In a world where entertainment is being dominated by superheroes, The Boys, the new original series from Amazon Prime, takes the theme to make a kind of critical parody, showing a realistic view of what would happen if people had super powers.
Whenever a work deals with this theme, the simple principle is used where each individual has a choice, use their powers for good or for bad, dividing the world between villains and heroes. However, in this scenario, the commercial side is set aside and this is where The Boys really focuses.
The plot, based on the homonymous comics of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, features The 7, a group of heroes that are controlled by a corporation, used for marketing and become influencers, not good Samaritans. Their actions are not planned (yes, planned, as they rarely take a step without their attitude designed to improve their image) thinking of the good of the people, but how to increase their engagement with the public. Therefore, they use violence and actions that would not be approved, but these are only omitted by a good team.
However, one of these actions ends up generating greater repercussions than expected. When one of the members, A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) kills Hughie’s girlfriend (Jack Quaid) in a strange and brutal “accident”. The reserved youngster ends up being recruited by Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) for a mission aimed at ending The 7 and, by joining Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), form the team that names the show.
Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen seem to have fun adapting this interesting comic, which uses parody to make heavy criticism. Using accurate scenes to make fun, while not losing the exposure tone of the absurd, can deliver very strong moments without requiring great visual exposures, most of the time, the heavy parts known in the comic are shown with a great emotional load or just with the “mess” left. Still, it is a violent work, suitable for over 16 years.
The first season is very simple, abusing moments that deliver the absurdity that is made for fame and money, the tone verges on black humor, but does its job by denouncing these situations. While showing behind the scenes of the Os 7 team, especially from the point of view of newcomer Starlight (Erin Moriarty), who believed in these heroes and now finds herself against this chauvinistic and commercial environment in which she is trapped, the series presents such realistic moments that Aside from her powers and uniforms, she is no longer a fiction. The plot is interesting and captivating, slowly advancing to team building and introducing new characters, leaving room for readers to identify future events through references.
The look is right in the tribute made to the comics, where the cool colors and outlined make-up leave the impression that we are blindfolding the animated pages. The striking scenes are portrayed identical to the original work, highlighting the work of the script, which remains very faithful to the comic, changing few details that will hardly bother fans. There is even a joke with Hughie, who in the comic is very similar to Simon Pegg, in the series, the actor makes participation as the father of the character.
The Boys’ great merit lies in shying away from epic battle scenes and moral lessons and focusing on unceasingly criticizing the current scenario, where numbers define success and well-done marketing can hide even the most absurd of crimes, while underscoring machismo. and unnecessary exposures that still often happen in the commercial world.
The first season of The Boys, with 8 episodes, is now available on Amazon Prime Video.