You’d be forgiven for thinking that The Boys on Prime is just another super-hero money grab. Sure, it’s based on a comic book, but that is where the similarity ends.
Within the first 10 minutes of the first episode, it becomes very apparent that The Boys breaks all superhero tropes and is far darker, and far more gripping than your typical superhero series. Here are five reasons why you should give the show a shot.
The Superheroes Are Super Bad
The opening scene shows the superheroes saving the day, quickly followed by selfies and the suggestion that the heroes are more of a marketing ploy than real people. It becomes evident very quickly, through a number of shocking scenes, that the superheroes care more about social media and making money than actually saving people.
The Boys cleverly explores both social and political issues that we face in the real world. The social commentary in places is sharp and the exploration of social media is indicative of the world we live in.
It’s Hella Gripping
To put it simply, the show is well written. It’s packed with plot twists and it’s rarely predictable. As an audience, we find ourselves feeling both contempt and sympathy toward the characters we are set up to hate.
It’s Pretty Funny
As well as being gritty and grueling, most episodes will still manage to make you laugh out loud. Think Deadpool but with more gore and social satire.
It’s A Love Story
Throughout the violence, addiction and revenge plots, there is a true love story at the center. Thankfully, the theme of love gives the audience a sense of optimism throughout the series.