THE BOYS (2019) on Amazon Prime, A Quickie Review

THE BOYS (219) on Amazon Prime, A Quickie Review

A review of - The Boys on Amazon Prime is an amazingly wonderfully dark look at what happens when superheroes become corporate sponsored personalities that have responsibilities to their bosses and not the general public!

It's a great, dark story about disenfranchised characters willing to take on the system and the multi-billion dollar corporation backing their superheroes.

The cast includes Jack Quaid, Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Las Alonso, Chase Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karn Fukuhara, Elisabeth Shue, Simon Pegg, Ann Cusack, with (quick) cameos in there by Billy Zane, Seth Rogan, and Tara Reid.

And if you're wondering, Jack Quaid is the son of Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid.

If you're a Supernatural series fan, you'll be glad to see that Eric Kripke is credited with being one of the creators of the series, along with Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. (And OMG, someone put a cap on Rogen, so we don't get that infantile garbage humor he likes to produce!) Eric is also the showrunner of The Boys.

The show is based on a comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis &  sDarick Robertson


The Boys starts out with Hughie (Quaid) making plans for his future with his girlfriend, Robin, when, while they are having a heart-to-heart chat about moving in together, A-Train (Think The Flash [played by Usher]) runs right through Robin, disintegrating her.

We watch Hughie wanting retribution for this horrible tragedy but his milk toast dad (Pegg) thinks he should take the settlement.We learn later that settlements are something that occur way too often with these heroes. You see, while Robin did nothing wrong, Vought International, the company who runs The Seven, said she stepped out into his path.  Uh huh, that's how it is in this world.

Then along comes Billy Butcher, (Urban), an ex-fed who used to chase the supers down for their crimes, who convinces Hughie to team up with himself and a few others to try and get retribution.

Meanwhile, in the public's eye, anyone who happens to genetically be born with powers, all strive to become one of 'The Seven,' the corporate backed group of heroes who go out and do the big saves and other super-powered deeds.

One of those meta-humans is Starlight (Moriarty), whom we watch get picked to be on the team, but all too suddenly, finds the hard-to-swallow truth about being on a corporate sponsored squad of heroes with all the usual squabbles you see at work, but with powers!

The adjustments include dealing with a more revealing uniform to having to be on the scene exactly when the camera crews expect her. Among other things.


The series is only eight episodes long and just isn't enough, period. They just got the story momentum going when the show concludes with one hell of a jaw-dropper note.

Throughout the eight eps, we watch the development of pretty much everyone, from the boys (Urban, et al) working at keeping The Seven (heroes) in check, to the slow developing character arcs within The Seven.

The Seven's public image is handled by Madelyn Stillwell (Shue) and one of the standout characters is Homelander (think Superman) played by Antony Starr, delivers the all-American good boy quite nicely, but when no one is looking, is really a ticked off, frustrated and impatient ass with a lot of power at his disposal.

Quaid is amazing and I see an awesome career ahead for this actor.

Underneath it all are a few dark secrets everyone has that permeates the story but in a subtle way, until they hit like a ton of bricks.

I was just getting into the series when it concluded, but at least there's one more season that Amazon already ordered. And they have a ton of different angles to pursue for this second season, which I hope, will be more than just eight eps.

If you're an Amazon Prime member, and like the superhero genre, I think you'll like this dark spin on the genre.


Here's the trailer, but it has a lot of "French" in it. (Language)

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