Review: The Boys Season 2 Episode 4 Is Beginning To Feel A Lot Like HBO’s Watchmen
The Boys continues to be one of the most interesting shows on TV right now. A superhero show where the Supers are the villains, while the everyday person is the hero, is pretty great. Especially when they seem to focus on the core emotionality of the stories, instead of the comic book spectacle of it all. The Boys season 2 episode 4 review points out just how all that comes together. And just how insanely dark the show gets. But most interestingly, this episode has some Watchmen vibes by the end of it all.
The Boys Season 2 Episode 4 Is A Road Trip With A Secret
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The episode begins with the aftermath of the crazy action scene from the last episode. Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) is dealing with her brother’s death, and stewing in hate against his killer, The Seven’s newest hero. Frenchie (Tomer Capon) spirals into a drug-addled bender, unable to console Kimiko, who it looks like he’s beginning to love? While Butcher (Karl Urban) gets a tip that leads directly to his wife. And unlike other MacGuffins, this season it looks like Butcher actually finds her.
While on the other hand, the death of Rayner (Jennifer Esposito) leads Mallory to give Butcher a clue that Rayner was looking into. So M.M. (Laz Alonso), Hughie (Jack Quaid), and an emotionally shaken Annie (Erin Moriarty) embark on a cute and fun road trip that has some pretty dark consequences. During all this Homelander (Antony Starr) is cleaning house as he realizes his leadership abilities, from an unlikely inspiration.
The Biggest Takeaways From Season 2 Episode 4 Of The Boys
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While the episode has some great moments of emotionality, heartbreak, and revelations, some very specific things leave a mark. Firstly, Butcher’s emotional reunion with his wife Becca (Shantel VanSanten) reveals how he survived his encounter with Homelander. However, she refuses to escape with him given his hate for superheroes, seeing how her son is half-super and Homelander’s son. That’s a spoiler from season 1 by the way. It’s a heartbreaking moment as Butcher’s entire reason for being leaves him, and it’s a wonder what’s he going to do from here. Although he’s got little time to figure it out, seeing that Black Noir is hot on his trail.
Then there’s Homelander and his continuing struggle to figure out his purpose. On the warpath, he begins by kicking out A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) from The Seven due to his heart issues. He then outs Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligot) as a lesbian on live television, and confronts his new nemesis, Stormfront. Homelander’s fragile ego and inferiority complex make him super dangerous. Especially when Stormfront calls him out on his insecurities.
The Main Story Of Season 2 Could Possibly Deal With Race Relations
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The biggest impact of The Boys season 2 episode 4 review is all about the payout from the road trip. Mallory finds the mention of an older Superhero named Liberty on Rayner’s hard drive. When M.M., Hughie, and Annie finally arrive at an address Mallory provided, they speak to an African-American woman, scared out of her mind. She reluctantly reveals to them that as a young girl, she witnessed Liberty murder her brother in a violent and racist fit. The woman’s parents were paid off, and she’s lived in silence ever since. That is until she saw the superhero who murdered her brother appearing in the newspapers every day recently, going by a new name, Stormfront (Aya Cash).
The very same Stormfront who is rallying fans under the cry of violence and anger to boost her credibility in public. Realizing that the new member of The Seven could be a slow-aging racist superhero leads The Boys down a new avenue entirely, trying to uncover her motivations and ultimate plan. The racism element definitely feels something from The Watchmen HBO series that heavily dealt with America’s history with race and racism. It seems this will be a significant part of the story in season 2. Savvy viewers, however, will recognize the connection this new member of the Seven’s name has with the white supremacist movement in the US.
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