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The Boys Season 2 Finale Review – The Good, The Bad, and The Deadly (2 x 08)

Ryan and Billy Butcher sitting together during "The Boys" Season 2 Finale

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The Boys season 2 finale tied multiple storylines in a neat bow but had to kill off one of the show’s pivotal characters in order for the heroes and some villains to grow for the better.

This season has been a wild ride, to say the least, as the political angles the show tackled and the introduction of new Supes has added to the show’s twisted universe.

Unfortunately, Billy Butcher’s quest to rescue his wife Becca ended in tragedy as Ryan fatally wounds his own mother with his laser vision while trying to rescue her from the clutches of Stormfront.

Speaking of whom, Stormfront has been an amazingly polarizing character this season, and to see her demise in the finale is a little bittersweet, but a much-needed conclusion to her story arc. She may not actually be dead yet but it’s doubtful that she’ll rear her Nazi head again anytime soon.

Becca’s loss, however, signals a significant shift in character growth for Billy as Becca’s dying wish is for him to protect Ryan from turning into his demented Supe dad, Homelander.

This change in Butcher also steers The Boys in several new directions for season 3, which should mean refreshing new takes on each of the show’s amazing cast.

“Only The Good Die Young”

As the episode ends, Billy Joel’s “Only The Good Die Young” plays as it cleverly echoes the death of Becca, who was essentially the only “good” character left on the show.

Shantel VanSanten’s performance this season was amazing, and she will be sorely missed on the show, even though canonically she’s only met The Boys this season, it seems that the team will miss her presence as well because she’s one of the few people in the world who makes Billy Butcher look like a lost puppy dog, relatively speaking.

It’s kind of cruel for the showrunners to finally have a moment of bonding between Becca and the rest of Billy’s crew like that, and then immediately take her away. (Not nice at all)

Still, her death was emotionally stirring, and Karl Urban’s tear-jerking performance upon Becca’s death was as good as it gets.

On the bright side, Ryan is basically Butcher’s son now, and he’s already rubbing off on him the right way as he imparts sage advice on the young Supe: “Don’t be a c**t”

Which, of course, Ryan repeats when Billy asks “Remember what I told you.”

In the end, Ryan is kept safe by the FBI and should be out of reach from Homelander or Vought until whatever unfolds in season 3.

Stormfront Did Nazi That Coming

 

Oof. Talk about rough. Stormfront got her butt handed to her in the finale. Which was quite well-deserved because, after all, she was a racist Nazi psychopath whose only redeeming quality is her dank meme game.

First, she’s publicly outed by A-Train, Hughie, and Starlight as a 100-year old Nazi who was secretly the wife of the deceased founder of Vought. Which, of course, pisses her off and basically makes her worthless to Vought.

Then she receives an oh-so-satisfying beatdown from Starlight, Kimiko, and Maeve that sends her cowering away flying.

Finally, she gets laser-visioned to bits by Ryan, which leaves her muttering incoherently in German.

As much as I initially liked Stormfront and the nuanced nature of her character, it’s definitely a good thing that she’s now locked away – hopefully never to be seen again.

Kudos to Aya Rachel Cash, however, for slaying this villainous role because she made me legitimately hate her with a passion despite being so cool upon her introduction.

The Deadliest Supe on ‘The Boys’ Is NOT Homelander

In a shocking last-second twist, The Boys decided to throw a major curveball by revealing that goodie-two-shoes Congresswoman Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) was actually the Mind-blowing Supe from the penultimate episode this season, who caused a legendary courtroom murder scene that rivals (I daresay) the infamous Red Wedding from Game of Thrones.

Looking back, it’s kind of a mystery why she killed the people she killed, and that just makes waiting for season 3 that much more painful!

Plus, Hughie decides to work for her on her campaign committee, and now she’s given the power to head an entire department dedicated to keeping tabs on Supes.

The jury is still out on whether Victoria is actually evil, or is just a tragically misguided hero. But it’s probably safe to assume that unwrapping the mystery surrounding her should be a big part of season 3.

Other Key Events:

  • Homelander actually showed he might actually care about Ryan after all because he acted like a real dad for the first time in this episode. However, that image faded quickly when he murdered a bunch of Vought militia, which resulted in this bloody mess:

  • Homelander also got blackmailed to submission by Maeve, and he was forced to make a public speech that made him acknowledge both Maeve and Starlight as his “trusted friends.” Clearly, not all is right with Homelander as he is seen masturbating on top of a building in the middle of the night literally trying to gain release from his frustrating predicament.

  • The Boys finally get a series of W’s after getting screwed for most of the season:
    • They’re cleared of criminal charges by Colonel Mallory and the FBI
    • Hughie and Starlight officially resume their relationship – Starlight also rejoins The Seven to keep an eye on Homelander.
    • Frenchie and Kimiko run off into the sunset together
    • MM finally goes back to his family
    • Billy, albeit in tragic fashion, finally finds some kind of peace.

