Why fans are review-bombing Season 2 of Amazon’s “The Boys,” despite being a great season so far

Why fans are review-bombing Season 2 of Amazon’s “The Boys,” despite being a great season so far
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If Billy Butcher (played by Karl Urban) were to describe this year, he’d probably say it’s been “f**king diabolical.” Same can be said about the review section for the latest season of “The Boys,” which still has three episodes left to roll out. Despite scoring 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, Season 2 of Amazon’s “The Boys” is currently scored at 2.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Why? Because of the show’s staggered release schedule.

Forget binge-watching Season 2 of Amazon’s “The Boys”

It was announced before Season 2 premiered that they would release weekly episodes every Friday, instead of dropping all eight episodes at once, like they did with Season 1. Apparently, many fans were unaware of this until Amazon dropped the first three episodes on September 4.

Disappointed by not being able to binge-watch all eight episodes, many fans left negative reviews on Amazon, with one reviewer writing, “This is 2020 … We don’t want staggered releases of episodes!!” Another wrote, “What a shame, I was looking forward to watching it … now I’ll just skip it and wait for it to be cancelled, then I can watch them all without any interruptions.”

Showrunner Eric Kripke defended the format of the episode release, saying it was a creative decision made by the showrunners. Although Kripke does wish he could have made the change clearer to audiences, he asks viewers to respect the artistic choice and believes it will allow fans of the show to have more time to process and think about each episode. Despite Kripke’s statement, fans don’t seem convinced and have continued to leave 1-star reviews on Amazon.

Showrunner Eric Kripke responds

With the rising negative reviews from a great Season 2 so far, Eric Kripke seems to be fed up with the trolls and gave a perfect response. He posted a 39-second video on Twitter sharing his thoughts about the review-bombing.

The video shows an original scene from Season 2, where an angry Homelander (played by Anthony Starr) is scrolling through positive memes about the newest member of The Seven, Stormfront (played by Aya Cash), while also seeing some negative memes about himself. However, Kripke altered the video such that it seems like Homelander is scrolling through all the 1-star reviews left by “trolls” instead. The video ends with a promo urging fans to watch Season 2 of “The Boys” on Amazon Prime.

Homelander himself replied to the video, saying “One star…Wait,- meaning #1 right?? Oh my god THANK YOU FOR THOSE REVIEWS!!!” It is safe to say that the showrunners and Homelander don’t seem to be upset with the 1-star reviews and have no time to please such trolls.

Episodes of “The Boys” Season 2 are releasing weekly (with six episodes released so far) and are available to watch on Amazon Prime.

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