I was just able to finish Amazon Prime’s The Boys last night and I cannot stop thinking about it. Taking the tagline “Don’t ever meet your heroes” to heart, The Boys demonstrates that superheroes are not the goody two shoes we are led to believe, but actually give in to their baser instincts more often than not – heedless to the collateral damage left behind.
Hughie, a timid individual, was walking down the street with his girlfriend when A-Train (the fastest man in the world, think the equivalent of The Flash) quite literally ran through her – causing her to explode and die instantly. From this moment on Hughie, with the help of a rag tag group of other disgruntled people who see supers for what they actually are, set down a path of revenge.
The superheroes, who are branded and managed by Vought (literally the most diabolical organization I’ve ever seen in my life), demonstrate the highlight of privilege and celebrity culture. The Seven, led by the charming but pathologically insane Homelander, are able to run free while Vought covers up their crimes and auctions off their services to crime ridden cities for tens of millions of dollars.
The Boys was such an interesting premise and I was immediately sucked in. In this day and age of superheroes being as popular as they are, I loved the change in perspective. There are still beings in tights flying around but you find yourself actually rooting for the guy beating him up with a crowbar.
This show moved at a breakneck speed. It was violent and a bit gory but I loved every second of it. Amazon Prime went to places I can honestly say I’ve never seen before – I mean, using a laser eyed baby as a weapon was pretty intense.
The acting in this show was some of the best I’ve seen in a while. Each character was dynamic and fully fleshed out. A-Train was the friendly, if not a bit dim-witted jock when sober but a violent and juiced up jerk when using the component Compound V (basically the equivalent to steroids for superheroes). Queen Maeve was a shell of a person, having to give up so much of herself to follow along with the narrative Vought had created for her. Homelander was definitely the most complicated of the bunch. Demonstrating qualities of a classic sociopath but would sometimes revert to such a child-like state that he almost seemed vulnerable. I could honestly go on and on about the intricacies of each character.
My only issue with the show is the final episode. Not a single problem created in the show was resolved. Actually, I take that back. Exactly ONE issue was resolved out of the hundreds that happened in the show. We know that Butcher’s wife is still alive and that she had a child with Homelander. However, there are still super terrorists in the world – created by Homelander. A-Train is still alive, and will assuredly continue to chase down Hughie. There is just no sense of resolution whatsoever. I am just hoping that the second season, currently in the works now, will answer all of the questions we have while maintaining the excellence that was this first season.