Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Boys - Good for the Soul

Much of "Good for the Soul" centers around the Believe Festival, where Starlight (Erin Moriarty) continues to chafe under the expectations of what others want her to be and Hughie (Jack Quaid) blackmails a supe to give the Boys dirt on Compound V. Despite having to trade on her fame to further Butcher's (Karl Urban) plans, Hughie continues to grow closer to the new woman in his life while she loses her shit a little standing up against the hypocrisy of what her beloved festival has become (or what she had just failed to notice when she was younger and even more naive than she is now). Hughie's inner conflict and Starlight's common sense allow the pair to be the only likable characters in a world gone to shit.

In other storylines, Homelander (Antony Starr) continues his dickish behavior and his relationship with Madelyn (Elisabeth Shue) hits even new creepier lows, A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) kills the woman he loves to protect his secrets and place among the Seven, and Butcher and Mother's Milk (Laz Alonso) put Hughie's new intelligence to good use discovering more about Compound V and the secret experiments (including a rather cool moment involving the laser eye-beams of a newborn). Frenchie (Tomer Capon) is also to bond a bit more with the Boys' new guest whose name we will finally learn in the next episode along with the bare outline of her story.

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