Meta jokes, references to pop culture, winks to season 1 … You had to open your eyes to the first episodes of season 2 of The Boys!
Not long ago, you were pointed out the presence of references to DCEUs in the very first episodes of season 2 of The Boys. We hope you were able to keep your eyes peeled, because they were far from the only things to notice. With The Boys, expect absolutely everything, even the unexpected! Difficult then to have eyes everywhere, and to spot the details slipped by Eric Kripke and his team in the episodes. References to season 1, a nod to Disney + and to the career of the actors, parallels between two episodes … Here’s everything you shouldn’t miss in the first episodes of Season 2 of The Boys.
A familiar restaurant
In Season 1, Butcher (Karl Urban), Frenchie (Tomer Kapon) and Hughie (Jack Quaid) keep Translucent (Alex Hassell) captive in a former restaurant owned by fictional chain Tony Cicero’s. In episode 2 of season 2, we learn that the Protector (Antony Starr) kindly left Butcher in the parking lot of another Tony Cicero’s restaurant. Rather vicious as a booster shot …
Stella officially replaces Lamplighter
Stella (Erin Moriarty) was hired in the Seven following the retirement of hero Lamplighter. From the start of Season 2, Vought employees can be seen replacing his statue with that of Annie. However, Lamplighter hasn’t really said his last word since he’s set to make an appearance in Season 2.
Hunger Games Forever
In the very first episode of Season 2, Hughie confesses to Cream (Laz Alonso) that he’d like to be the kind of great people that no one really believes in, until they prove they really are awesome. . He quotes Harry Potter, John Connor, but also Katniss from The Hunger Games. This last name is a reference to the career of Jack Quaid, the interpreter of Hughie. He indeed played the role of Marvel in the first film of the successful saga.
Stormfront, a larger-than-life influencer
Stormfront (Aya Cash) makes a grand entrance in episode 1 of season 2. And for good reason! She is live on Instagram, and reveals behind the scenes of a commercial to her followers, revealing Vought’s deception. The account she uses does exist (@stormfront_official) on the social network, but it is currently inactive and no longer has any publication.
The Spice Girls
Billy Butcher is a leader like no other, Cream and Frenchie know it well. In episode 4 of season 1, the group threatens to implode following an altercation between the latter two. Butcher, never lacking in resources, decides to re-motivate them by comparing the Boys to the Spice Girls. The reference will be used again by Cream in episode 4 of season 2, when Butcher prepares to find Becca on his own.
Better than flowers
At the funeral of Deputy CIA Director Susan Raynor (Jennifer Esposito), whose head was kindly blown up by Vought, we can see a strange bouquet. It is not made of flowers, but of wedges of melon and doves in white chocolate, or even strawberries. This edible bouquet sent by Butcher refers to a discussion he had with Susan in Episode 2 of Season 1. She reminds him in fact that he sent her one, at the time when the two were having an affair.
Targeted ads …
In the pawn shop under which the Boys are hiding, we can see an advertisement for the last film of the late Popclaw (Brittany Allen), but also a perfume ad with Liberty. Later, in the subway, Hughie is standing next to a worship ad called Church of the Collective, who will try to recruit the Fishman (Chace Crawford) a little later.
… and talking headlines
Still in the subway, you can see the front page of a newspaper with the wanted poster for Butcher. We can also see that according to some rumors, A-Train (Jessie Usher) could be replaced within the Seven. This rumor is confirmed in episode 4, in which the superhero is kindly thanked by the Protector.
Hughie still more covered in blood
Hughie Campbell really has a knack for finding himself covered in blood and pieces from another being, human or marine animal. In season 1, he had to use a sink to get rid of the remains of Translucent. In season 2 he has to do the same, but it was Susan Raynor who blew up this time around. This parallel between the two season 2 shows above all that poor Hughie has not finished seeing red (blood).
Soldier Boy’s existence teased
It’s now official, Soldier Boy to land in season 3 of The Boys and will be played by Jensen Ackles. Season 2 is already setting the stage for him, as Stan Edgar’s character mentions him in the first episode, when he tells Vought’s story to the Protector.
Platforms made in Vought
Vought is a powerful and gigantic company not only on American soil, but also internationally. It is therefore not surprising that the latter is available in many media. In episode 1 of season 2, as Stella’s song during Translucent’s funeral is broadcast on television, we can see a banner at the bottom of the screen mentioning that the title is available on Voughtify. In episode 4, Ashley (Colby Minifie) promises A-Train that he will be entitled to his own series on Vought +. This is of course a reference to Spotify and Disney +.
The famous son
In Episode 4 of Season 1, Hughie is bowling with Stella asking her questions about Translucent. This is how he learns that the latter has a son, which seriously disturbs Hughie. In episode 1 of season 2, the teenager can be seen sitting in the front row during his father’s funeral.
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