Pretty a lot every thing that occurs on Amazon’s comics adaptation The Boys is outrageous — that’s par for the course while you’re writing a comedy about gun-toting vigilantes taking over fascist corporatized superheroes. But a sequence in episode 2 that includes a Scientology-esque spiritual cult, a potent dose of hallucinogenic medication, and existential peril for ex-The Seven member The Deep is likely to be the present’s pièce de résistance, thanks largely to the voice casting.
[Ed. word: This story comprises spoilers for The Boys season 2, episode 2, “Proper Preparation and Planning”]
The Boys season 2 finds The Deep reeling (heh) over his departure from Vought. Lost with out heroic goal, he exposes himself to children at a waterpark, and is promptly hauled off to jail. A brand new hero, Eagle the Archer, bails him out, with a purpose to join Deep with a brand new supply of hope: The Church of the Collective. According to the spiffy X-Ray notes on Amazon Prime Video, it’s a “mysterious faith on this planet of The Boys, which started as a self-help group within the 1950s.” (Read: the group’s fingerprints could also be on different elements of the sequence’ mythology earlier than issues are all stated and completed.) Basically, it’s the Church of Scientology, however with extra Fresca. Eagle and his information Carol deliver The Deep into their world to “help” him, and to begin, they fill the spiraling supe up with psilocybin.
“Last time I did shrooms was with a PoliSci chick from Oberlin,” The Deep tells Eagle.
What occurs subsequent is ugly and riotous in true Boys vogue. The shrooms do ship The Deep right into a transcendent state — one the place his gills communicate, and berate him for his misbehavior through the years. His speaking gills are carried out by none aside from Patton Oswalt.
“The very first name that got pitched for the gills was Helen Mirren,” showrunner Eric Kripke tells Polygon, “but we obviously knew that that was impossible.”
Kripke says the casting got here out of Oswalt’s love of the present. During season 1, he tweeted on the creator and the present’s accounts to inform them how a lot he liked The Boys, “And I started thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if, like, one of Pixar’s most beloved characters was also the voice of The Deep’s mangina?’”
Hollywood goals do come true. While Chase Crawford carried out his gill-talking freakout with a stand-in voice performer on set, Oswalt finally got here in to file his strains. CG artists meticulously matched his vocal patterns to the gills’ flapping arches.
“There were a lot of fascinating questions,” Kripke notes. “How much should it spit? Should the gills all be moving in unison, or should they be saying different things at different times? Talking about a talking mangina is all very complicated.”