The Boys series 3 review – still hilarious, ultra-violent and brilliant | Television
JThe Boys are back in town, The Boys are back in town! Or at least on Amazon Prime Video, which is almost worth getting just for this idiosyncratic series about what life would really be like for modern superheroes with a satirical take on America.
In fact, in light of a particular setting about 10 minutes into the first episode of the new third series – which, for dizzyingly daring, I don’t think will ever get any better – it’s well worth watching. acquire the means to see it. I still can’t believe what I saw – and I’m really enjoying that feeling. But more on that later.
The end of the second season left us with Butcher’s wife, Becca, accidentally dead at the hands (or rather, laser eyes) of her son Ryan and Stormfront crippled in the same attack. The Vought society was in cahoots with the Church of the Collective (the decidedly unsubtle punch of the boys at Scientology), while a lot – and I mean a lot – of the heads-popping somewhat derailed the congressional hearing. about Vought’s possible wrongdoings. Homelander was covered in gore, thwarted by Butcher and Maeve, deprived of his Nazi/world takeover girlfriend – and furious about it. The mainstream release of Compound V was on hold, and Hughie happily went to work for MP Victoria Neuman, unaware that she was the headliner.
The Boys is, honestly, such a tonic.
At the start of the third season, Homelander is still furious and only growing as he embarks on a press campaign meant to rehabilitate him after all his pro-fascist stint with Stormfront. And that’s before The Deep (Chace Crawford, still a revelator after six seasons of Gossip Girl in which he was comfortably staged by furniture) started popping inside with his well-received autobiography and film about the escape from the church. “They’re calling me the next Leah Remini!” And certainly before Vought CEO Stan (Giancarlo Esposito – I wonder what it’s like to be an actor like him, never a star but always, always someone viewers are so happy to see when he shows up?) makes Starlight his co-captain of the Seven more and more popular.
Vought’s new venture creates Temp V – a modified version of the compound that can give anyone superhero powers for 24 hours. Anyone planning an invasion, for example, could buy enough doses from Vought to give their army an overwhelming advantage, without any of the narcissism and corruption that – they now realize – usually comes with making someone special by permanence and revered by millions of people. With Temp V, nothing can go wrong. Excellent.
The boys themselves support Hughie’s work at the Federal Bureau of Superhuman Affairs, tracking down rogue supes, though he finds out by the end of the episode that Neuman isn’t everything – or rather, not more – than her. seems. Butcher is also keen to track down the Payback Group, a former superhero team that may hold the key to destroying Homelander.
The Boys are released in weekly installments, just like the good old days, so it’s hard to say more without spoiling the fun. And it’s so much fun. Clever, artful and satirical fun, with enough brashness and spectacle to make it excellent value for money.
As for that set piece? Well, I don’t know what to tell you. It involves Termite, a potential supe that can shrink to inches tall, an orifice, and – I guess – a room full of writers cheering each other on and can’t believe they got away with it. Don’t watch it if you don’t like body horror or have sweet, innocent memories of watching Fantastic Voyage or Innerspace with your beloved family. The rest of you – enjoy.