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The Boys Season 2 receives even higher critic reviews than Season 1

Published: 27/Aug/2020 1:28 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:00

by Theo Salaun

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Amazon’s The Boys was a cultural sensation in 2019, but the superhero web television series has somehow upped the ante for Season 2, as critic reviews dub it even better than ever.

Based on a comic book of the same name, The Boys premiered on July 26, 2019 with the high expectations granted by a second season already being ordered by Amazon.

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Those expectations were met, as the series received high scores from both critics and fans. Now, with Season 2’s media embargo lifted ahead of its September 4 premiere, the hit series appears primed for greater success.

On Rotten Tomatoes, The Boys: Season 1 received a critic score of 84 percent and an audience score of 93 percent. While an audience score for Season 2 remains unavailable and the critics given review opportunities were limited to 26 (down from the 99 available to Rotten Tomatoes for Season 1), that critic score has risen to a whopping 96 percent.

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Without any spoilers, of those reviews, the lone negative take comes from The Observer’s Brandon Katz, who credits aspects of the show as “irreverent” and “compelling” before generally discrediting it for being “half a degree removed from Deadpool and not nearly as subversive.”

He suggested Season 2 should not be treated like “the long-awaited mash-up of Shakespeare and Stan Lee”. Katz’s review is an exception in a sea of glowing reactions, however.

Everyone who has watched the series’ first season is keenly aware of how impressive the production value and acting is. Collider’s Liz Shannon Miller asserts that the second season does the former justice: “On a production level, The Boys is always, without fail, so much fun to watch.”

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Empire’s Dan Jolin confirms the latter, by letting fans know that Homelander has not lost an ounce of juice in Season 2: “Antony Starr remains the, er, star of the show, the very embodiment of its black-hole-dark comedy concept.

But, while good to know that the things done right in the first season are continued in the second, what’s most exciting about critic reviews is the impressions left by the show’s depth. As expressed by the AV Club’s Alex McLevy, “the best thing about the second season of The Boys is how smartly it adds complexity and depth to its characters and stories.” 

Lots of shows can hit their niches and enjoy high scores in reviews. Fewer can do so for consecutive seasons. The Boys critics seem to have enjoyed the second season even more, though. On Sep. 4, judgment will be ceded to an eager fanbase.

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Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus explains death of “friend” in S10 finale

Published: 6/Oct/2020 17:15

by David Purcell

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The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, who plays the popular character Daryl Dixon, has opened up about the long-awaited death scene of a “good friend” during the Season 10 finale.

After months of waiting, thanks to delays due to the current global situation, finally fans know the fate of the show’s top characters heading into the next batch of episodes. In the past, Lauren Cohan had hinted at the return of Maggie’s child, Hershel – but as far as outgoing figures go, it was wide open heading in.

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We now know – and it’s a spoiler so look away now if you don’t want to ruin it – that the leader of the Whisperers, Beta, has finally killed off.

His death came at the hands of Reedus’ character as well, who has broken down the way things ended for him during an interview with Digital Spy.

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Beta has finally exited the show, so the Whisperers are done for.

TWD’s Norman Reedus opens up on Beta’s death in Season 10

During the sit-down, Reedus broke down the scene and what it meant to kill off the series’ biggest villain. It was redemption for all of the lives taken at the hands of the big Whisperer, and it seems like he revelled in being the guy to take him out.

He said: “I felt really good about it. I really like Ryan, and I hate to see Ryan go because he’s such a cool guy… He’s a good friend of mine, but there was a lot of work that went into that death.

“I remember Ryan being like, ‘Oh, so you’re the one that kills me?!'”

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Reedus is super close with a number of people on set, including Ryan Hurst, who played Beta. Given the size difference, though, it took some time for the filming crew to figure out how he would be able to realistically win the battle.

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Daryl Dixon was the one to take down Beta, once and for all.

“We figured the only way that Daryl could beat that guy, you know, because he’s so huge, was to get inside and chop him down like a tree. That would’ve been another fight like the last fight, so I came up with the idea of the way that we did it,” he added.

“It was very hard! I’m not a tall guy, and Ryan is so gigantic, so even on his knees I was like, ‘Can I go up in the air?’ It was a thing, it was nuts.”

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Beta was seen, for most of the show, with two huge knives as his main weapons. Thankfully for fans of Daryl and other main characters, he’s now out of the picture.

Beta actor reveals the way he wanted to die

Things didn’t end up how Hurst himself might have hoped, however. Previously, in an interview with CinemaBlend, he laid out an alternative – which we now know didn’t come to fruition.

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He said: “As it relates to Beta’s death, I had this idea. Being an enormous fan of the show, I wanted to present something a little differently. Just that, you know, we’ve seen Glenn get a bat to the head, we’ve seen so many people get ripped apart and screaming, and I was like, ‘What if it plays out like a Buddhist monk setting himself on fire?’ That he would be totally content with being absolved and sort of surrendering to death in a very peaceful way.”

A wild idea, by anyone’s standards.

Here’s one of his best moments. 

“And I pitched out this organic feeling, and they were like, ‘Yeah, that’s good, but we also want to stab him in the face.’ I was like, ‘Alright, so let’s do that, let’s stab him in the face.’

“But in his final moment, I feel like, in that last little montage homage to Beta and his whole trajectory, it’s sort of like this flickering flame of his humanity going out, and once that was gone, he genuinely welcomed the life that he had built for himself.”

The Walking Dead will end for good in Season 12, so there’s still plenty of time for even more heavy fights for Daryl. Not so much for Beta, though.

It finishes up in 2022, AMC have confirmed.