With 3 finals that season,easily proved once again to be one of the reasons on television. The jam-packed episode managed to manage a fierce superhero showdown, a few twists and turns. and teased the next big challenges for Butcher and The Boys for future seasons.
It was a satisfying season finale on many levels, mainly for the often underserved Queen Maeve. From Starlight’s new powers to Homelander’s new apprentice, absolutely everyone had an interesting development. Let’s dive into everything that happened.
What is the true identity of Soldier Boy?
What better time than the finale to find out that Soldier Boy was Soldier Boy for the first time? As a young man, he went to Ben and wanted nothing more than to prove himself to his father. So, naturally, he visited his father’s “golf buddies in the war department” and signed up for the Complex V trials. Did being America’s greatest hero work? Unfortunately no. His father still hated him, wouldn’t even let him mention his name.
We later discover that Vought scientist Jonah Vogelbaum used Soldier Boy’s DNA to create Homelander. In Citizen’s warped idea of how families work, Soldier Boy therefore becomes her father.
What really happened in Nicaragua in 1984?
Thanks to the Vought propaganda and the Payback lies, it was unclear what happened on that fateful day in Nicaragua in 1984. Called Operation Charlie, President Reagan’s off-the-books project was designed to help the Contra rebels fight the Russian-backed Sandinistas. Country. Lt. Col. Grace Mallory was accused of smuggling cocaine into the United States and using the proceeds to buy weapons for insurgents.
But when America’s greatest superhero team interferes with the mission, unable to prove they can match the military, the rebel camp is compromised and all of Mallory’s soldiers are massacred. This prompted him to form The Boys and pursue Vought. That was the day Soldier Boy was lost to the Russians, but no one but Payback knows exactly how. It’s all about Black Noir…
Black Noir mystery
The silent killer of The Seven and Payback always got the job done, no fuss. But when Soldier Boy returns to the United States after being locked away in a Russian lab for decades, Black Noir inexplicably pulls a runner.
In the finale, we discover exactly why. In Black Noir’s cartoon hallucination, we discover that Stan Edgar made a deal with Black Noir to kill Soldier Boy, because years ago scientist Vogelbaum created a super-flying superhero, the next best model, the Homelander. Vought wanted Homelander to take on America’s beloved leading superhero. Soldier Boy had to get out of the way.
It helped that Gunpowder, Swatto, Mindstorm, Black Noir, the TNT Twins, and the Red Countess, who was Soldier Boy’s girlfriend, hated Soldier Boy. Black Noir, who hated him even more after brutally beating the soldier boy for a stolen film role, agreed to Edgar’s terms. Grace Mallory missed everything that happened after she was knocked unconscious during a Russian attack on a rebel camp. When she regained consciousness, it was the Crimson Countess who claimed that the Russians had created “some kind of weapon” that killed Soldier Boy.
But it was Black Noir and the rest of Payback, especially Mindstorm, who ganged up on Soldier Boy and managed to subdue him before turning him over to the Russians. Black Noir was badly injured in the battle, half of his face was disfigured. Black Black never reveals what happened to Homelander. Black punches Noir in the gut when Homelander discovers the truth about Soldier Boy being his father and Black Black hiding it from him. Black Noir’s cartoon friends wish him peace and bid him a tearful farewell as he dies.
Homelander finally wins over Ryan
This season began with Butcher struggling with his feelings about whether or not to watch Becca and Homelander’s son Ryan. On the one hand, it was his wife’s dying wish. On the other hand, this is the son of an evil psychopath. But Butcher gives Ryan a chance, sending him into the safe hands of the CIA and “Aunt Grace.”
But psychological! In one of many twists, Ryan ends up accepting Homelander as his father once again. Homelander finds Ryan thanks to inside information from Congresswoman Victoria Neumann, who works with Grace at the Bureau of Paranormal Affairs. Homelander gives a rousing speech, convincing Ryan that the guy who killed Becca was wrong. Homelander isn’t crazy because that’s what Supes does: causing tons of unfortunate, often horrific accidents.
Maeve is not dead. Long live!
