The Boys- A Very Short Butcher Centric Film

Geeklings, it’s Friday. You have made it through an entire week (again) and are now ready to reap the benefits of the weekend. Is it me or do short weeks feel even longer? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in favor of three-day weekends buuuuut now I have to cram five days of work into four days and that just leaves me tired. I don’t want to be tired. We’re on the cusp of the weekend. What greatness lies before us? How about the return of football? Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? How about a new episode of Lovecraft Country? Also sounds quite excellent. What about pumpkin-flavored anything or apple cider donuts because apparently summer is dead and long live fall! This is your weekend, so anything is possible. Aspire for awesomeness.

Speaking of awesomeness, today is Friday which means (insert dramatic pause here) a new episode of The Boys! Now, I know there are some people who haven’t been happy about the waiting and to those people, I say “bah!” I have been looking forward to this all week and the staggering of episodes has allowed for some very fun The Boys centric conversations. Just think, we’ve got four weeks left of this. I’m excited. I’m giddy. I’m like Hughie listening to a new Billy Joel song. I’m like A-Train scoring some new Compound V. I’m like Butcher and his almost poetic use of the c-word. 

But you know what’s better than a new episode of The Boys? How about a short film centered on the whereabouts of Butcher between the season finale and episode one? That’s right, as promised ahead of season two, The Boys have released a short film that follows Butcher after he wakes up in that parking lot. How did he get back to Hughie, Frenchie, and Mother’s Milk? Where did that ridiculous tracksuit come from? How was he able to remain free with his face plastered all over the news? These are all questions that get answers. And we love answers to questions here.

When I heard about this short film before the season I thought it was going to play as a tie-in to season two. Something perhaps released a bit earlier to rev up the engines of the hype train. I also thought it would be twenty minutes or so and I was all about that extra The Boys content. It turns out I was wrong on both counts. This film came out after the season started and is Kevin Hart levels of short. Five minutes to be exact and normally I’d make a comment using the term “film” loosely and how this plays off more as a polished deleted scene buuuuut it’s Friday, I’m happy, and five minutes or not, this is pretty good stuff. Not to mention this film is the perfect length to consume during a lunch break or when you sneak away from your desk and tell your co-workers you’re just using the restroom. 

I know this season has only been three episodes, now four, but Karl Urban has done a superb job of humanizing Butcher this season. Yes, he’s still the same old asshole from season one but there’s more emotion tied to the performance. Butcher can be a frustrating character but it’s Urban’s raw, unapologetic, and at times tender performance that keeps the audience from fully severing ties with him. In this five-minute film, Urban expands on that as we learn a bit more of Butcher and possibly see him in a new light. Possibly an even more dangerous one if that’s possible…

What did you think Geekings? How do you feel about Butcher now? Will this have any deeper impact on the season going forward? Be sure to sound off in the comments or throw me a line over on Twitter @iamgeek32. A new episode of The Boys is streaming right now so make your after-work plans accordingly. 

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