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The Boys Review – Homelander hooks up with Stormfront?! (2 x 05)

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Episode 5 of The Boys Season 2 “We Gotta Go Now,” ends shockingly with Homelander and Stormfront joining together in more ways than one.

Stormfront, who’s actually a Supe formerly known as Liberty, with a history of Neo-Nazism (or some other kind of superiority complex) got under Homelander’s skin in the previous episode by killing Kimiko’s brother Kenji and scores herself some points on her public image.

Meanwhile, Homelander has been on edge and has increasingly become frustrated with everything that’s going on at Vought and the Compound V scandal.

And things take a turn for the worst for the diabolical Suped-up villain when this happens . . .

Watch Where You’re Pointing Those Laser Eyes!

As shown in the above video, Homelander accidentally kills an innocent bystander while haphazardly dealing with a Supe-terrorist. Consequently, this drops his approval rating by a whopping 9 and 1/2 points, which definitely doesn’t sit well with him.

He struggles to repair public perception regarding the incident and nearly loses his cool at a rally protesting him when he imagines just cutting everyone down with his laser vision.

The Boys: Homelander laser-visions crowd

He manages to keep a level-head but his attempt to appease people doesn’t go as planned, so he reluctantly seeks the help of Stormfront and her army of meme lords and queens.

As a result, Homelander’s approval rating jumps back up 5 points, and he thanks Stormfront for the assist. She then sarcastically asks how he’s going to pay her back, and the scene that follows is straight bonkers.

Homelander and Stormfront Get . . . Super-Kinky

What can only be described as a match made in superhero hell, the two deviant Supes engage in some intense, gratuitously masochistic, and superhumanly physical sex.

Their unlikely union has some hellish implications that could lead to some diabolical misdeeds, which means bad news for everyone. How this situation shakes things up is definitely one of the must-see dynamics to look forward to in the series.

Other Key Events In This Episode

  • Billy goes back to his aunt Judy’s home where he leaves his dog, named Terror, for safekeeping. Terror, of course, comes straight from the comic books and his likeness to the source material counterpart is uncanny.

  • The “Dawn of the Seven” movie (a clear reference to the DC Extended Universe film– there’s even a Joss Whedon reshoot joke throw in) is underway that doubles as a sort of farewell performance by A-Train as well as a way for Homelander to mess with Maeve by backhandedly complimenting her sexual orientation and parading her to the public as an LGBTQ+ symbol along with Elena, who gets forcibly roped into the public relations campaign.

 

  • On top of that, Starlight and Stormfront have growing tensions on set as both know each other’s secrets and blatantly threaten to expose each other. Though neither do so just yet and both continue to bear with the “Girls Get It Done” propaganda.

 

  • Billy, in a depressive state after failing to rescue Becca, tries to sacrifice himself to save Hughie, MM, and his aunt Judy against Black Noir, who has tracked them down and set his sights on assassinating Billy. They only escape their demise when Billy issues a clever bluff – exposing Homelander raping his wife and hiding his son Ryan from public view.

 

  • Kimiko becomes a hitwoman for hire as a way to cope with her brother’s loss, and Frenchie (unsuccessfully) tries to comfort her. The two come at odds and Frenchie walks out on her. That might be the smart move for now because Kimiko is on a rampage and is doing things like, well, this . . .

  • The Deep is married now but it’s all so obviously fake. He even goes on an interview with Katie Couric to publicize the relationship all in an ill-conceived attempt to rejoin The Seven.

  • Shawn Ashmore (better known as Bobby Drake/Iceman from the X-Men films) makes a brief appearance having a phone call conversation with Stormfront. He’s rumored to be playing Lamplighter, another Supe from the comics.

Episode Rating: 9.0/10

The Boys new season 2 episodes stream on Fridays 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.

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Review – Hell House (206)

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Pretty Little Liars Summer School Review Hell House Season 2 Episode 6

Welcome to our nightmare couldn’t have been a more accurate statement for the liars of Millwood, especially after the most recent development on Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Season 2 Episode 6.

