The Boys (2019)

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The Boys (2019)
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Never meet your heroes.
Genre: Superhero
Thriller
Black Comedy
Drama
Action
Running Time: 55-66 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: July 26, 2019 - present
Network(s): Amazon Prime Video
Created by: Eric Kripke
Distributed by: Amazon Studios
Starring: Karl Urban
Jack Quaid
Antony Starr
Erin Moriarty
Dominique McElligott
Jessie T. Usher
Laz Alonso
Chace Crawford
Tomer Kapon
Karen Fukuhara
Nathan Mitchell
Elisabeth Shue
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 16


The Boys is an American superhero web television series developed by Eric Kripke for Prime Video. Based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, it follows the eponymous team of vigilantes as they combat superpowered individuals who abuse their abilities.

The series premiered on July 26, 2019. Ahead of the premiere, Amazon renewed The Boys for a second season, which premiered on September 4, 2020. A third season has also been ordered.

Summary

The Boys is set in a universe where superpowered individuals are recognized as heroes by the general public and owned by powerful corporation Vought International, which markets and monetizes them. Outside of their heroic personas, most are arrogant and corrupt. The series primarily focuses on two groups: the Seven, Vought International's premier superhero team, and the titular Boys, vigilantes looking to keep the corrupted heroes under control.

The Boys are led by Billy Butcher, who despises all superpowered people, and the Seven are led by the egotistical and unstable Homelander. As a conflict ensues between the two groups, the series also follows the new members of each team: Hughie Campbell of the Boys, who joins the vigilantes after his girlfriend is killed by one of the Seven; and Annie January / Starlight of the Seven, a young and hopeful heroine forced to face the truth about the heroes she admires.

Why It Rocks

  1. Much like One Punch Man, the show serves as an excellent satire of the superhero genre, except that it also pulls off a very clever and creative twist on what if superheroes are treated like good people in public when in private they're anything but, which also serves as a satire of real-life Hollywood celebrities.
  2. It's very faithful to the comic book it's based on.
  3. Excellent special effects.
  4. Top-notch action sequences, which keep the viewer thrilled and shocked at the same time.
  5. Despite its incredibly dark and twisted sense of humor, the show executes it very well, allowing for plenty of black comedy.
  6. Amazing writing.
  7. The characters are very creative and memorable.
  8. Incredible soundtrack.
  9. Similar to Devilman: Crybaby, due to the show being on Amazon Prime Video, the creators of the show didn't have to hold back when it comes to extreme graphic violence, explicit sexual content, nudity, frequent foul language and drug use, all of which the comic book is known for; otherwise, this would harm the series' quality if they held back.
  10. Marvelous acting and astonishing performances. In particular, Antony Starr absolutely steals the show as the Homelander, managing to be extremely terrifying, unpredictable and foreboding, yet also highly entertaining and hilarious at the same time, whereas Aya Cash totally shines as Stormfront, depicting the character extremely well.
  11. Five words: The Infamous Airplane rescue sequence
  12. Engaging storyline and themes.
  13. It's like Watchmen but it's about the deconstruction of super-powers.

Bad Qualities

  1. The show might be too disturbing at times, due to its violent content and mature subject matter.
  2. The characters can be a bit unlikable at times.
  3. Translucent is just a replacement for Jack from Jupiter (who does not appear or mentioned in the show), and Blarney Cock's death by Hughie.

Reception

The Boys has been met with a very positive reception from both critics and audiences alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has an overall critical approval rating of 90% as well as an audience rating of 93%, with season 1 holding a critical approval rating of 84%, whereas season 2 has already been even better received, with a critical approval rating of 96%.

On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 74 out of 100, based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews", while the user score is at 8.4, indicating "universal acclaim". It also has an overall 8.7/10 rating on IMDb.

Comments


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ItMeansNothing

8 months ago
Score 1
My parents tried watching this and they hated it because...wait for it...they wouldn't stop taking God's name in vain. Yep. Christain parents is what I have.
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LA2002

8 months ago
Score 1
Well, but that's just a very laughable reason to dislike a show.
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ItMeansNothing

8 months ago
Score 1
They even stopped watching Stranger Things because of it. What's weird is that they didn't stop me from watching The Midnight Gospel even though it has 2 "goddamns" in it.
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LA2002

8 months ago
Score 2
Yeah. Talk about double standards. Also, my parents are Christians (in this case, Roman Catholics), but they aren't bothered that much of the religious exclamations and such. So consider yourself lucky.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

8 months ago
Score 2
I like Stranger Things.
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ItMeansNothing

8 months ago
Score 2
I don't, but still.
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DarkMatterMan4500

8 months ago
Score 3
That sounds like a stupid reason to hate something all because God is being used in vain.
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ItMeansNothing

8 months ago
Score 1
Same people who stopped watching Daybreak because there was a gay couple. Honestly, that show was shit in the first place and the gay couple was just nothing but for $$$.
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ItMeansNothing

8 months ago
Score 1
When I mean "that show," I mean Daybreak, not this because I never saw this show.
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Spidey McFly

8 months ago
Score 0
This is basically a TV version of Watchmen.
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LA2002

8 months ago
Score 0
And fun fact: Watchmen also got its own TV series.
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Spidey McFly

8 months ago
Score 1
I know that. The TV show serves as a sequel to the original limited series. I find it non canon personally, since Doomsday Clock is a way better sequel.
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LA2002

7 months ago
Score 0

Well, and in a turn of events, this is my basic concept for the story of the upcoming Injustice 3, and all taking some inspiration from Mortal Kombat 11, Doomsday Clock, the HBO Watchmen series and even The Boys:

"Taking place after the Regime has been completely destroyed by Batman and his allies (which is the canon ending of the second game's story, by the way, according to the creators), Earth has been saved from Brainiac's invasion and now, Batman and his allies are hailed as heroes, to which the newly-formed Justice League begin to restore civilization. However, this is suddenly interrupted when the Lords of Order, enraged because of Brainiac's defeat, announce their plans to destroy the entire universe in a last-ditch attempt to restore order, so it's now up for the Justice League to team up with the Watchmen to stop this threat. However, it won't be an easy task, since the Lords of Order have summoned a superhero-hunting vigilante team to stop them, and also try to free Superman from the Phantom Zone, who has now become an omnicidal maniac as a result from becoming insane by being imprisoned there."

It's a concept of mine that I came up with as a nice follow-up to the second game, based on my knowledge of the storyline. So, if NetherRealm Studios does a story similar to this for Injustice 3, I would be pleased.

But anyway, I admire your opinion.
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Hugh201

6 months ago
Score 0
Honestly I would of preferred if Snyder's Watchmen was a TV Show
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Ratnik Na Sjeveru Studios

7 months ago
Score 0
Just finished the second season and just how Butcher would say that was diabolical
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ACoolBlaze5

6 months ago
Score 0
I'll definitely put this on my watchlist.

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