The Boys (S01E07) “The Self-Preservation Society”

No one can run from their past, not even The Boys, or their superhuman foes. That’s one thing they all seem to have in common, no matter who you are, you can’t escape the human element of the world. Emotions are a powerful, dangerous vessel. Let the mayhem begin, once more. (Spoilers Ahead)

The hits keep coming

The Seven has gone from a powerful force to be reckoned with, to five emotionally charged individuals, well, aside from Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell). It is a sad state of affairs, and they have all fallen far from their potential. Starlight (Erin Moriarty) hasn’t been part of their ranks for too long, but it seems as soon as she entered their domain, things have gone sideways. It’s not what it looks like at all, but there is no convincing Homelander (Antony Starr) otherwise.

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The… Five? (Photo: Google)

Starlight’s connection to Translucent’s killer is too much to ignore, especially with how close she is to Hughie (Jack Quaid). There is no conspiracy, just bad timing. Although Hughie’s intentions weren’t quite pure, he really did, does, have feelings for Annie. It’s all a misguided, misunderstanding, but there are too many factors at play. The Boys aren’t invisible anymore, and the Supes are coming for them.

Burn, burn, burn

The Boys and their position have been compromised, due to a double-crossing Mesmerizer (Haley Joel Osment), who is very much dead, thanks to Billy. The truth was bound to come out, but now the danger is imminent and they must work swiftly to protect their families. In order to help his “friends” out, Billy must make a call to Raynor (Jennifer Esposito), and give her what she wants. Even if all his demands aren’t met, he can’t take that risk.

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Like father, like son? (Photo: Google)

A-Train (Jesse T. Usher) is a little faster, getting to Hughie’s dad (Simon Pegg) first. Threatening to destroy his father the same way he snuffed out Robin’s life, Hughie has no choice but to face the enemy, head-on. Jonesing for another hit of Compound-V, there is an air of unpredictability from A-Train. It’s a dangerous scenario, good thing Hughie doesn’t listen to instructions. He hasn’t come alone, Komiko (Karen Fukuhara) is there too, hitting A-Train right where it hurts. Now that’s something he can’t outrun.

Just one more moment

Billy (Karl Urban), has a personal vendetta against people with powers. He views all of them as the enemy, even if they aren’t bad people. The story of his dearest Becca (Alex Hassell) unfolds, in a necessary flashback. The pieces are starting to fit together, and it’s no wonder why his bitterness shines through. Vought destroyed his wife, and Homelander was the start of it all. He was the one who took advantage of her, resulting in a surprise and unwanted pregnancy. Which ultimately took her life in the end. Too bad the rest of the world, including the accuser, wasn’t privy to this information before.

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Happier Times. (Photo: IMDB)

This is where we find out how little Homelander is involved. His first perceived “edge” over them all is pretty much there to placate him. He is merely a pawn, just like the rest of the seven. The twisted game is going to end, one way or another. He does not take kindly to being left in the dark, not trusting Madelyn (Elisabeth Shue) and visiting an old “friend” to get some much-needed answers. As the stories meld into one another, it brings a certain method to the madness behind these characters.

All you need is love

Being raised in a cold and unforgiving environment isn’t the most ideal for a child. Unfortunately, that’s just how Homelander grew up. Raised in a lab, instead of a loving home. It comes as no surprise that he has so many “issues”. The truth is descending on his psyche at a rapid pace, soon the break down will commence. A little bit of love goes a long way, too bad he never had a chance.

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The truth hurts. (Photo: Google)

Annie, desperate for answers, chooses to meet with Hughie in person. They have both been vulnerable with each other, letting the other person in, although Annie more-so than Hughie. Understandable she is upset, but even in her anger, she is still a decent person. She doesn’t want to hurt him, but he needs to pay for what he has done.  At least he would be safer in the hands of the police. In a moment of clarity, he reveals to her information about Compound-V. This may not change her mind, but it makes her pause for thought. Cue gunfire, from the fearless and possibly insane Billy.

They can run, but there will be no hiding, not this time. A perturbed wounded Annie will perhaps see to that.

Oh, and where is The Deep? (Chace Crawford) Don’t worry, he’s getting just what he deserves. Small town life isn’t treating him with kindness. It’s the little things.

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