Amazon Prime series, The Boys, has broken a lot of conventions with its storytelling heavily dosed with satire. Adapted from the books of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the series now incites certain shock in non-cautionary watchers who went in considering their mere love of superheroes.
A world that has monetized super-abled beings is a world gone wrong — The Boys follows this motto to the core by unraveling the corruption and madness that runs rampant among the Seven and at Vought and follows a group of ragtag blue-collar individuals hell-bent on taking them down.
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The modus operandi of the Seven is always to kill with an audience present. Every aspect of their lives revolves around popularity and “public points”. A crumbling facade that the superhero management company inherently wants to preserve — the heroes can be seen shunning ideals to shoot down politicians and planes out of the sky simply to protect company secrets.
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The unhinged superheroes are a take on characters from the DC universe like Superman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. Called Homelander, A-Train, The Deep, and Queen Maeve respectively, they have all partaken in culpable acts with Homelander at the helm. In the most recent season, Maeve is seen questioning her moral grounds, A-Train holding on to his extinguished powers, Deep making a comeback to the superhero business, and Homelander going all-out with his crazy.
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Jensen Ackles Talks About Herogasm and Upcoming Finale
The following paragraphs contain spoilers for The Boys Season 3 Episode 6 Herogasm
Jensen Ackles’ Soldier Boy — a combination of MCU’s Captain America and Winter Soldier — was the first subject of Frederick Vought’s practical applications of serum, Compound V, tested during World War II. During one of The Boys’ raids, the superhero is found alive, held captive in a facility by Russians. Soldier Boy soon after finds out his partner Crimson Countess and his team Payback sold him out to the Soviets which resulted in him being captured and experimented upon for decades.
Now on the loose and out for their blood, he learns from TNT Twins that Black Noir came up with the whole idea. The latter is now on the run, having taken out his tracking implement. Noir was previously seen taking direct orders from Vought’s head, Stanley Edgar, although Vought’s direct involvement in Soldier Boy’s capture is yet to be revealed.
In Herogasm, we witness an all-out battle between Soldier Boy and Homelander. The former calls him a “cheap f*cking knockoff” while the latter claims he is an up-gradation of the World War hero. The episode is hailed as the most graphic of them all with several moments pushing the envelope even by The Boys’ standards. Jensen Ackles, in an interview, teased the episode and said there are major secrets yet left to be revealed in the remaining two episodes of the season finale:
“There’s some heavy, heavy secrets that I can’t talk about. Just know that [showrunner Eric] Kripke has always got stuff up his sleeve and I was, hopefully, just as shocked as you and everyone else will be when I read that particular script and was just like, ‘Woah, wait, what?’ I had to sit down.”
The Boys is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video with new episodes coming out weekly on Fridays.