“The Boys” season 2 finale premiered last Friday, bringing a season I felt overall lukewarm about to a very climactic end.
*Big time spoiler warning!*
Just when I was starting to think season 2 of “The Boys” was only kind of ‘meh’ they brought out all the stops for the season finale. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the whole season, but it felt like it was dragging a little. From the jarring beginning leaving room for questions like where’s Butcher (Karl Urban)? And What is happening with the boys? To the plot lines involving [Spoilers] Homelander’s (Anthony Starr) son, and The Deep (Chace Crawford) joining a cult, I just really couldn’t get into it like I did the first season.
From the jump in season one I was hooked. I mean, Hughie’s (Jack Quaid) girlfriend literally explodes in the first few moments. Maybe season two didn’t need that shock factor because we were already hooked in season one.
That’s not to say there wasn’t shock factor. Homelander’s using Doppelganger (Dan Darin-Zanco) to fill the void in the wake of Madelyn Stillwell’s (Elisabeth Shue) death and being greeted with a glass of milk (iykyk) every time he came to the cabin was enough cringe for the whole season.
And perhaps I was just a little slow to the draw, but I didn’t really put two and two together as to why Stormfront (Aya Cash) didn’t like A-Train (Jessie T. Usher). It wasn’t until he handed over her files to be publicly released, calling her a “Nazi b—-” that I realized she was a total racist. And we eventually get to see this in full force when she tells Ryan about racism toward white people. How relevant of a story line in today’s world to include online Neo-Nazis and people taking matters into their own hands? I mean it’s almost like a social commentary.
But of course, there was no shock factor like Stormfront and everything she did. Her character actually brought my most favorite scene that has ever existed in film or television, and that is the serious beat down she incurs from the ladies. Contrary to the scene in “Avengers: Endgame” (you know the one) this scene felt organic and lasted longer than 16 seconds. Not to mention that while the ladies are kicking butt, the men on standby are just that, men on standby. They are human and they step back and let the super ladies handle business.
This moment also finally gives us a glimpse into Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) as an actual bad ass, not just the ‘Brave Maeve’ press lie everyone’s been fed.
I’ve got to be honest and say I was starting to worry. As a fan of “Supernatural” for several years now and seeing how female characters are disposable on that series, I wasn’t sure how creator Eric Kripke was going to treat these ladies. But after seeing what he’s done with characters like Starlight (Erin Moriarty) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) I’m confident in his ability to generate strong female leads who aren’t destined to die just to propel forward the male lead’s story line.
My other complaint with this season was Hughie’s story. The first season really shows him finding his voice, embarking on his very own hero’s journey. But season two fell flat for me with Hughie. There was a whisper of a moment when I thought he might become the new leader in Butcher’s absence, but alas, he was reduced once again to the good guy sidekick. Maybe season three really will see him stand on his own two feet, as he says in the season finale.
While the finale had a lot of happy endings for people like Hughie and Starlight, MM(Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and Kimiko, and not so great endings for the Butcher family or Stormfront, fans were also left with a huge question when we finally see who’s been exploding all those heads. But the question now remains, which side does she play for? And of course we couldn’t end the season without a little Homelander weirdness (see masturbating on the roof of a NYC skyscraper).
I’m excited for season three, and no, it’s not just because Jensen Ackles is joining the cast as “The Boys'” version of Captain America, I genuinely hope the plot will be as exciting as the comic’s premise promises. Only one more year to wait, right?