SPOILER ALERT: The following review contains some spoilery details from this series.
The action-packed superhero deconstruction of The Boys returns for a second season with all the violence, social commentary, and gore it can stuff into a television series. Based on the equally over-the-top comic book series by Garth Ennis, Amazon’s version of The Boys does not pull any punches either. There does seem to be however, more of an examination of interpersonal relationships this time around, but that approach manages to increase the stakes for the renegade crew and their allies.
Annie understandably does not trust anyone anymore, not even Hughie, and maybe especially him, but she is a superhero after all, and knows that she needs to help him in order to take down Vought. The problem is that Vought is more powerful than even they know, and Mr. Edgar is afraid of nothing and no one, not the United states Government, not Homelander, and will stop at nothing to do what he deems necessary for the continued success of the company.
Meanwhile, The Boys are holing up in the headquarters of a gang that Frenchie has been helping smuggle guns and drugs. As it turns out, they can’t really be trusted either. Go figure.
Though this second season begins in a dark and hopeless place, both literally with Hughie waking up in the hideout, and figuratively since the good guys are wanted murderers and the bad guys control the narrative and seem to be winning, it is comforting to note that things are only going to get worse for the underdogs.
The Bottom Line
The dark and darkly comic The Boys continues with all the gore and violence as one might expect. If Hughie isn’t covered in blood, then something is truly missing.