It looks like with American Gods‘ Vulcan, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have found a way to tunnel deep inside the heart of the NRA. Everything such a god might say falls easily out of Corbin Bernsen’s (channeling Charlton Heston, dare I say?) very confident mouth, as he fondles his gun, extolls the praise of his worshipers, admires his branded bullets, all for a very special audience; let’s join Wednesday in raising a glass to his subjects.
Here are two teasers for Episode 6, “A Murder of Gods” (uh-oh), introducing the character previously known in Roman mythology as the god of metalworking, fire and volcanos.
Readers know there was no such character in Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel; however, what you might not know is that Vulcan was created from an idea the author had when he’d planned to write an episode of the series. Co-showrunner, Michael Green explained,
He’s a brand-new addition who came from an experience Neil had. He was going through a small town in Alabama where he saw a statue of Vulcan. It was a steel town and, as he told the story, there was a factory that had a series of accidents where people were killed on the job and they kept happening because an actuarial had done the numbers and realized that it was cheaper to pay out the damages to the families of people who lost people, rather than to shut down the factory long enough to repair, and that occurred to him as modern a definition of sacrifice as there might be.”
Bryan Fuller (and Green) expanded on that beginning, and came up with the series’ version.
Vulcan’s the god of the volcano and the forge, and what is the modern-day extrapolation of what that god could do? We started talking about America’s obsession with guns and gun control and, really, if you’re holding a gun in your hand, it’s a mini volcano …”
I love that Fuller managed to work in his Star Trek obsession, twice. Bernsen, who plays (*cough*) Vulcan, once guest starred on The Next Generation as Q2 (in “Déjà Q”).
American Gods airs Sundays on Starz.