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Amazon TV series "The Boys" introduces the Church of the Collective, a Scientology doppelgänger

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  1. Amazon TV series "The Boys" introduces the Church of the Collective, a Scientology doppelgänger.


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    Slate: The Boys Is the Only Show Nihilistic Enough to Capture America in 2020

    https://slate.com/culture/2020/09/the-boys-season-2-review-amazon-series-captures-2020.html

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    Only the entertainment industry comes under sustained attack this time around, courtesy of a pinkwashing subplot centered on the production of a Justice League knockoff called Rise of the Seven. In place of the evangelicals, The Boys introduces the Church of the Collective, a Scientology doppelgänger that aggressively recruits the Deep, the Aquaman type played by Chace Crawford

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    TV Guide: Eric Kripke and Chace Crawford on Why The Deep Is the 'Forrest Gump' of The Boys Season 2

    https://www.tvguide.com/amp/news/th...ep-the-church-of-the-collective-forrest-gump/

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    The Boys Season 2 kicked off by throwing everyone — supes, vigilantes, and fans alike — off the deep end. So it's only fitting that the most comically sinister mystery introduced in the Season 2 premiere was heralded by The Deep (Chace Crawford), who was recruited into an incredibly creepy Scientology-esque church after getting kicked off the Seven and relocated to Ohio.

    "It's not a cult, what are you talking about?" Crawford joked in an interview with TV Guide before explaining that The Church of the Collective isn't trying to rehabilitate The Deep and get him back on the Seven out of the goodness of their own hearts. "The Church and The Deep are definitely mutually using each other for different reasons. They sought him out right? He was at his low point and whether they preyed upon him or not, you know, he really needed that help and that philosophy and that sort of detox as well. He needs them to realize what he really wants, which is getting back on the Seven," Crawford said.

    But what The Deep doesn't quite get, according to showrunner Eric Kripke, is that his dreams and ambitions make him a meager pawn in The Church of the Collective's grander schemes. "The Deep is sort of the Forrest Gump of Hollywood trends, and one trend is to get involved in religions that aren't so interested in helping you as much as they are draining your pocketbook and isolating you from your friends," said Kripke. "The Church is ultimately, far more interested in his financial potential than they are in the potential of his soul. They'll get a pretty steep cut of any money that he makes upon his return."

    It sounds like The Church of the Collective is making a big investment in The Deep and expecting large returns — both financially and in terms of influence in the Seven — but Kripke and Crawford demurred when asked what The Collective ultimately wants in this Compound V-riddled world, both hinting that fans would just have to stay tuned.

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    Decider: Yes, That’s Jessica Hecht, Susan From ‘Friends’, As a Fresca Dealing Cultist on ‘The Boys’

    https://decider.com/2020/09/04/friends-jessica-hecht-plays-carol-on-the-boys/

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    Carol and Eagle introduce The Deep to The Church of the Collective, a Scientology-like organization where Carol holds the role of Outreach Director. While The Deep shrugs off their attempts to help at first and angrily denies he has a problem, he’s drawn in with their promise of helping him rejoin The Seven.

    A little more on Carol: before joining The Church of the Collective, she worked as a therapist in New York City. But, as she says in episode 1 of Season 2, she now believes “therapy is very destructive, actually.” Now, she prefers the title “teacher.” While she used to help celebrity clients, she left her therapy life behind when she discovered courses at The Church of the Collective, which she found to be much more effective and helpful.

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    Refinery29: R29 Binge Club: The Boys Season 2 Recap

    https://www.refinery29.com/amp/en-u...boys-season-2-amazon-episodes-recap-explained

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    While the vigilante team suffers a crisis of their own, The Deep is struggling with a far more personal battle. After waking up at Eagle's house, the hero is introduced to Carol (Jessica Hecht) who seems to be a Scientology-inspired figure who despises therapy but wants the supe to open up to her in a very intimate way. But when she offers to get him back in The Seven, he can't say no.

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    Comics Beat Review: THE BOYS Season 2 ups the ante on psychotic supes

    https://www.comicsbeat.com/review-the-boys-season-2/

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    Season 2 introduces us to the Church of the Collective, a very clear Scientology stand-in obsessed with Fresca. The Church operates as an almost third unit outside of Vought and The Boys, where we find The Deep (Chace Crawford) working with The Church to rehabilitate his public image.

