The Boys spoiler-free review: A superhero series unlike anything you’ve seen

The Boys -- Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video -- Acquired via EPK.TV
The Boys -- Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video -- Acquired via EPK.TV /

Still on the fence about Amazon’s upcoming Prime Original, The Boys? This spoiler-free review will tell you exactly why you need to watch it.

The Boys will debut on Amazon Prime Video at the end of the week. It’s a series that is unlike any superhero TV series you’ve ever seen before, and is most definitely not for children! Here’s a look into the series, completely spoiler-free, so you can decide if it’s something for you.

Where can I start? How about the fact that The Boys has already been renewed for a second season. Yes, during the SDCC 2019 panel, Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, and the stars of the series celebrated the news that The Boys Season 2 will be coming to fans in 2020.

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Amazon does have a record for renewing shows ahead of their first seasons, but only when the hype has been good. This bodes well for The Boys. Hopefully, the series follows the likes of Jack RyanThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and other similar shows.

But what’s so good about the series? If you’ve read the graphic novels (I highly recommend them) then you’ll be happy to hear that the tone of the show is exactly what you’d expect. The series does an excellent job in adapting the series, bringing about some more depth to the characters.

The Boys — Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video — Acquired via EPK.TV
The Boys — Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video — Acquired via EPK.TV /

#MeToo with the knock-off Justice League

Without giving away too many spoilers, this is a show for the #MeToo climate. Starlight (Erin Moriarty) is a character with passion, drive, and focus. She does have a slight blip in this personality at the beginning, but Queen Maeve has the perfect response: Never let the men see her weakened.

And while showing emotions isn’t weakness, it’s viewed that way among the superheroes. And that’s because they’re nothing like the superheroes you’re used to. A take on the Justice League (honestly, you’ll notice each one of The Seven is connected to the Justice League in some way), the superheroes are egotistical, fame-hungry, and the worst “humans” you’ll ever come across.

Starlight is the only character you’ll feel for throughout, although the writers attempt to humanize The Deep and Queen Maeve, as she’s just a girl who wants to save others. She wants to be a hero.

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The Boys have all the humor

Then it comes to the titular group, The Boys. Led by Karl Urban’s Butcher, The Boys is a group of vigilantes on a mission to make “Supes” pay. There’s certainly a reason for this. I don’t want to say why any of the group join in, especially Jack Quaid’s Hughie. However, there’s a backstory for each member of the group, and a reason they came together in the past and they’re coming together again now.

The group offers the humor needed for this series. Between Frenchie and Mother’s Milk’s dislike for each other, Butcher’s Spice Girls reference, and Hughie’s character growth from start to finish, we get a story that pulls you in and leaves you guessing along the way.

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Then there’s Female. Her introduction will leave you excited. You’ll soon see why she’s part of the group, although it is hard to know whether you can trust her or not.

There are some stereotypical storylines, but it’s hard to be something different when there’s a graphic novel being adapted. However, fans of Supernatural will most definitely see Eric Kripke’s personality mixed in with the music and muscle cars. Preacher fans will get Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s personalities throughout The Boys.

The Boys — Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video — Acquired via EPK.TV
The Boys — Photo credit Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video — Acquired via EPK.TV /

A realism superhero shows need

While we may be in the world of superheroes, this is a show with plenty of realism. There are life lessons throughout, such as the power of the Spice Girls, and there are characters to like, dislike, and learn from.

This is more than another show about superheroes protecting the world. This is a show about the price of fame, the deterioration of morality, and a mission to protect the world.

With the music, the graphics, and the writing, this is most definitely a series you need to check out. There is some explosive violence at times, sometimes you’ll be left squeamish, and there is a lot of language. The only people I’d suggest not watching The Boys is those who don’t like graphic violence and language.

Fans of Deadly Class who are still upset about that series not being renewed will have another show to get excited about. This is the closest show I can think of when it comes to tone and brilliance.

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What do you think about what you’ve seen of The Boys? Are you ready for a superhero series with a difference? Let me know in the comments below!

The Boys is on Amazon Prime Video on July 26.