I’ve written this previously, but Season 2 of The Boys had a bit of a slow start for me. Man is it revving at this point. Episode 3 had me a little confused at first. The way it started with a cold open, and then jumped into the story, I honestly thought that maybe I was looking at the wrong screener. Nope. Just roll with it.
The episode continues the Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) subplot that I referenced in the last review, and I really liked it. Plus we get a really pretty powerful dramatic scene from Jack Quaid’s Hughey, and I found that very impressive.
We also get another good look at the marketing machine that is the Vought corporation, with a screenwriter pitching a The Seven movie that is absolutely taking shots at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was so beautifully meta, funny, and in keeping with the spirit of The Boys.
A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) and Starlight’s (Erin Moriarty) scuffle continues as Homelander (Antony Starr) attempts to be a dad to Becca’s (Shantel VanSanten) son Ryan (Cameron Crovetti). There is a very funny moment that is in the trailers, and Homelander’s reaction is again, very Homelander. Plus, the kid playing Ryan is actually quite good.
We get another fairly sweet scene with Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), and then a couple (unrelated) very strong action sequences. One of those sequences leads into what is probably the grossest thing the show has done up until this point. No, it’s not as uncomfortable as the girl fondling The Deep’s (Chase Crawford) gills in season one, but it’s really, very gross. And it goes on and on. That’s all I’ll say.
I loved what the show did with Stormfront (Aya Cash) in this episode. I’ve loved her sassy, take no crap attitude, but this one gave us another side to her, and it was a really nice pivot. I’m not sure that I love her as much as I did previously.
There is also a very intense sequence between Starlight and Hughey with very high stakes, and I was not entirely sure where it was going to go. But the payoff was solid, although I’m sure there will be some character fallout later. I also enjoyed the relationship between The Seven, and Giancarlo Esposito’s Stan Edgar. There’s turmoil there. Edgar is not Gus Fring, but he’s also not not Gus Fring.
Much like The Deep, A-Train is dealing with his own problems, but is still a member of The Seven, and there’s some significant drama there. He’s dealing with the fallout from his relationship with last season’s Popclaw (Brittany Allen), as well as health issues. He’s posturing, but that may not be in his best interest.
The final shot is powerful. It’s absolutely hardcore. No, it’s not violent, just suggestive. In fact, the shot is in the trailers, but it’s out of context. That written, we the audience realize “okay this character is not pleased”. Bring on episode 4!
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 will dropped on Amazon Prime on September 4th, with the remainder of the episodes dropping on each Friday thereafter.