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  2. Aardwolf Member

    As if Scientology wasn't everywhere already, they've gotta be in fiction now too :p
  3. Gamespot: The Boys Season 2: 62 Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed In The First Three Episodes

    https://www.gamespot.com/amp-gallery/the-boys-season-2-62-easter-eggs-you-might-have-mi/2900-3566/


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    14. Church of the Collective

    There's also a poster for the Church of the Collective, the Scientology-like cult that The Deep joins in these episodes. Their imagery (as seen on the poster and later, on the book) is even designed to look similar to the cover of L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics.

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    Occultmuscle on Reddit makes the comparison.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/scientolog...ght_this_subtle_easter_egg_in_the_new_season/



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  4. Vulture: The Boys Are Back to Blow Your Mind — Literally and Figuratively

    https://www.vulture.com/article/review-the-boys-season-2-prime-video.html

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    The difference for The Boys is that while the heroes fight each other with familiar superpowers, they are all even more obsessed with soft power. Who has the better brand? How is this unexpectedly tough interview with Maria Menounos going? When The Deep (Chace Crawford) joins a Scientology-esque church and starts rehabilitating his image, it’s not through impressive feats of world-saving derring-do, it’s through a vulnerable sit-down interview with Katie Couric. The show is really smart about media images and the all-powerful impact of a Q score, and it’s even better at thinking about how the soft power and the hard power wielded by these characters combine into a truly combustible, terrifying cultural hegemony.

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  5. Cinema Blend: The Boys Creator Talks The Church Of The Collective And Explains All The Fresca References

    https://cinemablend.com/television/...collective-and-explains-the-fresca-references

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    Beyond boasting tons of bone-breaking badassery and spot-on performances from its ensemble cast, Amazon's The Boys is also arguably the most relevant and topical live-action superhero project out there right now. The first trio of Season 2 episodes keep that streak going, starting off with an overblown celebrity funeral (complete with a radio-friendly ballad), before moving on to Vought's Nazi history, Stormfront's super-casual racism and The Deep's inclusion into the Church of the Collective, a clear knock-off of another non-religious Church of note. Can I get you a Fresca?


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    The phrase "another non-religious Church of note" links to:

    Danny Masterson And The Church Of Scientology Have Similar Cases Playing Out In The Court

    https://www.cinemablend.com/televis...ilar-cases-playing-out-in-the-court?pv=search


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  6. The Daily Beast: ‘The Boys’ Skewers Scientology in Season 2

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-boys-skewers-scientology-in-season-2-with-chace-crawfords-the-deep.


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    In one of the season’s best running jokes, a fallen superhero joins a religion that warns against “suppressive energy” and wants to help him rebuild his career—for a steep price.

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    Looks like The Boys’ cast and crew are well on their way toward being labeled Suppressive Persons by the Church of Scientology.

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  7. The news about the Amazon TV series "The Boys" featuring a Scientology-like cult has reached Italy:

    The Boys 2: A proposito di Abisso e di quel colpo di scena nella seconda stagione

    https://www.comingsoon.it/serietv/n...di-quel-colpo-di-scena-nella-seconda/n110572/

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    La shock più grande, però, è arrivato da Abisso, il personaggio interpretato dall'ex star di Gossip Girl Chace Crawford, reclutato da un inquietante culto à la Scientology dopo aver scatenato il panico in un parco acquatico, essere stato cacciato dai Sette ed essersi trasferito in Ohio.

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    The biggest shock, however, came from Abyss, the character played by former Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford., recruited by a creepy Scientology cult after causing panic at a water park, being kicked out by the Seven, and moving to Ohio.

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  8. Blaque Rabbit: The Boys Season 2: What We Know So Far

    https://blaquerabbit.com/2020/09/07/the-boys-season-2-what-we-know-so-far/


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    The Deep is severely damaged and incredibly gullible. Let’s start with the latter. The Deep allowed himself to join The Boys version of Scientology called Church of the Collective. Let’s call it what it is. While there, he goes on a spiritual journey. I’m all for taking something that will help you reflect on who you are, but you can tell they’re using him. Especially Eagle the Archer. Something messed up is going on with that Archer. Something we won’t be able to unsee.

