Amazon brought season one of The Boys to us last year and the show was a smash hit. Telling a hilarious yet dramatic tale of superhero’s who are basically dickheads and a group of misfits trying to stop their dickheadery whilst also being dickheads, the premise was promising and the cast and crew delivered a fantastic season.
All eyes on season 2 then, which was always going to be tough to keep up with the pace and consistency of the first season but having already set the main plot line and setting the scene, the hype was set!
Satire is strong in season 2 and The Boys tackles a lot of topics from feminism to right wing media to Adolf Hitler but the theme of corporate greed from the first season is sill a mainstay. Despite the satire there are no punches pulled in the commentary on current society and The Boys brings each relevant point home with aplomb.
The season starts off straight from the end of season 1, we see what happens to each of the group and the superhero’s and where they ended up. The show hits the ground running from that point.
Things pick up with a new boss at Vought International, Stan Edgar (played by the great Giancarlo Esposito), who’s trying to make the most money out of his star super’s screw-up. Homelander (Antony Starr, giving another delightfully wicked turn) stole his company’s prized drug, Compound V, and gave it to international terrorists in order to put himself at the head of America’s military. Super-terrorists require superheroes to stop them, no? It only makes sense, and while Stan is happy to cash in the pricey defense contract, he’s worried what the world might do with his recipe for cooking up supermen.
Meanwhile, Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) has been framed for murdering Homelander’s old boss, Madelyn Stillwell (Elisabeth Shue), and he remains in hiding, even from his own team. Hughie (Jack Quaid) is holed up in a makeshift hideout with the rest of the Boys, including Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara), who was invited into the super-busting club despite her own set of superpowers. Hughie is still pining over Annie (Erin Moriarty), but the only way the two can see each other is when she escapes Homelander’s watchful eye, leaves her home with The Seven in Vought Tower, and ventures into the subway for a few all-too-brief knee touches.
The only way for the Boys to emerge from hiding is if they can expose Vought for cooking up superheroes in a lab, but their plans are put into overdrive with the arrival of a new member of The Seven: Stormfront, played with superb snark and a knowing wink by the marvelous Aya Cash, quickly threatens Homelander’s place on top of the team, but she may be just the ally Annie needs to start making her way out. With a threat to his crown and “super-terrorists” eluding his grasp, Homelander starts to feel the pressure, and there’s no telling exactly how an ego this tightly wound will pop.
Another standard set in season 1 also returns here with the absolute grizzly and gorey violence back with a bang and with creative new ways to literally explode heads and throw chunks of insides and more throughout the scenery.
Once you finish the 8 episodes, you’ll be surprised at just how many blood baths and massacres you witnessed but as bad as it sounds, each one was as enjoyable to watch as the last due to the over the top but not that over the top way The Boys implements gore.
All of the cast do an amazing job with Toni Star absolutely shining as Homelander and there’s a solid overarching story with laughs and feels along the way. Without giving too much away, the stage is set for season 3 and Amazon have already confirmed filming is due to start early in 2021 and the show runners have confirmed a 5 season plan so hopefully we will get to see the whole show pan out.
THE BOYS SEASON 2
A good follow up season with some great moments, perhaps slightly missing the quality of season 1, there’s still a lot to look forward to with The Boys