Directors: Batan Silva
Writers: Ellie Monahan
Cast: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, Nathan Mitchell, Colby Minfie, Aya Cash, Giancarlo Esposito, Shawn Ashmore, Greg Grunberg, P.J Byrne, Barbara Gordon, Lovina Yavari
‘We Gotta Go Now’ Air Date: 18/09/2020
The Boys Season Two is currently available to stream via Amazon Prime with new episodes releasing every Friday.
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This week’s episode was a big joke in the direction of DC Comics and Zack Snyder. Really bleak cinematography and melodramatic dialogue are at the centre of the in-show film ‘Rise of the Seven,’ which is kinda funny. But I feel the Snyder jokes have grown tiring. Especially in the year 2020 with a Snyder Cut Justice League on its way. Although, I’ll give credit for that opening and the snort it managed to get out of me when we heard Ruby (Lovina Yavari) say: “so who are you Maeve?” Too which Maeve (Dominique McElligott), filming the ‘Rise of The Seven’ films responds, “I’m not like you. I’m gay.”
But of course, The Seven would be playing themselves in a Hollywood movie and Homelander (Antony Starr) is in charge of every decision being made. This includes the exploration of Maeve’s sexuality. I did appreciate how they make a point of her being bisexual and how Hollywood has a way of ‘gay washing’ bisexual people.
Maeve seems pretty fed-up with Homelander this episode as she starts to realise he won’t be letting her out of his torment anytime soon. The final moments of the episode set up some sort of alliance between Maeve and The Deep (Chace Crawford). It seems we might be heading towards an “enemy of my enemy, is my friend” situation with The Boys needing the help of some supes’ to takedown the duo of Homeland and Starlight.
The ‘Rise of The Seven’ movie wasn’t the only Snyder-inspired thing in this episode. Homelanders leaked video where he burns a hole through a civilian which causes a mass turn of popularity against him is reminiscent of the Batman v Superman. In that film, the public began to question who has control over Superman after he travels outside American and causes potential civilian casualties. Of course, in that Snyder directed film, Clarke Kent is a lot more apologetic than Homelander. There was even that moment where it seems he’s set himself free and let loose on his temptations and laser-eyed hundreds, but it was just a daydream.
Our core Boys crew is still at-ends in this episode. We at least get to see Butcher (Karl Urban) come back aboard the team following a near-death moment against Black Noire (Nathan Mitchell). But I didn’t care for the continuing attitude between him and Hughie (Jack Quaid).
Kimiko is doing hit-jobs now though and most definitely off-grid when it comes to the overall team-game. She somehow managed to out brutalise Homelander this episode by literally tearing someones face-off.
I’d have enjoyed this episode more if it didn’t seem to be having as much fun with the ‘Rise of The Seven’ gags as it clearly was. Everyone is kinda getting into their own lanes as we move into the final three episodes of the season and it’ll be interesting to see how Homelander and Stormfront’s (Aya Cash) relationship continues. Their end-episode sex scene was probably one of the most graphic and brutal ones I’ve seen in a tv show in some time, but it really seels their chaotic relationship. I still can’t help but wonder how willing Homelander will be to play ball when it’s clear Stormfront has a plan in place and it’s most likely global domination.
Black Noire being directly in Stan’s (Giancarlo Esposito) ear probably isn’t something we should forget quickly either. Neither is the small appearance of ‘Man in Scrubs’ played by Shawn Ashmore.
All shoutouts to Terror finally showing up in this episode.