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  9. The news about the Amazon TV series "The Boys" featuring a Scientology-like cult has reached Germany:

    In Staffel 2 ist Homelander nicht mehr der wahnsinnigste Superheld


    https://www.moviepilot.de/news/the-...icht-mehr-der-wahnsinnigste-superheld-1128520


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    Die Befürchtung, dass The Boys hier abwertend das relevante Thema Diversität abhandelt, ist glücklicherweise unbegründet - vielmehr wird z.B. Disneys Unfähigkeit, diese organisch darzustellen, parodiert. Eine weiterer Nebenplot in Staffel 2 rechnet auf herrlich bescheuerte Weise mit der Kirche Scientology und deren Einfluss in Hollywood ab. Denn auf seinem Weg zur Rehabilitation gerät Deep direkt in die Fänge der sogenannten Church of the Collective.

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    The fear that The Boys will treat the relevant topic of diversity in a pejorative manner is fortunately unfounded - on the contrary, e.g. Disney's inability to portray this organically is parodied. Another subplot in season 2 deals with the Church of Scientology and its influence in Hollywood in a wonderfully stupid way. Because on his way to rehabilitation, Deep falls directly into the clutches of the so-called Church of the Collective.

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  10. Hollywood Reporter: 'The Boys' Season 2: TV Review

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/the-boys-season-2-tv-review

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    And if that sounds like a lot, I haven't touched on... The Deep's (Chace Crawford) quest for redemption in Ohio, which comes to involve a celebrity wellness cult that you'll quickly recognize as resembling Scientology, because The Boys loves satire, but never wants to make you work hard to recognize what it's satirizing.

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  11. The news about the Amazon TV series "The Boys" featuring a Scientology analogue has reached the Netherlands:

    Amazon's 'The Boys' houdt de samenleving een spiegel voor in seizoen 2.


    https://nl.mashable.com/entertainme...-de-samenleving-een-spiegel-voor-in-seizoen-2


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    En dan heb ik het nog niet eens gehad over wat er met de Deep (Chace Crawford) is gebeurd en zijn flirt met een winstgevende kerk die duidelijk een Scientology-analoog is. Dan is er de interpretatie van "girl power" in Seizoen 2 van The Boys - zowel de kunstgreep die zichtbaar is in corporate branding als de ware kracht van machtige vrouwen die zich verenigen omdat ze alle onzin beu zijn. Geniete.

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    Not to mention what happened to the Deep (Chace Crawford) and his flirtation with a profitable church that is clearly a Scientology analogue. Then there is the interpretation of "girl power" in Season 2 of The Boys - both the artifice visible in corporate branding and the true power of powerful women who band together because they are tired of all the bullshit. To enjoy.

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  12. How the Church of Scientology the Collective helped Eagle the Archer!

    Decider: Who Plays Eagle the Archer on ‘The Boys’? Meet Langston Kerman


    https://decider.com/2020/09/08/the-boys-who-plays-eagle-the-archer-langston-kerman/


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    We learn that Eagle is part of the Scientology-esque Church of the Collective. They’re the ones who swooped in and helped out Eagle after he hit his own rock bottom. For Eagle, his worst moment was when he failed to stop a hostage situation in a Kroger grocery store. His aim was true that day, but he just ran out of arrows. But the Church found him, took him in, and made him see that archery is a timeless art—even if it doesn’t really compare to the destructive power of assault rifles.

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  13. Pop Sugar: The Boys Fresca Reference Is the Creepiest Mystery of Season 2

    https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/the-boys-fresca-theories-47767568/

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    Forget Kool-Aid, someone needs to warn The Deep not to drink the Fresca on The Boys. In the season two premiere, the disgraced former member of The Seven is bailed out of jail by Hawkeye knockoff Eagle the Archer after he causes a drunken scene at a local water park in Sandusky, OH, and his new pal immediately offers him a nice, refreshing Fresca. At first, the moment seems like a strange bit of product placement, but later, when Eagle introduces The Deep to a woman named Carol, she too offers him a can of the Coca-Cola owned beverage.

    It's unclear what the significance of the Fresca is just yet, and the soft drink doesn't appear to have any obvious ties to the comics on which the series is based. One thing is certain though, The Deep is definitely being recruited into a cult. In addition to pushing Fresca, Carol also gives The Deep a book about the Church of the Collective. Earlier in the premiere, a poster for the Scientology-esque group can be seen on the subway when Hughie and Starlight meet up. The Boys seems to be setting up a major storyline for the sidelined superhero, but at this point it's not clear how a potential cult will connect with the larger season two theme of superheroes infiltrating the military.

