Friday, October 2, 2020

REVIEW: 'The Boys' - Devastating Choices Are Made During a Congressional Hearing in 'Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker'

Amazon's The Boys - Episode 2.07 "Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker"

Congresswoman Victoria Neuman's sham Congressional Hearing against Vought takes place in 3 DAYS. Are we going to let her criminalize Superheroes when we need them most? We have to stand up against such blatant partisan politics. Please join fellow Patriotic Americans and send $20 to VOUGHTPROMISE.COM to tell Neuman and her Kangaroo Court Cronies that they won't win, "Not On Our Watch."

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.

"Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker" was written by Craig Rosenberg and directed by Stefan Schwartz

Butcher and Homelander were both raised by fathers who demanded them to always be strong. They were meant to associate that with masculinity. They had to be powerful. They would be massive disappointments if they failed. These two figures are seen as opposing forces. They are both destructive though. They are always reckless with their actions. People get hurt as a result of whatever they want to do. They don't particularly care about how others are feeling in any given moment. The walls around Butcher have started to fall this season. His heart was broken after Becca decided not to run away with him. He still has so much hard emotional work to do to prove himself a good enough man for her. That may happen very quickly because Homelander takes Ryan away from his mother. He just grabs whatever he deems he deserves. People prop up that fragile male ego as well. It's all part of this belief system that the man is superior and has certain rights no matter how heinous they actually are. Homelander feels entitled to his son solely because of that biological connection. He can make the emotional plea to Becca about not wanting Ryan to have a childhood just like his. However, he actively turns son against mother in an attempt to manipulate everything to his liking. Stormfront backs him up every step of the way. She sees the wonders of a natural born child with superpowers. That is the next stage of evolution. But that may also mean she'll use him to advance the science. She already led a facility where adults were being experimented on with Compound V. She is looking for a stabilizing agent. The world is unstable. The pursuit of justice and getting the truth out there is foiled once more. Mallory pleads with MM to get out of this life and escape to his family. It's the decision she wishes she made a long time ago. She has the wisdom to know that this fight will never truly end. It's just continually ongoing. Some victories can be made. Moments feel rousing and successful. In the end, it may still fall apart because heads literally explode. That is pure chaos. The secrets of Vought will be kept once more. Plus, Annie has been labeled as a traitor. She has been imprisoned simply because her fight for justice didn't line up with what Homelander and Stormfront want. They can't handle any kind of ideological differences. They have to alienate and abuse those who refuse to get in line. The same applies to the cult the Deep and A-Train have joined. Friendships are meaningless the moment that someone does something Alistair doesn't like. It's very controlling. It's subservient as well. It's people handing over their power and agency to someone else. As such, their fates are being decided by someone who proclaims greatness but may not be able to back it up. Alistair claims he can get these heroes back into the Seven. That may be true because of the attack during the congressional hearing. That's pure luck though. It's no sign of higher power that rewards those who belief. It's all hypocrisy and destruction. Annie is freed because Hughie fights to save her. In the process though, he loses Lamplighter. He commits suicide because he is haunted by the people he has killed. Moreover, he fundamentally believes that he is a dead man no matter what. Speaking out will only sign his death certificate. No one can keep him safe. That's how lethal the power structure of the world truly is. As such, it's cathartic to embrace just how powerless a person can be. It's perfectly fine to accept what happiness any individual can find. Bad things may always happen. It's a depressing outlook on the world at large. People should still fight for change. However, it has to be carefully balanced. Butcher essentially loses his humanity by threatening Jonah's family in order to get him to comply. He does so as vengeance against the type of men who have created him and Homelander. They suffer from similar issues. Butcher's mom reaches out hoping he can let all of this go. He may not be able to do so. That is tragic as well. But again, there is hope. It could happen. Homelander and Stormfront are villains who must be defeated. Their words inspire hatred. They cause a man to fear his neighbor and eventually kill him believing him to be a terrorist. Congresswoman Neuman leads the hearing to expose Vought's numerous crimes. It's a circular narrative. One where the Boys can only rely on each other. That aspires to be uplifting. They deserve some personal victories. However, the show heads into its season finale as dire as it has ever been because it seems like every exhausting move has been for nothing. All the pursuit of strength has come up empty. That will insight rage that may only complicate things in the future. Those repercussions are likely to be absolutely life-changing to whomever survives. Maeve fights back here. She kills Black Noir to save Annie. She can't free herself though. She still feels burdened and needing to atone. She has lost everything. That gives her the confidence to act with no consideration for her own well-being. That is a compelling wrinkle that could upend things. But Homelander and Stormfront are still completely in control of determining the future of the human race as well as those with powers.