You’d be forgiven for thinking Maeve was gone this season. Looks like they’re going to kill him not once, but twice. Although it was not convincing the first time. It was no surprise to see that Maeve was still alive and held captive by Homelander in a white cell 12 stories below Vout’s Tower. Thanks to Starlight’s social media campaign #FreeMaeve, “every LGBT teenager in the world got up Vought’s ass,” a search warrant was issued for Vought. Too strong to be drugged, Maeve awoke while being transported to another location and punched her way to freedom. “Free Maeve” mission completed.
Soldier boy, meet Ryan
In another sly twist, Soldier Boy decides to keep his word and (attempt to) kill Citizen. After Mindstorm tells Soldier Boy that he’s technically Homeland’s father, it looks like Soldier Boy will have a change of heart and take Soldier Boy under his wing, parenting him like his own father. But when he confronts Butcher and Maeve Homeland, Soldier Boy makes his feelings about Homelander clear, calling Homelander a “weak, attention-starved cat.” Then Homelander plays his trump card and takes out Ryan. – Hey, grandpa.
This throws a wrench in the works, turning the Butcher against Soldier Boy after Soldier Boy attacks Ryan. A great battle ensues…
The starlight shines brighter
Starlight, Kimiko, Frenchie, and Ana’s Milk all arrive to provide backup against Soldier Boy. (Meanwhile, Maeve vents her anger at Homelander—about time.) All season, Hughie struggles with feelings of inadequacy and powerlessness—he has a powerful girlfriend he can’t protect without the help of Temp V (the green vial). Complex V, which gives people superpowers for 24 hours). But, finally, Hughie sees the light. Instead of using a spare vial, he turns on every light in the Vought News Network studio and feeds Starlight’s powers. He helps save himself. For the first time, it rises into the air and emits a powerful glow to stun Soldier Boy.
Mother’s Milk takes her time using Frenchie’s lethal nerve agent to tranquilize Soldier Boy. But not enough…
Maeve saves the day
This episode embodies Queen Maeve as the unsung hero of The Boys. Not only does he horribly lose an eye in a fight with Homelander, but he realizes that Soldier Boy is about to detonate radiation that will kill everyone. Proving his hero status once again, he pulls Soldier Boy out the window and they plunge into the air. Somewhere in the middle of Vought Tower, Soldier Boy explodes.
Just this time, everyone (important) lives
But surprisingly, both Queen Maeve and Soldier Boy survives. Now powerless (Soldier Boy’s radiation took out Component V in her system, just like it did with Kimiko), Maeve is also free to live the life she’s always wanted with her girlfriend, Elena. The news reports his death as a self-sacrifice to defeat a “radicalized Russian boy soldier.” Even Ashley deletes footage of Maeve being found alive in an alley by Mother Milk. (Well done, Boys, for not making the “Bury your gays” trope.)
Soldier Boy was also taken and taken to a secret room of another organization. Grace overlooks the transfer of Soldier Boy to the new cryo chamber.
These are teasers for the future
Not only does Homelander continue to excite a specific demographic—mainly Nazi Stormfront fans—it also introduces viewers to his son Ryan. When a Starlight supporter throws a box at Ryan, Homelander teaches his son that it’s wrong to kill people with lasers. Ryan leaves us with an intimidating childish grin, yes, he’s probably going to follow in his disturbing father’s footsteps.
In addition, The Boys, now permanently attached to Starlight, must contend with the fallout from Victoria Neuman’s candidacy for presidential candidate Robert Singer (who was drowned by The Deep at the behest of her former partner, Homelander, while swimming in the evening). This could see Neuman become America’s new vice president, unless The Boys take down the head-turning Supe — which Butcher absolutely intends to do.
Will we see May again? Will it be the end when the boys run out of ideas? Will Grace Mallory begin her experiments with Soldier Boy and use him against Vout? What wonderful father-son destruction will Homelander and Ryan endure? Will anything the boys do be bigger and more graphic than episode 6’s Herogasm again?
The good news is that Amazon Studios has already renewed The Boys for a fourth season. After this chapter, there’s no doubt that the show will continue to deliver some of the smartest, most radical superhero fare on TV.
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