With that season 3 finale,he easily proved again why he is one of them on the TV. This packed episode managed to juggle a violent superhero showdown with a few twists and teased more big issues for Butcher and The Boys for future seasons.
It was a satisfying season finale on many levels, especially for the often-underdog Queen Maeve. Absolutely everyone experienced interesting developments, from Starlight’s new abilities to Homelander’s new apprentice. Let’s dive into everything that happened.
What is Soldier Boy’s true identity?
What better time to find out how Soldier Boy first became Soldier Boy than in the finale. When Soldier Boy was born in 1919 in Pennsylvania, he went by the name “Ben”. He wanted nothing more than to prove himself to his rich father after leaving boarding school. So naturally, after enlisting in the military, he visited his father’s “golf buddies in the War Department” and signed up for the trials of Compound V. Did becoming America’s greatest hero work? Unfortunately, no. His father still hated him, refusing to even allow him to take his name.
We later learn that in the 1980s, Vought scientist Jonah Vogelbaum used Soldier Boy’s DNA to create Homelander. So in Homelander’s warped view of how families work, Soldier Boy is his father.
What actually happened in Nicaragua in 1984?
Thanks to Vought’s propaganda and Payback’s lies, it was unclear what happened on that fateful day in Nicaragua in 1984. President Reagan’s little-known CIA project, called Operation Charly, was designed to help the Contra rebels fight the Russian-backed Sandinistas. in the country. Lt. Col. Grace Mallory was accused of smuggling cocaine into the U.S. and using the profits to buy weapons for the rebels.
But when America’s greatest superhero team intervened in the mission, proving that they were compatible with the military, the rebel camp was compromised and all of Mallory’s soldiers were massacred. This prompted her to create The Boys and go after Vought. It was the day Soldier Boy disappeared into the hands of the Russians, but no one but Payback knows exactly how. It all has to do with Black Noir…
The Mystery of Black Noir
The silent killer from The Seven and Payback always just did his job, no fuss. But when Soldier Boy returns to the US after decades locked away in a Russian lab, Black Noir inexplicably draws a runner.
We’ll find out exactly why in the finale. In Black Noir’s cartoon hallucination, we find out that Stan Edgar made a deal with Black Noir to kill Soldier Boy, because years ago scientist Vogelbaum created an excellent flying superhero, the next best model: Homelander. Vought wanted Homelander to take over the role of the main superhero beloved by America. Soldier Boy had to be out of the way.
It helped that Swatto, Mindstorm, Black Noir, the TNT Twins, and Crimson Countess, Soldier Boy’s girlfriend, all hated Soldier Boy (Gunpowder being the exception). Black Noir, who hated Soldier Boy even more after brutally beating him up for ruining his chance to appear on Beverly Hills Cop, agreed to Edgar’s terms. Grace Mallory missed everything that happened after she fell unconscious during a Russian attack on a rebel camp. When she arrived, 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 were able to bond with Soldier Boy and subdue him before turning him over to the Russians. Black Noir was badly injured in the battle, suffering brain damage and half of his face being disfigured. Black Noir never tells Homelander what happened. Black Noir’s guts are knocked out when Homelander reveals the truth about Soldier Boy being his father and that Black Noir kept 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 to take care of Becca and Homelander’s son, Ryan. On the one hand, it was his wife’s dying wish. On the other hand, he is the son of an evil psychopath. But Butcher gives Ryan a chance and escorts him into the safe hands of the CIA and “Aunt Grace.”
But the psyche! In one of many twists and turns, Ryan ends up accepting Homelander as his father again. Homelander finds Ryan thanks to inside information from Congresswoman Victoria Neuman, who works with Grace at the Office of Superhuman Affairs. Homelander gives a rousing speech and convinces Ryan that the boy who killed Becca was a mistake. Homelander isn’t mad because that’s what Supes does: He causes a lot of unfortunate, often terrifying accidents.
Maeve is not dead. Hurrah!
You’d be forgiven for thinking Maeve was gone this season. It looked like she was going to be killed not once, but twice. Although it was not convincing the first time. It was no surprise to see Maeve still alive and held captive by a Homelander in a white cell 12 floors below Vought Tower. Thanks to Starlight’s #FreeMaeve social media campaign, which had “every LGBT teenager in the world up Vought’s ass,” a search warrant was issued for Vought. Too strong to be drugged, Maeve awoke as she was being transported to another location and fought her way to freedom. “Free Maeve” mission accomplished.
