The Boys premiered Friday in all its glory on Amazon Prime. This has been one of the series I have been most looking forward to this summer. Behind the great minds of Eric Kripke (Supernatural), Evan Goldberg (Preacher) and Seth Rogen (Preacher), you just know a spectacular story is going to evolve from the Graphic Novels (created by Garth Ennis). Right from the get-go, there is no disappointment.
And so it begins.
In a world where superheroes are in abundance, there needs to be some sort of “imperfections” in those who are deemed, gods. I mean, at the core of it they are “people” after-all. There is quite a spectacle surrounded by those who save the world, the best of the best are a group of seven powerful beings, aptly named “The Seven”. They seem to be untouchable, invincible, but when there is a will, there’s a way. Starlight (Erin Moriarty) is the latest to join their ranks through rigorous auditions, but the dream may soon become a nightmare.
Boring, anything but
We are introduced to Hughie (Jack Quaid), an unassuming man who lives a mundane life. At first glance, there is nothing spectacular about him, that’s what makes him so appealing. He works a dead-end job, lives at home with his father (played by Simon Pegg), the only perk to his existence is the love of his life, Robin (Jess Salguerio). One fateful day, his life implodes (or rather explodes) right before his very eyes. In a gruesome and shocking “accident”, Robin meets an untimely end due to a careless hero, A-Train (Jesse T. Usher), who literally runs through her.
There is no accountability for the death of his beloved, no remorse, only empty well wishes from a hero who is protected behind a brand. This causes the slow unraveling inside of Hughie. Life used to have meaning, but when his purpose is stolen from him by those who are supposed to protect the innocent, he begins to crack. The higher-ups in Vought (who own the most powerful superhumans), want it all to be swept under the rug. A cash settlement will not bring her back, but vengeance is a nice start. Cue the introduction of Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), the man with the plan, and an attitude to back it up with.
The good, the bad and the ugly
Starlight is learning the hard way that the image heroes portray doesn’t quite match up to the personality behind the “shining stars”. The goodness that she sought after, and the purpose behind her wanting to be part of such an elite group of people, seems to be one big farce. Shadows are lurking behind the scenes. Including her idol and crush, The Deep (Chace Crawford), who turns out to be just another scumbag. Just because these people have extraordinary abilities, doesn’t restrict them from being horrible creatures. Not even the best of the best, Homelander (Antony Star), is free from the burden of evils.
It’s refreshing to see a show like this one, exposing the “humanity” (or inhumanity) behind the elite. When no accountability exists, that is where Billy and his endless amounts of “contacts” come to call. Even the most powerful being has a weakness, you just need to take the time to find it. Hughie has inadvertently found his calling. As his psyche cracks and pushes out the darker sides of his mind, he finds that he is capable of just about anything. He really is just one of the boys, wanting justice for those who are no longer in the land of the living.
Small World, Big Personalities
It’s interesting to see how the stories are intersecting at different moments in this series. Starlight and Hughie share a moment, just two strangers having a bad day. For the time being Annie has a moral compass. Hopefully, she can stay true to her initial goal, saving people in a world gone mad. There are good ones out there, hopefully, it remains that way. The Boys adds a much-needed perspective into the not so “lucrative” world of being a superhero.
Next Episode: The Boys (S01E02) “Cherry”