The Boys s2e1: The Big Ride

Air Date: September 4, 2020

Rating: 8/10

The Boys are back and as this season kicks off we find out that Homelander has even more issues than we thought, without Butcher, Hughie tries to lead the Boys for some reason, and someone’s head literally explodes!

I thought it was a bit odd that we started what feels like a few days to a few months after where the last one ended. It’s just that the first season ended on such a cliffhanger that I thought it would start exactly where that one finished. Well, way to subvert my expectations Amazon Prime.

Outside of that, this was kind of a weird one with more focus being on Homelander as he tries to lead the Seven without Elisabeth Shue’s character to handle the marketing side of things. He’s a horrible tyrant and I don’t know if they’re trying to show the human side of him, which I think died a long time ago, or just to reiterate what a terrible person a real Superman would be, something they covered pretty well throughout the first season. I still found it entertaining, and I know the Boys are in hiding right now so they can’t do much, but I think I’d rather have more focus on A-Train, who I grew to like quite a bit by the end of the first season, or maybe it’s more of a “like to hate” sort of thing.

There’s a great scene with Giancarlo Esposito that describes the history of Vought a little bit. It makes me want to see more flashbacks of some kind to see who these WWII Supes were.


+8: Pretty good, though a bit oddly placed and perhaps too much Homelander overall

-1: Homelander is a great villain, but I feel the focus really shouldn’t be on him this much

+1: Giancarlo Esposito is probably the only person in the world who could talk down to Homelander and live to tell the tale, and I’m not even talking about the character he plays!

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