We’re still on the hook as the show continues the storyline with a third season. The strange achievement here is to keep up the tension as the ongoing threat of Homelander remains on the very edge of going nuclear following the death of Stormfront. On the other hand, new threats and more backstabbing are on the way as Butcher seems willing to allow Hughie to call the shots for now. You can already tell that won’t last long.
The Boys, Season Three has Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Kapon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) finding their footing as they try to keep the “supes” to fall in line. For that effect, Hughie is now working with Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit). Hughie is still in a relationship with Annie January aka Starlight (Erin Moriarty). Their relationship becomes strained with the growing popularity of Alex aka Supersonic (Miles Gaston Villanueva), a former flame of Annie.
A few new variables are thrown into the mix this season. A big game changer is the introduction of a temporary variant of Compound V, capable of turning a regular human into a supe for 24 hours. Unfortunately, it is not perfect and has residual effects as both Butcher and Hughie will find out. The other is the story of a previous team of superheroes known as Payback which included Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) and Crimson Countess (Laurie Holden). Soldier Boy’s official death was just a cover story and the real circumstances appear to have implied The Boys’ own founder Grace Mallory (Laila Robins in present time and Sarah Swire in past flashbacks).
The show does not pull punches regarding the depths of corruption and depravity that are behind the superheroes’ shallow façade nor does it shy from the gore and the violence. Homelander is still on edge and furious about his son Ryan (Cameron Crovetti) being hidden away from him. There’s an impromptu self-aggrandizing speech he delivers during a live broadcast that is full of entitlement that seems to resonate with a lot of people for the wrong reasons. That is literally taken out of today’s headlines.
Highly recommended for mature audiences not afraid to challenge stereotypes but strongly discouraged for impressionable young minds. The violence and the gore can be relentless for some audiences, as well as the parallels to today’s celebrity culture. That being said, this parody hits home on a lot of subjects and it remains realistic and gritty with a dark and bleak sense of humour. If you liked the first two seasons, you’re definitely want to stick around for the ride. Worth more than just a watch if you can stomach it.
That will do for now.