In my review of season two, episode one, I mentioned that while I really liked it, I didn’t love it. It functioned as a way to get me back into this universe. Well, with episode two, I’m fully back in. I loved this episode.
It’s as violent and profane as you’d imagine, but it’s also giving us some really strong character development. Starlight (Erin Moriarty) in particular spent much of the first season being a little mousy and afraid. That’s all changing now, and I love it. I absolutely hated The Deep (Chase Crawford) in the first season – I believe that’s how the series intended it – but he was humbled when he was sent away from the Seven. And he goes on an introspective journey in this episode that is equally riveting and disturbing.
Season one ended with Homelander (Antony Starr) seeing Becca (Shantel VanSanten) and his son, whose name we now know is Ryan (Cameron Crovetti). Homelander doubles down on the fathering thing in this episode, and it’s rather terrifying. Further, he has a monologue with the kid that is… well… very Homelander. And we have some very sweet and honest moments of Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), and I’m looking forward to where that story line goes.
We get some A-train (Jessie T. Usher) pushback towards Starlight, even though she saved his life last season. Much as I enjoyed Stormfront (Aya Cash) in episode one, she didn’t have much to do in the premiere. She’s big in this episode and I absolutely loved her. She’s sassy, and she doesn’t suffer fools lightly. Being part of The Seven, part of the job is t enduring long press conferences, but she takes them in stride with a devil-may-care attitude that I found delightful. Further, the press conferences really pushes the “girls get it done” side of the female members of The Seven. We really see the monotony, the misery and the misogyny of the press circuit in this world. It’s very uncomfortable, and I thought the series did those sequences very well.
The highlight of this episode for me was Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara). She’s got an entire subplot to herself in this one, and it’s quite good. To the point where, while I didn’t roll tears, her scenes got me totally choked up.
Plus, as per usual, the soundtrack was killer. Qu’est-ce que c’est.
Butcher (Karl Urban) showed up at the end of episode one, and here we get a little bit more backstory which the series tells fragments, and I enjoyed that very much. Frenchie (Tomer Capon), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) and Hughie (Jack Quaid) don’t have huge roles in this one, they mostly feature as background characters, but it’s not really their story. Still, there are a couple of action sequences that are a lot of fun. The Boys are back in town.
I plan to be reviewing every episode before it airs, so make sure to check back to In The Seats to get my full spoiler-free thoughts! The first three episodes of the season dropped on Amazon Prime on September 4th, with the remainder of the episodes dropping on each Friday thereafter.