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Amazon’s The Boys: Season 1 Review


– Pardon my French. (beep) those (beep). – [David] Amazon’s The Boys is an absolutely bonkers superhero show in the best way. Showrunner Eric Kripke successfully adapts Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s best selling graphic
novel into a wonderfully irreverent, gratuitous, and stylized drama that explores the complex nature of not only what it
means to be a superhero, but also the profound effects superheros have on ordinary people. (liquid drops) – I can’t stop, I can’t stop! I can’t stop, I can’t stop! (sonic boom) (rock music) – [Narrator] The story
centers on Hughie Campbell who joins a group of
superhero hating ruffians after his girlfriend is
horrifically murdered by speedster known as A-Train. Hughie and The Boys
are an engaging gateway into the minds of non-meta humans, with each member having their own reasons for wanting the “supes” dead. Quaid’s Hughie is a charming
“aw shucks” kinda protagonist, but it’s Karl Urban’s Billy Butcher who steals the spotlight. Urban is incredible in
his portrayal of Butcher as his character searches
for the hero responsible for killing his wife. – [Billy] I got the boys together. Join us. – To do what? – Spank the bastards. – [Narrator] And speaking of heroes, The Seven are a dynamic bunch to follow, even if you only get to know three or four of them really well. Like The Boys, The Seven
are a complex troop who are more than their
douche bag appearances would lead you to believe. Chace Crawford’s The Deep
is a misogynistic jerk, but he genuinely cares
about sea creatures. Unfortunately, every time he tries to save one of his beloved animals, something goes terribly
wrong in a very funny way. Antony Starr’s Homelander
is a deadly cross between Superman and Captain America, minus the good upbringing. Starr has proven that he can play emotionally enigmatic characters, most notably in Cinemax’s
excellent Banshee series, but his Homelander character
is on another level, entirely. Homelander’s wavering sense of what it means to be a hero makes him the most unpredictable
character on the show, and one we can’t wait to learn more about in future episodes. – What’s Sporty Spice up to? – Who? – Sporty (beep) Spice, what’s she up to? – [Narrator] And while the
character development is superb, The Boys needs more superhero
antics in season two. Perhaps the lack of heroics
is due to budgetary reasons, which would explain how we
don’t often see Homelander fly. However, when the action
is on full display, it’s ultra violent and really cool. Homelander’s heat vision
is particularly delightful as he cuts villains in half with ease. Black Noir’s ninja-like
skills are impressive, and The Boys join in on the fun by means of explosives
or cleverly placed traps. The central “will they won’t they” narrative between Hughie and Starlight is the show’s weakest link
due to its predictability. But thankfully it doesn’t get in the way of Kripke’s sharp pacing throughout The Boys eight episode arc. (electricity sparking) – Please, please, please, no. Please! (glass breaking)
(car tires screeching) (suspenseful music) (rock music) Amazon’s The Boys is irreverent,
amusingly gratuitous, and one hell of a ride with overly violent set pieces
and compelling storylines. Especially when it comes to
Karl Urban’s Billy Butcher and Antony Starr’s Homelander. Showrunner Eric Kripke’s frenetic pacing keeps the plot moving nicely, but we want to see more
superhero antics in season two. – Who are you? (dramatic techno music) (upbeat music) – [Narrator] For more on
the world of streaming, be sure to check our our trailer breakdown of Netflix’s The Witcher and our interview with
the cast of The Boys, and for everything else, be sure to follow and subscribe to IGN everywhere you like to watch. (creepy music) – What does IGN even mean, anyway? It means whatever you want it to mean. (creepy techno music)

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