Thank You For Being a Friend

The Boys | Amazon Prime Video | Season 2 Episode 6: The Bloody Doors Off

If last week’s episode was nothing but filler (and it was), this episode was nothing but killer. We got tons of backstory, secrets revealed, allegiances tested, several Golden Girls references, and a whole lot of action. Let’s recap!

Flashback Frenchie

Flashback (1): Frenchie is extolling the virtues of The Golden Girls to Cherie and Jay (Michael Ayres); he says the Girls made their own family, and Cherie and Jay are his Blanche and Dorothy, respectively, and that of course he is Betty White. He holds up a bomb and asks “Who wants to rob a bank?”

The Boys

Starlight tells Frenchie and Hughie she needs her Vought tracking chip removed because Stormfront knows she leaked the story about Compound V. Frenchie uses a small circular saw on Starlight’s neck, and manages to puncture her skin (grossly) and take out the chip.

In home base, Butcher and Kimiko watch Stormfront and Homelander in an interview and Butcher says “they’re f***ing,” keying in on their relationship. Starlight goes back to the underground lair with Hughie and Frenchie; Kimiko hugs her when she see her.

Hughie tells Butcher that Starlight has a lead on Stormfront: dozens of e-mails from Stan Edgar regarding a potential breakthrough at Sage Grove Center, a psychiatric hospital in Pennsylvania. Butcher says they’ll investigate with Starlight, in case Vought comes looking for any of them.

At Sage Grove, Frenchie, Kimiko and MM dress as orderlies. Butcher and Hughie wait in a wooded area with their van, and Butcher watches as Starlight fries a chain link fence so the “orderlies” can get through; they take off running towards the hospital and Starlight heads back. She asks Butcher why he hates her so much, since she hates Vought as much as he does. She says he’s just a bigot and a bully just because of what’s in her blood. Just then, Stormfront arrives at the hospital…

Flashback (2): Later, potentially after said bank robbery, Mallory interviews Frenchie in an interrogation room; she offers him a job working for her. He’s not too keen on the idea at first, but Mallory says Cherie and Jay can go free instead of going to a super-max prison, if he joins her.

MM, Frenchie and Kimiko

Inside, Frenchie tells Kimiko to get on a stretcher, but she motions and he gets on instead; she and MM wheel him through the halls.

Don’t mess with Cindy

The Boys take out a guard and manage to get into the security room, where they see dozens of cameras on cells that contain people with super powers. They watch as a male orderly (Shawn Ashmore) and Stormfront go into one of the cells. They talk to one of the patients and ask about his powers; they say he was admitted because he was suicidal. When he says he won’t cooperate until he can talk to his sister, Stormfront agrees and leaves the room; the male orderly closes the door behind her and lights the patient on fire.

In the control room, Frenchie yells out that it’s Lamplighter, and they have to kill him for what he did to Mallory’s grandchildren. Hughie calls MM and tells him Stormfront just flew away so they need to get out of there. Frenchie gets back on the stretcher and Kimiko and MM wheel him out again.

The Boys pass Lamplighter in a hallway, and he seemingly recognizes Frenchie; Frenchie jumps off the stretcher and Lamplighter tries to attack him with fire, but Frenchie pushes his arm, so he ends up incinerating a nearby door. The patient in the room, Cindy, comes through the door and Lamplighter tries to keep her calm. A guard comes behind Cindy and shoots her several times, but she simply turns around and makes a fist and the guard explodes (grossly). The Boys and Lamplighter run away and barricade themselves in the security room as Cindy crushes all the doors to the patient rooms. The patients come out and start killing all the guards and doctors.

A patient who vomits acid breaks into the security room and attacks Lamplighter, but Kimiko pulls him off and throws him as his acid burns his own face; he dies in front of them. Lamplighter takes The Boys to the drug storage room and tells Frenchie he remembers him: he was following him the night he “torched those kids.” He asks why Frenchie didn’t stop him; Frenchie gets enraged, but is held back by MM.

