With great power comes great responsibility, yes. But what happens when corruption and greed overshadow responsibility and the powerful are allowed to run amuck? Such is the question raised in The Boys, a gritty and irreverent black comedy about superheroes out of control and the team trying to stop them. Season 3 of The Boys lands on Amazon Prime on Friday, June 3. Read on for how to watch The Boys.
How to Watch The Boys
What The Boys is About
Based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s best-selling comic, The Boys centers on a world where superheroes, nicknamed Supes, are celebrities with god-like fame and unlimited power—and the egos to match. With no check on the Supes’ violent and destructive behavior, everyday civilians have no legal recourse for collateral damage left in the heroes’ wake. When every high-speed chase and fight for “justice” leaves a wave of property destruction and civilian tragedy, who will stand up for the little guy?
The first season starts off when, after a cocky and reckless Supe murders his girlfriend, A/V salesman Hughie (Jack Quaid, The Hunger Games) struggles with hopelessness and anger at the lack of accountability. In the midst of his grief, he is recruited by Billy Butcher, a mysterious, snarky, and foul-mouthed operative played by Karl Urban (Star Trek). Butcher turns out to be the leader of “The Boys,” a vigilante group seeking justice against the corrupt Supes and the power behind them—Vought International. Butcher’s “Boys” are a team of regular, blue-collar cohorts who are unafraid to fight dirty. They aren’t “super abled,” but they are geared up to enter the fray. The team includes Laz Alonso (Detroit) as Mother’s Milk, Tomer Capon (Hostages) as Frenchie, and Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) as The Female.
Publically, the Supes are a multi-million dollar global industry, glossy and clean, raking it in through celebrity appeal, mass product placement, films, and theme parks, all in support of their greater mission to protect the world. But Butcher introduces Hughie to the seedy underside of the Supes’ world, one that belies the pristine image they put forth in the media—a world of sex, violence, manipulation, and hypocrisy.
This is not your family-friendly superhero show. Gritty, irreverent, and graphically violent, The Boys take on the trappings of superheroes and their mass-market publicity and turns it all on its head. The series was developed by Eric Kripke (Supernatural)—who also serves as writer, executive producer, and directed the season finale—along with Evan Goldberg (Preacher) and Seth Rogen (Preacher, Future Man).
The chief target of The Boys is The Seven, the all-stars of the Vought superhero franchise. Led by the chiseled, all-American Homelander (Antony Starr, Banshee), the elite team includes Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell, iZombie), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott, House of Cards), A-Train (Jessie T. Usher, Survivor’s Remorse), The Deep (Chace Crawford, Gossip Girl). Newcomer Starlight (Erin Moriarty, Jessica Jones) is a sweet midwestern hero who still believes she is there to “save the world,” but quickly becomes disillusioned by her new career.
Each season the show has found a way to meld a satirical approach to the superhero genre with more and more gross, violent, and raunchy antics. No matter how far they raise the gruesome bar, they meet and exceed it, so season 3 will not be for the faint of heart.
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