8 Reasons Why You Need to Catch Up on The Boys Before the Season 2 Premiere
The Boys isn't your average superhero series. This dark, gritty Amazon Prime Video show had our jaws on the floor from the first few minutes. Packed with complex characters, explosions galore, plot twists and turns, and special effects that almost seem too realistic, season one of The Boys has it all — and season two is about to up the ante.
Adapted from Garth Ennis's comics by Eric Kripke, the dark comedy upends what you think a superhero TV show looks like. For one thing, the so-called heroes aren't really heroic: most of them are riddled with issues, from narcissistic personalities to perverse obsessions to drug addictions. And that's just scratching the surface: what's going on behind the scenes at the megaconglomerate that controls the world's foremost team of superheroes is even more disturbing.
Intrigued? That's just a small taste of what's in store for first-time viewers of season one. Here's why you should binge season one on Amazon Prime Video before season two premieres on Sept. 4.
To Meet The Boys
When Butcher (Karl Urban) meets Hughie (Jack Quaid) for the first time, he claims he's a federal agent. Once Hughie meets the rest of The Boys — Mother's Milk (Laz Alonso) and Frenchie (Tomer Capon) — he realizes pretty quickly that this organization operates independently of the law. Watching this group of vigilantes try to take down so-called superheroes is must-see TV.
To See What’s Really Going on With The Seven
At the beginning of season one, we see Starlight (Erin Moriarty) replace Lamplighter in The Seven, the world's most elite group of superheroes. Without spoiling too much, the rest of the first season sees two additional superheroes drop out of The Seven — and this group is not exactly what it seems to the adoring public. You'll want to see exactly what happens behind the scenes at Vought Tower for yourself.
To Watch Starlight and Hughie’s Romance
She's just a girl (albeit one with superpowers) standing in front of a boy (albeit one with a vendetta against her employer), asking him to love her. OK, Starlight and Hughie's love story is a bit more complicated than your average rom-com — but that makes it so worth watching.
To Discover What Vought Is Up To Behind the Scenes
Despite the public's obsession with their celebrity superheroes, Vought International is not as benevolent as it seems. This high-powered corporation uses some pretty nefarious practices to maintain control of its heroes — and gain even more power over the U.S. government — in season one.
To Dive Deep Into Homelander’s Background
With his tousled blond hair and star-spangled uniform, Homelander (Antony Starr) appears to be the quintessential American superhero. Of course, in The Boys, nothing is quite that simple, something that becomes quite apparent when the show starts to peel back the layers of Homelander's personality and upbringing in season one.
To Immerse Yourself in Butcher's Quest
There's nothing Butcher won't do in his campaign to take down Homelander — and Vought by extension. He truly has nothing left to lose, and watching him become more and more desperate as time goes on is equal parts thrilling and horrifying.
To Watch Some Seriously Cool Action Sequences
It's a given that a superhero show will have fight scenes, but The Boys elevates its action sequences to an art form. Look no further than Kimiko's confrontation with Black Noir, anytime Homelander takes flight, or when Queen Maeve stopped an armored car full of bank robbers.
To Catch Some Out-There Plot Twists
No spoilers, but season one packed in some seriously surprising moments, especially in the last few episodes (laser babies, anyone?). Before you dive into the new season, you're going to want to be crystal clear on all the major events.
Watch the Trailer For Season 2 of The Boys
Watch the trailer for season two of The Boys, available to stream on Amazon Prime Video on Sept. 4. Catch up on season one before the first three episodes drop!