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Our vigilantes are on the run from Homelander (Antony Starr) and the rest of the Seven in Amazon Prime’s second season the boys

The war between corrupt, evil superheroes and a band of vigilantes looking to expose their true nature and curb the power of ‘super’ in society is set to escalate dramatically, witness the first teaser for S2 of The boys. The Amazon Prime series — one of the most-watched series on the streaming platform when it debuted last year — is based on the comics of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.

(S1 spoilers below.)

the boys Set in a fictional universe where superheroes are real, but corrupted by corporate interests and a toxic celebrity-obsessed culture. Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) is a self-proclaimed vigilante who wants to control the bad behavior of the so-called “supes” – especially The Seven, the most elite superhero squad and thus the most corrupt. Butcher especially hates Seven leader Homelander (Antony Starr), a psychopath who raped his now-deceased wife. Butcher recruits an equally traumatized young man named Hugh “Hughie” Campbell (Jack Quaid, son of Dennis) to aid in his revenge after another Seven member, A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), used his super speed to literally running through Hughie’s girlfriend, killing her instantly.

At the same time, an idealistic young woman with powers, Starlight (Erin Moriarty), has just joined the ranks of The Seven, but the harsh reality of her coveted position doesn’t match her dreams. In addition to Homelander and A-Train, her new supercohorts are The Deep (Chace Crawford) who can breathe underwater and talk to the creatures there; Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), who is burned out and disillusioned with superhero life; Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell), who has superhuman strength and rarely speaks; and Translucent (Alex Hassell), who becomes invisible by turning his skin into a carbon metamaterial that distorts light around him. He’s not above taking advantage of that ability to admit his perverted voyeuristic tendencies.

In the first season, Butcher and Hughie join forces with Marvin, aka Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), and Kimiko, aka The Female (Karen Fukuhara). She has enhanced strength and healing abilities thanks to the injection of a performance-enhancing substance called Compound-V. The Boys trace the compound’s source back to Vought International, the parent company behind the Seven, which has used it to create more superheroes. But someone else has gotten their hands on Compound-V and is using it to create super-powered terrorists.

The S1 finale ended on a major cliffhanger: Butcher, planning to blow himself up and take Homelander with him, changes his mind when the psychotic superhero tells him he’s found out that Butcher’s ex-wife, Becca, is still alive — and her Raising Son, the result of her rape by Homelander.

In my review last year I called S1 from the boys “an insanely funny, darkly irreverent adaptation” and “ideal late summer therapy for anyone who’s grown a little tired of the constant onslaught of superhero movies.” Judging by the first teaser, S2 promises to be just as gory, brilliant, and downright insane as the first. According to the official premise:

Butcher, Hughie and the team recover from their losses in Season 1. On the run from the law, they struggle to fight back against the superheroes. While Vought, the company that runs the heroes, cashes in on the panic over the threat of Super Villains, and a new hero, Stormfront, shakes up the company and challenges an already unstable Homelander.

There aren’t many additional details in the teaser, which begins as our (anti-)heroes watch a TV announcement of an interstate manhunt for Butcher and his “known associates,” an aggressive media campaign led, of course, by Homelander. “We’re famous now!” explains Frankie. Butcher seems on the run, but it isn’t long before he rejoins The Boys. The Seven still appear in public because “the world still needs superheroes” – and the public usually doesn’t know what jerks these particular “heroes” actually are.

We get our first glimpse of Stormfront, a new female member of The Seven, who will most likely replace the late Translucent. Homelander continues to bully the rest of The Seven behind the scenes, and his psychopathic tendencies begin to spill over into the public sphere. When a random man in the crowd rejects him, he zaps the culprit into oblivion with his laser eyes. And he turns out to be a terrible father to the young son he fathered with Butcher’s ex-wife: we see him laughing with the boy on the roof of a house before pushing the boy off and dropping him (presumably Homelander tries to the little guy to fly).

the boys S2 will debut on Amazon Prime on September 4, 2020.

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By akfire1

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