Flashback (3): In a warehouse, MM shows Frenchie and Mallory an engagement ring. Butcher gets their attention, and Lamplighter walks in. The Boys laugh at the spectacle of his costume and flaming staff and say he looks like a majorette. They’re not wrong! Mallory shows him some pictures, and tells him he’s going to tell them everything he sees and hears in Vought Tower. Lamplighter leaves, and Mallory says she doesn’t like the situation; he’s an animal backed into a corner. She tells Frenchie to follow him.

Back in the hospital, Frenchie helps himself to some drugs, and says he can make a “knockout bomb” with some supplies. He asks Lamplighter why The Boys were still alive; Lamplighter says they “weren’t worth it,” but Frenchie realized Lamplighter never told The Seven what he had done. He tells Frenchie he didn’t know the kids were going to be there, and that it was supposed to be Mallory who died, but once he realized it wasn’t her, it was too late. Lamplighter says he saw Frenchie following him, and then Frenchie disappeared; Lamplighter asks Frenchie again why he didn’t stop him, which MM says is a good question.

Flashback (4): Frenchie follows Lamplighter, but gets a call from Cherie, who tells him Jay is OD’ing. He leaves and goes back home, and tries to resuscitate Jay; he does CPR, gets him breathing and tells Cherie to look after him. He leaves them to go back after Lamplighter.

Frenchie finishes his makeshift bomb, and Lamplighter explains what they’re doing at Sage Grove: trying to stabilize Compound V. Infants take it well, but adults have a random sets of outcomes when exposed to it. Vought wants to create a stable compound that works on any adult; Lamplighter doesn’t know why, he just burns the evidence. Frenchie tells Lamplighter about Jay and why he wasn’t there to stop him; Lamplighter asks if he lived, and Frenchie says he did, but died a few months later from another overdose.

Guilt ridden Frenchie

After a fight with a patient’s Supe penis (let’s leave it at that), The Boys and Lamplighter try to make their way out of the hospital; they come across Cindy, and Frenchie throws his bomb near her. Gas comes out but she just crushes and breaks it. As she’s turning towards them Stormfront comes in and zaps Cindy, knocking her out, as she yells out for Lamplighter. He goes out and leads her away from The Boys; she leaves and he rejoins them.

The Boys take an ambulance and get away from the hospital; in a wooded area they regroup. Frenchie apologizes to Kimiko for trying to ‘save’ her; he thought he could make up for the things he did, but she never asked to be saved and she can’t absolve him. He says he’ll leave her alone.

A car comes to meet them, and Mallory gets out; she asks where “he” is. They open the ambulance and Lamplighter is sitting there; Mallory pulls her gun on him, and he says she’d be doing him a favor if she did it. Frenchie begs her for his life, but she says she has no choice; Frenchie says Lamplighter is tormented by what he’s done and she’d just be ending that torment. She asks Frenchie what they should do with him…

Butcher, Hughie and Starlight

Hughie is watching the carnage at the hospital, while Butcher tries to call MM. One of the patients comes near Butcher, Starlight and Hughie, and he releases a burst of energy, knocking Starlight and Butcher back and flipping the van with Hughie inside. Butcher shoots the patient dead, and checks on Hughie, who’s been impaled through the stomach. Starlight tries to use her powers to cauterize the wound, but her powers are drained; Butcher and Starlight take Hughie to get help.

They stop a passing car and try to commandeer it, but the driver gets antsy and pulls a gun on them. To get Butcher to stand down, Starlight uses her powers on the man, who flies back and hits his head, inadvertently killing him. She takes some power from the car to cauterize Hughie’s wound; Starlight and Hughie get in the back of the car, next to a car seat, and Butcher drives as they leave the scene.

Butcher tells Starlight he appreciates what she did, and that she didn’t have a choice. She tells Butcher maybe once she would have cried over the situation, but now that man was just another person in her way. Butcher seemingly approves, which angers her; she says they are nothing alike.

Butcher and Starlight get to a hospital, where Hughie is treated; Starlight talks to the doctors and tells Butcher that Hughie should be okay in a few days. They bond over Hughie’s kid shampoo and Axe body spray; Starlight says Hughie never gives up on them, and that he’s too good for them.