In the final moments of the episode, Imogen is challenged by Bloody Rose, but unlike with the other girls, she doesn’t give her much of a heads up, ambushing her in her mother’s bedroom. 

It’s at this moment that I had this odd feeling that maybe, just maybe, Bloody Rose is Imogen’s mother—and lo and behold, that’s exactly who Imogen said was under the bloody gauze when she pulled it off. 

Now, we have to take it with a grain of salt, considering Imogen’s mother died… we never saw a body body, but we saw her in the bloodied bathtub, which seemed like enough proof. 

There’s also the fact that trauma has a way of playing tricks on you, and while it seems like Imogen is fine most of the time, she is in a vulnerable and fragile place when it comes to her mental health. She’s had a significant amount of breakdowns that could have caused her to imagine her mother’s face in place of whoever is actually attacking them. The trauma could’ve intensified by being back in her childhood home where she saw her mother take her own life. 

And let’s not forget that there’s a handful of people in town who are skilled at making very detailed and intricate masks. Imogen wasn’t able to say much about who she saw under the gauze aside from “my mom,” but it’s possible that her next words would have been “or a mask to look like my mom.” Because the odds of it actually being her mom are slim. 

It also doesn’t really make sense if it were to be Imogen’s mother as she didn’t give off homicidal tendencies. I know a lot of people aren’t who they claim to be in Millwood, but Imogen’s mother was genuinely excited to support her daughter becoming a mother before she was brutally murdered—and made to look like a suicide—by Archie. Therefore, I don’t think she’d ever turn around and terrorize her daughter and her friends—what would be the reason?

The town of Millwood is ensuring that the liars don’t forget about their trauma too quickly either with the arrival of Redemption House, which everyone dubs Hell House. And considering the rooms are all themed to stick it to the liars and make them feel guilty about all that they’ve endured—losing loved ones, being taken advantage of at parties, etc—it’s a fitting name. 

Thankfully, this season, the liars aren’t just taking it, they are fighting back in any way that they can. They aren’t just boldly taking on Bloody Rose’s deathly challenges, they are taking a stand and ensuring that their message is received by the culty church that rented out Imogen’s house for their theatrics. 

 Their plan to terrorize Redemption House with monster and demon masks was innocent yet effective, considering the cult members’ fear of hell, but it also slightly backfired not only because of Bloody Rose’s attack on Imogen, but because Bloody Rose already got to Redemption House before them and stabbed Pastor Malachi dead between the eyes. 

Was it gruesome and brutal? Yes. Was it deserved? Well, no one ever deserves murder, to be clear, but the man did bring it upon himself. I was hoping someone would notice his absence/bring up his death during the episode, but I’m guessing it will be timed to the movie that the boys recorded, which will somehow place the blame back on the liars. It’s not the first time they’ve been set up. 

The whole Redemption House storyline is bizarre on so many levels—something the liars themselves have acknowledged, which is nice—and I can’t speak to why Henry is blindly taking part in it, but I’m convinced that Kelly is brainwashed. Whatever her mom did to her in that “prayer room” changed her completely, so she’s just going along with it blindly despite knowing that it isn’t right. 

Another development I’m excited to see is Greg and Faran’s hook-up. They have such an intense chemistry that it’s only a matter of time, not to mention Greg’s character was being wasted on that Redemption House storyline. If anything, Faran is his redemption. Plus, the fact that he’s Kevin from Riverdale’s cousin makes him so much better in my book. I love the subtle callbacks to sister shows. 

Then there’s the Jen of it all. While I was on board with her and Noa’s relationship initially, I’m not into it now that I know she tried to right one of her wrongs but bling-ringing Shawn’s house and then giving him the money. Like, in what world is that a reasonable solution? Noa was upset, but not as upset as she should’ve been, simply telling Jen to stop breaking into people’s homes. Her feelings for Jen are clearly clouding her judgment, but I wish this moment would’ve painted a clearer picture for her overall because it was a shitty move on Jen’s part. 

