The Boys’ precarious balance between ultra-violence and meaning

It is so cruel that it sweeps away any pretense of good taste, moderation or restraint. And we love it.

The preview episodes for The Boys on Amazon Prime Video have very specific instructions on what you can and cannot reveal.

It’s an extensive list, and there’s a good reason the powers that be don’t want the pesky media to go into any detail about the anti-superhero show’s many antics. boys it’s a series that relies heavily on shock – that’s its raison d’être – so it doesn’t want to create precise expectations.

But you should know that there is a death scene in the first episode – a particularly gruesome, violent, and wildly inventive scene – that will sweep away any pretense of good taste, moderation, or restraint.

Who needs good taste when you’ve got eye-popping violence that makes last season’s whale scene look like a silver service afternoon tea? And “oh no, they didn’t” starts long before any character’s heart stops beating.

This speaks of boys“an assertive attitude towards how he is pursuing his ambitious vision. The question is whether the thematic strengths of its first two seasons are sustainable, because being raucously violent is one thing, but if you don’t have something else to back it up, then it’s really just bad taste.

It’s a balance boys always have to hit.

The series has established itself as a meaty, absorbing and entertaining series not only because it was fast-paced and dramatic.

He also had a strong eye for things like corrupt corporate culture or hyper-consumerism, which was expressed in the way his mob of superheroes (Captain America-style Homelander or Wonder Woman-style Maeve) volunteered for a system that exploited people for their own ends. purposes. benefit.

Or the introduction in Season 2 of Stormfront, a charismatic populist superhero whose hidden agenda was fascism. She was literally a Nazi, and in the 2020 run-up to the Trump-Biden election, there was a lot of power in exploring the very real threat of white supremacy.

The third season’s storyline is slower to develop, and there’s a shift in that the series seems more interested in individual character arcs than a didactic exercise in social ills.

It’s not like he’s completely out of it, because repositioning Homelander (Anthony Starr) as someone who’s tired of apologizing for something he thought he didn’t do wrong, well, it plays right into the fight between cancellation and liability.

The fallout from the previous season is that The Butcher (Karl Urban) sticks to a non-fatal super catch, obeying Hughie (Jack Quaid) and his boss Victoria (Claudia Doumit), who secretly blow heads.

Homelander’s star is waning (Nazi love tends to have that effect) and its endorsements are rapidly declining – and you know Vought loves a data point to decide how to sell more stuff.

The early episodes are presented as a plan to take down Homelander, and – this is in the trailer, not a spoiler – a little temporary V connection might just let Butcher fit in.

Then, of course, OG Super Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) returns, whose explosive presence really ruins the job.

boys laid its foundation. If you’re still in the game, you take care of these characters, and it’s credit to the writers that you take care of so many characters because it’s a big ensemble.

This emotional connection makes all of the ultra-violence much easier to grasp.

The third season of The Boys is already streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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