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

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Screen Rant: The Boys Theory: Vought & The Church Of The Collective Are Working Together

Season 2 of The Boys has introduced the Church of the Collective, and now episode 7 hints at the possibility that the Church is working with Vought.

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The Boys season 2 introduced the Church of the Collective, a parody of Scientology and The Deep’s storyline for the season - but it's possible they're working with Vought. So far, The Deep and the Church have been kept separated from the main plot, but episode 7 might’ve hinted that Vought and the Church of the Collective are, in fact, working together. And their plans involve The Deep, A-Train, and Vought’s Compound V experiments on adults discovered by the Boys in episode 6, “The Bloody Doors Off”.

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Gamespot: The Boys Season 2 Episode 7: 34 Easter Eggs And Comics References You Might Have Missed

The Boys Season 2 Episode 7: 34 Easter Eggs And Comics References You Might Have Missed - GameSpot

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20. Toxic personality

Alistair informs The Deep and A-Train that Eagle the Archer, who appeared in episodes earlier this season, is now a "toxic personality" as far as the Church of the Collective is concerned. This is a play on the Scientology concept of a "suppressive person," which is what Scientologists label anyone who leaves the cult or speaks out against it.

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Oh, please dear Xenu no, please don't let this be real world foreshadowing.

Vulture: The Boys Season-Finale Recap: Thoughts and Prayers


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Stan Edgar, the head of Vought, is meeting with Alastair Adana, the leader of the Church of the Collective, revealing the connection between the most powerful corporation in this world and the show’s version of Scientology
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Space Spores!

Gamespot: The Boys Season 2 Finale: Everything You Might Have Missed In Episode 8

The Boys Season 2 Finale: Everything You Might Have Missed In Episode 8 - GameSpot

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27. Space spores

The Deep references part of the Church of the Collective's beliefs during his rant to Alistair, relating to humanity being born from "space spores." This is a reference to Scientology's core belief tenets, which involve aliens and are pretty far out

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The phrase "pretty far out" links to:

The Most Ridiculous Things Scientologists Really Believe

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The Mary Sue: We Need To Talk About That Twist Reveal on The Boys’ Season Two Finale

We Need To Talk About That Twist Reveal on The Boys’ Season Two Finale

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In the last few minutes of The Boys, we see Goran Visnjic’s Alistair Adana—a sort of David Miscavige string-puller figure in the show’s version of Scientology—on the phone with Congresswoman Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit).

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Starloggers: The Boys’ Second Season Beats The Sophomore Curse

The Boys’ Second Season Beats The Sophomore Curse

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There is another percolating subplot concerning a cult, called the Church of the Collective, modeled on Scientology, that has strong sociopolitical ties. Two former members of the Seven, A-Train (Jesse T. Usher) and the Deep (Chace Crawford) become members of the church and through them we see its hypocrisy and corruptive influence. It is clear the Church of the Collective will have more screen time in the next season as will Congresswoman Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit), an anti-superhero politician with her own agenda.

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In season three of the Amazon TV series "The Boys," the character The Deep is "gonna be like Leah Remini in fighting back against the cult."

IGN: The Boys Season 3 Will See The Deep Fight Back Against the Cult

"He’s gonna be like Leah Remini..."

https://www.ign.com/articles/the-boys-season-3-will-see-the-deep-fight-back-against-the-cult

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Kripke likened The Deep to "the Forrest Gump of Hollywood trends" in that he always seems to be caught up in something newsworthy. "In Season 1, he was embroiled in a #MeToo moment. And in Season 2, we’re like, 'All right — he should be like Allison Mack and go join a cult,'" said Kripke.

"And then in season three he’s gonna be like Leah Remini in fighting back against the cult," Kripke added, referencing Remini's series depicting her fight against Scientology. "He’s just going to keep blowing through these different Hollywood points. The idea of him trying to self-realize when he’s just such an idiot was entertaining to us."

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The Hollywood Reporter: "We’re Living in the Dumbest Dystopia": 'The Boys' Boss on His Superhero Hit


"Superheroes Are Inherently MAGA": 'The Boys' Boss on His Zeitgeisty Hit | Hollywood Reporter


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The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the show's 46-year-old creator, Eric Kripke (also creator of the long-running CW hit Supernatural), to explore the show's anti-fascist underpinnings, its jabs at Hollywood cults like Scientology and NXIVM and why Marvel movies led to a leader like Donald Trump. [Some season two spoilers follow.]

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There’s a few things that resonated with me this season that I’d like to talk about: First is the Church of the Collective. Is that something from the comics or your own creation?

We came up with it. It’s a combination of a couple different Hollywood fringe religions or cults. There’s a little bit of NXIVM in there. Everyone says, "Oh, that’s Scientology." It’s actually a smoothie of a bunch of different ones.
It mostly came about because we love writing for The Deep. For us, The Deep is the Forrest Gump of Hollywood trends. So in season one, he was embroiled in a #MeToo moment. And in season two, we’re like, "All right — he should be like Allison Mack and go join a cult." And then in season three he’s gonna be like Leah Remini in fighting back against the cult. He’s just going to keep blowing through these different Hollywood points. The idea of him trying to self-realize when he’s just such an idiot was entertaining to us
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