The Boys Season One Review
The Boys is an Amazon Original (TV?) series that came out earlier last year. The first season had eight, one hour, episodes and the next season will be coming out somewhere around July. Let’s hope it’s as good as this cos this was pretty good. I know I’m late to the party and all but I still want to talk about it.
The show is based off a comic run of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, published by Wildstorm then to Dynamite Entertainment. I haven’t read any of it, but I just might. The show follows Hughie Campbell, played by Jack Quaid, who works in a video store, but one fateful afternoon will see to it that his girlfriend, in wonderfully gruesome fashion, is run through by a speedster type superhero that goes by A-Train, played by Jessie T. Usher. In an attempt to cover it up, Vought International, who according to the Fandom The Boys Wiki page, is an American multi-billion dollar conglomerate, famous for the founding of The Seven (the most popular league of superheroes in the world) and managing the global population of licensed supes, offer forty thousand dollars if Hughie could shut up about this unfortunate event. He doesn’t take the money. This leads him to meet the stone-cold Billy Butcher, played by Karl Urban. Billy hates supes and will do anything to get rid of them. So he offers Hughie a chance at getting back at A-Train by joining him in his little quest of eliminating supes. We find that superheroes aren’t all that great and do very shitty things and are very shitty people. Billy then assembles a team of two of his old comrades, Mother’s Milk played by Laz Alonso and Frenchie played by Tomer Capon, plus Hughie and become vigilantes against the great injustice within the whole superhero industry/thing.
Meanwhile, there’s this new up and coming superhero that is now a part of The Seven, Annie January played Erin Moriarty, who is seeing firsthand the corruption of licensed supes. Slowly, she questions everything from her dream to her religion to her mother’s motives. Everything is really just fake, made for television. A huge marketing scheme for that sweet paper currency. A huge one-man popularity contest.
So basically, the show puts a lot of emphasis on the evil corporate practices of the entertainment industry, and the evil people behind it.
The characters are very detailed and well thought out, some more than others. One character, in particular, is Homelander, played by Antony Starr. He’s a very complex character that only becomes more complex as the story progresses, but that is not to say that you do not learn more about him. There is a very deep exploration of his whole character, he’s just so fun…. and homicidal.
Acting is really good.
Some really high-end production value. Beautiful lighting.
There isn’t an opening so they have this title card, sorta, thing that would appear in a random spot on the screen. Not important but it looks really cool sometimes. There are images of that title card that are imprinted in my mind.
I forgot to mention that I thought was cool, Simon Pegg plays Hughie’s father in the show. It’s funny because he barely does anything and disappears for a bit in the middle of the show. He’s such a big name as well. Apparently, they designed Hughie’s character in the comics to look like him, and they actually wanted him to play him if the comic was ever to get adapted. It’s been a fair bit of time so he obviously doesn’t look the age for the part anymore. Too bad. That doesn’t mean what we got wasn’t good, I thought Jack Quaid’s performance was pretty good, it’s one that gets better as the show progresses.