The Boys Are in Town
If I’m being honest, I thought Avengers: Endgame satisfied my comic-book itch for a long time to come. As I began to observe Marvel’s upcoming phase 4, I found myself no longer invested in it all. I believe this is partly due to Disney being the master of turning art into a safe equation. So there it is, comic-book fatigue proven, hands clapped, and done! Then I began to watch Amazon Prime’s The Boys.
After the first three episodes, I was in awe and thought to myself, “It never ends, does it?”
The True Gritty Superhero Universe
The Boys is set in a realistic world, where actual super-powered beings exist. We start the show with our main protagonist Hugie, played by Jack Quid, experiencing a horrible event as the hands of a superhero. When he seeks out justice, he realizes that the world wants to keep heroes in a positive light. Hugie’s pain has been hushed, his agony hidden, and this pushes him over the edge to join a shady fellow named Butcher, (Karl Urban) to get him a good ol’ pie of vengeance.
Cast That Packs a Punch
The show is simply entrancing with some of the elements it brings up with almost every episode. The first episode does a visceral job of getting it hooks in you while setting you up for how far the show is willing to go. It’s a show with branching storylines but to me, this is clearly a character-driven show. Hughie is mostly our moral avatar, which is perfect because at times he becomes more brutal and we the viewers go along with it. We share the same aggression regardless of how you feel about him because the show does a great job of making the heroes unlikable. However the “good guys.” arent little peaches either. Some are morally distorted and while we understand them, we can’t help but feel that we may be watching a “Battle of Evils,” if this continues. Simply, everyone in the show gave an amazing performance, especially Anthony Starr‘s Homelander. He crushes every scene he’s in and plays a part in nearly every memorable scene in the show.
Worth a 1-Month Sub At Least
The show does well to comment on the idea of people worshipping an idea or theme. We often get caught up in what is “fed,” to us rather than what we know. The show keeps an ongoing pace of intensity and anxiety. This means that nearly every interaction with a superhero or a tough decision puts you on the edge. The Boys immerses you in the premise and then presents to you the scenario on a believable but pessimistic scale. I highly recommend the show as it takes the common superhero tropes, and flips them upside down in the most uncomfortable, yet satisfying way.