The Boys (2019-): Season 1
Title: The Boys
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama |
Seasons: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Runtime: 60 min/episode
Creator: Eric Kripke
Starring: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Anthony Starr
Supes have been committing atrocities, which keep getting swept under the rug because they are revered by the adoring public. Billy Butcher recruits The Boys who have all been wronged by The Seven, the world’s most notorious superheroes, to bring them down and stop the corruption. Based on the best-selling comics by Garth Ennis, The Boys is a revenge story where the nobodies take on the somebodies.
POWERFUL, GRITTY, AND MORALITY
If there was, God forbid, a world with humans with superpowers it might be a more gruesome version of The Boys, from Amazon Prime. These series satirize the community, social media frenzy, and the unnecessary influencer in a way that hit harder than punching through walls and burning people to their death making a hole in their faces. This series doesn’t hold back with the profanity, violence, and adult themes for a mature audience. The graphic violence sticks with you after the series is over after the episode is over because of the anger that’s on display. It also shines a light on hysteric public relations company disorder, especially from Vought’s perspective who strives to sell their heroes like dolls in a toyshop.
The end game of the series is uncertain. People die and go; people get burned aside. There’s some dark comedy and then it abrupt in sudden graphic violence. The first season provides, despite its obvious flaws, as it tries to introduce you to a new alternative reality where superheroes are real. Homelander is real and so are Starlight and Queen Maeve. The string of relationships is occasionally unclear.
Sure, the acting is great. But is probably the political-crime drama within a superhero world that attracts audiences to watch the series. Anthony Starr as Homelander, Karl Urban as Billy Butcher and Elizabeth Shue as Madelyn Stillwater is the strongest performer in the series. Jack Quaid as Hughie Campbell, the son of Meg Ryan, makes a decent job. However, there’s no real reason for him to join the squad of old, dusty men. Homelander is of course the bad guy while Butcher is the vigilante that wants to take down the company with all superheroes. The conflict between these two goes back a long time and is still intriguing by the start of the series. Giancarlo Esposito makes an intriguing appearance as well as the big boss, teasing something more to come. The violence is constantly present, although it’s not always top-notch. It’s to the best beautiful graphic in the visual aspect, but the glory of graphic violence is still there.
Weirdly, The Boys captures both the fun, the sad, and a loyalty sense just as the morality of being a superhero or a human with estranged powers. Although, I wish the violence could be toned down slighter no, it doesn’t. The series bashes hard on that aspect and the motivation behind the series feels genuine which is missing from several series available these days.