American Gods Season 2 preview: Starz show turns Technical Boy from basement nerd to vaping millennial

'American Gods' introduces a number of interesting characters in this tale of Old Gods and New Gods, and Technical Boy has got our attention for all the wrong reasons.


                            American Gods Season 2 preview: Starz show turns Technical Boy from basement nerd to vaping millennial

The world was a vastly different place when 'American Gods' premiered as a series in April 2017 than when Neil Gaiman penned the original novel in 2001. Heading into season 2, the show, just like millenials, is still coming up with ways to stay relevant.

One of the most contemporary characters introduced into the series is Technical Boy, one of the New Gods, and being the personification of the Internet, he is the purveyor of all things technology or related to technology.

His vaping ways often hide the fact that he's desperate to prove himself while being hungry for respect and power he feels he's entitled to.

 

Technical Boy's immaturity sees him struggle to keep his impulsivity and petulance in check, making him horribly unpredictable. Technical Boy is essentially technology made flesh.



 

Technical Boy in a way represents Generation Y of this world, namely the millennials, where his impatience to get things done ends with him foiling his own plans.

In the novel, we see Technical Boy as a stereotypical nerd, living in a basement. However, the show decided to give the New God an update: just like the Internet, Technical Boy too has evolved with time.

The updated series version turns the book version nerd into a pill-popping, EDM-loving, glued-to-his phone media influencer with millions of followers on his social media.

One of the first looks at Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) in 'American Gods'. (Source: IMDB)
One of the first looks at Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) in 'American Gods'. (Source: IMDB)

We got introduced to the new and arguably improved Technical Boy in the very first epiisode of Season 1, but the character spews more cringe than cool in his efforts to match up to the other Gods.

Technical Boy, like all millennials, undergoes a constant image upgrade throughout his many appearances in the series, and his constant visual and aesthetic changes are said to represent the fast-paced and ever-evolving internet that he's so proudly a God of.

Another form of Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) in 'American Gods'. (Source: IMDB)
Another form of Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) in 'American Gods'. (Source: IMDB)

What makes Technical Boy akin to millennials is his ever-changing looks, coupled along with his restlessness to get the job done without having to do anything himself. There's also his use and throw policy regarding people, wherein if he feels they may not be of use to him, or that they've become annoying, Technical Boy will not hesitate to cut them out from his life, and literally delete them from reality.

Yet another look of Technical Boy in 'American Gods'.
(Source: IMDB)
Yet another look of Technical Boy in 'American Gods'.
(Source: IMDB)

Having seemingly popped out of nowhere, and slowly becoming one of the most prominent Gods in the series, he gets frustrated easily when he feels that he's not given the respect or the power he so very clearly feels he's entitled too.

If that wasn't enough, his love for drone flying and chain smoking his vaporizer are dead giveways for this pasty-faced millenial.

'American Gods' season 2 is slated for release on March 10.

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