The Boys Season 1, Episode 2 recap: It’s all about damage control

The Boys -- Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video -- Acquired via EPK.TV
The Boys -- Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video -- Acquired via EPK.TV /

After the exciting start to The Boys, the series delves into deeper topics and brings in the next member of the vigilante team. Here’s everything that happened in The Boys Season 1, Episode 2.

We meet the third member of “The Boys” in The Boys Season 1, Episode 2. Frenchie is a guy that you’ll immediately fall in love with, unafraid to say what he thinks and clearly has a deep heart. Meanwhile, we delve deeper into the darkness of The Seven.

It all starts where the series premiere left us. Butcher and Hughie need to get Translucent’s body into the trunk of the car. There’s only one person Butcher trusts to help with disposing of the body, and that’s Frenchie. There’s just one problem. Translucent isn’t actually dead.

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Killing an invincible superhero

The Boys told us in the series premiere that Translucent as a carbon skin. In Episode 2, we learn that this makes his skin as tough as diamonds, making him invincible. The electricity, which should have killed him, only knocked him out.

So, The Boys spend an episode trying to figure out how to kill him. How do you get through the skin?

Frenchie is the one to figure it all out by watching a documentary about turtles. The skin is just a shell. They manage to get C4 up the bum, which can be detonated at the perfect time. By the end of the episode, Translucent (who admits that A-Train was never on a mission when he killed Robin) is now more thanks to Hughie.

The Boys — Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video — Acquired via EPK.TV
The Boys — Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video — Acquired via EPK.TV /

A rogue agent

At the end of the series premiere, we also had the murder of the Baltimore mayor. If you thought Stillwell sent Homelander, you’re wrong. Homelander overheard the conversation and decided the mayor needed killing to protect the Compound-V secret.

Homelander is becoming a rogue agent. He doesn’t care about anything but protecting his team — more likely himself — and he will do what it takes to do so. There’s an awkward moment between Homelander and Stillwell, making it clear that their relationship blurs the line of boss and employee to mother and son.

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Starlight’s image is threatened

If you thought Starlight’s first day was bad, the sexist/power trip story at superheroes continues with The Boys Season 1, Episode 2. Starlight’s image is threatened.

When she walks in on two guys attempting to date rape a girl, she attacks. The problem is that she’s not in her uniform and there’s no proof the girl was being threatened. Fortunately, the girl eventually comes forward and all is good, but it shows that Starlight simply wants to do the right thing and protect the innocent. This is a sign that she’s not corrupt like all the others…yet?

It’s an important topic to address. There’s this he said/she said narrative that is ripe in the current world. At the same time, we see that the evil Homelander is beloved by all but the good Starlight is being turned into the evil, power-hungry superhero. I’m just glad that the girl came forward to help Starlight out!

The Boys — Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video — Acquired via EPK.TV
The Boys — Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video — Acquired via EPK.TV /

Stillwell’s mission to put Supes in the Army

It turns out that Stillwell has a major goal. She wants to put Supes in the Army, which is something much of the government doesn’t want to happen. Is there really a need for Supes in the government?

Well, maybe, but we need the good ones. And there aren’t many of them around, right? So, it’s not surprising that the government wants to avoid Supes joining the forces.

So, Stillwell decides to blackmail. She captures one of the senators in a compromising situation. The partner he’s gone to bed with is a shapeshifter and transforms into a man. Aptly named Doppelganger, he takes a photo and it can be used against the senator if he doesn’t back the bill to put Supes in the Army.

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What did you think of The Boys Season 1, Episode 2? Who are the characters you’re rooting for right now? What do you think this Compound-V is? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

The Boys is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.