The second episode \"Girl Meets Boy\" had me intrigued, at least at first. Centering around the students' reliance on cell phones, the premise was something right out of TGIF. Changes and tweaks were made from the pilot going into the second episode, for example Maya (played by Sabrina Carpenter)'s overly sexual and incredibly creepy and off-putting make-up was toned down, thankfully. And overall, the second episode felt less stilted and more like a classic throwback to the 90s than the pilot did.
But bottom line, while overall the show still oozes Disney Channel it does have those glimpses of the Touchstone Television/ABC-era which is what I had hoped it would have. It's too bad that major audiences are too cynical now and a show like this can't fly on national networks so that the Disney Channel qualities of the show could be toned down immensely. But if the show runners are able to wade the Disney Channel waters and really hone this show into what it can and should be, it might actually be a fun watch for families with as much entertainment value as its predecessor.
Where it gets downright silly is in the idea of duct-taping Jimmy, the \"low man\" in the ranch-hand hierarchy, to the back of the horse as a way to tame the horse. I'm no horse whisperer myself, but I suspect there may be more nuance to \"breaking\" a horse than can be achieved with duct tape. First of all, what if the horse goes over, as it does in the first scene. Jimmy's like to have his wrists and ankles shattered, if not worse. But then, I guess However, even in the midst of this absurdity, the show delivers a few nice lines, including this exchange between Dutton and one of the hands:
But then, after a few precious tender moments, Beth exits the truck and runs screaming at the wolves. If she weren't a Dutton, this would be a great way to get herself killed. But for Beth, the wolves scatter like snow in the headlights. Of course they do!
As for the witness front, getting the boy's father to silence him might not be enough if the boy is sufficiently religious to think that God might have a say in it. To that end Dutton enlists Father Bob to give a special sermon that might move the boy to keep quiet about Kayce. \"I'm calling old debts, Bob. And you owe me a big one.\" I don't know if we'll find out how Bob ended up indebted to Dutton, but I think that, knowing what we do about the kinds of trouble that Catholic Priests sometimes get themselves into, the suggestion is almost profoundly unsavory. And again, it makes you wonder if we're supposed to like Dutton, admire him, or regret the monster he's become.
Which is why it is utterly preposterous when the tribal police chief arrives and suggests that Kayce and the man switch slides on their guns (they happen to use the same model). This means that Team Broken Rock have in their possession the slide that killed Robert Long - I don't know how that'll come into play, but it seems like it could be a great boon for them. Or else it's a plot contrivance of the highest degree of silliness. Can you imagine a police officer suggesting that you switch pistol parts with him I think that wouldn't exactly work out for either party. But we'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, we can think about how ridiculous it is that Kayce and Monica happened to be driving by at just the right time.
And he apparently talks the man into it, because he offers no further resistance, only requesting that he get to enjoy one more of those nice little cigarettes. Rip doesn't even let him have that, shivving or maybe kidney-punching the man (hard to tell which) into unconsciousness before beginning to microwave some metal lab equipment and pulling out the oxygen hose. Evidently, this is supposed to look like a suicide, but I think the show is trafficking in more absurdity here: first in that Rip is capable of talking a man into being suicidal (even a formaldehyde addict), and second that any educated lawman would look at an exploded coroner's office as a way of committing suicide.
It is Rory's first day at the exclusive prep school Chilton, and Lorelai chooses this day to oversleep. This turns the morning into total chaos because she does not have time to pick up her dry cleaning, which means she has nothing to wear. Meanwhile Rory is ranting while Lorelai throws on some old rags in the form of a tight tie-dye shirt and some cut-offs jeans. In short, it looks like Lorelai is heading to the local rodeo. Things go from bad to worse when Rory informs her frazzled mom that they both have to meet the headmaster at Chilton. Since Lorelai has nothing else to wear, she puts on an overcoat and walks out the door. On the way, Lorelai meets a man named Ian, who is the father of another Chilton student. The two get to know each other better and Lorelai tells Ian where she works in case he wants to drop by. When Rory and Lorelai arrive at the headmaster's office, Lorelai's mother, Emily, who just happens to be a close personal friend of the headmaster drops by. Emily makes a big fuss when Lorelai refuses to shed her coat and then regrets her insistence when she gets a load of what Lorelai is wearing. Needless to say, the meeting is quick and awkward with Lorelai stuttering her way through.
