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The Boys Season 2 Review
Last summer, Amazon Prime Video brought the world of Garth Ennis’ The Boys to the small screen. Years and years of seeing MCU and DCEU films with traditional heroes had us needing a sort of pallet cleanser when it came to comic book films. The Boys does just that, bringing us a Justice League/Avengers type group that is run by corporate America. Worse than that, these “heroes” are driven by their own selfish motives, even if it costs civilian lives.
The first season of The Boys did a really good job of turning a very disturbing comic book into a violet world of capitalist superheroes and those fighting against it. We learned about Vought International’s, The Seven, as well as the group of misfits that we know as The Boys.
The end of season one left us with an exciting and eyebrow-raising cliffhanger. Butcher, played by Karl Urban, discovered that his wife Becca, played by Shantel VanSanten, is still alive. But the good news comes with some really bad news. She is the mother of Homelander’s, played by Anthony Starr, son. This was quite the pivot from the comic book series that took fans by surprise.
The rest of the team was dealing with their own issues. They attacked Vought International at the end of the first season. This resulted in Butcher and the gang being framed for the murder of Madelyn Stillwell, played by Elisabeth Shue. Now at the beginning of season two, we find the team that includes Hughie Campbell, played by Jack Quaid, Mother’s Milk, played by Laz Alonso, Frenchie, played by Tomer Capon, and Kimiko, played by Karen Fukuhara.
Season two does a really great job at building from what we learned in season one. It focuses a lot on Homelander’s ego and everything he is willing to do to stay in favor of the public eye. Starr does a fantastic job keeping us on edge of our seats in every scene that he is in. We are always left in suspense, could he snap? And if he does, what violent disturbing act comes with it? The scenes get even weirder as he tries to force himself to be a father to his child that he had with Butcher’s wife. Homelander may be the best part of this series.
In this season you can’t talk about Homelander and not talk about the newcomer, Aya Cash’s Stormfront. In many ways, she is just as ruthless as Homelander. The difference is that she has a lot more experience than Homelander and no mommy issues. When we first meet her she is even likable as she is very press and social media savvy. I won’t say too much more about her as her character’s development through the first season is fun to watch. I will say that she almost steals the show!
Due to the strengths fo these two characters I feel that Urban’s Butcher feels to take a back seat this season. His storyline with his wife Becca doesn’t feel that interesting compared to everything else going on. His involvement with The Boys doesn’t seem as impactful as the first season. With the overall storyline of this season, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Erin Moriarty’s Starlight is another very interesting character this season. She has become one of the main faces of The Seven and seems to be featured at as many events and tv spots as possible. This of course is contrary to what she had signed up for, which was to be a hero. All while still trying to keep in touch with Huey as they develop their own plans. Her character probably has the most growth this season, although one can argue that the title could also go to Dominique McElligot’s Queen Mave.
I’d love to keep talking about the new season, but I don’t want to spoil any of the many surprises that they have in store for you. One thing that I can tell you for sure is that the violence, the blood, and the gore this season have not been turned down. There were several moments that I turned away as body parts blew off, or got lasered, or got broken off. Remember the saying, “With great power comes great gory violence”. That’s how it goes right?
Season two of The Boys, may even be better than the first. With developed characters, it allows us to dive deeper into the current plotline. Starr’s Homelander really makes this series, and newcomer Cash gives it something fresh to shake things up. What’s best is that this is a series that you can invest in as the third season for the series has already been announced along with a new cast member. Even if you are tired of superhero films, this is a lot different.
Overall Grade: A-
Amazon Prime Video’s Season 2 of The Boys will debut it’s first four episodes on September 4th exclusively on their streaming service. Followed by a new episode every week.
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