  • A-Train is reinstated in The Seven due to his efforts in helping expose Stormfront as a Nazi.
  • The Deep got screwed by The Church of the Collective and has apparently been receiving unsatisfactory oral stimulation from his fake wife (poor guy). He’s also not back with The Seven.
  • Black Noir is still hospitalized after his allergic reaction (beware of Almond Joys!).
  • Compound V is off-limits to the public indefinitely, as stated by Stan Edgar himself.
  • Maeve is finally free from Homelander’s torment and is able to freely pursue her romance with Elena. Plus, she was a total badass in this finale and basically saved everyone’s butts.

Episode Rating: 9.5/10

While not exactly as shocking as the penultimate episode, this final installment of The Boys season 2 is almost perfectly executed. It ties all the storylines building up all season and finishes in a frenzy of controlled chaos that changes the dynamics for nearly every character for upcoming arcs.

 

All episodes of The Boys season 2  is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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Lorenz Bacani is a pop-culture enthusiast who's trying to watch as many good comic-book movies and TV shows as superhumanly possible. He received a bachelor's degree in Journalism and New Media at California Baptist University. Wrote for a news tabloid, worked for a couple of non-profits, and dabbled in some photography (mostly for Instagram purposes). He is probably currently binge-watching an old TV show for nostalgia.

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Walker Series Finale Review – See You Sometime (413)

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Walker Series Finale Review See You Sometime Season 4 Episode 13

Walker concluded its four-season run on Wednesday, June 26, on The CW—but while many elements lent themselves to a series finale, overall, it was evident that the creative forces weren’t anticipating that this would be their final season (despite all the upheaval and uncertainty at the network as of late). 

For one thing, the final scene of the episode sparked widespread confusion amongst audiences, as it was a rather strange ending to introduce a brand-new character without any additional information, though, according to Jared Padalecki (Cordell) via TVLine, James Van Der Beek (a legend and OG The WB star) is a good personal friend who was going to “stir up” trouble as a cult-leader neighbor renting out the next door Davidson property. And, quite frankly, I’m kind of bummed that we won’t ever get to see that. 

There was so much more story left to tell when it came to the Walker’s—and for once, they were all finding their footing and the pieces were beginning to fall into place, leaving much to be desired from another season. Heck, I’d even settle for a few more episodes to wrap it all up. 

What about a time jump that allowed us to see Cassie in her new role as Lieutenant while also seeing her move on and finally find that happiness with Trey? The chemistry between them has been evident for awhile, even if the series took a bit of a detour to give her a romance with Detective Luna (Justin Johnson Cortez), who, quite frankly, was killed off the show too early. 

We know Cassie will be all right—she’s a resilient badass who can handle anything life throws her way, but it’s unfortunate we won’t be able to see the come-up after suffering such a major loss. 

During the battle for the promotion, it was Cassie versus Trey, which could’ve lent to some really great moments between the two finally coming to terms with their feelings for each other. It made sense that the role went to Cassie, as she showed that even in the darkest of days, she’s still a leader and a good ranger, but Trey absolutely deserves his moment down the line as he’s proven himself since joining the team. 

I assumed Cordell took all of his recent experiences and folded them into the decision to resign, especially considering how much being a ranger took from him, but I guess a leave of absence makes more sense if they thought the series would continue on. If it were up to me, he’d turn over his badge (or become a consultant) while going all-in with Geri on the Side Step 2.0. 

His most recent near-death experience was eye-opening, however, in the sense that he needed to be a more present father. His kids may be grown, with both of them flying the coop and heading off to college, but it’s never too late, and this may be one of their last opportunities for a solid family vacation. 

Again, it’s unfortunate that we won’t get to see the second phase of their life, with Cordell finally accepting his relationship with Geri and taking the next step by letting go of Emily and choosing to propose. Heck, we didn’t even get to see the proposal, which is upsetting in and of itself. There’s so much we got cheated out of—it would’ve made more sense for this to be a 2-hour finale so we could get all these last-minute touches. 

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Geri was always more invested in the relationship than Cordell, simply because he was still trying to figure out how to move on without disrespecting his late wife, but I’m glad he’s finally arrived at a place where there’s no more guilt. 

We didn’t even get any context as to what Liam’s role with the governor would be, or why the secret agents just arrived at his home mere moments after that mysterious phone call. Liam started the series as a go-getter lawyer before losing his way, and his ambition, for the next few seasons, but it’s nice to see him finding his place again. I just wish we could stick around to see it unfold. 

