The Boys season 2 finale spoilers follow – including its ending.
That doesn't mean it isn't without faults — faults that stem, we should add, out of a desire to do good. Showrunner Eric Kripke has talked about his own mistakes, and the ways in which he tries to do better by his characters and his fans.
Our main criticism comes from the fact that, by trying to shed light on the white supremacy that runs rampant in our society, The Boys framed the story through the white characters' perspectives. We will add, however, that when Stormfront finally got her comeuppance, we were all for it.
And as much as we delighted in seeing Kimikio, Maeve and Starlight kicking the shit out of a literal Nazi, there was one niggling feeling we were left with. Where were the Jews?
Now we know, there doesn't have to be a visibly Jewish character in every show (though we wouldn't complain if there were). However, it wouldn't be out of place in The Boys.
The Boys doesn't shy away from religion (though even if it did, Jews are both an ethnic group and a religion, so having a Jew wouldn't mean inclusion of Hashem). Much of the show spends time with Starlight navigating her relationship with God and her faith, also drawing parallels with the idolisation of heroes like Homelander to that of Jesus.
The Boys was unflinching in its examination of the hypocrisies of some organised religious groups, from bigotry against LGBTQ+ people to abstinence-only education. But it also redeems Christianity: at the end of season two, Starlight wears the cross her mother gave her as a gift.
This nuanced view of religion could have easily been applied to a Jewish character. If there had been one.
Another thing we love about the series was that it made clear the direct lineage between white supremacy today and Nazis of yore. Klara, aka Liberty, in her former life ran in Nazi circles and herself is a proud white supremacist.
Fast forward 75 years and Liberty is now Stormfront, just as bigoted and racist as she was during the Reich. In fact, she rubbed elbows with the highest ranking Nazis around.
So, if you're going to bring up Hitler and Nazis, it seems weird not to also have a Jew! The Boys doesn't shy away from showing the violent impacts of white supremacy, of which Jews are victims too – today and, obviously, during the Nazi regime (duh?????).
What makes the lack of a Jewish character even more eyebrow-raising is that Aya Cash, who plays Stormfront, is Jewish. So is Tomer Capon, who plays Frenchie (so for all we know Frenchie is Jewish, though it's never explicitly stated), and The Boys producers Seth Rogen and Evan Golberg are famously Jewish too. So, why no explicitly Jewish characters on screen?
As for being a Jew and playing a Nazi, Cash told Refinery29: "I think it’s fair to ask what I think and why I took this role. I don’t think that I am absolved of all responsibility simply because I didn’t write the role.
"I have a choice in the characters that I portray, and if this was a character that we were portraying in celebration of her racism and her bigotry, then I would not be taking [the role]." Cash is right; we in no way are made to empathise with Stormfront.
But that doesn't mean we wouldn't have also loved to see a Jewish character getting in on the action in the glorious moment when girls get it done. Maybe we'll see one in season 3!
The Boys seasons one and two are available to watch in full on Amazon Prime Video.
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