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The Boys Series on Prime Video - A Reality Check for Superheroes

Updated: Oct 4, 2023


The Boys series on Prime Video 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 were a bunch of selfish jerks with little care for the masses - a rebellion. These superheroes are managed by a corporation called Vought which 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 Capone) - the weapons specialist and chemist who’s in the group to protect his criminal homies.

  • Mothers Milk (Laz Alonso) - 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.


Superpower Tally


This is a list of all supes and their respective powers:

The Boys Series Superhero Powers
Superhero Powers

Amazing Scenes


Queen Maeve stopped a speeding armored truck dead in its tracks. It is a realistically filmed scene wherein Maeve replaced a pole that the truck was actually made to smash into at full speed.

The Boys Series Queen Maeve
Queen Maeve stopping a truck

As grotesque as the Robin scene was, it sets up the entire course of 2 series, hence it makes this list.

The Boys Series Hughie
Hughie and Robin

The Spice Girls pep talk scene, I think, adds some much-needed levity in the situation and is pretty funny.

The Boys Series Hughie, Frenchie and Mother's Milk
Hughie, Frenchie and Mother's Milk

Any scene where the Deep ends up as unintentional comic relief, where the soundtrack devolves from a triumphant bellow to a downright comical needle scratch stop to the music is funny.


Background Score and Soundtrack


The soundtrack and background score are as dark and grimy as the basement Butcher’s Boys stay in. It would be worth downloading the soundtrack of the Boys as a workout anthem.


Comic Book Source


The Boys is an American comic book series, written by Garth Ennis and co-created, designed, and illustrated by Darick Robertson. It was originally published by Wildstorm (DC Comics) before moving to Dynamite Entertainment.


The Amazon Web series version has subtle yet significant differences from the comic that comic readers might notice.



Plot of The Boys


The plot begins with Hewey losing his love for Robin to A-train’s error. A-train runs through her like human whipped cream (yes, it's THAT graphic - get used to it!).


This subplot is then connected to a larger story of a bunch of underground operatives through William “Billy” Butcher, who goes out on a supe (superhero) culling spree. Butcher is trying to cope with the supe-induced loss of his wife by trying to nail as many supes as possible to the wall.

The Boys Series
Homelander

The series is worth watching for the super-powered scenes alone, but there’s so much more to The Boys than a dark superhero medley. It touches upon the many social ills that ail society today.


It brings up corporate greed and unethical scientific practices with Vought and its compound V, along with workplace harassment between the Deep and Starlight.


There’s the problem of immigration that is hinted at with Kimiko and her brother. It generally talks about the misuse of power by organizations and people of great wealth and influence, and about how human nature is deeply flawed.



Season 1


This season sees The Boys on a quest to bring down the Vought corporation by exposing compound V. V is the “Captain America” type serum given to normal people to initiate the development of superpowers.

Billy Butcher Finding the Compound V

You see the group getting used to each other and complementing each other’s strengths throughout the first series.


Not only do they end up capturing and killing a supe, but they even go after the rest of the hallowed “Seven” by getting dirt on every supe. The Deep gets railroaded by Vought after assaulting Starlight under false pretenses comes to light.


Things get crazier and gorier until an expectedly shocking finale where an important character is killed in a horrific way.


A main point of contention between the Vought corporation and the government is whether supes can serve in the military. The end of the series shows a global threat that only Vought's superheroes can handle. That's where they leave us.


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Season 2


Here things get better with a fresh truckload of supes in every episode! You get to know Frenchie’s backstory along with Butcher’s past. It moves faster and is funnier than season 1.


Vought steps in to eliminate the global threat that they themselves had created.


Butcher learns that his wife is alive and well with a son borne of Homelander himself. The play is to bring in a terrorist from the group called Shining Light Liberation Army to get resources from Butcher's old boss. The terrorist is also Kimiko's brother who has telekinetic abilities

Stormfront in The Boys Series on Prime Video

However, Kimiko's happy reunion is short-lived as Stormfront executes her brother mercilessly with her watching on.


The Boys mocks a gratuitous female empowerment moment in Avengers Endgame where all women superheroes come together in a forced team-up. They call it "Girls get it done."


By this time, Queen Meave, Starlight, and Kimiko all have a legit beef with Stormfront that is shown as a delicious moment of "Girls get it done" executed well.

A-train and The Deep in The Boys

The Deep's storyline teases cults and specifically refers to the People's Temple in Guyana where an entire sect killed themselves with Flavor Aid laced with Cyanide. The series hints at this by showing people from the Church of the Collective offering a Fresca drink to everyone.


Season 3


The Boys have an in with the authorities by proving that compound V exists, with the government giving them all the resources they need to hunt down other superheroes. While The Boys remain and work underground, Hughie goes mainstream with Victoria Neuman from the government's Federal Bureau of Superhero Affairs (FBSA)

Federal Bureau of Superhuman Affairs in The Boys

Billy Butcher extracts a weapon from Russia that can kill Homelander which they discover is Soldier Boy.

This new character is played to perfection by Jenson Ackles of Supernatural fame. The Boys make this possible with the help of some Moxie and some temporary V serum giving them powers for a day.

A-train settles scores with another supe named Blue Hawk after he assaults a gathering. The way each character is given its due screen time and organic growth is really amazing considering the number of superheroes in this series.


Butcher teams up with Soldier Boy to kill Homelander which leads a mind-blowing finale where tables are turned at least twice in the span of five minutes.



Should You Watch The Boys Series on Prime Video? - Yes!


There are more Easter Eggs, potshots at the MCU and DC, and real-life events that you lose count of along the way. The graphics here are amazing, with multiple plotlines executed brilliantly with great production value. This series is definitely worth a watch! Especially if you want to make sense of Gen V out on Prime Video now.


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