STARZ's 'American Gods' Season 2 preview: Whatever happened to Media, and who is New Media?

Media was one of the more popular new gods, but the new season sees Media replaced by a younger, funkier version of the god of entertainment, New Media


                            STARZ's 'American Gods' Season 2 preview: Whatever happened to Media, and who is New Media?

The 'American Gods' series is a visually stunning and aesthetically pleasing piece of American fiction straight from the mind of Neil Gaiman, who authored the best-selling novel with the same name. The series is famous for its dark undertones and its equally dark characters. Couple that with an incredibly twisted storyline and beautiful cinematography, and the show will be known as a cult classic for years to come. 

'American Gods' is the story about the old gods who are getting pushed out of the limelight due to the rise of new gods, and because of the encroachment, the old gods are preparing for battle in order to restore their rightful place as true gods.

Media appearing as David Bowie in 'American Gods'.
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Media appearing as David Bowie in 'American Gods'.
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While season 1 gave us a lot to think about, season 2 nearly didn't make it to the big screen due to the exit of showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green last year. The exit of Fuller and Green saw the leave of another fan-favorite new god, Media, who was played by Gillian Anderson. Anderson's exit from the show was because of close ties to Fuller, whom she'd worked with previously on the 'Hannibal' series.

Media is one of the new gods and is a personification of television. She gets her power from those who worship the silver screen, and Media usually appears in the form of famous celebrities like David Bowie, Lucille Ball, and Marilyn Monroe. Her presence is meant to distract and keep viewers glued to their TV sets, which makes her a relevant new god in the worshipping world, just like Technical Boy (the god of technology).

Kahyun Kim will take up the role of New Media in 'American Gods'. (Source: IMDB)
Kahyun Kim will take up the role of New Media in 'American Gods'. (Source: IMDB)

With the exit of 'The X-Files' star Anderson from the show, Gaiman didn't see this trying moment as one of failure, but rather, one to evolve from. So, instead of casting another actress for the role of Media, the creative directors introduced a new character instead, New Media, who's played by newcomer, Kahyun Kim.

New Media is an amalgamation of mass media and entertainment, and her funky new look resides more closely to how we experience media in all its forms, as compared to Media, who would show up on just TV sets.

Technical Boy, Media, and Mr. World in 'American Gods'.
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Technical Boy, Media, and Mr. World in 'American Gods'.
(Source: IMDB)

The transformation from Media to New Media is akin to how Low Key Lyesmith (old god Loki) transformed into the new god, Mr. World. The transformation is an important aspect of the series, as it shows how some of the gods are willing and able to adjust to the world around them and even change their complete personas in order to get the praise, they so desire.

As Mr. World, Loki is the leader of the new gods and eggs them on to fight the old gods instead of waiting for the extinction of the old gods through lack of worship. Together, with the help of New Media and Technical Boy, Mr. World looks to rule the world through the legitimization and worship of the new gods.

'American Gods' season 2 will premiere March 10, only on STARZ.