The Boys - Amazon Original Series Review

Updated: Oct 19, 2020


“The Boys” Amazon original series is not for the faint-hearted. Those who can sit through its ample gore and graphic violence, are rewarded with an explosion of morally challenged heroes on a quest for glory. The premise of this series is what would happen if the superheroes you looked up to wore a bunch of selfish jerks with little care for the masses - a rebellion. These superheroes are managed by a corporation called Vought who profits from their actions and the media buzz generated.


The Boys Series Billy butcher Frenchie and Hughie
Hughie, Billy and Frenchie

The Boys series gets its name from a bunch of rag-tag brave hearts that take on superheroes for personal vindication and the good of society. Here’s a headcount:


  • Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) - the former British SAS operative who blames Homelander for the disappearance of his wife.

  • Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid) - the only civilian in the mix. He joins to avenge his girlfriend Robin after being killed by A-train

  • Frenchie (Tomer Kapon) - the weapons specialist and chemist who’s in the group to protect his criminal homies.

  • Mothers Milk (Laz Alanso) - the former Marine Corps medic turned muscle, in the group to avenge his father who worked to bring Vought down

  • The Female/Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) - the mysterious supe (superhero) who fights against those who turned her into a supe against her will.


Cast

The Cast is a great mix of faces across genres and ones that we are used to seeing kicking ass. Karl Urban seen in Dredd, Doom, and Thor 3 has a platinum certification in kicking ass. Antony Starr, you would recall from Banshee and American Gothic. Erin Moriarty is no stranger to the superhero genre, starring in Jessica Jones, and Karen Fukuhara played the sword-wielding Katana in Suicide Squad.


Among the more well-known faces, Elizabeth Shue delivers a great performance, and Simon Pegg a good cameo.