The Boys (S01E04) “The Female of the Species”

The Boys seem to be up to any challenge, even if it means almost certain death awaits them. Each new episode brings another layer of their calamity, uncovering hidden truths and long lost heartaches. Sure there may be lots of superhero-type shows out there, but there is something about seeing the darker side of the “good fight”. This show fills that void, in more ways than one.

The past exists in the present

Billy (Karl Urban) has had his share of turmoil, just like everyone else in life. His own wife was a victim to an unsolved disappearance. The fact that tragedy seems to follow this ragtag group of individuals isn’t lost on anyone, but they are the only ones prepared to fight the “unsinkable”. The pressure is on to find an intact sample of Compound-V, good thing they have new information available to them.

Missteps are taken, even by the elite. So when their stakeout of the suspected “drug house” leads them down a rabbit hole, they get much more than they bargained for. This is when they meet “The Female” (Karen Fukuhara) for the first time. Unwashed, locked up, but there is a reason for all of that. She is powerful, brutal, and not one to be trifled with. Frenchie (Tomer Capon) has a “feeling” about her, freeing her from her confines. How does that end up? In a bloody and gruesome massacre. Unleashing her onto the world may not have been the best plan after all. Now they must track her down, with any means necessary.

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The Female. A badass in disguise. (Photo: IMDB)
Sometimes, you just have to go bowling

Chaos is interrupted by the most mundane things, which happens to be a text from Annie (Erin Moriarty) to Hughie (Jack Quaid). Despite the blood bath, there is normality to the situation, if that even really exists. A meeting at a bowling alley is just what they both needed. If only there weren’t ulterior motives involved. Hughie has a task at hand, to get closer to Starlight and bug her phone. There is a confliction brewing inside of Hughie, but the desperation to get back at A-Train calms the voice, for now. Starlight may just be the nicest Supe out there, genuine and ‘down to earth’, but that won’t protect her from the shadows.

There have been a lot of questionable dealings in this show so far, most of them surrounding Homelander (Antony Starr). When a call comes in asking for aid with a hijacked flight, this is their chance to prove to the rest of the world that Supe’s should be part of every nation’s, National Defense. Homelander and Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligot) are dispatched to intercept the plane and come home victorious, if only it worked like that. While they are successful with subduing the terrorists, an unfortunate “accident” leaves them without a pilot, plane plummeting to certain doom. Surely they wouldn’t tuck tail and run? Think again. In a gut-wrenching scene, they leave all those innocent people to die. At least Queen Maeve shows some feeling, Homelander on the other hand, he is a stone, cold, killer.

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Protector of the innocent? Not so much… (Photo: IMDB)
Connections in crisis

It seems as though “The Female” is being sought after by Vought as well. She fits into their dealings somehow, but Frenchie isn’t going to give her up without a fight. She is running from the enemy and trying to retrace herself back home, in doing so she leaves a trail of bodies in her wake.  This mystery girl certainly gives them a run for their money, but they are able to subdue her, for now.

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Risks are their business. (Photo: IMDB)

The threat isn’t contained, causing upheaval in Vought. A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) needs to figure out something before Homelander turns his laser sights on him. With his beloved playing dumb, she must pack up and hide away until everything blows over. The drama is just beginning, and it’s going to be one hell of a ride from here on out.

Obscurity works well with this show, that comes out in The Deep’s (Chace Crawford) cry for help. He doesn’t feel wanted, there is more he can do to help the world. If only he would think things through. His late-night break out of a dolphin not only gets him in hot water but also aids to the early demise of his dear, finned friend. What a bizarre series of events. That’s what I call entertainment.

 

Next Episode: The Boys (S01E05) “Good for the Soul”

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