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  14. Fansided: The Boys: What does The Church of the Collective want from The Deep?

    https://amazonadviser.com/2020/09/09/the-boys-church-of-the-collective/

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    The Deep took his and has quickly become a member of The Church of the Collective. Not in the original graphic novels, the cult is a parody of Scientology, and it’s clear there is something sinister on the way. What could that “something sinister” be?

    Right now, The Church of the Collective is trying to help The Deep connect with his own abilities and accept his body. In a way, this should be a good thing, but this underlying issue of it being a cult is worrisome.

    The Church of the Collective has promised to get The Deep back in The Seven. This is the place he feels he needs to be, but will the cult really do what they promise? Is this just a way to get a new member? After all, the members will help to build the religion to keep tax-exempt status, right?

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  15. Spoiler TV: The Boys - The Big Ride, Proper Preparation and Planning, & Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men - Review

    https://www.spoilertv.com/2020/09/the-boys-big-ride-proper-preparation.html?m=1

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    Finally, I’ve saved my favorite storyline until the end. Chase Crawford (The Deep/Kevin) is simply delivering another truly great performance. He could easily just be a source of humor – and omg, he IS funny! But it’s often closer to pathos that outright funny. I love the nuance of him slowly diving into his real emotions. It’s bloody brilliant to have Eagle the Archer (Langston Kerman) and Carol (Jessica Hecht) of the Church of The Collective which is a very thinly veiled stand in for Scientology. And what’s with the cans of Fresca?? What’s IN that?? However, it’s hard not to see how the Deep has been body shamed his whole life and that a lot of his behavior comes from a place of deep trauma (yes, all those puns ARE deliberate).

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  16. Vulture: The Boys Recap: Dancing With Myself

    The Boys - Nothing Like it in the World - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4

    https://www.vulture.com/amp/article...ode-4-recap-nothing-like-it-in-the-world.html

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    • I forgot that The Deep is getting a bride?!? There’s not much more to that revelation for now other than the fact that Carol and the Church of the Collective are really shaping his entire life. Expect Scientology references ahead.

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  17. TL;DR Movie Reviews and Wnalysis: The Boys - Nothing Like it in the World - TV Review

    https://tldrmoviereviews.com/2020/09/11/the-boys-nothing-like-it-in-the-world-tv-review/amp/

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    On the flip side are those moments that make you feel some joy, which given this show is few and far between. So much so that you can’t trust them because they may be using them to lure us into a false sense of security. In here we have the budding relationship between Hughie (Jack Quaid) and Starlight (Erin Moriarty). It is charming and delightful, a real counterpoint to all the awfulness that comes from the rest of the episode. It is also contrasted with the final collapse of Butcher’s (Karl Urban) relationship and what ever weird Scientology-ish thing that is going on with The Deep (Chace Crawford).

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  18. AV Club: The Boys connects America’s racist history and present with “Nothing Like It In The World”

    https://tv.avclub.com/the-boys-connects-america-s-racist-history-and-present-1845003862/

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    Okay, so the Church of the Collective is Scientology! Got it! It all clicked together as soon as that first interview started and it was revealed that those women were Church members vying to be the Deep’s wife—a la those decades-long rumors about Scientology leaders holding auditions for women to be Tom Cruise’s girlfriend.

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  19. Incredulicide Member

    Holy shit I didn't even pick up on the "auditioning wives" bit until after I saw The Deep "choosing" one!
  20. Aardwolf Member

    Hope this doesn't mean The Deep is gonna be like Tom Cruise...
  21. Movie Piolet in Germany also picks up on the Amazon series "The Boys" satirizing the Church of Scientology interviewing prospective wives for Tom Cruise.

    Movie Piolet: The Boys Staffel 2: Doppelgänger-Sex und eine verstörende Rückkehr in Folge 4

    https://www.moviepilot.de/news/the-...e-verstorende-ruckkehr-in-folge-4-1128524.amp

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    Arranged marriage for The Deep: The interspersed interviews of women in the episode are part of a wives casting - Season 2 is again a Scientology satire.

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    The "auditions for women to be Tom Cruise’s girlfriend" and "wives casting" references are subtle. They are the type of thing that you wouldn't pick up on unless you were knowledgeable about Tom Cruise's history in Scientology.
  22. Like The AV Club and Movie Piolet in Germany, Gamespot picked up on the Amazon TV series "The Boys" parody of Scientology interviewing possible wives for Tom Cruise.