However, on November 8, 2017, Amazon Prime Video managed to get the rights of The Boys and started the production of the first season consisting of eight episodes, with the production expected to begin at the spring of 2018 for a planned release at 2019. At the time, Amazon was failing to get hits with its originals which led them to make several deals with auspices from other successful series hoping to make the next big genre drama hit show like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Stranger Things. The series was confirmed to be at development for several months preceding the series order announcement and it was also confirmed that the creative team that were hired for the previous adaptations were still attached to the series. On April 30, 2018, Dan Trachtenberg replaced Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg as the directors of the show. Kripke, Goldberg, Rogen, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Ori Marmur, James Weaver, Ken Levin, and Jason Netter were confirmed to serve as the executive producers for the series. Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson were recruited to serve as the co-executive producers.
The season does not fully follow the storyline from the comics despite its faithfulness to the comic book series, as Kripke maintained the writers disciplined with the intention of retaining the show with a sense of reality by saying: \"Anything that comes out of this drug is viable, and anything that doesn't we're not allowed to do\". The show most difficult part was the moment when Starlight is sexually assaulted, due to the MeToo movement, leading to several debates and discussions of how to adapt it. It was originally intended that Starlight would payback during the behind-the-scenes ways inside the corporation, but it was eventually changed to make her go public instead. Another change of the sexual assault storyline is that the Deep assaults Starlight, instead of Homelander, A-Train, and Black Noir like the comics. Butcher's wife Becky storyline is also changed, as Kripke didn't wanted to use the convention of killing off female characters to motivate the heroes and wanted to surprise the readers by keeping her alive instead of killing her after giving birth. Another major change for the series is the plane scene, where Homelander and Queen Maeve attempts to save the citizens from the plane goes wrong and the former decides to let everyone die. In the comics the accident already succeeded before the events of the story in September 11, where the Seven instead of only Homelander and Queen Maeve intercepted a plane going to crash in the Twin Towers, but also goes awry when Homelander accidentally destroys the plane which killed everyone, including a member of the team. This was changed to explore deeper the dynamic between Homelander and Queen Maeve, and the show taking place in a modern day.
The show also includes characters that don't exist in the comics. Jack from Jupiter is replaced in the series with an original and more human character known as Translucent, although he keeps the power of his indestructible skin. Kripke revealed that he made the change, as he felt that the former alien-looking design was too fantastic for the world they were creating in the series and that would mess with the mythology of the human characters being born with powers. Oh Father was also replaced in the series for an original character Ezekiel who is also portrayed as a Christian themed supe but unlike the former, he is not portrayed as a pedophile but instead as a hypocritical homophobic. Another character introduced in the series is Mesmer though unlike the previous two, he is not based in any character introduced in the comics and is fully original for the show.
Despite the series taking place in New York City like in the comics, the show was confirmed to being filmed in Toronto, Canada. Kripke revealed that the show was intended to begin its filming on the spring of 2018 to release the show at the following year. The filming for the first season officially began on May 22, 2018, in Toronto, and was scheduled to last until September 25, 2018. However the production of the show officially ended its filming on October 11, 2018. It was also confirmed that the show would be partially filmed at the cities of Mississauga and Hamilton in a few locations that include the Central Parkway Mall, the Streetsville Gas Station, Tim Hortons Field stadium, and the Fallsview Residence.
The Boys featured over 1400 visual effects shots created by DNEG TV, Framestore, Folks VFX, Mavericks VFX, Method Studios, Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies VFX, Mr. X, Pixomondo, Rocket Science VFX,