What comes to mind when I say the word “Superhero”? It’s probably the image of spandex-clad people with bulging muscles and extraordinary powers, fighting crime and saving everyday humans like you and me. I mean, that’s what a superhero is, right? They are inevitably good, using their abilities to save the day. And so what if there is a little collateral damage on the side, everything comes at a price. Right?
At the behest of a fellow 9Lives writer, my boyfriend and I recently invested in Amazon Prime. We came for Good Omens, but we stayed for The Boys.
The Boys is a black comedy series that premiered on Amazon Prime on 26 July, and takes a look at what happens when superheroes abuse their superpowers. You know, like when they slam into a building and all the glass shatters? What happens to the people standing behind the glass? Are they suddenly immune to splinters?
The Boys is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as gods, abuse their superpowers rather than using them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven, and their formidable Vought backing.
Is it worth watching?
Honestly, I loved the fact that someone took a step back and examined the damage that superheroes would cause to our society. They are, after all, just humans, albeit humans with super abilities. And they are just as susceptible to bribery, addiction and fatal flaws as you and I.
The humour is super dark (get it?), it’s incredibly well-shot and they actually focus on the real raw human emotion of things. Add to that a pretty famous cast with the likes of Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford, Star Trek’s Karl Urban and Anthony Starr from Banshee to name but a few.
Developed by Seth Rogen (yes, that Seth Rogen) and Evan Goldberg of Superbad fame, as well as Eric Cripke of Supernatural (I know, don’t get me started), the series follows a grieving man by the name of Hughie Cambell as he seeks revenge for his girlfriend after he witnesses her death at the hands of a celebrity superhero. I say hands, but it’s actually due to a high-velocity impact. It causes Hughie to team up with The Boys to uncover and expose the dirty secrets of The Seven.
I will prep you with a couple of warnings though. Expect quite a lot of violence, gore, some full-frontal nudity, sexism and a sprinkle of foul language.
All in all, I’d say that this series is well-worth the second season that it has already been offered. Grab your popcorn and sense of humanity, because shit’s about to get real.
Check out the trailer here: