[Review] The Boys season 2: a successful comeback for the worst superhero
It’s back to school for some, it’s been a week like Ron’s Gone Wrong no other for others and for us, it’s mainly the return of the lesser heroes we know. The Boys return to Amazon Prime Video for a three-episode salute, then one every Friday. Season 2 is placed under the cuddles and kisses sign. We’re kidding.
This year 2020 will be nothing but big trouble from start to finish. The proof is that we are already Shang Chi in September but it’s already Christmas with the presence of Amazon Prime Video from the first three episodes of season 2 of The Boys. We know what you’re telling yourself: “There’s nothing to get carried away with, this is just the umpteenth series about superheroes and they only see three episodes”. Except that Sompoi we shouldn’t be too quick to lose sight of the prominence of season one completely updating the genre with unpublished portraits of these more unscrupulous heroes. Success inevitably triggers the desire to see the rest, hence the impatience and excitement to find them again. So we throw ourselves at these three warm-up episodes like doughnuts after a long diet. The obvious introduction is frustrating, but gives us a good taste of what we’ll be eating during this new season.
We continue where we left off with our Boys, now public Squid Game enemy number 1, while Seven (and the others) are even more untouchable than before. Between arrivals in super-terrorist (or villain) territory and new recruits to the Seven, we find ourselves falling straight into beautiful chaos. We couldn’t ask for better.
Good news first: the trio of Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen have no intention of being wise anymore. True to the comic book spirit created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, they continue The Medium to portray a society plagued by the ubiquitous existence of idealized superheroes. The latter is in fact instrumented and above all absolutely insane. As a result, season 2 plunges us right back into the vulgar, bloody, and sadly so relevant bathhouse that we love so much.
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If season 1 had to waste a little time The Last Duel setting up the universe, its code, and the creatures that live there, this second batch could quickly get to the heart of the matter and question the characters about their actions. Emptying the notions of good and bad down the toilet, the series likes to play the mirror between “good” and “bad”, each ultimately acting only through its own totally unbalanced moral balance.
Between a Homelander (who is always perfect in the role of Antony Starr) who thinks himself above all rules and a Butcher (the charismatic Karl Urban) who is ready to break it all, the parallels Thong Dee Fun Khao become clear especially when the show gives them a common goal around family. A parallel we find very quickly when these leaders see their leadership questioned by less extreme (but no less insane) peers.
The perfect transition to talk about petty news: Aya Cash, aka Stormfront, a social-networking-addicted feminist superhero intent on breaking the rules among the Seven. This recruit is a breath Venom 2 of fresh air by prolonging the turbulence generated by the #MeToo era while attributing it to a particular irreverence for the series. In word or deed, the young lady would do very badly and she would do well.
Overall, we can even say that it was the women who gave their best Virgin Territory during these first three episodes since among the Seven, Starlight gains confidence where Maeve talks about her flaws. On the Boys side, the girl band, Kimiko also takes over her friends with the arrival of a more personal arc.
Without a drop in pace, The Boys managed to sign a comeback that was worthy of what was expected of him. Far from being haphazard, the violence is despicable, palpable, and shocking Haunting Me on many occasions, constantly associated with scenarios to shake consciences. Explosive returns in every sense of the word.