalypse': Two visually stimulating shows release on March 10, which one will you root for?
Would you be interested in watching how the Old Gods and the New Gods go to war or would you want to watch a bunch of twenty-somethings battling with identity crisis and sexuality? Starz is premiering two shows - 'American Gods' season 2 and 'Now Apocalypse' - on March 10 back to back at 8 pm EST and 9 pm EST. The shows are not of the same genre, but both promise to be a visual stimulation in terms of how the makers have treated the plot. The first season of 'American Gods' has a loyal following already partly due to its visual excellence.
'Now Apocalypse', on the other hand, has got us hooked purely with its cheeky and refreshing take on what a post-millennial show would look like. Starring Avan Jogia, Kelli Berglund, Beau Mirchoff in lead roles, the show swiftly moves between that which is real, and surreal. Avan as Uly plays the lead and he is the one who provides the show with the bizarre angle as he claims to have premonitions. There is also a giant lizard in the show, which will play a pivotal role to prove how bizarre Araki can really get. This, however, will not take away from the fact that the show struggles with many of the existential questions that we often hear being asked by millennials.
'American Gods' starring Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki among others was lauded as one of the most political shows in 2017. The show, which featured a plot about wars between the Old Gods and the New also addressed immigration and American xenophobia in the form of satire. It is a fantasy-horror show based on the 2001 book of the same name by Neil Gaiman and has powerful Gods showing off their powers and also serves as a commentary on the happenings in the country today. That is the only common denominator between the two shows - to portray reality with the help of surreal setups.
Araki, well-known for making films that cater to the genre of New Queer Cinema will be tackling the importance of inclusivity and freedom to not be boxed under labels in Now Apocalypse and American Gods addresses the importance of ethnic inclusivity and the significance of diversity for a country such as the US. Two relevant and important issues that are cloaked as fiction.
You will not have to choose one over the other as the shows are premiering back to back on the same network. The makers have avoided any clash between the two shows as such and now, all that remains to be seen is how people would receive the shows and how they will be rooting for them?