What did you think of the episode? Do you believe Bloody Rose is really Imogen’s mom? Or do you think someone is playing tricks on her? Can the liars’ circle of significant others really be trusted? And where is Wes? Did Bloody Rose get to him? Did Christian?

Share your thoughts on this weeks episode of PLL: Summer School now! 

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Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Review – Friday the 13th (205)

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Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Review - Friday the 13th (205)

What happened to sticking together the next time Bloody Rose—not to be confused with the actual Rose Waters, mother of Angela and Archie, who jumped off a bridge (it wasn’t that tall so she’s presumably still alive) the moment she heard her son was still alive—calls upon one of the liars to pass their “test”?

At this point, it’s clear Bloody Rose’s tests are just traps for the girls, seemingly punishment for their sins, which makes me think that there’s a good possibility that Bloody Rose is Kelly’s mother, who has fully immersed herself in the cult—yes, it’s a cult, we all saw whatever it is Henry was doing in there—of Redemption House. Multiple times throughout this second season of Pretty Little Liars: Summer School, Kelly’s mother and that creepy pastor mentioned paying for the sins of the town, and considering what happened to her husband last season, she has plenty of reason to believe that the “final girls” are to blame. 

However, whoever Bloody Rose actually is, she has to have a lot of disposable income at the ready as the amount of thorny roses placed on the path for Noa to run across would cost a fortune, which kind of leads me to think that maybe it is someone like Dr. Sullivan, who has a steady income as a psychologist and proved herself to be untrustworthy as the girls found a recording device that lent itself to transcripts of every convo they’ve ever had. Dr. Sullivan claimed she was using it to write a book about adolescent survival, but who is actually buying what she’s selling at this point, especially once they figured out she was also Rose Waters’ therapist at one point. 

The truth is, any OG PLL fan will remember Sullivan went through hell and back while serving as a soundboard for Aria, Emily, Hannah and Spencer, so while she might not be winning the trust of our new liars, I’m also hesitant to think that she’d be responsible for tormenting all these young teens, particularly when she was targeted by “A” in the past herself… and now pushed down the stairs by a new masked psycho.

I’m also skeptical of Imogene’s father’s new fiancee, who, admittedly, came out of nowhere. There was something off about her presence, and the way she looked at Imogene sort of resembled the same look that Bloody Rose has whenever we do see her. And it would make sense that she’d go after Imogene’s father if she wanted to infiltrate her life. 

Imogene spiraled at dinner, though it didn’t scare of shake Johnny one bit. You’d think the dude would be running for the hills by now after his maybe-gf threatened to cut off his dad’s fiancee’s fingers and previously called him over to the house she was babysitting at before opening the door with a sharp knife. But he’s been pretty understanding, knowing that she’s just working through the trauma of last year. It’s nice that she has someone on her side who comes without judgment—let’s just hope he stays a good guy! 

But aside from the “who is Bloody Rose” theories, Noa was the next target, and she narrowly escaped with Jen’s help. While I thought the setup of the whole “test” was bloody terrific, it felt all too rushed and not as personal as the ones Mouse and Faran faced. 

It’s also not exactly clear how Jen knew where Noa would be, but I’m guessing she found Noa’s behavior concerning and went back to the apartment to read the contents of the letter she initially assumed was from Shawn.

Quite honestly, Noa’s been going through while toggling back and forth between her feelings for Shawn and Jen. She needs to come clean to her man, and maybe there’s a way that they can all be in an open relationship. At the very least, Shawn deserves to know about her feelings and past connection to Jen as he seems very serious about her. And it’s clear that whatever she feels for Jen isn’t temporary and shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially now that she came to her rescue and has very much seen what Bloody Rose is capable of. Also, where did BR get that dog?

