For all the objective references that have been published and ripped from the headlines, boysThe new season seems most relevant within one moment of Episode Three. Heggy (Jack Quaid) says in one of those subdued, but somehow, still well-burned speeches, “We have to be as mean and spoiled as they are.” “I’m tired of losing.”
It’s a fitting streak for a TV show rooted in American politics, a practically endless cesspool that in 2022 has reached new, chilling depths. Like viewers who entered the so-called “post-pandemic” year with high expectations, the titular boys The third season is in full swing. After discovering that Stormfront (Aya Cash), the newest member of the Tentpole supersquad The Seven, was truly a relic of the Third Reich, he helped the boys defeat her Nazi rear in the the second season Conclusion. One year later, they settled into a new, almost peaceful normal. With The Homelander (Anthony Starr) in check thanks to Maeve (Dominique McElligott) and some heart-wrenching footage from Flight 37, it looks like Hughie and Starlight (Erin Morariarty) are free to start over. Breast milk (Laz Alonso), Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara), Frenchie (Tomer Kapon) and even the butcher (Karl Urban) try to do the same.
Unfortunately, as many true Americans will attest, disavowing the fanatics is only the first step in the journey to save the soul of this capitalist hell. Plus, Homelander’s big “I can do whatever I want” speech at the end of last season was always causing trouble. So, in a agonizing, thriller-filled drama of mistakes that never subside, boys Season 3 targets a daunting question: What do the good guys do when the bad guys keep winning?
The answer isn’t entirely clear from the five out of the eight episodes that were given to critics. But showrunner Eric Kripke’s consistent wit, algebraic storytelling, skilled director slate, and unwavering willingness to “go there” promise a killer conclusion guaranteed to make audiences feel some kind of way. It’s certainly not a comfortable TV at a time when we can arguably use it a lot. But while the world deals with a lot of horror even joking, the boys’ The characteristically ambiguous manners go down very smoothly, like a shot of sarcasm and schadenfreude sweetened in time, knowing with a sense of humor that at least relieves tension.
In parallel to the striking revelation that Congresswoman Victoria Newman (Claudia Dumett) may be working for, not against, the evil Vogt Corporation, Heige finds himself mired in some, shall we say, satanic dramatic irony. The grieving boy distances himself from Butcher and his vigilante team in hopes of promoting legitimate change from within Newman’s Bureau and the Federal Bureau of Paranormal Affairs, much to the chagrin of his former family who are found in the process. But now, instead of doing so, he’s inadvertently working for a chick who has squeezed the minds of a former CIA director, a seemingly unstoppable cult leader, and dozens of innocent civilians.
To make matters bleaker, Homelander can’t stay in a cage forever as Starr’s horrific performance pushes the ‘Biggest Bad’ series closer and closer to the psychological brink. A sharply written thread of disinformation (complete with a Tucker Carlson knockoff) drives Homeland’s selfish—and overtly Trump-inspired—novel. But it’s Starr’s frantic actions that make the slow-burning threat so serious. (If there is an argument to be made regarding a file boys movie, and then seeing those harsh, icy orbs on the big screen.)
Still, there’s hope of stopping Vought and Homelander, perhaps for good. The promise (read: ominous horror) of a 24-hour pilot V Synthesis and rumors of a powerful weapon that killed former Vault poster child Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) during a mission in the ’80s reach our heroes early. But both of these potential “solutions” require The Boys to consider using, or at least taking advantage of, someone else’s superpowers, the show’s symbol of evil so far. In order to get what they want, boys have to decide what parts of themselves they want to lose. It is the classic debate between pacifists and radical philosophy, best explored by Ryan Coogler Black Panther But it has been touched upon by a curse near every good versus evil saga in recent memory.
what makes the boys’ Approach this familiar area the wand – like a speedboat sinking straight into Lucy the whale’s bowels Stick– They are relentless winks of the world we already live in. Not only boys Season 3 takes gritty twists on everything from social and economic oppression to grumbling white men crying out for the abolition of culture, but it does so with a precision that makes joke after joke, scene after scene, glory kill after glory kill, land like a knockout punch. Whether it’s a massacre involving a MAGA-inspired dildo or directly describing Lindsey Graham as a “gooch licker.” boys Don’t bother provoking the wrong people to pee. Even better, Kripke’s talent for quickly linking these tones to the main bow doesn’t leave us reeling from them.
There are some clumsy beats, like A-Train (Jessie Ushers) stumbling his way through the Black Lives Matter movement, The Deep (Chace Crawford) getting a totally unrealistic renaming, and Starlight eating an unexplained level of sexual shit in a story that really needs to go To somewhere before the end. but in general, boys Still one of the most connected satires in broadcasting, it makes a good point on a figurative dagger, as many other performances use as a sharp butter knife. The stellar performances by Giancarlo Esposito, as CEO of Vought, Stan Edgar, and Colby Minnify, as Ashley’s skin girl, are particularly impactful. Suffice it to say: If the road to hell is paved with self-serving businessmen and mediocre white women, every brick looks like they act like these two damn narcissists.
Filled with fun thrills, surprises, and memorable commentaries, boys Season 3 ticks nearly all the boxes for those looking to vent on screen amid frustration, impatience, and grief in the real world. Sure, Homelander is the one comparing himself to Jesus this season. But in an America as muddled as America, you can ask yourself: What will the boys do?