THE BOYS are back in town and more “f**king diabolical” than ever! It’s funny because THE BOYS is admittedly not a show I think about regularly when it’s not on. But when it is, I can’t help but be reminded about how good it actually really is!

This season so far has done a terrific job lampooning everything: right-wing politics, insincerity in woke culture, and superhero fan theories. It simply does not get enough credit for being the most and least realistic show on television. But I am glad folks are finally seeing it, with Season 2 even scoring a Best Drama nod at the Emmys.

The blood and shocks throughout these first three episodes don’t disappoint. In fact, this may be the most viscera-drenched season to date, going as far as to deliver on an ANT-MAN-esque parody that’s absolutely wickedly disgusting. But sicker than that, are the lowest depths we start to see primary antagonist Homelander stoop to. Tony Starr, who plays the star-spangled sociopath, continues to impress, becoming crueler and more sadistic with every episode that passes. He’s genuinely a villain you love to hate, and it’s because Starr is so demented and unhinged in his terrifying role.

Homelander’s character allows the series to explore and satirize the state of our world today, with fringe groups choosing to follow blonde sociopaths in society, believing “their rights” are being “infringed upon” as they’re threatened by the advent of cancel culture and social wokeness. This aspect of THE BOYS has always taken a very bold step in holding up a mirror to society and calling out its flaws. And it’s incredibly admirable but no less entertaining. Whether or not people decide to take the right lessons from the allegory or not is sadly another matter. But I digress.

Naturally, at the center of all of this are Hughie, The Boys, and Starlight. This season seems to be providing more challenges for the latter as poor Annie is dragged through the ringer with her place within The 7 and the looming threat of a more unhinged Homelander shadowing over her. Whereas Hughie is starting to find that even when you “go legit” corruption will be present. So perhaps the best and most honest solutions are not always the cleanest. Which brings Butcher and the gang, having Butcher going through some personal and familial struggles and ultimately making each member question their life choices. The show is terrific at building and fleshing out these characters, and there’s something quite appealing about that.

Overall, in between the moral ambiguity and the gore, THE BOYS is again proving itself to be one of the most clever, outlandish romps ever on TV (or streaming). It’s a show with the license to say more and do more than the current state of other superhero stories and provides a healthy smattering of commentary and color to a fairly oversaturated genre. Suffice it to say, the first three episodes of Season 3 serve as a reminder not to underestimate or undervalue this ragtag group of misfits between seasons ever again.

The first three episodes of THE BOYS SEASON 3 are now available to stream 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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