And then there’s our boy Wes, still stirring up problems for Tabby, but this time, she has someone on her side as Christian notes he’s getting “bad vibes” from the movie theater manager. Honestly, we’ve been saying that from day one, Christian! Wes also tries to suggest that Tabby was only contacted about her short film because she’s black, which doesn’t sit well with her, and she hits back with the suggestion of a colorblind movie-off. The growth in Tabby’s character has been impressive, and it’s nice to see that even if they are being hunted by a masked killer, they still know their worth and can stand their ground. 

And finally, Mouse’s grandmother Lola needs care—I said it. Why are we letting this poor woman spend time alone on SpookySpaghetti where she’s easily manipulated? She cut her forehead as part of some step 1 in the Bloody Rose’s reckoning—and the fact that this killer hs so many followers is actually concerning. 

Oh, what an unlucky Friday the 13th! You’d think by now, the town would stop showing horror movies for fun—isn’t the horror of their life enough?

What are we thinking about the season so far? Who is Bloody Rose? Are the girls handling things properly? Should they be better equipped since their showdown with Archie? Is it bold of them to be taking things into their own hands for once and trying to push back against BR bullying ways? 

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Pretty Little Liar: Summer School Review – Sweet Sixteen (203)

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Pretty Little Liar: Summer School Review - Sweet Sixteen (203)

There was nothing sweet about Mouse’s sweet 16 on Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Season 2 Episode 3. 

At such a tender age, these girls have survived one serial killer, only to be preyed on by another, seemingly more deranged, one. 

My whole heart hurt for Mouse as she realized that the location where Lola dropped her off for her surprise party was a trap set by Bloody Rose Waters, considering how depressed she was when she thought her friends weren’t prioritizing her birthday.

All sweet Mouse wanted was to feel special, but instead, she was fighting for her life at every turn—and thanks to some quick thinking, managed to make her way out of the abandoned restaurant after Bloody Rose set it on fire. 

All those months of therapy went down the drain in a flash as the trauma returned upon the realization that it was happening again—their biggest fears were manifesting. Not to mention poor Imogen is going to struggle between distinguishing reality from her nightmares/hallucinations as Bloody Rose exists in both.  

The final girls needed to once again prove that they could survive a serial killer. 

Throughout the episode, I kept trying to figure out who could be behind Bloody Rose. While there’s always the possibility it is actually Archie’s mom, I’m inclined to believe it’s someone who knew what happened to them and wants to continue preying on them. 

Pretty Little Liar: Summer School Review - Sweet Sixteen (203)

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However, all of the topline suspects were at the roller rink for Mouse’s actual surprise party—that she sadly didn’t get to enjoy—including Imogen’s crush, Johnny, Noa’s juvie friend, Jen, Tabby’s new work crush Christian, and Kelly and Gregg. 

There were a few people missing, including Henry and Sean, which I found suspicious. I don’t actually think Sean is behind any of it, but I can’t shake the feeling I’m getting about Henry, especially as it would make sense for the killer to be someone all too familiar with what happened to them last year. 

Then there’s Ash, who wasn’t at the party but did come to Mouse’s rescue, once he found out about her other “surprise” party from Lola. He seemed very much in the dark the whole time, so I think we can rule him out. 

I’m not counting out Kelly’s mom, Chip’s mom (who has a reason for wanting revenge), and Dr. Sullivan herself, who knows the liars’ deepest darkest secrets and can frankly use them against them. 

Murder and serial killers aside, Tabby and Imogen both confided in their new crushes about their trauma and PTSD—and much like in the original, the guy seems like they will be a source of support, which is nice. Everyone needs supportive partners, especially when you’re being hounded by a psychopath.

Faran owned her power after a terrifying experience at the pool, and while being intimidating might warrant some haters—especially the dude she fired—it was also warranted as he was negligent on the job twice, and it almost led to a terrible accident. 

And I’ve got to ask, what’s with all the douchey dudes in Millwood? For every good one, there are several around to make derogatory and misogynistic comments for absolutely no reason.

What did you think of the episode? Is Bloody Rose taking things too far? How will the liars ensure their survival this time around?

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