Monday, October 5, 2020

The Boys - The Big Ride

The first episode of the show's Second Season gets us caught up on some, although certainly not all, of the fallout from Season One. Vought throws a public funeral for Translucent under the narrative he was killed by super terrorists (helping bolster support for supes within the military). Noticeable by his absence, until the final minute of the episode, is Butcher (Karl Urban) leaving us to wonder about his recent family reunion and where he's been as the rest of the Boys have been hiding underground. Despite some mistrust issues, Starlight (Erin Moriarty) has agreed to help Hughie's (Jack Quaid) expose Vought, although he begins to have second thoughts given the group's recent run-in with the CIA. Hughie's refusal to be completely honest with with Annie doesn't go unremarked.

Starlight taps an old acquaintance to futher Hughie's plans, which the rest of the Boys want nothing to do with, as the show offers another example of just how fucked-up and super-hero life can be with the introduction of a supe able to regrow his limbs and offering a specific fetish to those willing to pay. As for the other heroes, we see Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) working military black ops an making short work of one of the previous season's red herrings, the still creepy-as-fuck Homelander (Antony Starr) attempting to flex his muscles and assume more control within the company, The Deep (Chace Crawford) continuing to hit rock bottom but offered a lifeline from an unexpected source, and the introduction of a new member of The Seven in Stormfront (Aya Cash). Stormfront isn't the only new super-powered individual we see as we get a new super terrorist hitting America's shores and a potential new member of The Seven (Chris Mark) dismissed in short order by Homelander.

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