I always had the feeling that Amazon Prime Video had stumbled upon the success of “The Boys” by chance. Word of mouth from fans has done a lot to elevate a series that improved upon the original comic written by Garth Ennis, respecting all of its key elements. He had honed his humor, leaving brutality and anti-superhero satire on the table, but adapted it at the time, adjusting the shot more toward Trump’s chilling America.
However, and despite the fact that the first season had nothing to envy other productions of the style, like Netflix’s “Project Power”, much more ostentatious, but of infinitely inferior quality, there was a certain questionable tone. . It’s gone from comedy inherited from the original comics to a somewhat elemental drama, and Nuclear characters like Butcher or Hughie, the two leaders of the Boys in the title, have had personality changes which subtracts points from the overall count.
This was all resolved in a second season that started with three episodes at a time and is more focused, more ruthless, and without those fluctuations in tone. We continue with a satire of the superheroic world and its innate contradictions (which watches over observers, absolute power absolutely corrupts, etc), but after introducing the characters in the first season, it all goes more naturally. There is more chiaroscuro in each of them: Patriota is openly presented to us as one of the villains of the series, but also as a character with motivations that the viewer can understand.
New intrigues open up in the series, intertwined naturally: as The Boys, the underground anti-superhero group, lick their wounds away from public light, the Seven, transcribed in this universe of the Justice League , have their own problems. Deep and her severe lack of self-esteem, Queen Maeve and a double life she dares not reveal to his companions, Starlight working as a double agent … each of them has a lot to hide (we may have details on one of the most fascinating members of the Seven, the mute Black Noir), and it all adds up upon the arrival of a very young and rude Stormfront.
“The Boys”: fight against the massacre of superheroes
That all of these super morons have more defined conflicts ** doesn’t mean the show has given up on its satirical spirit and the brutality that carries fire in DNA. ** The appearance in action of Black Noir, the actions of a super terrorist close to the group of protagonists or the bestial reformulation of one of the most endearing episodes of “Pinocchio”, but with giant viscera (you better see) are just a few of the moments that continue to make it clear that in “The Boys,” they’re not having fun. It is still one of the most excessive series around.
However, where “The Boys” sharpens its claws is in its critique of ultra-conservative American society. Not only in Patriota’s presence, his flirtation with the military and his simple and deadly ideas about race, class, or foreign policy, but in multiple tentacles, some unsuspected. Vaughn’s idea of an evil corporation disguising as entertainment and the public good what really is a business of harmful secret dyes. Or the emergence of a church of clear Scientology inspiration which, based on cheap lyrics and psychologism, tries to win Profundo’s memories.
Or, in the best open-handed slap in the series, a clear transcript of type filmmaker Zack Snyder presenting his movie The Seven, with all the epic-decadent pomp empty (Zimmer included) which deserves a project of this ilk. Even that joke, in the context in which the series presents it, is defined as part of the ultra-conservative framework that permeates culture, society, and the economy, and of which superheroes in the service of power are – proud – a part. .
As you can see, “The Boys” hasn’t lost any of its edge, but you’ll find it more focused. Beyond the heartwarming and provocative punk blast of season one, here’s a more systematic attack certain conservative forces, without losing the viscerality and momentum of youth. Moreover, these first episodes form a start where, with an event that takes place in Episode 3, the The status quo of the series changes completely. Whether you love superheroes or hate them, a must see.
Source : Engadget