TV Review: The Boys (S1) | Unexpected, Smart and Raw, A Must See

There are two things that drew me into the show, one is Karl Urban (Thor: Ragnarok) and the other, is the first trailer. Developed for Prime Videos by Eric Kripke (Supernatural) the show is based on the comic books “The Boys” by writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick W. Robertson. Co-starring alongside Urban is Jack Quaid (Rampage), Antony Starr (Banshee), Erin Moriarty (Captain Fantastic), Dominque McElligott (House of Cards), Jessie T. Usher (Shaft), Laz Alonso (L.A.’s Finest), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Tomer Capon (When Horses Fly), Elisabeth Shue (Battle of the Sexes), Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad), Nathan Mitchell (iZombie), and Shantel VanSanten (For All Mankind, One Tree Hill).

Premise: In a world where super-powered 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. Led by Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), The Boys, are a team of vigilantes who fight back against super-powered people who abuse their abilities.

Review: From the trailers alone you could tell that The Boys was a different take on the superhero genre, more violent, bloody, and grounded. But it’s only when you watch the show that you realize how smart of a show it is. It’s more than a bloodier, more violent, and crass version of what Marvel or DC have been churning out.

If you read the premise you have a hint of some of the twists this show has to offer. They are thrilling! The airplane scene alone is amazingly smart and a great commentary on superheroes. The storylines are great and well written, each characters are unique and entertaining. The world building is amazing and so detailed that it’s scary but helps with the grounded aspects of the show.

The show looks amazing, the cinematography is great, it’s a beautiful show. The actors are so well cast, they make the duality of their characters, the gray areas work. They help in making the show as sophisticated as it is.

The Boys is an exciting, crazy wild ride that has a lot more to say than just gore and over the top violence.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

10 thoughts on “TV Review: The Boys (S1) | Unexpected, Smart and Raw, A Must See

    1. It’s subtle but it’s there. I have the feeling that she’s less not as fake as he is. She probably won’t pretend to be perfect as much as he does.


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