The Supes

Homelander and Stormfront find a man who just committed a robbery in an alley; Stormfront forcefully knocks a gun out of his hand, potentially breaking his hand. They discuss what to do with him, and say if they take him to the cops he’ll just be back on the street the next day. As Stormfront rubs his crotch, Homelander crushes the man’s skull and they proceed to have sex next to his corpse. #Classy.

Stormfront leaves Homelander to go to Vought Tower, and he waits in his trailer. Later, he sets the trailer on fire – from boredom, or anger. Stormfront comes back, and Homelander says he knows she didn’t go to the tower. She says she’ll explain, but he asks her why she would need to explain anything to him.

At Vought Tower, Stormfront finds Homelander in her apartment and tries to explain the situation. She says she’ll never lie to him again and tell him everything. She shows him a picture of her with an old woman – her daughter, Chloe – who died of Alzheimer’s a few years ago. She says she was born in 1919 in Berlin and shows him more pictures of her: in Nazi Germany, and in a wedding photo with her husband, Frederick Vought (!), who gave her the first successful injection of Compound V. She says Frederick didn’t care about superficial nonsense, only about fighting back at other races. She says Homelander will lead their army and that she loves him with all of her heart. She says neither of them need to be alone ever again; he turns and kisses her as The Golden Girls theme plays.

Elsewhere

Alastair and Fresca, trying to recruit A-Train

The Deep comes to visit Queen Maeve on the movie set, and he tells her he didn’t find the ‘black box’ but he’s got aquatic friends keeping an eye out. He gives her a camera from ‘the wreckage near Iceland,’ and she tells him if he wants to get back into The Seven he can’t say a word about ‘this’ to anyone.

Ashley shows A-Train the video for his potential “anthem,” then A-Train talks to The Deep, who’s presumably just came from Maeve’s trailer. The Deep offers A-Train a Fresca while pitching him on the Church of the Collective. A-Train has dinner with The Deep and Alastair Adana, who tells A-Train he can help him with all his problems. Convenient!

Later, Elena finds the camera hooked up to Maeve’s phone and watches the footage – it’s Maeve and Homelander leaving the hijacked plane (from season 1) to crash. Maeve says she’s going to show that to Homelander in order to get him to leave them alone, or else she’ll leak it to the press.

Literally elsewhere, a hitchhiker is walking down the road, and it’s revealed to be Cindy, who finds a ride…

The Wrap Up

What a crazy episode, with so much exposition! We finally learned more about what happened to Mallory’s grandkids, and the roles that Frenchie and Lamplighter played. We learned what Vought is up to at Sage Grove, and the role Lamplighter is currently playing. We learned about Stormfront’s history, and what she really wants from Vought and Homelander. We learned not to mess with Cindy, who may come back to haunt Stormfront at some point. And we learned Maeve is going to try to blackmail Homelander into leaving her and Elena alone (which can’t end well).

I enjoyed how Butcher and Starlight seemed to bond over their mutual affection for Hughie; it showed how hardened Starlight has become since this started – she’s certainly no longer the idealistic, wide-eyed young girl that came to The Seven.

I’m still not a fan of the Church of the Collective subplot; since The Deep and A-Train were kicked out of The Seven it seems like they’re reaching for reasons to keep them around. With so many characters they should either cut them out, or find some way to bring them back into the fold. I did like tying The Deep and Maeve’s storylines together; A-Train and The Deep could be double agents working for The Seven but also for their own agendas…

There was so much stuff going on in this episode that probably also sets up some things for the end of the season… With some Supes like Lamplighter and Starlight (seemingly) on The Boys’ side, and Maeve turning on her team leader, the only logical conclusion is a huge showdown between Homelander and Stormfront vs everyone else, right? M

Give Them Liberty

The Boys | Amazon Prime Video | Season 2 Episode 4: Nothing Like it in the World

After failing to deliver Kenji to the CIA, a new lead sets The Boys in a few different directions. [It’s a recap, so spoilers follow].

Butcher and Becca

Butcher goes to the building that Stormfront demolished and meets with Mallory in front of a memorial wall. She gives him an envelope with a magazine clipping of Liberty, a Supe from the 70’s, and tells Butcher to have MM talk to her; an address in North Carolina is on the back. She also gives Butcher a possible address for Becca, even though he couldn’t deliver Kenji. Butcher is going after Becca alone, and he tells MM to find Liberty.