The only storyline that really seemed to get the closure it deserved was Bonham and Abeline’s. They know that their son is going to be alright, she has her business, and they are finally on the same page about making the most of their retirement—with the wind in their sails… and hair. Seeing them embrace this time together—so well deserved, might I add, after sacrificing so much for their family over the years—was worth it. 

What did you think of the finale? Did you feel cheated in the same way I did? Why didn’t we get more from Larry and his wife?

Do you agree with Padalecki when he says The new CW is just looking for the easy way out with “really easy, cheap content that they could fill up time with“? Because it sure seems like he’s right on the money when it comes to canceling all of our favorite shows without a second thought. 

I guess all good things must come to an end, and as we grieve Walker, we must also underscore that it might be one of the last remaining shows on The CW to ever represent what The CW meant to so many people, right along with the faces, like Padalecki’s, who have made the network a household name for so many years. 

Share your thoughts about the Walker series finale, titled “See You Sometime,” below!

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Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Season Finale Review – Final Exam (208)

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Pretty Little Liars: Summer School concluded its sophomore run with a gripping finale—tensions were at an all time high, regardless if you like the outcome—that unmasked Bloody Rose and Archie Waters… kind of. 

PLL: Summer School Season 2 Episode 8 had a handful of bombshell reveals—and as it turns out, we owe Christian, Johnny, and, especially, Jen, a huge apology for ever doubting their motivations. 

I say especially when it comes to Jen because up until the scene where Noa calls her to ask how to hotwire a car, I was convinced she was somehow involved with the Bloody Rose mess. There was even that scene where Jen suggested maybe Christian or Johnny can’t be trusted, which felt like she was trying to get the scent off of her and divert attention to someone else, but it turns out, she was simply trying to help Noa and the liars pinpoint the murderer. The writers wanted her to be a red herring, and we all fell for it. There’s obviously still qualities about her that are concerning, but maybe we all misjudged her just a wee bit?

It didn’t take long for Tabby and Imogen to turn against Christian and Johnny either—part of Bloody Rose’s plan—as Tabby found the mask of Davie in Christian’s drawer while Imogen saw a bunch of dead bodies and assumed Johnny was the culprit. She literally locked him in the freezer (where I was sure he’d perish), but I’m so glad they showed us how he got out of there… otherwise, it would have been another PLL mom’s basement mystery keeping me up at night. 

Bloody Rose ended up being—SPOILER ALERT—Mrs. Langsberry, Chip’s vengeful mother,  which doesn’t come as much of a surprise, honestly, considering she was unhinged for much of the season, casting blame at Imogen and Tabitha for soiling her son’s good name. When they confronted her earlier in the morning and assumed she could be crossed off the suspect’s list because she had fresh flowers—BR’s calling card—it was simply a way of getting them off her trail. 

It’s actually hilarious to think that Chip’s mother thought she was avenging her son’s death by brutally murdering, torturing and tormenting people all over town, but I guess it explains why Chip was so messed up in the first place. His home life couldn’t have been healthy if that’s how she’s rationalizing her grief. 

Bloody Rose didn’t act alone, however, as her accomplice was none other than Wes, who ended up being the whole mastermind behind everything. He bonded with Mrs. Langsberry following Chip’s death and saw this as his perfect opportunity to get revenge—because it’s so hard for a white guy nowadays—but also to make the ideal horror movie that actually involves murdering someone in real-time. His subject was none other than final girl Tabitha because, well, she’s always been the one to stand up to him and put him in his place. We always knew something was off about Wes, but Christians seemed to pick up on all the red flags this season immediately. 

Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Season Finale Review - Final Exam (208)

Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Season Finale Review – Final Exam (208)

Tabitha proved that she’s not only a lover of the horror genre, she’s also quite a fighter. When she was surrounded by Wes’ proxies in masks with no obvious exit out of Pastor Malachi’s church, she jumped through a window to escape, before singlehandedly taking on all the proxies and then Wes himself. Tabitha reimagined what it means to be a Final Girl in a truly empowering way; as did the rest of her friends who fought tooth and nail to get to her. 

When Tabitha came face-to-face with Wes, holding a pitchfork, nonetheless, he assured her that she didn’t have the guts to end it, but before he could even finish his sentence, she proved him wrong. 

Wes was an obvious villain choice, much like Mrs. Langsberry, but it was also a lame choice as they could’ve done so much more with his character. He was a main suspect in season one, and they figured we wouldn’t consider him again, so they planted him as the big bad, but it just felt like a cheap shot.

It was also pretty lame and unbelievable that Wes somehow survived being stabbed with the pitchfork (and then punched by Imogen during that very rude jump scare)—I was surprised when Dr. Sullivan said he was in prison alongside Mrs. Langsberry. I guess you really can never get rid of the devil. 

