Tuesday, June 14, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Boys

The Boys: Season 3, Episode 3 “Barbary Coast” (B+)

Homelander’s supremacist outburst went over much worse than expected in that, like Trump, his hateful rhetoric was embraced by his base. It was even more terrifying to hear how he responded to Starlight’s threat to release the tape, daring her to do so in order for him to have an excuse to literally go scorched earth and obliterate so many cities just for the fun of it. Announcing on air that he and Starlight were an item was particularly bold and horrible, but she went for it, leaning into the deception so that she can continue working with Hughie, Butcher, and everyone else to find that weapon that might be capable of killing him. The worst offense Homelander committed was forcing Deep to eat Timothy alive, something that his wife pushed him to do so that he could fit in, and Supersonic joining the Seven is not going to be a good thing for him. Given how awful Homelander is to people whose ethnicities and religions he doesn’t hate is bad enough, so I can only imagine how he would have treated either of the female candidates. The flashbacks to the Payback project with a younger Grace and younger Stan felt like a different era but with the same cocky heroes, not quite aware of how much destruction they could cause but just as unwilling to listen to anyone who would tell them what they couldn’t do. Butcher has his own issues now with his fire eyes, and pushing Ryan away isn’t going to be sufficient to keep his newfound powers under control.

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