…that’s the moment I knew The Boys was just great! Billy Butcher…I couldn’t imagine anyone else but Karl Urban in that role…here’s that bit:
One of those perfect lines followed by the equally perfect bit of soundtrack. I think the combo just did it. I was grinning from ear to ear. And shaking my head…in disbelief or who knows what…
Oh…The Boys? Yeah, well, that’s a strange one. Rogue superheroes and the shenanigans they get up to while saving (oh yeah? Saving? Right…whatever) the world.
As many of you know, I’m not really one that gets past the first, maybe second, episode of series (bar the few exceptions like Rome and Peaky Blinders), but this one kept me watching. As gruesome or just bizarre as it sometimes is (I mean come on, that dolphin scene is just wrong on so many levels – you’ll know which one when you see it), and as much as I absolutely detest Homelander (and threaten to switch off because I hate him), I’ve kept watching. Because, albeit the blood and gore, it is fun and sometimes just over the top.
The story starts with innocent Hughie (Jack Quaid) looking forward to a future with his girlfriend who become a bloody mess (literally) all over Hughie and the pavement….a casualty of a superhero rescuing someone else. And that’s where it gets going. The corporation behind the superheros (it is business after all) wants to make the incident disappear (with money off course) and through this all, somehow Hughie ends up with a bunch of seedy characters (I’ll avoid the c work from the snippet above) who are out to expose the sex, murder and corruption taking place in the name of saving the world.
Besides Karl Urban being brilliant as Butcher, I thoroughly enjoy the character Frenchie (Tomer Capon). Actually, the dodgy vigilante ensemble are absolutely super…who also include Laz Alonso and Karen Fukuhara (I’ve mentioned Jack Quaid). I must admit, I’m not a fan of the Supes (the Superheroes) at all including their business partners and bosses…but then, I guess that is goal achieved*. The series is there to portray them as shallow and self-centred. And gives me all the more pleasure when things don’t go how they envisage it.
I’ll never look at the likes of Spiderman, Superman and co the same way again…because, thinking about it, there were bound to be casualties along the way…we just never thought about it that way.
The Boys really does deserve that Primetime Emmy nomination for outstanding sound editing. The soundtrack is perfectly selected and timed (once again, the above snippet confirms that).
*Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Chace Crawford, Elisabeth Shue, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher amongst others form the supposed good guys.
Enjoy it! But please don’t expect a typical superhero series you’ve come to expect from the movies.