Reunited (finally)

At her house, Becca looks out a window and notices her car door is open; she goes out and finds Butcher in the back seat. She takes the car and they drive off to a bridge in the woods. Becca is happy to see him; he calls her his girl and she says ‘always’. She tells him about the one-time deal she made with Homelander: she says if Homelander killed Butcher, she’d kill herself in front of Ryan and her last words would be ‘your father did this to me’. Butcher says he’ll get her out of there; they kiss, and she goes back home.

After checking in on Ryan, Becca comes back to where she dropped off Butcher and they sleep together in her car; later she tells him they’ve been there since she gave birth. She says the arrangement is ‘ok’ and all that matters is that Ryan is happy; she says Butcher will love Ryan, but he doesn’t seem interested in the kid. He apologizes to her for ‘not being there’ and says he’s going to make it up to her.

The next day, Becca meets Butcher but tells him she’s not leaving. She says Butcher doesn’t want Ryan with them, and if the three of them leave, Butcher will find a way to get rid of Ryan. Butcher says Vought won’t just let Ryan go, but they could run away together. She says she has a son, but Butcher calls him a ‘Supe freak.’ Becca tells Butcher that when Homelander raped her, she didn’t go to Butcher because she knew all he would do is seek revenge. Butcher says he’s not leaving with her, but she hits an alarm and drives off…

Homelander and The Seven

Homelander watches Stormfront on the news; she is criticizing Vought and encouraging people to protest the company to stop more terrorist incidents from happening. Homelander flies to a secluded cabin where Madelyn Stillwell (!) greets him in some lingerie with a glass of milk (what is it with this dude and milk?!) Later, they watch Taxi Driver, and Homelander complains about Stormfront and the rest of The Seven. He says she “would have” got them back in line, and Madelyn says he doesn’t need her; he should get rid of “the weeds.” Suddenly Madelyn is in pain, and we learn it’s not really Madelyn (#obviously), but Doppleganger (Dan Darin-Zanco), who changes back to his normal form. Homelander gets angry and orders him to change back, and he does.

At Vought, Homelander gets into an elevator with Starlight and hits the emergency stop. He says Maeve begged him to save Starlight’s life; he gave her a second chance, and she failed him. He chokes her, pushes her up against the wall and says she disobeyed him for not killing Hughie. She says Hughie broke her heart and she hates him, but she’s not a murderer… convinced she’s not lying, he lets her go.

Black Noir visits analyst Anika with a note that says BUTCHER, and she searches for him; later, Anika finds Butcher on a security camera as Black Noir looks on.

A-Train sees Shockwave (Mishka Th├ębaud) in the halls at Vought and angrily goes to talk to Ashley. As they speak, Homelander comes in and tells A-Train he’s out of The Seven. Homelander says he knows that A-Train can’t run anymore, so he’s out.

Homelander has eyes for Stormfront

Homelander and Queen Maeve go on a talk show with Maria Menounos, and Homelander says they had no idea about Compound V. They discuss superhero dynamics, and Homelander announces that Maeve is a lesbian, with a Hispanic girlfriend. Maeve confronts him, and he tells her he knows all about Elena. She admits they are together and she loves her; he tells her he’s happy for them, but Maeve looks worried. Outside, Stormfront continues to criticize Vought at a rally. Kimiko moves through the crowd and approaches Stormfront, but Frenchie stops her from attacking Stormfront.

Homelander gets angry as he looks at memes of Stormfront, and confronts her about undermining him. When his eyes start to glow, she apologizes to calm him down. Stormfront says Homelander has fans; she has soldiers. She tells him he is the best of them, but he needs help connecting with his audience; he says he doesn’t need help.

Homelander goes back to the cabin, where ‘Madelyn’ is waiting. She does her usual routine, but he’s not interested. He tells her he doesn’t need anyone but himself, and Doppleganger changes into a copy of Homelander. He tells Homelander everyone loves him, but Homelander says he doesn’t need everyone’s love and he doesn’t need him; he snaps Doppleganger’s neck.

