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The boys are back in town!: a countdown to The Boys season two

A column straight from the unorthodox mind of Jamie Miller. Often written during the middle of the night, Miller provides reviews of TV shows and movies, books, and details life through from his perspective (artwork by Abby Haywood/The Collegiate).

By Jamie Miller – 11:43 p.m.

Hello, hello again Nightlighters, it is I “the self-professed Dr Pepper drinking defender of the people” Jamie Miller here after a long hiatus bringing you another edition of Night Light. Now as I’m sure you know these are very trying times and very few things are certain, schools open just to close again. So whenever something comes along that is positive and also an eventuality it is to be celebrated. New seasons of “The Boys” seem to be just that. Not only is there a second season dropping on Amazon Prime on Sept. 4, but it has already been renewed for a third season. So I’m here to get you pumped for that, so just sit back, and enjoy.

“The Boys,” based on the comic of the same name, tells the tale of a world – a world very different from ours, but also almost exactly the same as in this world there are superhumans running around, and while they are super… they are far from heroes. At the least they use their powers recklessly hurting just as many people as they save, and at the most they are corrupt, selfish and borderline psychopathic killing machines worried more about their own image and need than the general population. In some cases these so-called “heroes” are not unlike those who the general population worship in real life, incompetent celebrities and cheating athletes. 

The show stars Karl Urban, known for such roles as Skurge in “Thor: Ragnarok,” Judge Dredd in a movie with the same name, and Dr. McCoy in the Star Trek reboots, in the role of Billy Butcher, the leader of the titular Boys and an ex CIA operative with a very personal hatred of supers. There is also Jack Quaid who has had roles in movies like “Logan Lucky” starring as Hughie Campbell, a young man whose girlfriend is killed by the incompetence of A-Train, a speedster hero. Also along for the ride are Erin Moriarty who had roles in “True Detective.” Jessica Jones plays Annie January/ Starlight, a young rookie hero with the power to create and harness light who due to just becoming a hero still has ideals and morals and enters into a relationship with Hughie for a long time both being unaware of the other’s true identity. There is also Anthony Starr known for playing the main character in the tv series “Banshee” in the role of Homelander a perversion of superman a self-described hero who portrays himself as a red white and blue clad selfless superhero who in reality is a narcissistic sadistic sociopath murderous madman who is willing to murder anyone he even thinks is a threat to his image. 

The show is actually one of the best I have seen in a very long time, it is very cutting satire and brings up issues of corruption, PTSD, accountability of people in power and positions of influence, hero worship and so many others. The show alternates between making me howl in laughter one second and recoil in horror the next. The acting is top notch and having Haley Joel Osment,  the kid from the “Sixth Sense” playing a character very much like him, is also a plus. All and all this show is phenomenal, I’d give it eight and a half torches out of ten. You gotta watch this show.