Friday, September 18, 2020

REVIEW: 'The Boys' - Homelander Relies on Stormfront to Survive a PR Disaster Showcasing His Amorality in 'We Gotta Go Now'

Amazon's The Boys - Episode 2.05 "We Gotta Go Now"

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In 2019, the television industry aired 532 scripted shows across numerous outlets. The way people consume content now is different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, it's less necessary to provide ample coverage of each episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site provides shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of Amazon's The Boys.

"We Gotta Go Now" was written by Ellie Monahan and directed by Batan Silva

This drama doesn't always do seriousness well. It's a fantastical story about superheroes with the tragic and extreme consequences of their daily actions. It's silly while always being horrifying as it embraces the gore and blind patriotism. It's not particularly subtle either. Homelander is always on the brink of committing mass genocide. If a crowd of people voice opposition and hatred towards him, he feels the urge to kill all of them. The descent isn't a part of the national conversation about the direction of the country. Instead, it's a personal feeling of rage and belief that he is mightier than those who criticize him. He is accustomed to winning praise by playing into tropes that have proven to be patriotic and rousing in the past. It doesn't matter that he kills innocent people and just accepts that as collateral damage for doing a good job. He should be held accountable. People with powers have to use them responsibly. Instead, he seeks to terrorize. He goes to this rally against him believing he can win over a crowd of protestors with his empty words. He fails. That shows how a crowd of people is actually powerful against one person who controls so much. The show displays just how horrible all of this could have gone. And yes, it still fundamentally concludes with Homelander managing to survive this PR crisis. All it takes is the right levels of deception. He already masters that whenever he has to emotionally manipulate the people around him. His way of life has been successful for a long time. Stormfront has simply proven more adept at evolving and remaining relevant. She clearly has some grand ambitions that are slowly revealing themselves. She is armed with information while hiding behind a cheery and straightforward demeanor. If people are more concerned about Homelander, then they don't recognize the threat coming from her. She probably doesn't need to be in a sexual relationship with him. She doesn't need to help him out of this crisis of his own making. It suits her goals for the moment. She doesn't break easily. She is allowed to play with someone she deems on the same level as her. But again, that's a terrifying idea because it proves that the most dangerous heroes are now working together. They have already taken so many innocent lives. The show states that humans need connection in order to survive. Those two being there for each other may only increase the suffering and despair felt elsewhere in the world. They prioritize themselves and their abilities to be lifted up as the gods they deem themselves to be. It doesn't matter that their biases are destructive to the overall call for inclusion and peace. They must use their powers to maintain their own sense of priority in this life. Annie may fight against it. But she is slowly putting the pieces together. She is facing off with a threat who is much more skilled and troublesome than she is currently aware of. The same applies to Butcher. He is ready to give up. He wants to stop living after being rejected by Becca. It's a serious conversation. It's one essentially about suicide and how Hughie has to be there for Butcher like he was there for him. These characters are exhausted. They are trying to expose corruption and create a better world. It's hard and arduous work. One that leads to homes being destroyed and families being hurt. But it's still rooted around friendship. Hughie and MM refuse to let Butcher sacrifice himself in a blaze of glory. As such, Butcher has to be there for them too. He may bluff his way to freedom by cutting a deal with Edgar through Black Noir. That also shows the strengths of these bonds. This friendship provides purpose and support while also calling out just how terrible each other is. People are constantly trying to make moves hoping for the best. They may be at the mercy of those in power with grand designs on how to rule the world. Human connection is necessary but may also be everyone's greatest weakness. That is the overall theme of this series. It's not subtle. But sometimes the action is compelling enough to make it all go down in a nice and enjoyable way. Sure, the audience should remain concerned about all of these characters. The stakes are always incredibly high. Butcher is terrified for his friends after realizing Black Noir has tracked him down. That fight is absolutely brutal as well. The Boys still aren't entirely matched for their powerful foes. As such, it takes more than brute force in order to prevail. That mentality needs to be clever and well executed too. Powers are wonderful and are fully on display. Holding them accountable despite the odds is just as necessary though. That sense of morality remains muddled because of the actions everyone has made. It's still a brutal and gory show. That message is still delivered despite all of the mess.