The Boys Season 1, Episode 6 recap: Starlight grows a backbone

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 /

Starlight stands up to Stillwell in The Boys Season 1, Episode 6. Meanwhile, The Seven scramble for good press and The Female’s past is revealed.

After telling everyone at Believe Expo about the things that happened to her at the very end of The Boys Season 1, Episode 5, The Seven found themselves in the middle of a media storm. Scrambling to prove themselves as the good guys (because we know they’re not), The Deep is sent on a “mission.”

Meanwhile, The Boys decide it’s time to find out more about The Female. However, will they like what they’ve found out? And in all of the action, the feds pull out of deals working with the vigilante group and Starlight finally stands up to Stillwell.

Butcher refuses to accept collateral damage exists

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We finally get more backstory on Butcher’s wife. This is told through a couple of storylines by a couple of people. It turns out that Butcher’s wife used to work for Vought and handles a lot of the social media. Homelander takes a liking to her but that liking isn’t in a work-friendly environment. He rapes her (that act takes three hours!) and that was the start of the downfall for Butcher and his wife.

Butcher is sure that his wife was either killed by Homelander or just because of him. There are rumors that she killed herself after everything that happened. Butcher refuses to mov eon because then this system has won.

And he doesn’t want Hughie to move on from Robin, either. He takes Hughie to a support group for those who have been injured by Supes. If the Supes injure them in the line of duty, the Supes don’t get reprimanded. It turns out that many of these people are happy with everything that’s happened. After all, the Supes are making the world a better place.

Except that’s not the case, is it? Butcher shouts at everyone for just accepting what’s happened to them. He wants to overthrow the system.

Starlight grows a backbone

Meanwhile, the Supes are trying to deal with the media storm that Starlight caused. The majority of the media is behind Annie, supporting her for calling out the actions against her. But of course, people want to know who she was talking about. She didn’t name The Deep, but it doesn’t take long for Vought to figure it out.

Starlight isn’t the only one. To get rid of the problem, The Deep is sent on a “mission.” Really, it’s just something to keep him out of the way after The Deep is forced to apologize for the sexual harassment by his hand.

As for Starlight, when she finally returns after walking away, Stillwell attempts to reprimand her. Starlight has had enough, though. She stands up for what she believes in and makes it clear that she’s getting her old costume back. Otherwise, she will go public with every bit of info she knows.

And she’s not the only one with info.

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The Boys piece everything together

With the knowledge of Compound V, the Boys figure out that the Supes haven’t been “chosen by God.” They’ve been made in labs. If the world learns about this, there will certainly be distrust among the people.

However, there’s a bigger problem right now. The Boys need to figure out who The Female is and what happened to her. After finding a Supe called Mesmer (guest-starring Haley Joel Osment) who can read minds by touching people, the Boys take The Female to find out more about her. After initially breaking Mesmer’s wrist, we find out that she’s called Kimiko.

Kimiko was part of a terrorist organization. All he wants is to get her brother back from the jungle, but she’s dangerous. Extremely dangerous.

And now the things with Compound V make sense. Vought is making Super Terrorists. That would lead to the need for Supes in the Army. It’s a scary world.

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 /

The truth about Homelander

Vought is making a promotional video with the Supes, sharing the “background” of each member of The Seven. When it gets to Homelander, it’s clear that nothing is real. After all, we know they were all manufactured. However, when Homelander’s eyes look at a blue baby blanket, there’s a genuine response.

It turns out that he had been locked up in a cell all his life. He’s literally a lab rat and the blanket is a reminder of that. There’s clearly more to this that we need to find out, but it certainly connects to why Homelander has mommy issues and lack empathy.

As for Queen Maeve’s backstory, we see someone from her past show up. This is a girlfriend, someone she cared about but it seems they’re no longer speaking. Out of The Seven, Queen Maeve and Black Noir have had very little time on them, so it’s good to see a little on this other female of the Supes.

In the end, Starlight learns that she wasn’t born a Supe. This is going to cause trouble later.

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The Boys Season 1 is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.