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The Boys Season 2 Premiere Recap: Who's the Boss?

The first three episodes of Season 2 of Amazon's hit series about some super "heroes" was released today, Sept. As Vought, the company that manages the heroes, cashes in on the panic over the threat of Supervillains, and a new hero, Stormfront, shakes up the company and challenges an already unstable Homelander. You can watch every episode of "The Boys" by signing up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime Video. Amazon Prime Video's breakout superhero series bound on to the scene last year with a high-energy, hard-hitting take on what was fast becoming a genre best characterised by box-checking tropes over beating up baddies. The Boys season 2 premiere, the first of three episodes to go live at launch, deals with that expectation pretty well – but stumbles rather than soars out of the blocks thanks to the lack of one major player: Billy Butcher.

Things start immediately where they left off: The Boys are public enemy number one after their attack on Vought; The Deep is still stagnating on shore leave in Sandusky, Ohio; Butcher is MIA after his surprise showdown with Homelander and his missing wife, Becca. While forward momentum is lacking, apart from the brief introduction of new Supe Stormfront (Aya Cash), it allows the cast and creative team to kick back and have more fun in the world they've so lovingly crafted. Homelander reacts with bubbling fury and indignation and becomes increasingly agitated throughout the premiere, culminating in a face-off with the rarely seen CEO of Vought, Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito). For how great Homelander's reaction to Edgar's yarn-spinning in the climactic scene is, it's this meeting that cements The Boys premiere as an entertaining chapter that ultimately holds something back. It's a wise move pacing-wise but, when coupled with the lack of The Boys' other marquee name, everything in this opening feels either like a non-event in comparison to Homelander or patiently waiting for more moving parts to come into play.

The episode ends with everyone, mostly, back at square one: Butcher returns at the very end, Homelander pops in to see his kid, and Annie and Hughie remain in a state of reunion limbo. The Boys The Big Ride Season 2 Episode 1 Editor's Rating 4 stars * * * * « Previous Next » Photo: Courtesy of Amazon Studios The Boys returns for its eight-episode second season with all the confidence of a show bolstered by both critical acclaim and a growing fan base. Granted, it was never a show that really lacked in the confidence department, but the start of the Amazon Prime series' sophomore outing feels even more certain about its tone and narrative ambition, serving the dual purposes of resolving hanging plot threads from last season while knitting a few new ones at the same time. The season premiere introduces new cast members without losing focus of what worked about the first year, and just about all of it bodes well for where the next seven episodes could be going. Naturally, a show as narratively dense as this one needs a long "previously on" recap — especially given how epic the year since this show has been on the air has felt to most of the world — and The Boys obliges by tracing the arc of the entire first season, starting with the death of Hughie's (Jack Quaid) girlfriend and the assault on Annie/Starlight (Erin Moriarty) by superhero the Deep (Chace Crawford).

Most important to the start of season two, viewers are reminded that Annie and Hughie discovered that a drug called Compound V is the reason there are superheroes in the world and that the iconic Homelander (Antony Starr) is really a total sociopath. He's Patrick Bateman with Superman's powers, and he killed Madelyn Stillwell (Elisabeth Shue) in the season-one finale, blaming it on Billy Butcher (Karl Urban). The death of Stillwell is being used to garner sympathy for their company and the Seven, while Homelander thinks he's now basically stepping into her role in the organization. He assaults a proposed candidate for the group named Blindspot and informs Ashley (Colby Minifie) that he will handle his own "agenda and marketing." She will be his liaison to figures like Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito), but he's taking more control. Homelander actually makes his first appearance of the season at Translucent's funeral, an event watched worldwide that, again, is about optics more than actual emotion.

He worries they're being tracked while on a train and gives her a hard time for going to the Teen Choice Awards with Alden Ehrenreich, but he clearly still has feelings for her and hopes that everything can be fixed if she gets her hands on Compound V, the drug that makes babies into future superheroes. At first, it seems like Eagle and Carol are kind of staging an intervention, but the end of the scene reveals they're pushing something called the Church of the Collective and claim that they can help get the Deep back into the Seven. While the Deep works his way through the bars of Ohio, Hughie, Mother's Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) are trying to figure out their next step when they discover that they're in cahoots with a potential human-trafficking organization. Hughie and the boys go to meet Deputy Director Raynor (Jennifer Esposito) and tell her about the super-terrorist and what they've learned. Speaking of power, Homelander learns that he doesn't have as much as he first thought when a new member unexpectedly livestreams her arrival on his team.

RELATED STORIES Jensen Ackles Joins The Boys Season 3 as 'The Original Superhero' Season 2 of the Amazon Prime series kicks off with the supe delivering a faux-sincere speech at Translucent's funeral, after which Starlight takes the stage to sing an American Idol finale-esque ode to the fallen hero. Homelander is enjoying his power trip when new supe Stormfront (You're the Worst's Aya Cash) shows up at a Vought commercial shoot and starts pulling back the curtain on the fake war scene via her social media. His Compound V was responsible for the first celebrity supe, Soldier Boy (to be played by Supernatural's Jensen Ackles in Season 3), who killed dozens of Germans, earning Vought a pardon from President Roosevelt. As for Hughie, he tells M.M. he's getting him Purell (timely!) and goes off to secretly meet with Annie. The Boys reach out to Raynor, who is telling them about how Vought is trying to stage a coup from the inside when suddenly her head explodes. The Boys season 2 arrived on Amazon Prime Video on September 4th but when is episode 4 released and how many episodes are there in total? When season 1 arrived in July 2019, The Boys completely turned the superhero genre on its head. Billy Butcher and his team, the titular Boys, are filled with distrust of the so-called heroes and do all they can to bring the Seven down a peg or two. After the dramatic events of season 1, a second instalment was quickly ordered up and on September 4th, 2020, season 2 arrived on Amazon Prime Video. However, only three episodes have been released so far, leaving many fans asking when episode 4 of The Boys season 2 will release on Amazon. The Boys season 2 on Amazon Prime Video Season 2 of The Boys starts releasing on Amazon Prime Video on September 4th. The new instalment continues the story of Billy Butcher and the Boys as their conflict with the Seven and Vought International cranks up a few more notches. Season 1 ended on the dramatic revelation that Billy's wife, Becca, who he thought had disappeared at the hands of Homelander, the leader of the Seven, was actually alive and well and has been secretly raising her and Homelander's son. Episode 4 will arrive on Amazon on Friday, September 11th. After episodes 1-3 launch on September 4th, the rest of season 2 is due to arrive weekly with a new episode landing each Friday. Just like season 1, The Boys season 2 will contain a total of eight episodes. That means that after episodes 1-3 released on September 4th, the season will run until October 9th with new episodes hitting the streaming service each Friday. The Boys season 2 is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video after the first three episodes released on September 4th, 2020.