    Gamespot: The Boys Season 2 Episode 4: 20 Easter Eggs And Things You Might Have Missed

    https://www.gamespot.com/amp-gallery/the-boys-season-2-episode-4-20-easter-eggs-and-thi/2900-3578/

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    9. More Scientology connections

    So far in Season 2, the Church of the Collective has been painted as a broad parody of Scientology. The Deep's wife auditions, then, may have been inspired by Scientology's alleged wife-auditing process for Tom Cruise, as described in Vanity Fair.

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    The phrase "Vanity Fair" links to:

    TOM CRUISE’S SCIENTOLOGY MARRIAGES: THE SECRET WIFE-AUDITIONING PROCESS BEFORE KATIE HOLMES, REVEALED

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2012/09/tom-cruise-scientology-marriage-katie-holmes

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  23. Aardwolf Member

    Yeah, the OSA are insane when it comes to anything they perceive as attacking the church.
  24. NME: ‘The Boys’ season two episode five recap: is it curtains for Homelander?

    https://www.nme.com/en_au/blogs/tv-blogs/the-boys-season-2-episode-5-recap-homelander-2756357

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    But with Butcher getting his groove back, Starlight ready to fight back, and Maeve quietly on the warpath (and possibly recruiting an ousted Deep from his Scientology-like cult), the real question is whether Homelander will come under fire from all sides, or square off against an eventual team-up.

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  25. Anisan News: Amazon’s ‘The Boys’ Season 2 is a darkly cynical look at the complex importance of diversity

    https://www.anisanews.com/amazons-t...-look-at-the-complex-importance-of-diversity/

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    The genius of the series, though, is that — unlike the Garth Ennis comic it’s based on — it’s not just an exercise in pointless desecration. Underneath the cursing and Scientology parodies and the exploding whales, “The Boys” actually cares about all those super clichés, such as justice and goodness and the virtue of fighting Nazis.

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  26. The AV Club: In The Boys’ sharply satirical “We Gotta Go Now,” shifting alliances threaten the stability of the Seven

    https://tv.avclub.com/in-the-boys-sharply-satirical-we-gotta-go-now-shift-1845100748

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    Writer Ellie Monahan takes direct aim at the overlapping worlds of celebrity here: calling out Joss Whedon by name, mocking the Marvel and DC cinematic universes, highlighting the empty promises of Scientology, and underscoring the vapidity of corporate attempts at representation and inclusion.

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  27. Horror Geek Like: TV RECAP: ‘THE BOYS’ SEASON 2 EPISODE 5 – ‘WE GOTTA GO NOW’

    https://www.horrorgeeklife.com/2020/09/18/tv-recap-the-boys-season-2-episode-5-we-gotta-go-now/

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    As usual, The Boys takes shots at whatever is in their collective field of vision. The Church of the Collective continues to beat on Scientology, racism in all its ugly forms, absolute power corrupts absolutely…the list is endless and thankfully, this show is not at all shy at highlighting these topics, exposing them for all to see.

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  28. The news that the Amazon TV series "The Boys" tackles Scientology has again reached the Netherlands:

    Het Parool: In recente series zijn superhelden amper helden te noemen


    https://www.parool.nl/kunst-media/i...-superhelden-amper-helden-te-noemen~b1c72975/


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    Symbol for oppression

    That battle comes with a lot of cynicism, humor (the series is full of references to famous superheroes and other popular culture) and a horror-like amount of blood. The series, which in passing also tackles issues such as #MeToo, capitalism, social media, Scientology and racism in a less subtle way, fits wonderfully into the current political climate.

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  29. Kinetoscope: TV REVIEW: ‘The Boys’ Season 2 cues up more diabolical satire

    https://www.kinetoscope.ca/blog/2020/9/16/tv-review-the-boys-season-2-part-1

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    There’s also a comic-relief arc running between episodes, with The Deep (Chace Crawford) accidentally joining a sort of Scientology-like cult in Ohio. It’s unclear yet what the payoff for the Deep storyline will be, but I expect it might split the difference between comedy and actually relating to the main plot. It would be classic Boys style to have Deep’s cult involvement lead to some bombshell that forces the other characters to take him seriously.

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  30. NME: ‘The Boys’ season two episode five recap: is it curtains for Homelander?

    https://www.nme.com/en_asia/blogs/tv-blogs/the-boys-season-2-episode-5-recap-homelander-2756359

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    But with Butcher getting his groove back, Starlight ready to fight back, and Maeve quietly on the warpath (and possibly recruiting an ousted Deep from his Scientology-like cult), the real question is whether Homelander will come under fire from all sides, or square off against an eventual team-up.

