‘The Boys’ Season 3, Ep. 8 Review: “The Instant White-Hot Wild”

The Boys Season 3 Ep 8 Homelander The Instant White-Hot Wild
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Spoiler Warning: The Boys Season 3

After many team-ups, side plots, and an abundance of lube and body fluids, we have arrived at the season three finale of The Boys  “The Instant White-Hot Wild. To say the finale was explosive would be an understatement but the theme of family and what haunts us in the past still hangs heavy over this show. So let’s jump in, as there is lots to discuss.

Thanks to Starlight (Erin Moriarty) and her #freeMaeve campaign, a subpoena is issued to search the Vought building to look for Maeve (Dominique McElligott), forcing Ashley (Colby Minifie) to move her. This gives Maeve the chance to escape, and she takes refuge with some of the gang from The Boys. I was curious what they would do with Queen Maeve, especially after Homelander (Antony Starr) announced his plans to use her eggs to grow super kids. As it turns out, there were big plans for Maeve in this episode.

All the pieces of the overall story are in motion in “The Instant White-Hot Wild,” with the end game being a collision course at the Vought building. Vought headquarters is quite the buzz of activity even before all the characters converge there. Homelander confronts Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) about his keeping a secret from him, and Noir’s admission is his death sentence, as Homelander kills him without a second thought. Homelander is not big on thinking, just doing whatever impulse he has at the time.

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Starlight calls into Vought to warn them about the eventual arrival of Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles). It does the job, although not without issues, to get the building evacuated before all hell breaks loose.

Frenchie managed to get more of the nerve agent that can subdue Soldier Boy, but when they confront Butcher (Karl Urban) and Soldier Boy, Queen Maeve destroys it and turns on them all, siding with Butcher and Soldier Boy in their quest to kill Homelander. Locking the gang up, the trio heads to Vought to confront Homelander, but thanks to Starlight and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara), they soon escape and hatch a plan. Frenchie (Tomer Capone) and Kimiko head off to make another batch of the nerve agent while Hughie (Jack Quaid), Starlight, and Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) join the soon-to-be chaos at the Vought building.

As Butcher, Soldier Boy, and Queen Maeve confront Homelander, he tries to appeal to the family bond he shares with Soldier Boy, even dragging out Ryan, his son, to appeal to this idea of an unstoppable family unit. Soldier Boy isn’t buying it, though, and the fight begins. It becomes more complicated due to Ryan’s appearance because, superpowers or not, he is definitely in harm’s way.

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Frenchie and Kimiko arrive with the new batch of the nerve agent. Starlight tries to stop Soldier Boy, her powers boosted by Hughie, who lights the place up instead of lighting himself up with another dose of temporary Compound V.

In the end, even the nerve agent isn’t enough, and it takes Maeve sacrificing herself by pushing both Soldier Boy and herself out the window as he unleashes his power mid-air. However, we learn that Queen Maeve survived, but the blast from Soldier Boy took her powers. She is now an ordinary human and must find a place to exist out of Homelander’s line of sight. Soldier Boy is again put on ice, so to speak, his future unclear. Homelander leaves Vought with Ryan, who chooses him over Butcher.

Family is a strong theme throughout this season and particularly this week. “The Instant White-Hot Wild” was bookended with scenes involving Homelander and his son Ryan. The episode ended with Homelender showing up at a rally at the base of the Vought building, killing a protestor who threw something at his son, and the crowd loved it, and so did his son. There was a sign in the crowd that read “God, Guns, and Homelander,” a not-so-subtle dig at the current state of things in the USA.

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As far as season finales go, “The Instant White-Hot Wild” was well done. The hour-long episode moved quickly and covered a lot of ground, which is always a good thing. I’ll be curious to see what they do with Soldier Boy next season, as he was an incredible wild card to throw in the mix this season, stirring the pot in many ways and forcing many to come to grips with their ugly past, most coming out better for it. Call it a backhanded success if you will, but Soldier Boy showed many this year where their loyalties lay, with friends, colleagues, and family.

The Boys team welcomes Starlight into the fold, who throws away her uniform, with a new democratic vote welcoming her to the team, whether Butcher likes it or not. This is their family, and as we watch things unfold, we realize where their new challenges will come from next.

As always with The Boys, the blood, guts, and mayhem is only part of the story, and the writers continue to bleed satire all over the show in the best way possible. The bright light shone on those with superpowers gave birth to many vile truths over the past three seasons, and it has always been a fun and entertaining ride, even if a tad uncomfortable at times.

The Boys’ “The Instant White-Hot Wild” is now streaming on Amazon.

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