The Boys | Season 1 review

 The Boys |  Season 1 review

THE Marvel Studios completed 10 years of its cinematographic universe, DC Comics took the superhero films to the acting categories at the Oscars, and after years and many films, TV series and productions focused on different characters, it seemed that the theme would come into natural wear and tear. But, make no mistake, The Boys it comes as the continuation of the breath of change for the genre, and makes, without a doubt, the best series about superheroes of the year.

Shocking, graphic and extremely adult, The Boys premiere based on the stories of Darick Roberton and Garth Ennis and has the hand of Eric Kripke and Seth Rogen in their production. There are only 8 episodes, which proves the good year that Prime Video been having, at the bet on quality versus quantity when it comes to your original productions.

Dominique McElligott and Antony Starr in The Boys (2019)The Boys – Season 1 review | Photo: Jan Thijs / Prime Video

The Boys right, and a lot, by showing the already traditional superheroes in a satirical, fun, and extremely captivating way. It is the universe of comics transported to TV in a way that Arrowverse is years away. It’s all that The Umbrella Academy wanted to do and failed. It is what the union of a good script, and good planning does at its best. The Boys is the oldest and oldest cousin of Titans, where you will love the first, if you liked the second.

The Boys shows in its first episodes (1 × 01 – The Name of the Game and 1 × 02 – Cherry) the normalization of the figure of the superhero, where we discover that, in this presented world, being a hero is a job like any other. So, we accompanied a group called The Seven, oh there Justice League, who are treated like real celebrities. Perhaps, the greatest triumph of The Boys whether the series doesn’t need to present any characters seen in the comics that are new on the screen to the audience, the writers take all the archetypes of known heroes and readapt them to darker and more realistic figures, be the leader Homelander (Antony Starr, great) a blonde version of Superman, the sprinter A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), a Flash that is the cause of all the problems, The Deep (Chace Crawford, which shows an evolution of his working times gossip Girl), a younger version of Aquaman, and yet, Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) clearly inspired by Wonder Woman.

Like this, The Boys is shown, mainly in episodes 1 × 03 – Get Some and 1 × 05 – Good for the Soul, be a series that puts superheroes in this world in a super interesting way, in a sharp, meticulous and extremely well done and thoughtful look. The text uses the iconic figures in the skin of these new characters to present a fierce critique to the world of entertainment surrounded by superhero films that generates a highly profitable system, where here we see them acting as digital influencers, web-celebrities, and that reap the rewards of fame, without actually worrying about “saving the world”.

Karl Urban and Jack Quaid in The Boys (2019)The Boys – Season 1 review | Photo: Jan Thijs

The plot begins when the actions of a super affects the peaceful life of Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid, very good) that is found by the mercenary Billy Butcher (Karl Urban, sensational), and the two form, in the best good / bad police style, a group of rebels to start fighting the heroes and the mega corporation behind them, the Vought International.

Thus, we are presented the dynamics of the characters of the series, and to the conglomerate led by the all powerful executive Madelyn Stillwell (Elisabeth Shue) who commands The Seven with an iron fist, and has a battalion of people who still need to look after the heroes, create social media with photos, public and sponsored appearances, and of course, do a dirty job here and there.

In a mix of The Incredibles (2004) with Brightburn – The Son of Darkness (2019), The Boys makes one of the most unique, different and daring series of the year, which stands out for the excellent choice of the soundtrack, and for the quality of the special effects that end up being quite cinematic, but presented for TV, here in the case of streaming.

Elisabeth Shue, Chace Crawford, and Erin Moriarty in The Boys (2019)The Boys – Season 1 review | Photo: Jan Thijs

When talking about the influence of mega corporations, the power of public perception with the characters, and also dealing with current issues such as movement Me Too, political and religious polarization, The Boys he does all of this in a straightforward and completely acid and out-of-the-way humor.

As stated by one of the characters at the beginning of the season “People need superheroes”, where here, we just agree, and a lot. We do need more original productions, and they are not afraid to dare, to deliver something different, and that escape a little of the formula found, even if quite profitable. Already renewed for a second year, to offset the hook of the great end of season, the 1 × 08 – You Found Me, we leave you, dear reader, with two messages here: watch The Boys, get together in the choir and talk to us “Fuck the Seven!”

The Boys arrive at Amazon Prime Video on July 26th.