TV Review: The Boys (S2) | When What We’re Missing is Super-powered People

The Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Revolution) Prime Video series, based on the comic books “The Boys” by writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick W. Robertson, is back for a second season. Karl Urban (Thor: Ragnarok), Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games), Antony Starr (Banshee), Erin Moriarty (Captain Fantastic), Dominque McElligott (House of Cards), Jessie T. Usher (Shaft), Laz Alonso (L.A.’s Finest), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Tomer Capon (When Horses Fly), Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad), Nathan Mitchell (iZombie), and Shantel VanSanten (Shooter) are returning. Aya Cash (Fosse/Verdon, You’re The Worst), Patton Oswald (Agents of Shield, Happy), Claudia Doumit (Where’d You Go, Bernadette), and Goran Višnjić (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, ER) round out the season two cast.

Last season: We found out that superheroes weren’t born but made by Vought International, using compound V on infants. It also turns out that Homelander knew about it and sold compound V to criminals thus creating a league of super-villains in an effort to convince the government and general public to let super-heroes into the military. We also found out what really happened to Billy Butcher’s wife after she was raped by Homelander. She wasn’t killed but in hiding, thanks to Vought International, raising the child she had with Homelander.

Premise: The Boys are in hiding, they are wanted for the alleged Murder of Madeline Stillwell, a Vaught Industry higher up.

Review: As I suspected after the three episodes premiere, The Boys season two looks to have been written as an eight hour movie, a bingeable piece of entertainment. However, I understand the weekly release strategy, not only from a business stand point for Amazon, but also for some aspects of the story arc.

The weekly release schedule allowed us to sit with the plot – well some of you did because I watched the last 5 hours the same week. Spending some time to digest what happened in an episode make it easier on the viewer to catch some details, the little subtleties within the show.
It becomes useful when it comes to Stormfront. Given who she is, the weekly episodes allows us to reflect on the character’s actions and makes it easier to notice and observe how she uses the system to reach her goals. I can give an example to this, it is not a spoiler since it was in the trailers, but her comments about Homelander’s appearance when she first meets him is a clue as to what she turns out to be.

The show is very topical, and touch on a variety of subjects. There are a lot of the social commentaries found throughout the season. The synergy between corporations, their bottom line, and politics is amazing to see play out on screen if not in real life. The parallels made on the show barely hide what they’re referencing. If you can’t substitute them for something or someone I’m real life, watch the news. Stormfront, again, is a good reflection, a comment on the disguise people like her take nowadays and the impact they can have on society at large.

Money and/or power seem to be driving force of a lot characters in the series. We see the manipulation and shaping of the outrage economy by people who seemed at odds with each other, knowingly or not working together. Even the big reveal at the end, that threw me for a loop, follows that pattern.

The Boys S2 is real life with sups mixed in, they are the only ingredient we don’t currently have. The “superheroes” are still deeply flawed people but no more than some the regular folks depicted on the show, they can just do more damage. It was a lovely season that could have been binged.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

If you’re interested in the comics that inspired the show, it’d be a huge help if you get them from the links bellow

TV Review: The Boys (S2 Premiere) | The Set Up of What Could Be a Great Season?

The new season of The Boys, based on the comic books “The Boys” by writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick W. Robertson, premiered on Prime Video.

Review: I am really struggling with writing this, why? Because as good as The boys is it’s not a weekly type of show. There is no vilain of the week, it’s long form storytelling, the kind with a giant arc that spans a set number of episodes. So review the first three hours feels like stopping to discuss a book after barely getting into it, in this case it’s a sequel and we just slipped back into that world. For Prime Video the release strategy makes sense but it doesn’t for this show, am I alone on this?

The first three hours are basically just the set up for the second season, that’s pretty much what it is. Although interesting to see it very much feels like watching 1/3 of a movie. We stopped just when the action and tension was ramping up. It allow us to reconnect with the characters in season one. Learning a little more about some of them, tie up and or clean up some open-ended storylines, while introducing us to Stormfront and new plot points.

The three episodes premiere of season two is the base of what could be an exciting season. It looks good but it’s still up in the air for now.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

TV Review: The Rook (Season)

Loosely based on Daniel O’Malley’s novel “The Rook Files“, this TV series stars Shameless and The Path alum Emma Greenwell, costars Joely Richardson and Olivia Munn.

Premise: Myfanwy Thomas finds herself at Millennium Bridge in London surrounded by dead bodies with no memory of how she came to be there. She soon discovers that she is an agent with supernatural abilities in a British secret service called the Checquy.

