What could be more unnerving than a psychopathic Superman? That’s a dominant theme of “The Boys,” which starts strongly at break-neck pace, while tackling bad guys hiding behind patriotic cliches and packaged in a cape. #TheBoys @PrimeVideoTweet
For those who haven’t seen season one, there are a few revelations that this article will make and will help you come up to speed. Largely the series shows two parties at war with each other. Each of them have their own internal strifes and issues with a crazy amount of violence. One realises how superheros can spread violence when set free) they decorate this with humour.
There’s Billy Butcher (Karl Uban) who plays the angry leader of ordinary humans who are fighting against the super heroes. He gets shocking news about his wife who he believed was dead. The super team, The Seven is undergoing constant changes and is dealing with the incorrect functioning within themselves. There are several stress factors that add to the drama and this includes the institution, Vought International that supervises and gains from it.
The loss of lives in season one allows space for new actors including Vought’s unflappable boss (who seems omnipresent) and Stormfront (Aya Cash), who fills the void in The Seven and disturbs the team dynamics.
Their biggest arch nemesis is the same capricious Homelander (Antony Starr), who signifies the icon who corrupts the nature of power and wants to control the team harshly.
Homelander proudly proclaims, “Gods,” should not have to feel pain, “Because that is what we are…we can do anything we want and no one can stop us. That’s a good feeling.” #TheBoys @PrimeVideoTweet
This statement, in the series’s context brings shivers down the spine of the viewers, keeping them at the edge of their seats wanting to know more.
One notes that “The Boys” incorporates amusing true-life and pop-culture examples making the writing similar to Hamilton. However, broadly the show is painted with skepticism and portrays how the masses can be influenced and led down a dangerous road towards dictatorial power.
These themes came up during the first season however, the makers, Eric Kripke and his team have polished them and presented them in a rivetting narrative style. There are more layers in the story now including the cute affair between Hughie (Jack Quaid), the enemy of The Seven, and Starlight (Erin Moriarty), the hero who saw corruption closely.
Adapted from a famous coming, “The Boys” premiered in 2019 at a time where different depictions of superheros were ruling the roost. These included HBOs “Watchmen” and others like “The Umbrella Academy” and “Doom Patrol”. An attempt to race ahead of Marvel and DC is a very bold move by the makers of “The Boys” however, its a gamble that has worked in its favour during the first season.
The series is exciting, full of twists and turns and takes the viewers by surprise at many crucial decision points through the narrative. This makes it likely to be a superhit among superhero and anti-hero fans. The best part is that there is never a dull moment nor a time that makes the audience squirm.
Amazon has already renewed the contract for the 3rd season and views can be sure to be served a rivetting dose of entertainment continuously. “The Boys” has separated itself from the men and created a mark in the hearts of the millennial super hero fans.
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