Whenever Homelander is on the screen, THE BOYS almost becomes a horror movie. One by one, bad things happen to people. There’s lots of gore. And frankly, there’s always just a sense of crazy tension whenever Anthony Starr begins to smirk. It speaks to how suspenseful this show has become, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next!

THE LAST TIME TO LOOK ON THIS WORLD OF LIES does a great job of progressing the narrative and its characters. We start to see there’s a bit of a drug subplot forming with some of THE BOYS, and a lot of really great leaps forward for the Soldier Boy storyline. I have a feeling I know where they’re taking this, and if that’s the case, I’ll be very excited to see how everything plays into one another. But the thing about THE BOYS is anytime you think the storyline will go one way, it totally pulls the rug out from under you.

One of the most compelling and surprising aspects of this season, however, is how much they’re giving the lovely Karen Fukahara to do. Kimiko is no longer just bound by the anticipated grunts and gore of the past several seasons. Instead, the show utilizes Fukahara’s energy and charm to do different things with this character, and I’m all for it. All I can say is it’s about time. There’s a sequence in this episode that, while unnecessary, is absolutely delightful, and only a show like THE BOYS could randomly insert it into the proceedings without question.

All this said, however, one of the best things about it is how this show serves as a really terribly twisted reflection of the world today, and the saddest part is it’s not that exaggerated. Everything dealing with the A-Train subplot is rooted in real-world events. Every move Homelander makes is a reflection of moves other celebrity frauds have made in politics before, such as his handling of the Analytics department, and this desperate desire to ensure everyone on his staff worships him. It’s always sharp, and always biting!

The first 5 episodes of THE BOYS are now available on Amazon Prime.

Mike Manalo

Born a Slytherin. Baptized into Marvel. Bitten by a Radioactive DC fan. And raised a Jedi, Mike Manalo is a silent guardian, a watchful protector… a Dark Nerd!

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