Review: The Rook is an interesting show, it’s intriguing, sleek, and mysterious but it’s one of these shows that would probably be better to read. I could totally see where the internal monologues and feeling would come in. The show is slow at times, I watched the first three episodes the week they came out. At the end of these episodes I wanted to see more but I was wishing for those last scenes to be a few minutes longer, because they’d often end the episode on some sort of bombshell.

The narrative did not exactly feel episodic more like an 8 hour movie with many ups and downs, and yet making it a bingeable show. That’s why I stopped watching it weekly and waited to see all the episodes at once. Besides I was traveling at the time so binging was conviennent.

That being said the actors were amazing, it was nice to see Emma Greenwell in this role. I may not have connected the dots at first but subconsciously I knew I was watching Milkov’s sister from Shameless. Joely Richardson was a dream and it was interesting to see in Olivia Munn in another TV show. I’ve only seen her in the Newsroom and loved her there.

As a book adaptation it’s middle of the road but the potential is there and I’d watch a second season.

The Keeper of Lost Causes / Mercy

The first adaptation of Jussi Alder-Olsen Department Q book series is dark psychological crime film directed by Mikkel Nørgaard. The movie stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Sonja Richter & Fares Fares.

The plot revolves around Carl Morck, a Copenhagen detective, whose mistake on the field left him remorseful and got him to the department Q – cold cases – to push papers, that is until he come across Merete Lynggard’s case. A rising political star who allegedly committed suicide by jumping off a ferry at sea, leaving her brain damaged mute brother alone on the deck of the ferry. Her body was never found and the case was closed a few months after her death.

Let me start by saying that I never really minded watching movies in foreign languages, I can read subtitles and watch the action at the same time. But I like when I don’t have to solely read the subtitles to know what it is they’re saying, which is why I do have a preference for movies whose language have a basis that I understand like Italian or Portuguese. I’m sort of fluent in Spanish so every other word in Italian and Portuguese I understand or easily figure out. I also studied Japanese, my Japanese is really poor but I still understand some words. So I’m more prone to watch a movie in a language that has the same basis of a language that I understand or speak, meaning English, French, Spanish, and Japanese.

That’s one of the reasons why I never watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films with Noomi Rapace. Swedish, Danish languages are a complete mystery to me. I know it’s stupid and ignorant but that’s how it is but at least I got around to watch this film. 

Review: The plot of The Keeper of Lost causes unfolds slowly but every bit of it pulls you in. The case is as fascinating as the men investigating it, Carl Morck is brash, seems arrogant, and often rubs people the wrong way. He is hard to like but he quickly grows on you. His assistant Assad, whose the more laid back, smart kind of guy, of the two really is the Yin of Carl’s Yang. They complement one another, it makes for an odd but interesting pair. 

The investigation is actually enigmatic and not as easy to figure out as a lot of the cases in crime thrillers are these days. Merete Lynggaard is a bit of an enigma herself, orphaned, workaholic, not very social, she lived for her brother, Uffe Lynggaard, so her lifestyle raises a lot of questions. As the investigation progresses, there are flashbacks of the victim, to see what happened at least just enough to keep you guessing on who did it and why.

The Keeper of Lost causes is one hell of a good noir crime thriller, language barrier or not this movie is captivating. Have you seen it? What did you think?     

Child 44 | Review

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Child 44 is Daniel Espinoza’s silver screen adaptation of the eponymous novel by Tom Rob Smith. The film stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Charles Dance, & Vincent Cassel.

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Premise: A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

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Review: Child 44 has an intriguing plot and takes place in such an interesting era in soviet history. The film’s not very straight forward because they really set it up, the era, the back stories, the relationship between the characters are all set up before they hit the ground running with the selling point of story. So you sort of know your characters – who they are, how they see themselves, and how other people see them – when you get in the thick of it. 

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The set up in Child 44 makes for a lot of tense relationships and subplots in the film that only adds to the realistic feel of the situation.

The sheer fear, paranoia, and despair is palpable. The cast did a great job as to giving us an insight of what’s going on in these character’s heads. There is a lot more going on than just the investigation, Agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) has all these

hurdles that he has to overcome to reach his goal, to potentially catch this serial killer. 

As interesting as the investigation is, the relationship between the characters is as captivating, but Raissa (Noomi Rapace) and Leo’s is quite the unconventional love story. A great attention to details was put in the film but I gotta say, the contacts on some of the actors looked cheap as hell and sort of threw me off whenever I looked at them. And as good as I think the movie is, there is no doubt in my mind that the book is infinitely better because the film lacks a certain finesse that experiencing a book has.  


Child 44 is a dark thriller with an intriguing and riveting plot with great dramatic tension. What did you think?  

Pan | Trailer

Pan The origin story of the J.M. Barrie’s iconic character Peter Pan.

The film, directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice), stars a slew of great actors, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund & Levi Miller.

It is set for a release this summer.