It comes without saying that due to Hughie’s (Jack Quaid) prior actions, it has earned him a spot with “The Boys”. He has become one of them, whether he likes it or not. He will do anything and everything to fulfill his vendetta, the fire has been lit and there is no going back. As Always, Spoilers Ahead.
“Normality” is a thing of the past. While Billy (Karl Urban) works to dispose of the body, Hughie tries to find a lifeline that no longer exists. The world has changed considerably and a new reality sets in, there are no more mundane expectations. Paired with a killer soundtrack the show is quick to engage the audience once more. They must move forward into the maws of possible death.
The world is watching, always
Starlight (Erin Moriarty) is ready to face the consequences to her “actions”. There are so many rules and regulations set in place, appearance and ratings mean everything in this world. It doesn’t matter if a good deed was done, she could lose it all by going off the beaten path. Fortunately for her, there is credibility behind her life-saving actions. It ends up giving her a popular stance with the general public, she is safe for now, but that won’t last for long. Especially when she is presented with a provocative, new, costume. This is not who she is, but there is no other choice.
There is buzz in the super-human world as A-Train (Jesse T. Usher) is challenged to a race by an up and coming supe named Shockwave (Mishka Thébaud), claiming to be the fastest man in the world. There is no way he won’t use compound-v for such a life-altering race, so the boys devise a plan to get the sample they sorely need. One of Billy’s many contacts, Agent Susan Raynor (Jennifer Esposito), needs solid proof of its existence before she can present it to the world. This puts another scheme into action, but they need help.
Back together again
We are introduced to Mothers Milk (Laz Alonso), who has a checkered past with Billy and Frenchie (Tomer Capon). It seems as though Billy’s influence is far-reaching, there are so many layers to his character and we are just at the tip of that iceberg. There is an undeniable inner conflict between him and Billy, but he ultimately is persuaded to offer his “assistance”. I mean they have killed a supe, so that gives them an edge. They are out to take the world back and expose corruption. Revenge is a bitch and she’s ready for payback.
Popclaw (Brittany Allen), who also happens to be A-Train’s one and only, is their ticket to the inside. It doesn’t take them long to plant eyes and ears in their apartment, it’s only a matter of time before they slip up. Luckily for them, she happens to be a junkie in her own right, pocketing a vial of compound-v, just in case.
It comes as no surprise when A-Train comes to the race jacked up, with one opportunity missed, another one arises back at the apartment. Due to Mothers Milk’s watchful eyes, they have their chance. It doesn’t come until Shockwave is put in his place, but it was only a matter of time before someone cracked. Due to a very public declaration of A-Train’s “singlehood”, this sets Popclaw off and down a slippery slope. Which involves shooting up compound-v, seducing her landlord, and accidentally murdering him. With recorded evidence, she has no choice but to tell The Boys all she knows about the dangerous, blue substance, including a possible location.
time out of mind
It is all starting to fall in to place for them. Hughie’s good standings in the eyes of Starlight is just another perk. She may be a supe, but she doesn’t act like the rest of them. It’s something that is slowly unfolding and is sure to cause difficulties in the future. As he omits his true intentions, part of him is enjoying her company. If only visions of his deceased girlfriend would stop ruining the moment. There is a true connection between the two of them, which he will surely screw up.
The seriousness surrounding Translucent’s disappearance comes to a head when his body is uncovered by a dear, porpoise friend of Deep’s (Chace Crawford). Included with an ominous warning, “coming for you”. This is the beginning of the end, whether they like it or not.
Next Episode: The Boys (S01E04) “The Female of the Species”
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