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The Premiere Episodes of The Boys Season 2 Is Pretty Damn Diabolical

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BY September 4, 2020
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Amazon Prime Video’s original comic book adaptation The Boys released its season 2 episodes earlier than expected. Scheduled for September 4, last night saw the early debut of the show as an unexpected surprise. And boys, what a surprise! The Boys season 2 premieres episodes one to three, followed by a weekly schedule going forward. Those first three episodes are actually pretty amazing. So here’s a complete recap of The Boys season 2 premiere episodes. 

Warning: I will be getting into a lot of Spoilers for these three episodes, so make sure to watch the episodes on Prime Video right now before getting into this recap. 

The Boys Season 2 Premiere Episodes Sets Up The Entire Season

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There’s a lot to unpack in the premiere episodes of The Boys season 2. The status quo of our main characters are not exactly the greatest when our story begins, but the situation gets exponentially worse each episode. This is a series that likes to challenge its characters, and they almost never get too comfortable. At best, they’re lucky to get a moment to breathe.  

Season 2 Episode 1 – The Big Ride

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The story of Season 2 starts off with the same three minutes which debuted at a live panel earlier this summer. Thanks to Homelander (Antony Starr) there are now Super Terrorists— I mean, Villains— in the world. So Supes are now in the military, while the Boys themselves, our lead heroes, are fugitives from the law. Butcher (Karl Urban) is missing, while Hughie (Jack Quaid) and the crew are helping out a criminal gang to get passports and escape. 

After a funeral held for Translucent by The Seven, we’re treated to a great sequence that shows the difference between Annie’s (Erin Moriarty) new life and Hughie’s. While she tries to reconcile her life as a double-agent living in luxury, Hughie lives in a crap-hole. The two are still secretly working on exposing Vought and Compound V. Unlike Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) and Frenchie (Tomer Capon), Hughie still wants to bring down the Seven, instead of just running away.

After the death of Stillwell (Elisabeth Shue), with Butcher framed for her murder, there’s a regime change at Vought. The boss, Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) becomes more hands-on, while Stillwell’s replacement is actually a pawn put into place by Homelander. Tensions rise as the new superhero in The Seven, Stormfront (Aya Cash) riles up the status quo by challenging Homelander in public. She’s definitely not an obedient pawn, using profanity and brash language. There’s also a new Super Terrorist in America, thanks to the criminals the Boys are helping out. When they go to Rayner (Jennifer Esposito) the deputy director of the CIA, she seems to figure something out. But then she immediately dies in a gruesome way before revealing anything. The episode ends with the return of Butcher, who promises to make it all okay. 

Season 2 Episode 2 – Proper Preparation And Planning

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The second episode of The Boys season 2 is all about Homelander and his newfound family. While Butcher is back, he doesn’t remember how he escaped Homelander’s clutches, as seen in the season 1 finale. He doesn’t know where his wife Becca is and has to piece it together from memory. On the other hand, Homelander ends up spending some quality time with his new son, Ryan along with Butcher’s wife Becca (Shantel VanSante). It is strongly implied that Becca made a deal with Homelander for Butcher’s life. Thus, he gets to try to be a part of the boy’s life.

Starlight and the newcomer Stormfront bond over a press tour. Stormfront is not at all like the rest of them, as she openly defies Vought’s company policies and PR tactics. Unlike Starlight, who started out as a Christian-themed superhero, Stormfront curses, gets confrontational, but seems eager to do real superhero-ing. The two somewhat become friends, just as A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) returns and confronts Starlight. Coming to a mutually threatening truce with A-Train, Starlight somewhat gets him off her back, as she finally gets a sample of Compound V to expose Vought and the superhero situation. 

The Boys make a deal to clear their name by hunting down the new Super Terrorist. Only to find out that it’s actually Kimiko’s long-lost brother. The two unite, but the brother hates Americans for what they did to his village and family and wants revenge. The terrorist, it seems, is Kimiko’s brother and now serving the terror group that kidnapped them. When she finds out he plans to go ahead with the plot, she stands up to him. Ultimately the Boys, with Kimiko’s help subdue him. 

Season 2 Episode 3 – Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men

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The last of the premiere episodes of season 2 of The Boys brings the drama and action. The Boys escape with Kimiko’s brother to the ocean on a boat, waiting for the cavalry to clear their name. In the meantime, Homelander tries to surface his son’s powers, only to put him in physical danger. But that’s when his true manifests, to Homelander’s delight, but at Becca’s horror.

In the meantime, the truth of Compound V comes out, and Vought is in danger of  from the inside out. The episode ends with a huge action set-piece that sees the Boys chased down by the Deep and an army of sharks. It’s the same Whale imploding sequence we saw released at Comic-Con At Home. At the end of which Homelander confronts Starlight, demanding she kills Hughie. Butcher makes peace with Hughie by putting himself in harm’s way, as Kimiko’s brother saves the day. Stormfront ends up chasing him down though, murdering him in front of Kimiko’s eyes. During which, Stormfront ends up also murdering countless civilians and destroying homes. Something that Vought then spun as being a terrorist attack, furthering the need for Superheroes in society, while also successfully sidestepping the Compound V scandal. 

The Other Subplots In The Boys Season 2 Premiere Episodes

With so much going on, there were also a few other subplots that don’t connect to the major storylines. Yet. There’s Deep with his self-esteem issues, which makes him hit rock bottom. Getting recruited by a creepy new Church, he’s given his confidence back. How it happens, is hilarious as hell though. After drinking some special tea, Deeps’ gills start talking to him, revealing his unhealthy image of himself that led to his abuse of women. Through conversation and a hilarious song sequence, Deep begins to accept himself, gills and all. Patton Oswalt also voices the gills, by the way, which is just remarkable. 

The Power Dynamics Of The Boys Season 2

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The biggest takeaway from The Boys season 2’s premiere episodes is the current dynamic of the main team. While Butcher was the ruthless anti-hero in season 1, he comes off as a complete dick in season 2. His dismissal of everyone, especially Hughie, and his complete loss of pretense when it comes to his motivations, makes him very hard to like here. Especially seeing how Hughie’s motivations in comparison remain pure and idealistic. While the two seemingly bury the hatchet at the end of episode 3, I can’t help but wonder how much this back and forth will affect the rest of the season. 

I also feel that the dominoes of the Compound V reveal just toppled so far, with the consequences still to come. Black Noir, seemingly affected was last seen sobbing in a hallway. And while Deep’s story has so far been pretty pathetic, played for comic relief purposes thus far, I feel like he’s going to have a bigger role later on. 

The Villains Of Season 2 Are Scary As Hell

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The majority of The Boys season 2 premiere episodes set up Homelander’s main villain. He takes center stage as the sociopathic superhero with a superiority complex and mommy issues, who now wants to be a daddy himself. He’s scary, creepily charming, and just a complete psychopath. Starr’s performance is fast becoming a villain that might go down in fictional history as being iconic. But there may be someone else just as worthy.

Stormfront’s introduction seemed fun and awesome. She speaks her mind, bucks expectations, and hates Homelander. So far so good. But the last scene of episode three, reveals just how much of a psycho she is herself. Her blatant disregard for human life and disassociated nature make her equal to Homelander, but her idealistic nature may make her even more dangerous. Homelander himself doesn’t give a shit but believes he’s better than everyone else. Whereas Stormfront seems like she’s fighting for the everyman, but using the same tactics as Homelander. The power struggle in both the heroes and villains’ seems to the common thread of this season. 

The Boys season 2 is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. With new episodes coming weekly thereafter. 

What did you think of The Boys season 2 premiere episodes? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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