The Boys is an uncannily satirical and irreverent portrayal of Superheroes who control the world in such a unique way that you are in for a treat of drama, action and sex-filled with gory, which are equally creepy and funny.
Based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, “The Boys” is set in a world where Superheroes are the emblem of bravery but in reality they are just products of capitalism who are misogynistic and corrupted, a dystopian future where suffering and injustice are carried out differently and weirdly. Throughout the eight episodes, this show mocks many characters, similar to that of DC Comics and Marvel- like capitalism. Seven assembled Superheroes are called “The Seven.” There is a Superman rip-off version called Homelander (Antony Starr) which has powers and suit like the Man Of Steel but has the American flag as his cape, there is a character that has powers similar to that of Flash and is called the A-Train (Jessie T.Usher). A Wonder Woman like character called the Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) , a karate expert called Black Noir aka Nathan Mitchell dressed in the same black suit of Spiderman from Spiderman: Far From Home. An Aquaman called The Deep (Chace Crawford) whose powers are of no use to the Seven, so he spends most of his time talking to the fishes. An invisible guy called The Translucent (Alex Hassell) and the latest entrant in the squad called the Starlight who controls and emits light waves from her eyes. In this world, the Superheroes control everything from money to religion and people have blind faith in them. But these super-humans are no saints, most of them are very corrupted. But the show is not about them, it is about the local vigilantes who are trying to take down these “Supes.” These local vigilantes either don’t like superheroes or they are like Hughie and Butcher who have lost someone because of these superheroes. How did these local vigilantes try to take down the Gods in the eyes of blind followers is the show all about.
Honestly, this plot needed many more episodes. Because you have to show a world controlled by these Superheroes, how the government, religion, dreams, and money are all in the hands of “The Seven” and also about The Boys who just by being normal humans are trying to take down these corrupted Gods. If one goes up, the other fall down in these limited eight episodes. If the things become comical or weirder in this world then the execution by The Boys appear weak towards their task. The same boring hunt to take down those in power and in this journey they find the actual truth and then they find out someone who is a living example of the experiment done by those in power and then she helps them to fight the attack done by those enemies, much like Stranger Things but because of the dark comedy, these factors can be swept under the carpet by many. Probably the show will work on me better in the second season because I am now acquainted with this strange world.
The brutally honest ideas like people being baptized by these Superheroes, the PR stunts, the film making ideas all look so real as if it is definitely going to happen in the future, which might make you laugh at that time but may make you realize the possibility of this happening to our world is very high. The way they took Batman’s joke on Aquaman from Justice League “Do you talk to fishes?” and almost made a whole episode out of it, is hilarious. Also every time Homelander comes to control a situation he tells his catchphrase to police, “You guys are the real heroes.” I mean such a good take on a situation by the editors of the show Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, making everything much more amusing.
Antony Starr as The Homelander, Karl Urban as Billy Butcher from Star Trek and Lord of the Rings are the highlight of the show. And others like Starlight aka Erin Moriarty and Jack Quaid as Hughie are all fantastic in their respective roles. Dialogues are pretty much mundane except some of them like Queen Maeve telling “Everyone asks us what our weakness is but nobody knows it’s the people, the people we care about.” are cliché dialogues but are aptly put according to the need of the situation. The graphical representation of some deaths is ugly and pretty detailed which at some places worked but in some places, it looked like a disaster. Also few shots selection could have been better.
Overall, this superhero genre show has an interesting plot and can keep you hooked because of its honest, fresh and entertaining drama.
FINAL VERDICT - 3.5 / 5.
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