For American Gods fans, it's a very "plus/minus" time that's a little tough to reconcile. On the plus side, they feel great knowing that Starz renewed the series for a second season; but on the minus side, they find themselves stuck knee-deep in the long haul that is… The Wait Between Seasons! And then there's the matter of executive producers/showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green having just walked away from the series prior to Season 2 that my brain still hasn't fully processed yet…
So what's a faithful fan to do? Sure, you could re-read Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel again or get your series-rewatch count up into the teens because that's what any fan would do, right? But you're not just any fan… right?
Then you've come to the right place, folks! Because like each and every one of you, I'm waiting for American Gods to come back, too: first, because I'm a fan of the show; and second, because it's a little tough to do episode recaps when there aren't any episodes. So to pass the time, I'm going to post some things during the down time about the show and the people connected with it that might just make your socks roll up 'n' down. Think of it this way: if nothing else, you'll have some great geek-fact "pipe bombs" to drop during your next American Gods debate.
Yetide Badaki's "old god" Bilquis was the breakout character in a season filled with breakout characters (I'm looking at you, Orlando Jones's Mr. Nancy). As the ancient goddess of love who seeks worship, meaning and relevance in the midst of a war between gods old and new, Badaki was able to bring a "god" down to a level of empathy and understanding for the viewer that reflects her refined skills as an actress.
Within minutes of first seeing her performance on screen in American Gods, it's pretty evident that Badaki developed her acting chops in the theater; but she's no stranger to television, either. The actress has appeared on a number of series, including Showtime's Masters of Sex, NBC's Aquarius and CBS' Criminal Minds.
But if you're looking for an early sign of the Bilquis-to-come, then look no further then her turn as the mysterious Keira in Crackle's Sequestered. The 12-part mystery-thriller series begins as a courtroom drama and spirals into a grand conspiracy where no can be trusted and everyone's suspect. To say any more would result in me spoiling a taut little thriller that deserved a ton more eyeballs during its initial 2014 run; but here's what I'm certain is a spoiler-filled look at Badaki's Keira as well as an overview of the Crackle limited series:
Twelve jurors struggle to determine gulit or innocence in a sensational kidnapping-murder trial, while a young attorney races to uncover a conspiracy that threatens to bury the truth forever. Stars Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement, Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, Seinfeld), Jesse Bradford (Flags of Our Fathers, Bring it On), Summer Glau (Serenity, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), James Maslow (Big Time Rush), Ryan McPartlin (Chuck), Bruce Davidson (X-Men) and Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers, Saw).