Based on the comics from Wildstorm and Dynamite Entertainment, “The Boys” was created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. It’s violent and indulgent in exploring the capabilities of the world it’s living in. And I love it.
On the surface, The Boys may seem like a story you’ve heard before with all the superhero movies floating around the blockbusters. But after seeing just the first five minutes of the first episode, you then come to realize that the heroes of the show are unlike the upstanding do-gooders of the mainstream. Instead, “The Seven” are far more complex and intricate than their Justice League counterparts. They’re owned by Vought International, a multi-billion dollar conglomerate being managed by Madelyn Stillwell (played by Elisabeth Shue). “The Seven” are corrupted by fame and power. They engage in reckless behavior and are willing to sacrifice the lives of the innocent for their own personal agendas—while also selling their commodified heroic image to the world. An image they desperately try to maintain.
We get a backstage pass of their careers from the viewpoint of the sincere and righteous “Starlight” (played by Erin Moriarty). She’s the new hire who replaces Lamplighter. On her first day, she gets sexually assaulted when “The Deep” forces her to perform oral sex on him. From that point, her morals are constantly degraded for the profit of Vought International. Seeing her constantly being tested in the show reminds us of the time we were all disappointed about the goodness of mankind.
Around the block, we are introduced to Hughie (played by Jack Quaid). A gentle soul with a boring job and a sweet girlfriend named Robin. The love of his life is then accidentally killed by A-Train who runs through her completely destroying her whole body. Later on, he is approached by Billy Butcher (played by Karl Urban) who offers him a chance for revenge. Later on, they form “The Boys”, a CIA black ops team tasked to bring down the Seven.
I love the characters in the story. The most awful hypocrite of them all is Homelander. He is the analog of Superman who similarly represents justice and righteousness but is willing to sacrifice the entire population of an airplane flight so that supes would be approved by the military. He can violently cut your body into two with his laser beams and he’ll power trip his subordinates for his own benefits. This guy should get punched in the face by the hand of God. Lady Maeve is the Wonder Woman in the group who isn’t worthy of wonder. It is hinted that she has been taken advantage of by Homelander before and but she constantly keeps silent about the injustices even in critical situations. A-Train is the fastest man in the group who loves to inject himself with drugs to keep him going. He is the thorn in the heart of the story and the man whom he wronged- Hughie, is the beating heart of the show. Hughie needs to get his revenge because we all felt what happened to him. We felt it.
There was plenty of twists and turns in the first season and it looks like the second one would have even more.
In one of the exclusive clips from Amazon, we finally get to see Black Noir in action. He was usually the silent type in the first season and we don’t get a lot of information about him. But in the exclusive clip, we see him violently slashing through terrorists in Syria.
He then confronts the burning man from last season. The burning man attempts to eviscerate Black Noir but ultimately fails as Black Noir is seen to have only “minor wounds” from the explosion.
In the next shot, we see Black Noir carrying the head of the burning man and then going into the room of a child.
While all of this is happening, we have the CEO of Vought himself Stan Edgar (played by Giancarlo Esposito) discuss the terms of a contract with the Department of Defense. I’m so excited for him to flex this character after seeing him in Better Call Saul.
In the second trailer of season 2, we see the Boys make a run for their lives as the police and the military search for them.
We also see the replacement of Translucent— Stormfront who uses social media to advance her agendas and threaten Homelander’s leadership. There’s also a scene where Homelander spends some time with his son by pushing him off of a roof.
I’m really excited for season two. I’m so ready to be immersed in the world and see how the power-hungry people strategize their marketing campaigns against each other while expanding the limits of their superpowers. And who knows what abilities can the Compound v grant. There are just so many questions that need to be answered. September 4, 2020, please come faster!