Recap: Season 2, Episode 5- ‘We Gotta Go Now’
I’ve always loved the satirical, comedic side of the show as much as the comic book, heroic stuff. The show usually uses it sparingly, though, but really embraced it in this episode, and it was all the better for it.
I’ve been hoping we would see more of this Dawn of the Seven movie that they have been teasing. And boy, did this episode deliver. Honestly, I was sold on this movie since we first saw its poster. They did such a great job, with the font nailing the Batman v Superman look. (That’s still such a stupid title, but so is the movie.)
Needless to say, it’s a very meta episode, and it was probably the most entertaining one this season. A lot of time was spent on the set, and we got some entertaining sendups of superhero movies and Hollywood in general. The film within the show provided many enjoyable moments, but here are some of my favorites. I genuinely cracked up when I saw the two guys walk into the scene wearing the green screen/pre-CGI suits. It reminded me of behind the scenes pictures of superhero movies. It’s funny that what looks so cool in the final product often looks so dorky before the special effects. I loved how smarmy the screenwriter is. The awful dialogue of their movie was hilarious. But if I had to pick a favorite moment, it would be a toss-up between hearing Homelander (Anthony Starr) say, “This Joss rewrite really sings” and the Endgame girl power moment.
“Girls get it done.”
Aside from providing some laughs, the on-set scenes also served to highlight the tension among members of The Seven. Things have not gotten any better between Homelander and Maeve. (Dominique McElligott) After Homelander outed her on live television, it seems he decided the movie needed to include a coming-out scene for her. I keep saying it, but I really hope they didn’t bring back Elena (Nicola Correia-Damude) just to kill her. But Homelander definitely gives off some creepy/intimidating vibes towards Maeve. I know they have a past together, but I don’t understand why he cares so much. Is he just intimidated by the fact that Maeve had a relationship with a woman?
The episode also highlighted the rift between Starlight (Erin Moriarty) and Stormfront. (Aya Cash) I have to say, I love Aya Cash, but I’m not entirely sold on her performance. Sometimes she comes off as just an annoying brat. Other times, she nails it. Her scene with Starlight and her mom was great. Aya Cash nailed this faux friendly/intimidating performance. Stormfront knows that Starlight was the one who leaked the Compound V to the press. Later this led to a confrontation between them. Watching Stormfront laugh off Starlight’s threat was great. I got the feeling that Starlight thought lighting up her eyes would make her appear threatening. Unfortunately for her, it didn’t work.
Another of this episode’s highlights came between Stormfront and A-Train. (Jessie Usher) I’m not 100% sure, but I think this was their first one on one scene together. Either way, it was great. I think this scene was Aya Cash on her best in this show. She was genuinely disturbing. Her awful racist side was bubbling up to the surface, making her disdain for A-Train, impossible to ignore. And the fact that he had no clue what was going on was perfect. I mean, why would he? As far as he knows, she’s not an alt-right, extremely violent person.
Speaking of A-Train, it looks like his time on The Seven is coming to an end. They even wrote his sendoff into the movie. Even though his attempt to rewrite his scenes was a little desperate, Jesse Usher really sold it. I actually felt bad for watching him trying to leave the door open for a possible return. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for him. He winds up delivering the speech he wanted to rewrite, making his departure from the team official and also providing an instantly classic line:
“I Know this is the dawn of the seven, but it’s sunset on A-Train.”
I really couldn’t decide whether to laugh or tear up, so I did a little of both. Even if A-Train leaves the team, I hope he still has some part on the show because Jessie Usher is great.
Another big storyline of the episode dealt with The Seven handling the “fallout” of Maeve’s sexuality. They had a whole team trying to cultivate Maeve’s image now that she’s been forced out of the closet. One of the publicity team’s main ideas was to label Maeve “lesbian” claiming it would be more acceptable than calling her bisexual, which she actually is. They also want Elena to change her wardrobe because, apparently, people are more accepting of lesbian couples when they are both playing clear gender roles. “Like Ellen and Portia de Rossi.” It felt so spot-on, but instead of being funny, it just felt depressing. That has nothing to do with the show but just the fact that in 2020, there are still people who think being gay or bisexual is “not normal.”
However, the episode’s most significant development involved Homelander. He was caught on camera accidentally killing an innocent bystander during a mission and not caring about it. The public sees this video and is not happy about it. Against advice, Homelander tackles this problem head-on. He heads to a protest to try to spin the situation in his favor like before. Unfortunately, the crowd turns on him, and he turns to Stormfront for help. She quickly agrees though I’m assuming she has her own reasons for that. Stormfront gets to work on some memes to spin things in Homelander’s favor and…it works. The two celebrate, Homelander’s rising approval rating by having some really kinky sex that involved Homelander using his eye lasers on her chest. Oh well, to each their own.
Meanwhile, Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) was off to see his aunt. He was still off the radar and feeling very down after Becca (Shantel VanSanten) didn’t leave with him. This subplot wasn’t all that captivating, but it did show that despite everything, The Boys got each other’s backs. Hughie (Jack Quaid) and Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) make the trip to bring their friend back. Unfortunately, they get an unexpected guest. On the last episode, we saw that Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) was looking for Billy. Well, this episode, he found him, and it gave us a pretty badass action scene. I’ve already made clear that I think Black Noir is excellent, and he really killed it in this episode yet again. He really felt intimidating, and watching him take down The Boys was great. Even though they stood no chance against him, it was nice to see them standing together. Fortunately for them, Billy had an ace up his sleeve. He threatened to expose the fact that Homelander raped Becca. This led to Black Noir being called off, and The Boys live to fight another day.
Also, The Deep (Chace Crawford) got married, and Maeve has decided to help him get back on The Seven…for his help. All in all, it was a very entertaining episode. It felt like a real turning point for the season. It seems like Homelander has reached a point of no return, and it’ll be exciting to see what comes of the new Homelander/Stormfront team-up. They sure make a powerful team. As for The Boys, well, they didn’t have a great time, but their bond seems to have strengthened.
Now that we’re getting closer to the end of the season, I wanted to say thank you to those of you reading these recaps. Medium lets you see stats for all the stories, so I know there are some of you reading. I’ve never done this before, and it seemed like a good writing exercise. I want to get better at writing quickly. And writing one of these after each episode seemed like a good way to become a more disciplined writer. I want to be able to write on the spot, and not just when I’m “inspired.” That being said, writing episode recaps isn’t the most creatively fulfilling endeavor. So, I drank a little while writing this, and I’m probably going to drink some more while writing next week’s write up. Anyway, we got some good things to look forward to with the next episode. See you next week.