What started off in 2000 with the first X-Men Movie has grown exponentially into what we have today with the comic book genre. We are living in a golden age of comic book adaptations. It’s not just DC Comic or Marvel Comic’s either. They do take up a majority of our attention, but in recent years lesser known properties have been slowly making their way onto the mainstream audience’s radar. The Boy’s is one of those properties. Before majority of the world knew, Amazon studios developed a series based off the comic giving comic book fans the adaptation we never knew we needed.
Following the cliffhanger in season one, Hughie (Jack Quaid), Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), & Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) are all wanted fugitive’s hiding from both the law and Vought. After learning that his wife Becca (Shantel VanSanten) is alive thanks to Homelander (Antony Starr), Butcher makes it his mission to take Vought and The Seven down and save his wife. While this is going on, a new supe has come out of the middle of nowhere and joined The Seven – Stormfront (Aya Cash).
Season 2 of The Boys, given the insurmountable success to season one – is promised to be bigger, more graphic and bloodier than before. Season two lives up to that promise. It does, however, start off slower than expected, taking its time to reintroduce its viewers to the chaos that is this world, but as the season moves forward the crescendo builds into the second half leaving us in a manic state. Each episode builds on the last giving us more what the f*** moments than one could possibly imagine. As a show expands its obvious that new characters would make their way into the spotlight but The Boys season two makes sure everyone has a spot on the playground.
Antony Starr once again steals the show. His portrayal of Homelander can no longer be ignored. The way he embodies this character is unlike anything we’ve seen in the comic book genre. Starr commands the screen in every scene he’s in and he plays one of the most compelling characters on the show. Just by the way he moves his cape out of the way, so he doesn’t sit on it. There is so much grace in his rage because he knows he could kill everyone without blinking an eye.
“Hmmm. Well, OK. I used to dress as her every Halloween, and all the girls dressed as Disney s**ts would make fun of me, and you know what I thought? I thought who f*cking cares? Pippi didn’t care. She never cared about being polite or cute. Look. F*ck this world for confusing nice with good. Be a b*tch if you want, be whatever. Just drop the mask once in a while. Feels good. You can finally breathe. Oh. And if someone sticks a d*ck in your mouth, bite it off. Pippi Longstocking would bite a d. That’s for damn sure.”
Even though most of us see him as a monster, you can’t help but to sympathize with him. He’s an orphan who just wants to be loved and wanted. Instead he is raised by doctors who ultimately fear him, and that loneliness and sense of helplessness is too much to bear. Luckily for him, Stormfront becomes his new obsession. Aya Cash gives a brilliant performance as she shoulders one of this new season main plot points. She is an unknown variable until the truth is discovered about her, but she is able to tame Homelander in a symbiotic relationship. Homelander cannot function without her the way he couldn’t function without Stillwell in season one.
Season two gives us more back story on the team. The writing digs deeper into the psyche of our heroes showing what makes them tick and how they became who they are today. Frenchie’s past is the most intriguing with the subplot involving Lamplighter (Shawn Ashmore). It’s poetically wild to think that Shawn Ashmore started in the X-Men franchise playing Iceman and his nemesis is Pyro – now he’s playing a supe with pyrokinesis.
“If you’re the f*cking reason I can’t finish that Vermont Country Dollhouse, I will f*cking end you.”
Few actors/ actresses can command the screen like newcomer to the series in Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad). If you think you can intimidate any of his characters, think again. He’s terrifying and reserved. His character of Stan Edgar is composed, stoic, tactical and hyper aware of everything going on around him. His first meeting with Homelander is an indication of all those traits – Homelander isn’t the boss here, Stan is, and he calls all the shots.
With all the sex, and gore filled violence going on around us, The Boy’s is action packed. The stunts and choreography are on the same level as the MCU and DCEU respectively. The Boy’s is able to take its jabs at the two major studios universes enough to keep it lighthearted and playful. I mean come on Dawn of the Seven is a complete rip off but who cares, we’re all having a blast here, even if it’s a head or two or twenty.
“He’s mine. What? Are you going to blow yourself up? What? Are you going to blow yourself up to save the little shit? He f*ckin’ murdered your wife.”
The relationship between the super powered and the media is more parasitic than the first season. Vought is a corporation after all, and their corporate interest is making money off their employees. The behind the scene’s point of view is fascinating to witness the dual persona’s the supes have to contain. This is why Stormfront’s storyline is captivating. The layers are pealed back to expose this corporation’s subtle yet in your face fascism and ideologies.
Overall, The Boys season two is necessary. Not just because the pandemic halted everything Marvel and DC has planned to release this year, but it’s one of the best fleshed out superhero stories as a whole. The Boys is able to mirror real life is a way the comic book genre wishes it could and it’s done with ease and seemingly very little effort. It’s a mystery how these actors and actresses haven’t crossed over into a Marvel or DC role yet. In all honesty, they shouldn’t, they are all right where they belong. The Boys season two is more insane, sexual, bloody and more compelling than its first season. If I were to rate The Boys Season two, I’d rate it a 5 out of 5. It’s a masterpiece that starts slow like the ticking of a bomb until it reaches the fuse and explodes supe goop everywhere.
The Boys season two premiered in 2020 and can be streamed on Amazon Prime. The Boy’s season two has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 97%. The Boy’s was created for TV by Eric Kripke and stars Jack Quaid, Karl Urban, Giancarlo Esposito, Antony Starr, Tomar Capon, Laz Alonso, Karen Fukuhara, Aya Cash, Erin Moriarty & Dominique McElligott. The Boys is adapted by the comic book of the same name created by Garth Ennis & Darick Robertson.
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