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THE BOYS S3E8 THE INSTANT WHITE-HOT WILD 🤩

And with that, we have the second all 🤩 season of TV reviewed on SpoilerFreeReviews. The first was OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH, and now THE BOYS S3. I almost want to put an * next to this 🤩 though, because while E8 is excellent for landing many of the open plots this season in emotionally satisfying ways, it missed the mark in one huge way that doesn’t soar. But first, let’s chat about the top three things that worked this week:

  1. Annie (Erin Moriarty) – Her empowerment story has to be one of the season’s highlights. And it all comes to a bright conclusion built up nicely in a redemption story for Hughie (Jack Quaid).
  2. Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) – Outside of the obvious season MVP, Homelander (Anthony Starr), Kimiko was a shining “maniac.” Where Hughie acted selfishly to be a hero throughout S3, Kimiko sacrificed everything for her family… aka THE BOYS. And how she does it in the finale is violent, poetic perfection that only this show could pull off.
  3. Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) – Most of the characters in THE BOYS have sadness, but none have gone as far as Black Noir’s animated story. It’s tragic, beautiful, and a wonderful subplot in a season focused on Butcher (Karl Urban) / Homelander story this season.

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What didn’t work was all the build-up for the epic battle between Homelander and Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles). By the end of this season, I needed closure on one of these two stories. That epic battle ended in more of a whimper versus a big bang. 

My concern with next season is based on what happens to Homelander in the finale. And that would be a spoiler if I went into those details. However, don’t get me wrong, a LOT has changed after the S3 finale. It just wasn’t as big of a change as I hoped.

So, with that one nit aside, audiences should “take their wig off” and enjoy the most bloody fun TV show of the year! 

The entire third season is available on Prime Video. 

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. He’s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud parent and dad joke enthusiast.

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