This season is laying into the political satire really heavily. I won’t spoil anything, but the cold open of this episode goes hard into that, and it’s really powerful. I actually had a “holy crap” moment. Indeed, I had a few of those in this episode, but It all feels insanely prescient to our times.
I make a point not to get political in my reviews, but this show is taking very obvious shots at political parties, religions, corporations, Fresca, etc. I’m enjoying all of it. I will say that if you’re wondering if there would be some huge reveal about the Fresca thing, it will disappoint you. Unless I missed something, which is possible.
Much like episode 6, there is an element of a heist in this one, and it was delightful.
Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) is even better and more diabolical in the season than he was in the first. But this episode gives him a couple of his most intense performances ever. There were two scenes where I was watching on a tv from my room and was still genuinely concerned that he was going to kill me. We also meet a new character that Urban himself has shared on social media, but just to be safe, I won’t go into detail. Still, it’s a pretty awesome Lord of the Rings reunion, and I loved that other guy.
I’m really loving what they’re doing with Queen Maeve this season, and Dominique McElligott is crushing her performance. You saw from her plan from the last episode in having the video footage from the flight that went down in season one. We get a little more there.
This episode also has another straight up “holy crap” moment involving Maeve that I did not see coming. And while I can’t confirm or deny either way, I may have squealed out loud. Okay, let’s be honest. I can confirm.
Homelander (Antony Starr) continues trying to be a father to Ryan (Cameron Crovetti), and, as we all know, Homelander is just despicable. He pulls something here that made me so angry. It’s not violent, but it’s cruel, spiteful and self obsessed in true Homelander fashion.
There’s also a sequence with one of the newer characters which admittedly, I really did see coming, but that didn’t make it any less shocking. Another WTF moment.
And the finale of this episode is absolute insanity. This is a sequence that the show has been building towards for the majority of the season. And, as so much that takes place in this show, it doesn’t really go to plan. But I was so locked in watching it. It’s gruesome and it’s darkly hilarious. It sets up the finale in an amazing way, and it gives us a potential look at a phantom menace if you will.
So those are my thoughts on The Boys S02E07, “Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker”. How are you feeling about this season so far? Are you psyched for the finale? Speaking of which, I will put up my spoiler-free review of the finale a day or two before it airs on Amazon Prime, so check back for that.