Series Review: The Boys Season 1 (2019)

These are not your family friendly superheroes that Marvel like to put out there.  Don’t let the sparkly outfits deceive you, this is definitely an adult show.

Certificate: 18

Creator: Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

Starring: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr

Episodes: 8

Runtime: 60 Minutes Each

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

The Boys is set in a universe where superpowered people are recognized as heroes by the general public and owned by powerful corporation Vought International, which ensures that they are aggressively marketed and monetized. Outside of their heroic personas, most are arrogant and corrupt. As a conflict ensues, the series follows Hugh “Hughie” Campbell of the Boys, who joins the vigilantes after his girlfriend is killed in a high speed collision by the Seven’s A-Train, and Annie January / Starlight of the Seven, a young and hopeful heroine forced to face the truth about the heroes she admires. – From IMDB

It is no secret around here by now that I love all things superheroes.  I don’t care how shallow and cliché they are.  Sometimes I just want to watch grown adults wear stupid spangly outfits and blow stuff up.  And while most superhero offerings are made for families and therefore err on the side of caution, ‘The Boys’ most certainly does not.  Gratuitous sex, swearing and violence are prevalent from the first episode.  So it definitely won’t be for everyone, but I found it to be a new and interesting take on the genre. Karl Urban really is he shining star in this show.  He plays ‘Billy Butcher’ a temperamental and violent mercenary with a serious hatred for superheroes. Every other word is a curse word, he will beat a man to death with his bare fists and he is freaking hilarious.  It is a perfect role for him, he fulfils it

What I think the first series lacks is a decent and clear plot worthy of it’s cast of big personalities.  There are several small plots going on, but there isn’t really a big, defining story going on.  And with this many awesome characters and fantastic actors, they could have had a much more explosive story.  I mean the plot they have is plenty interesting and plenty engaging, but not big enough to match up to everything it tries to contain.

A great watch for adult superhero fans, but seriously, do NOT let your kids watch this. SERIOUSLY.

If it interests you ‘The Boys’ is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now with Season 2 dropping on September 4th.

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