This review of The Boys Season 2 will be spoiler-free. To see my coverage of The Boys Season One, click here.
IMDB Link: The Boys (Season 2)
Creator: Eric Kripke
Stars: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty
Synopsis: A group of vigilantes set out to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers.
I was a big fan of the first season of The Boys. It was my second favourite new show of the year (only behind Chernobyl) and was completely different to anything I had seen on TV. It felt completely relevant, dark and was unafraid to put out these messages that needed to be heard. I was concerned that the show-runners would not be able to capture that same magic in a second season. However, this season may just be even better than the first.
I will start out with the one downside of this season before diving into every other aspect that I loved, and that is the storyline with A-Train and The Deep. It is clear that the show-runners want to keep both of these characters alive and for further stories, but they felt out of place this season. It felt weird whenever the show would break away to them, as it purely felt like a reminder to the audience that these two characters exist and they do have bigger things coming soon. It just seemed like there was no way to fit them into this storyline, and that made for awkward moments when the scene cuts and they are sitting around, not doing much to drive the narrative forward. They are great characters though and I certainly hope that they both have a lot more to do in the next season.
Aside from that small issue, the show stepped up every other element. The main premise of this season focuses on the newest superhero to join Vought, Stormfront. Not only was I really impressed by the performance given by Aya Cash, but the writing takes this character beyond anything seen on the show previously. It is incredibly hard to go hand-to-hand with Antony Starr and his portrayal of Homelander, but she shares the screen with him for a lot of the series and is able to keep up and stay on par with him.
This show handles several different plots, this time breaking up The Seven into three main storylines. Having the group have this connection all to the same company helps all of the sub-plots tie in nicely together, something that lacked a little in the first season. There was not one story that I was more invested in than the other, because all of them felt important and all of them were as developed as each other. There was not simply one message or narrative with this season, and I commend the show-runners for keeping all of them balanced.
This season did not just focus on the cultural impact of the superhero genre and the financial side of the business, as season one was heavily focused on. This season became much darker, focusing on issues such as immigration, white supremacy and LGBTQ+ rights. This is now so much more than just a show about superheroes, this became a show about equal rights and making your voices heard. It doesn’t lose the dark humour and graphic superhero violence that lends itself to the genre or that the show focused on in the first season. It just becomes much more important and much more sophisticated in its messages and impact, and I love that it did.
Streaming platforms are taking over the formula for making TV, and the quality is becoming that of a film. Whilst superhero shows have existed for the past decade, this may just be the highest-quality in terms of production and visual effects. The work that the team put behind-the-scenes to get this to look like the quality of an MCU film is stunning. It’s not simply the visual effects work that helps bring this world to life, but it is also the costumes, the production, the sound, the editing. Everything here is extremely tight, even down to the script talking about the physics of the superpowers and what would happen in our world if these things did happen.
It is safe to say that I am seriously impressed with season two of The Boys. This is a show that is hard to predict and gripping to watch from the first moment to the last. Every episode this season got better and better, and I will be writing a spoiler-heavy piece to cover my full thoughts on the new characters and the final episode. There are not only plans for a season three (starring the wonderful Jensen Ackles from Supernatural) as well as a spin-off focusing on an academy training potential supes, and I just want all of that content now.
Have you had a chance to check out season two of The Boys yet? What do you make of this series? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section and let’s have a discussion.