Hughie, Starlight and Mother’s Milk

Road trippin’

Starlight meets Hughie in Central Park, and she says she got his voicemail, but Hughie doesn’t want to discuss it; Starlight thinks things are worse off now that Compound V is common knowledge. Hughie gets a call about going to North Carolina, and he goes to leave, but Starlight breaks down and says she ‘can’t do this anymore.’ Hughie asks MM if Starlight can join them; he reluctantly agrees.

At a diner, Starlight tells MM how her dad used to sneak her to Dunkin Donuts for sugary treats, and he would just listen to her, unlike her mom. MM tells her about how his dad used to go to Baskin Robbins and sample every flavor; they toast to ‘fathers and sugar’. Afterwards, MM gives her wet wipes in the parking lot as a truck hits a car behind them. Starlight goes to help, but Hughie and MM say she can’t.

Hughie, MM and Starlight get 2 rooms at a motel. Starlight asks Hughie about MM’s OCD (the wet wipes, how he stirs coffee and taps the steering wheel 3 times, as examples), but Hughie hasn’t noticed. After discussing Starlight’s questionable candy bar tendencies, she tells Hughie she only sleeps 4 hours a night and is in constant terror of Homelander. After saying she doesn’t feel terrified with him, they sleep together.

Valerie tells her story

The group arrives at the address Mallory gave them, and a woman named Valerie Hunter (Dawnn Lewis) answers the door, but thinks they’re from Vought; they say they just want to know about Liberty. MM tells them he has a vendetta against Vought because his dad was a lawyer who fought them and ended up dying at 55; he says he wants to make Vought pay for what they did to his dad. Inside, Valerie tells the group that when she was little, while her brother Myron was driving and she slept in the back seat, Liberty stopped the car and took him out. Liberty accused him of being involved in a robbery and killed him; Vought offered them a $2,000 settlement and they took it. She says they can’t let anyone know she talked to them because Liberty would kill her; Hughie says she disappeared and no one has seen her since 1979. But Valerie gets a newspaper article with a picture and says “that’s Liberty.” The group looks at the photo of Stormfront on the front page.

The trio discusses the situation and Hughie asks how Liberty and Stormfront could be the same person; she would be around 70 years old. Starlight says they don’t know what Compound V can do and maybe she doesn’t age normally… Back in the city, Starlight thanks Hughie for letting her tag along, and she tells him they can’t be together again. She says they’re all alone, kisses him and says goodbye.

Elsewhere

After doing some drugs, Frenchie tries to kiss Kimiko, but she pushes him away. Later, Frenchie goes to see Cherie (Jordana Lajoie) and tells her about Kimiko; they sleep together, and afterwards Cherie says he’s trying to make amends for the people he’s hurt, but he should just let her grieve.

In Ohio, The Deep and Carol are interviewing women about love and relationships. The Deep chooses one woman – Gianna – but Carol tells him a woman named Cassandra is ‘his wife.’ They are trying to rehabilitate his image to get him back in The Seven, with the Church of the Collective’s help.

So Butcher and Becca can’t see eye to eye, Frenchie and Kimiko can’t connect, and Homelander can’t escape his serious issues. With A-Train being pushed out of The Seven, The Deep trying to get back in, and the shocking reveal that racist 70’s Supe Liberty is now Stormfront, things seem to be shaping up for an eventful second half of the season! M

Let’s Hear it for The Boys

The Boys

The Boys | Amazon Prime Video | Season 2 Episodes 1 -3

The Boys are back! After that bombshell was dropped in the first season finale, the first three episodes of season 2 ratchet up the blood, gore, twists, turns, and fatalities as Hughie (Jack Quaid) and the gang continue their mission to take down the Supes. [Spoilers for all of The Boys follow].

The Supes

Daddy dearest

The season starts with a funeral for Translucent (Alex Hassell), and Homelander (Antony Starr) continues pushing his agenda on the world. He wants all opposing Supes to be called super villains – not super ‘terrorists’ – but above all he wants his son Ryan (Cameron Crovetti) to start using the powers Homelander is convinced he has. Much to the annoyance (and terror) of Ryan’s mom Becca (Shantel VanSanten), Homelander harasses his son – even pushing him off a roof – to get him to try to exhibit some sort of super power. Ryan does seemingly have powers, as he’s able to push Homelander away from Becca, as his eyes glow red. As a psychotic version of Superman, Homelander is scary, but as a father he takes this to a whole new level.