And, as we’ve seen, prisons don’t actually keep the monsters locked up for good. They always find a way of sneaking out… like Archie Waters did. 

While everyone was led to believe that Archie was killed in a prison riot, he quietly snuck out and waited in the shadows before claiming his next victim—someone he’s been keeping an eye on for quite some time. Dr. Sullivan, who was tormented by Archie, and who, in her last moments begged to find out if he was the one who killed her son Sebastian, was brutally murdered in the final moments, though it was kind of hard to feel bad considering we saw her real side—the one that sold her book on childhood trauma and called the liars “narcissists.” I guess some might say she had it coming this whole time for being a shady lady. 

But Tabitha’s desire to leave the Waters family in the past might be wishful thinking considering the actual bogeyman is still out there likely gearing up to strike again. 

Thankfully, at least for now, they all have a bit of a break, passing their Keystone exam (finally) and embracing their Final Girl Energy, knowing that they can survive anything that life throws their way.

And maybe come next season, Johnny will get over the fact that Imogen almost killed him and they’ll get another shot at love together. One could only hope as they made a cute couple and it was one of the more promising developments in her life. 

As for Kelly, she also survived Bloody Rose’s attempt at drowning her and made amends with the liars, while, hopefully, putting all the culty church stuff in the past. 

I was a bit surprised that neither Ash nor Greg appeared in the finale, which makes me wonder how much we can still trust them. Wouldn’t they be around in some capacity to check in on their girls after what they went through? 

What did you think of PLL: Summer School and the finale? Did you like how the ending was set up? Did you think the killers were too obvious? Do you think the masked liars from Tabitha’s movie tease might be season 3’s villains? Maybe it’s someone impersonating them to torment them?

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Walker Review – Let’s Go, Let’s Go (411)

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Walker and his team suffered a major blow during their hunt for the Jackal on Walker Season 4 Episode 11. 

If I’m this frustrated with a case, I know that they are over with how this serial killer keeps outsmarting and evading them. It’s taken so much from them in terms of sanity, time, and even loved ones, as we saw James spiral back into old habits that once again put his home life with Kelly in the crossfire, and Walker’s hallucinatory dream showed that one of his biggest regrets in life was not being there for his family enough; for the big and small moments. 

As the Jackal pumped up Walker with drugs, the hallucination began like a dream as Cordell finally had his wife back. In reality, Cordell was living through a nightmarish situation before being buried alive. 

I’m typically not a fan of hallucination/dream episodes, but this one was interesting as it examined Cordell’s life and motivations through the lens of his funeral. It was his subconscious bubbling to the surface, but it was showing him how his absence made others feel. The message was loud and strong, though he wasn’t entirely open to receiving it, even when Emily urged him to let it go and get back to reality.

The drugs pumped into his system were so strong that if it wasn’t for Cordell’s team tracking him down, he would’ve suffered the same fate so many of Jackal’s victims have over the years. I guess it’s slightly reassuring to know that they have no idea of what’s going on in their final moments of life, but it still doesn’t make the situation any better, especially knowing that Jackal almost killed two rangers as they were on his tail. 

While they got to Cordell just in time, David Luna didn’t have the same amount of luck—and it was honestly the most heartbreaking development in this season-long case. 

When I say the Jackal took loved ones, I also mean physically, as it seems Luna succumbed to his injuries and died in Cassie’s arms, which we know is going to absolutely destroy her as she was just coming around to admitting that she loved him.

I’m hoping that maybe there’s a reality where Luna still has a pulse and is spared, but it’s not looking good for him. Their pursuit of the Jackal meant that he was getting sloppy and needed to tie up loose ends, which included Luna as he took his eye off the prize. 

I knew it wasn’t going to bode well for him when he made that overly long phone call to Cassie, which was super sappy, and she hesitated to say the “L” word, something we know she’ll come to regret if he doesn’t make it. 

They could’ve saved that conversation for another time so that neither of them lost focus and allowed themselves to be ambushed by the Jackal. And if I’m being realistic, I don’t think this is a one-man show. One man wouldn’t be able to take out David Luna all while moving Cordell and burying him in a shallow grave. I think there’s a team working here, which is how they’ve been able to stay ahead of the police. 

Either way, the desire to stop and capture the Jackal is only growing stronger now that he’s targeted two of the Rangers’ own men. And maybe it’s time to bring in backup because this isn’t something they can handle on their own. 

As for Cassie, I hope she hasn’t lost the love of her life in such a senseless way—she deserves a shred of happiness. 

And with only two episodes on the horizon, I hope this case helps Cordell reframe what’s really important in life, and that includes slowing down and appreciating all the love he’s surrounded by, including his new romance with Geri. Maybe it’s time he stop running by leaving the rangers behind? 

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Luna’s really dead?

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