Soldier Boy, meet Ryan
In another neat twist, Soldier Boy decides to keep his word and (try to) kill Homelander. After Mindstorm told Soldier Boy that he was technically Homelander’s father, it seemed that Soldier Boy would change his mind and take Homelander under his wing and raise him in a way that his own father never did. But when he, Butcher, and Maeve confront Homelander, Soldier Boy makes his feelings for Homelander clear, calling Homelander a “weak smiling attention-starved pussy”. Then Homelander plays his trump card and takes out Ryan. “Hi grandpa.”
When Soldier Boy attacks Ryan, Wrench steps in and turns Butcher against Soldier Boy. A great battle ensues…
The starlight shines even brighter
Starlight, Kimiko, Frenchie, and Mother’s Milk arrive to provide backup against Soldier Boy. (Meanwhile, Maeve unleashes her rage against Homelander—it’s about time.) All season, Hughie has been struggling with feelings of inadequacy and helplessness—he has a superpowered girlfriend who he can’t protect without the help of Temp V (a green vial of compound V that gives people superpowers for 24 hours). . But, FinallyHughie sees the light. Instead of using a spare vial, he turns on every single light in the Vought News Network studio and powers Starlight’s powers. He helps her save herself. She levitates for the first time and fires a powerful flash to stun Soldier Boy.
Mother’s Milk has the opportunity to use Frenchie’s concoction of a deadly nerve agent to sedate Soldier Boy. But that’s not enough…
Maeve saves the day
This episode epitomizes how much Queen Maeve is the unsung hero of The Boys. Not only does he horribly lose an eye in the battle with the Homelander, but he realizes that Soldier Boy is about to detonate radiation that will kill everyone. Proving his hero status once again, he tackles Soldier Boy from the window and they launch themselves through the air. Somewhere in the middle of Vought Tower, Soldier Boy explodes.
Only once, everyone (important) lives
But surprisingly both Queen Maeve and Soldier Boy Survive. Maeve, now powerless (Soldier Boy’s radiation removed Compound V from her system, as did Kimiko), can also live the life she always wanted with her friend Elena. News reported her death as having sacrificed herself to defeat a “Russian radicalized Soldier Boy.” Even Ashley deletes the footage of Maeve being found alive in the Mother’s Milk aisle. (Well done The Boys for not committing the “Bury Your Gays” trope.)
Soldier Boy was also picked up and taken to another organization’s secret chamber. Grace overlooks Soldier Boy’s move to the new cryochamber.
Those trailers for the future
Not only does Homelander continue to whip up his particular demographic—basically Nazi Stormfront supporters—at a quick rally, he introduces his followers to his son Ryan. When a Starlight supporter throws a can at Ryan, Homelander teaches his son that it’s okay to laser people to death. Ryan leaves us with an eerie childish grin, suggesting that yes, he will probably follow in his troubling father’s footsteps.
Additionally, The Boys, now permanently joined by Starlight, must deal with the fallout from Victoria Neuman becoming a running mate of presidential candidate Robert Singer (his previous running mate drowned on Homelander’s orders during an evening swim in The Deep pool). This could make Neuman the new Vice President of America unless The Boys take the stormy Supe’s head down – which Butcher fully intends to do.
Will we see more of Maeve? Will he be the last port of call when The Boys run out of ideas? Will Grace Mallory start her own experiments with Soldier Boy and use him against Vought? What beautiful father-son destruction will Homelander and Ryan get up to? Will anything The Boys do again be bigger and more graphic than Episode 6’s Herogasm?
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 and most radical superhero rides on television.
The Boys moving on with another show?
That’s right, in addition to the Diabolical animated anthology series, The Boys is branching out into another show, this time a live-action series described as part Hunger Games. Varsity will follow Vought’s Supes to the Godolkin University School of Crimefighting where they take on brutal challenges… and get up to more R-rated mischief. Will Varsity tie into the main show The Boys?
“There’s definitely a crossover, and we’re trying to design a universe that carries over some of the issues and stories in season 3 to the first season in Varsity,” The Boys showrunner Kripke told Deadline. “Like in the background of that season, there’s a presidential campaign going on and there’s certain things happening at that school that are a reaction to The Boys season 3. There’s Soldier Boy and so on, but also some new stories that are happening.” in that spinoff season that we have to pick up and take into Season 4 of the show.”
Currently in production, The Boys Presents: Varsity does not yet have a release date.
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