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  31. Filmspeak: The Boys: Season 2 Episode 5 'We Gotta Go Now' Recap & Review

    https://filmspeak.net/tv-reviews/20...-2-episode-5-we-gotta-go-now-recap-amp-review

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    The Deep (Chace Crawford) is now doing press tours trying to rehabilitate his image and even goes on The Katie Couric Show to promote his newfound religion, The Church Of The Collective which is wonderfully satirizing Scientology and the interview definitely has Tom Cruise on The Oprah Show vibes.

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  32. IGN: The Boys Season 2 Review

    https://nl.ign.com/the-boys-season-2-1/125909/review/the-boys-season-2-review

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    The Deep take on a bigger role as he struggles with depression after being kicked out of The Seven. Although the storyline of the fallen hero at times brings out comic elements, it does feel slightly unnecessary at times. We see how he struggles with himself and wants to come back to The Seven. In this journey he becomes a member of a kind of Scientology-like cult.

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  33. The news that the Amazon TV series "The Boys" features a "Scientology-like church" has again reached Italy:

    Bad Taste: The Boys 2×05 “Ora dobbiamo andare”: la recensione

    https://tv.badtaste.it/recensione/2020/09/the-boys-2x05-ora-dobbiamo-andare-la-recensione/

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    Similmente in un altro segmento di video dentro la serie, Abisso gira uno spot per una chiesa simil-scientology. Girato male, scritto anche peggio, pensato per fare propaganda, è perfetto, calcato sullo stile, i toni e i brutti effetti della propaganda e dice tutto quel che dobbiamo sapere sulla doppia morale messa in scampo.

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    Similarly in another video segment within the series, Abyss shoots a commercial for a Scientology-like church. Written badly, written even worse, designed to make propaganda, it is perfect, trodden on the style, the tones and the ugly effects of propaganda and says everything we need to know about the double standard being avoided.

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  34. The news that the Amazon TV series "The Boys" addresses scientology has reached Gay Community News in Ireland

    Gen: The Boys slams bi-erasure and the commodification of queer identities in latest episode

    The Amazing Prime show, The Boys, is criticising the lack of LGBT+ representation in superhero movies along with bi-erasure in one of it's best storylines.

    https://gcn.ie/the-boys-bi-erasure-episode/

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    The Boys Season 2’s latest episode was the show at its most satirical, working through several topics ranging from bi-erasure, superhero blockbusters, racism, the rise of the far-right, memes, scientology, and accountability. Though the first series oftentimes struggled with finding a balance between heavy gore and social commentary, its follow up has hit the ground running.

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  35. Soda and Telepaths: The Boys S02E05:“We Gotta Go Now” Review

    https://sodaandtelepaths.com/the-boys-s02e05/

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    The Church of the Collective plot is such a blunt Scientology dig that I can’t help but respect it. The cutaways to the interviews or the awkward PSA video, everything down the font just screams Scientology and it’s so creepy that I’m wondering if this ends with several cups of Kool-Aid.

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  36. The Focus: What is the Church Of The Collective on The Boys?

    https://www.thefocus.news/tv/the-boys-season-2-what-is-the-church-of-the-collective/

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    Much like Scientology, they are relying on members spreading their word. Carol recruited Eagle the archer, Eagle the archer recruits The Deep, who then, in turn brings A-train into the fold. Each member seems to have joined when at their most vulnerable, so it almost seems predatory.

    [SNIP]

    One thing is certain: the Church Of The Collective on The Boys must have a lot of friends in high places. COTC seem to have their fingers in all of the pies and are constantly recruiting. Though their goal is not certain, they seem to be a parody of Scientology, offering fallen Supes a second chance in life.

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  37. Vulture: The Boys Recap: Down the Road and Back Again

    https://www.vulture.com/amp/article/the-boys-season-2-episode-6-recap-the-bloody-doors-off.html

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    The subplot that doesn’t really fit this week is the Church of the Collective arc, which has felt inert for a couple of episodes now. What started as a promising skewering of Scientology has kind of meandered since then. This week, A-Train wanders into that subplot. He’s about to be replaced in the Seven, so the Deep brings him into the fold, promising to help him out more than Lil Nas X probably could with his new anthem. What first felt like a new direction for the Deep now feels a little underdeveloped, and one of those arcs that may actually be setting up to pay off in the third season.

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