Monday, August 5, 2019

The Boys - Cherry

The second episode of The Boys deals with the fallout of the previous episodes as Hughie (Jack Quaid) and Butcher (Karl Urban) are left with an invisible and indestructible hero (Alex Hassell) on their hands. Enlisting the help of an old friend (Tomer Capon) the duo becomes a trio and looks for ways to properly dispose of the hero before he can escape or one of his friends comes looking for him. The culmination of this plot thread firmly establishes Hughie on a new path. A bit more focused than the first episode (other than a questionable subplot involving the blackmail of a senator), the show continue to revel in its depravity as Hughie's fall to the level of Butcher and the heroes he blames for his girlfriend's death is complete.

Not to be outdone by the creepy behavior showcased by the other heroes in the first episode, "Cherry" also brings down the icon Homelander (Antony Starr) by showcasing his murder, creepy stalking of his boss (Elisabeth Shue), and all around sociopathic behavior. Just what has Starlight (Erin Moriarty) gotten herself into? Speaking of the one honestly good hero in the show, she gets her first mission in a team-up with the Deep (Chace Crawford) that ends in a threat suggesting even the "best" of the heroes may get her hands dirty at times. The elaborate sequence involving the use of another hero to blackmail a senator (David Andrews) into furthering the interests of their company by introducing super-heroes to national defense is a bit problematic While effective, you have to wonder about a world where morphing super-heroes like this exist. Wouldn't any blackmail material produced be highly suspect? In such a world could anyone really believe anything as true or certain?

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