In Review: The Boys (S2 – Ep 8) – What I Know

The Boys and Starlight take on Homelander and Stormfront
The Boys

Synopsis: Becca shows up on Butcher’s doorstep and begs for his help. The Boys agree to back Butcher, and together with Starlight, they finally face off against Homelander and Stormfront.

 

The Story

Picking the story up from last week. Victoria Neuman’s attempts to bring Vought to account have seemingly failed thanks to an unidentified super. Furthermore, Homelander and Stormfront taking off with Becca’s son has only spurred her into going to The Boys for help.

Billy agrees to help Becca and manages to get the backing of The Boys on a diabolical plan, which exposes the truth about Stormfront while weakening Homelander’s position.

 

The Acting

The acting gong for this week’s show goes to Cameron Crovetti for his portrayal of young Ryan Butcher. This young actor puts in a very mature performance for his age and has a few very difficult scenes within the story. The scenes he shares with Antony Starr and Aya Cash are both brilliant and disturbing as Homelander and Stormfront try to groom the young boy into their world view.

Additionally, we get great performances from Karl Urban and Shantel VanSanten as Billy and Becca Butcher.

 

Overall

This was a very different season finale than last year in that Homelander gets his butt handed to him. It was great to see Billy get some payback, but it was also tragic to see the costs of that payback. Especially when it concerns Ryan.

The subplot concerning The Deep and A-Train trying to get back into The Seven pays off. Insomuch as A-Train’s decision to help Starlight and Hughie expose Stormfront’s secret gives them the tools that Billy needs to enact his plan to divide and conquer. The Boys essentially get themselves a win, but it is a costly one.

The episode also sows some seeds for next season as we learn that Victoria Neuman may not be who she claims to be. Quite what her agenda is remains to be seen. But I for one look forward to finding out.

9.9
The Boys (S2 - Ep 8) - What I Know
  • Story
    10
  • Acting
    10
  • CGI & Stunts
    10
  • Incidental Music
    9.6

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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