This. Freaking. Show. It just keeps getting better.
The Queen Maeve storyline that I keep vaguely talking about is getting better, and by better, I mean more gross. But Dominique McElligott is selling it so very well.
The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stand-in Congresswoman Victoria Neuman is back, and actress Claudia Doumit is doing a killer job of inhabiting the AOC character. We even get a subtle-as-a-hammer-to-the-face reference to the college dancing video she made. I loved it. And Homelander (Antony Starr) is still flexing, still very needy, and I love seeing him as powerful as ever, but questioning himself. I’m getting Dennis Reynolds vibes.
I’ve mentioned before that this season is taking some pot shots at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which I’m loving. That really gets pushed up in this episode, and it’s absolutely delightful. It’s as funny as it is meta.
We’re also introduced to an elderly woman. She does not work behind a counter in a small town. If one person gets that joke, I’ll be happy.
But we immediately understand how she fits into the story, and she’s absolutely hilarious. There’s also a couple jokes involving a dog that made me laugh out loud. And we get a very funny and awkward payoff to what was happening with The Deep (Chase Crawford) in the last episode.
Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) hasn’t had a whole lot to do this season after that first episode, but I dug him in this one. He’s uh… He’s pretty scary. Further, I’m really loving Karl Urban as Butcher this season. He still uses very profane language, dropping the “See You Next Tuesday” word at any given chance, and as always being delightfully badass. But he also has some lovely little character moments that I won’t spoil here.
Finally, let’s talk about Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara). She’s had some great sequences throughout the series, but she is awesome in this episode. I won’t give you any details, but it’s both action and emotion, and she crushes them both. Fukuhara impresses me right now. She’s able to convey so much emotion and character having never spoken a word on this show.
And I know I keep coming back to Stormfront (Aya Cash), but I really am so locked in on this character. I love how the show is positioning her in very different ways. We see her public persona, her personal persona, her private persona, and they’re all quite unique. But watching Cash bring this character to life on screen is an absolute joy.
And that ending. My goodness, it was entertaining as heck. I had a feeling the show was going in that direction, but, as always, it could have gone either way. That written, I loved every second of it.
Season Two is absolutely crushing it. I can’t wait for everyone to see this episode because I’m dying to talk about it. Episode 5, ‘We Gotta Go Now’ drops on Amazon Prime Friday, September 18.