The Boys Season 2 – Loud News Net Expert Panel Discussion
For years, the only show worth checking out on Amazon Prime was “Mr. Robot.” The cyberpunk, dystopian show put the streaming service in the ring with the likes of Netflix and Hulu. During the first few rounds, Amazon Prime came out swinging. But after four seasons, “Mr. Robot” was canceled. Then the streaming service solidified itself with the superhero parody show, “The Boys.”
The show made a name for itself when it first premiered last summer with darkly comic themes and nauseating levels of violence. But what made “The Boys” special, however, was how it turned classic superhero tropes on its head; and it did so during a time when we’re all sick and tired of superheroes stories.
“The Boys” took the DC movies route; they took superheroes out of the comic books and into the real world. However, unlike DC’s latest batch of films which take themselves too seriously, “The Boys” is political, social, and cultural satire at its best.
In one episode, “Homelander,” a sociopathic Superman-type hero played by Anthony Starr, lets a plane full of civilians die because it would result in better PR. In the season one premiere, “A-Train,” the team’s Flash, accidentally bumps into the protagonist’s girlfriend at lightspeed, causing her to explode accidentally. At least he said “sorry” to her boyfriend Huey, who’s played by Jack Quaid.
Season two of “The Boys” has a lot to live up to. And many argued it wasn’t off to a great start when the show’s creator, Erik Kripke, decided to release one episode a week on Fridays.
But we at Loud News Net say: “Who gives a shit,” because this season of “The Boys” is incredible, and maybe even better than the first. So, I teamed up with the founder of LNN, The Mean. He then looped in his long time collaborator on the mic, his homie VasaB. And then we gave our expert opinions on the matter at hand – The Boys, Season 2….so far
How Are You Liking The Show so Far?
Isaiah: This season has gone beyond my expectations. It started out slow, with Hughie being a little bitch around Bucher (also, just being a bitch in general) but it’s really picked up in the last few episodes. This feels like the right show to come out amidst all the chaos of 2020.
The Mean: Season 2 seems like they ramped up the intensity and the shock value. Not a bad thing. A lot of fake blood and whale intestines. I love it so far!
VasaB: It’s bonkers with a side of off the chain. Liking the parallels being drawn between Homelander’s/Stormfront’s agenda and that of a certain orange fascist…
Which Character is Your Favorite? And Why?
Isaiah: At the risk of jumping on a bandwagon, I’m going with Stormfront, played by Aya Rachel Cash. Her initial onscreen appearance led me to believe she’d be the “Tween” of the group. But goddamn has she stole the show. Now, she seems to be the key character to unlocking a lot of the show’s mystery.
The Mean: Give me good ol’ Billy Butcher on this one. His casual pursuit of carnage and chaos really makes the show fun. There seems like there is still a lot more we don’t know about him too. Like how has he not been squashed by a Supe yet? His CIA connections? His overall history with Homelander? Obviously, part of it is his wife being stolen by Homelander, but there still seems to be something else. He has a good sense of humor and his overuse of the C-word really makes me laugh. I think the other thing is, despite his hate for Homelander, he is in some ways a shadowy human reflection of him, with his desire to win through violence.
VasaB: I waaanna say Billy Butcher, mainly due to his fantastic ability to gratuitously use the C-word but only in reference to male characters…I also wanna say Kimiko cuz she peels doods’ faces off…but I gotta go with Mother’s Milk. The most likable “good guy” with the biggest heart who still can and will whup that ass if you’re on the wrong side of things…and have you peeped his t-shirts? So far he’s repped BDP, PE and even the Black Panthers’ Free Food Program.
What Criticism do You Have of This Season?
Isaiah: The Frenchie and Kimiko storyline is boring. These characters were solid in the first season, but now they’re distractions from more interesting plot threads.
The Mean: I am a little done with the Hughie and Starlight lame-fest. Still trying to figure out what value Hughie adds to “The Boys” crew of human rebels. Doesn’t seem like he cares much anymore about his fiancée that A-Train splattered in the opening episode. So why is he invested at all anymore? Besides that, he’s milquetoast.
VasaB: The side story about the Deep’s woes and cultish adventures…meh. There’s plenty other craziness going on, can do without his gilled ass whining. However, I’ve never read the comics and I’m guessing they’ll tie it all together eventually. Butcher will prolly call him a c***.
Favorite Scene of Season 2?
Isaiah: Homelander sucking on Doppelganger’s tits. Or when Homelander lasers the entire crowd of protestors.
The Mean: I think the crew riding the speedboat through the beached whale was pretty spectacular. Then showing them inside the whale was perfectly done. Took me back to some old school horror movie type effects. Pretty brilliant in a world of CGI.
VasaB: I mean…Kimiko did peel a dood’s face off…
How do You See The Rest of The Season Playing Out?
Isaiah: Homelander has to have a weakness, a kryptonite. I don’t know what it is. Maybe its just that his son is stronger than he is. Either way, our heroes will find it and decided to take on America’s golden boy. Then he’ll probably fuck them all up. But, its Stormfront who we’ll have to keep our eye on.
The Mean: I think this season is setting up to lose a key character. One of the good guys. They seem to have been creating a lot of noise with very little consequence to this point. Flying a little too close to the sun.
VasaB: Turns out Hughie has the dopest super power of all of them that’s he’s unknowingly suppressed all these years and he saves the day…by battling Homelander’s son, who has been trained and shaped by his father and Stormfront to be the most evil and powerful villain of then Supes 🤯🤯🤯