Stormfront admiring HL’s blue eyes

Homelander’s other main concern is the arrival of the brash Stormfront (Aya Cash), who was recruited by Vought exec Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) to replace Translucent. She arrives on the scene, live-streaming phone in hand, and Homelander is none to happy to not be in the loop about her. Stan tells off Homelander, and the Supe accepts the situation for the time being.

Annie/Starlight (Erin Moriarty) is still trying to take down Vought from the inside, and she blackmails a lab tech named Gecko (David Thompson) to get a sample of Compound V. With Hughie’s support, she manages to expose the fact that superheroes are created, purposefully, with Compound V. Starlight, Maeve (Dominique McElligott) and Stormfront go on a Girl Power press tour, and Stormfront tells Starlight not to take anything from anyone. Along the way, Starlight locks horns with A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) about the sample and her role in letting The Boys escape. He surprises her at the press tour, being released from the hospital; however, he’s not doing well – he has heart palpitations and seemingly can’t run the way he used to.

The Deep gets deep

The Deep (Chase Crawford) is still in Ohio, and still not dealing with his situation; he’s arrested for making a scene at a water park, but bailed out by a Supe named Eagle the Archer (Langston Kerman) and gets recruited into his church, The Church of the Collective – a riff on Scientology? He meets Carol (Jessica Hecht), a member of the church who, for some reason, is trying to get him back into The Seven. After reconciling the fact that he has gills and he’s not a monster, he gets some info from the head of the church, and goes after The Boys…

The Boys

The Boys are laying low with a gang in an underground ‘base’ beneath a jewelry store, but Hughie has been communicating with Starlight in secret; he ultimately professes his love for her. He’s having a hard time with the situation and ends up fighting with Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), but powers through as best as possible.

The Boys learn that a Supe terrorist with telekinetic powers has been smuggled into the country and turn to CIA deputy director Susan Rayner (Jennifer Esposito) for help. When she meets a grisly end, Frenchie (Tomer Capon) calls on Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and Butcher rejoins them. Butcher gets in touch with former colonel Grace Mallory (Laila Robins), who gives them a lead. Later we learns that Butcher made a deal with Mallory to get Becca back in exchange for the terrorist.

A happy reunion…

The Boys track down the terrorist to a costume shop, where it’s revealed the man is Kimiko’s (Karen Fukuhara) brother, Kenji (Abraham Lim). They capture him, and keep him subdued; he tells Frenchie that he and Kimiko’s parents were killed and since that day she stopped speaking. They were alone in a camp together and came up with a type of sign language in order to communicate. Frenchie asks Kenji to teach him how to communicate with Kimiko, but he refuses.

…and a not so happy reunion

Butcher steals a boat as they take Kenji in to the CIA; as they are on the sea they are attacked by whales, led by The Deep. They ram a speedboat into Lucy the Whale, and shortly after The Seven arrive on the scene.

They chase The Boys through a sewer system, and eventually Starlight finds Hughie as Homelander comes upon them; he tells her to kill Hughie or he’ll kill them both. Butcher calls out Homelander and Kenji uses his powers to break the ground beneath Homelander and the roof of the tunnel, dropping a bus on Homelander. Kenji escapes and Kimiko goes after him; as they run Stormfront finds them. She chases the siblings through a building and ends up destroying it; on the roof, she shoots Kimiko with lightning and snaps Kenji’s hands. In front of Kimiko, Stormfront kills Kenji, but Kimiko manages to escape. Homelander arrives and is angry Stormfront didn’t save him for Homelander, as instructed; she replies with a ‘you snooze you lose, gramps,’ and leaves.

At a press conference near the building that was destroyed, Stan Edgar says Vought had no idea about Compound V, and places blame on a group of scientists led by the late Madelyn Stillwell (Elisabeth Shue). He thanks Stormfront for stopping the super terrorist, and as she takes the credit, both Homelander and Kimiko – watching on TV – stare at her with savage hate.

