The Boys Review: If You Want A Darker Version of Superheroes, This Is It!

Cast: Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Jack Quaid, Elisabeth Shue, Dominique McElligott, Erin Moriarty

No. of Episodes: 8

Developed By: Eric Kripke

Network: Amazon Prime Video

ShowScore: 8.5/10


Everyone always sees the superheroes as a figure of great morality, utmost human character, and almost like a pure soul who can do no wrong. But it’s not always what we think it is. Because there’s always this ‘other side’ too.

In the latest, live-action adaptation of a comic-book, ‘The Boys’, created by writers Garth Ennis and Danick Robertson, the makers have tried to show this aspect. The comics under this title are published by Dynamite Entertainment.

And this new series might turn out to be the biggest surprise hit among the rest of the shows, especially running on streaming services. Not to mention, that being a superhero series, it might as well work as a great alternative for pulling up some amount of audience from Marvel or DC too!

Reason? Coz it’s worth it!

'The Boys' comes with everything that an explicit content-driven comic book can have—all the rawness and varied emotions that one can relate to, who's in ultra-high pain, trauma or life tragedy.

The idea of showcasing a different, evil-ish side of ‘the Supes’, is itself an interesting one, and Amazon Prime Video has succeeded in delivering a fitting, gory, and fantastic show on this theme.

A still from The Boys. (Image Credit: hellomagazine.com)

The characters of this show are the main attraction, whether it’s the group of ‘the boys’ themselves, who are on a mission of taking vengeance from ‘the Seven—the group of superheroes under a company named, Vought—or the ‘supes’ themselves, who are everything but morally great.

In brief, it’s the story of a boy named Hugie who loses his girlfriend, Robin, due to a 'Flash-like' superhero, who accidentally kills her. And then he gets aid from a mysterious and fearless man called, Butcher, who has his own motives, and secrets. Along with the other two members, they begin their revenge plan against the ‘Seven’—the group of seven mightiest superheroes of the planet.

The team of not-so-supernatural, ‘boys’ consists of Butcher (Karl Urban), Hugie Campbell (Jack Quaid), Frenchie (Tomer Kapon), and Mother’s Milk or M.M. (Laz Alonso)—his name is just absolutely hilarious. There’s another female member, Kimiko, who joins them later, as the story moves ahead.

On the other hand, the Seven includes the Homelander (Antony Starr)—can be called an evil version of Superman, Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligot) a broken and spoiled version of Wonder Woman, Deep (Chase Crawford), A-Train (Jessie Usher), Starlight (Erin Moriarty), Black Noir, and Translucent.

In all the eight episodes, you get to discover a new part of these characters, which makes you question your own opinion about them. Firstly, they appear to be what they are appearing to be. Then, as the series accelerates further, you kind of become complicated, in your take towards them. And this aspect is, somehow, works as the strength of this series.

The only bad thing about the first season of this show, however, is that there’s no cliffhanger! That’s the beauty of this show. You will reach a level of curiosity when it almost feels like the big climax is coming—which is just not the case with this one.

It’s not completely a perfect show since you can become a bit detached in-between, going through the episodes. But on the whole, the first season of this show delivers on what its trailers promised.

Due to an unexpected end, curiosity among its fans will only get increased now, for the second season. And, that, is really good for ‘the Boys’.

Don’t miss this series.

Current rating: 5