Back In The Swing Of Things: Our Review of ‘The Boys’ Season 2, Episode 1: ‘The Big Ride’

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Back In The Swing Of Things: Our Review of ‘The Boys’ Season 2, Episode 1: ‘The Big Ride’

I was a huge fan of The Boys Season 1, so I was very excited, yet somewhat trepidatious about visiting the second season. Could they recapture the magic? I really enjoyed the premiere of season two, but I didn’t love it. It was quite good, but it did function as something of a catch-up episode. Sure, some really big things happen, but I think the episode exists more to get us back into the world of The Boys.

And yes, it’s violent. It’s really violent. There’s a sequence with Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell), which you’ve probably seen moments of in the trailers that really shocked me. Homelander Antony Starr) is still flexing his Supe muscles, and he has some truly frightening moments. But we also see Vought Corporation head Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) flexing his own corporate muscles. He shoots Homelander down, and I enjoyed that very much.

Huey (Jack Quaid), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) et al are now in hiding, living under a pawn shop. And Huey is working with Starlight (Erin Moriarty) to expose the Vought corporation and their experiments with Compound V. Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) is nowhere to be found. 

Further, we get a new member of The Seven, Stormfront (Aya Cash). She’s a very sassy and adept social media influencer whom Homelander does not care for. When she’s live streaming on instagram (this is in the trailer), pay attention to the comments. They’re both funny and very meta. We even get a little Easter egg of a commenter who calls themselves “Toronto Loves Stormfront”. This references the fact that the series shot their scenes here.

One thing I loved about this episode is how it dealt with The Deep (Chace Crawford). At the end of last season he had been excised from the Seven, sent off to Ohio, and was hitting rock bottom. I hated the character, as we were supposed to. This  episode made me empathize with him and realize that Crawford is a very strong actor. He has a moment at a theme-park where I was absolutely impressed with his abilities.

Admittedly, it was a bit of a slow start for me, as again, it’s a bit of a catch up. But there was enough extreme violence (and I don’t use the word “extreme” loosely), surprises, and humor that I found myself investing fairly easily. I am so excited to see where this season goes.

I plan to be reviewing every episode as they drop, 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. The remainder of the episodes dropping on each Friday thereafter.

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