Wrap Up

Three episodes in, and The Boys continues to be ultra violent while building upon the themes of season 1. The addition of the Ryan sub-plot adds a new scary dimension for the already horrific Homelander, and he also gets new foils in the forms of Stan Edgar and the equally scary Stormfront. These characters add a fresh energy to show; Aya Cash as Stormfront, in particular, dominates every scene in which she appears.

On the flip side are A-Train and Maeve, who so far aren’t really adding anything to the show… Maeve’s storyline with ex-girlfriend Elena is only loosely tied to the main story and probably could have been left out. A-Train suffering after his bout of drug abuse could really only lead to him either dying or recovering; his threatening Starlight doesn’t make him any more likable, and with an already large cast, it’s likely he won’t survive the season.

Since it was announced that Aaron Ashmore is joining the show as Supe Lamplighter, it’s probably only a matter of time before one of The Seven meets a super violent end; due to Amazon’s baffling decision to release episodes weekly from now on, though, only time will tell! M

Wrong Couldn’t Be More Right

The Goes Wrong Show | Amazon Prime Video | 6 Episodes Now Available

So very, horribly right

I had the great fortune to see The Play That Goes Wrong at the Lyceum Theatre in New York City in the summer of 2017. I read a brief description of the play, but couldn’t be prepared for what I was about to see. When the play began, I started laughing and didn’t stop until it was over. The premise was simple: a theater company was putting on a murder mystery, but at every turn set pieces broke, actors forgot lines, props didn’t work, hammy actors addressed the audience, and anything that could go wrong did. It was absolutely brilliant, and unlike anything I’d ever seen before.

Because I seem to have the British slapstick gene – think Mr. Bean and Benny Hill – this play was ‘right up my street.’ Mischief Theatre, the folks behind The Play That Goes Wrong has translated this formula to The Goes Wrong Show, a BBC production acquired by Amazon Prime Video. Each of the episodes is a stand-alone play put on by the Cornley Drams Society, and each goes… less than perfectly.

The actors do their best to soldier on despite the carnage around them; their visible frustration and looks to the camera when things fail are just hilarious. No matter what happens, the show must go on, so the actors do their best to get their lines out while dealing with all the mini catastrophes around them.

Here’s what to expect from the first season:

Episode 1: Christmas Special
Father Christmas (that’s Santa Claus) tries to cheer up a little girl on Christmas Eve. Props go wrong, an elf gets stuck in a chimney, and a Frosty-like snowman ends up only in underpants. It’s an unforgettable Christmas scene.

Episode 2: The Pilot Episode (Not the Pilot Episode)
In WWII, the English try to decode German messages to change the tide of the war. Hitler shows up, maps swap places, foreign phrases go horribly wrong, the telegraph machine can’t seem to get it right, and there’s no upstairs. Mon Dieu!

Episode 3: A Trial to Watch
A man is on trial for murdering his brother; their fight is seen in flashback. A tiny courtroom set, malfunctioning mismatched flashback sets, a bloody prop and dodgy dialogue all make for a hilarious time – my personal favorite!

Episode 4: The Lodge
A couple and their daughter scope out a spooky house in 1960’s England. An inaccessible kitchen, chair lift shenanigans, a mom who can’t quite keep her baby bump, and an unpredictable storm keep everyone on their toes.

Episode 5: Harper’s Locket
A young lady is engaged to a lord, but is secretly in love with the stable boy. A dangerous ceiling fan, self-playing piano, difficult doors, cats and horses interfere with the atmosphere. Pride and Prejudice this is not.

Episode 6: 90 Degrees
In the American South, siblings come home to see their ailing father and fight over the family business. Let’s just say ’90 degrees’ doesn’t just refer to the weather! Things literally go sideways, the dog doesn’t quite behave, and a twist ending will keep you guessing and laughing until the end.

The Goes Wrong Show has been renewed by the BBC for a second season, so we can hopefully expect the hijinks to continue on Amazon Prime when they’re ready to go. Having breezed through the first season, I can’t wait to see more plays and how they go so very right. M