The first three episodes of the second season of The Boys are out now on Amazon Prime Video. This show turns the superhero myth on its head making them into the biggest celebrities on the planet. This means they have an image to present, brand deals, social media presence, the works. The show also makes sure to present most of the “supes” as the biggest self-serving self-absorbed asshats on the planet.
The Boys, Season Two brings us back to Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Kapon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) as they are still in the run and have not heard from Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) in a while. This cannot remain this way for long. Things are about to go from bad to worse as someone dealing in human trafficking has just brought a new super-powered being into American shores.
Meanwhile, the Seven is trying to recollect their image. Homelander (Antony Starr) is hassling Billy’s wife Becca (Shantel VanSanten) and her son, which may be Homelander’s. Annie aka Starlight (Erin Moriarty) is trying to get her hands on Compound V. The rest of the team, Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), A-Train (Jessie Usher) and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) have their own issues to reveal. Add to that former member the Deep (Chace Crawford) who’s on rickety journey of self-discovery and a new member of the Seven, the volatile Stormfront (Aya Cash).
The show is highly irreverent. While the image of what superheroes are and how they behave is well known to most audiences at this point, this series turns the concept on its head and show all the abuses of power as well as a meta-criticism of first-world imperialism whenever the “supes” are called to deal with any foreign threat.
Highly recommended for audiences that are not afraid to challenge the hero myth. Family-friends (and SuperFriends) might want to opt out due to the violence, gore and adult themes. If you loved the first season, this one will be a lot more of the same with some additional character development, if the first three episodes are on par with the next. If you didn’t, then this is not for you. This is not a show that holds back its punches.
That will do for now.