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[TV] The Boys

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A group of vigilantes set out to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1190634/

Imagine if the justice league were assholes working for a soulless corporation.  This series is hard to easily pin down, it's based on comics and it tends to be on the darker more mature side.  There is still some comedic moments (mostly dark comedy) and a weird twist on comic book style heroes.  I'm more than halfway through the series and I've enjoyed it so far.  The show does have some ham-fisted messages regarding religion and politics but it hasn't disrupted my enjoyment of the series.  The production quality is high, the acting is decent, but they're certainly leaning in on the gore/nudity/language as shock value. 

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Some random thoughts from the first episode.

  • Production value seems pretty high.
  • I went and looked it up so I guess Karl Urban was born in NZ. That explains that.
  • Do they have to make the main male character so cringe?
  • First impressions from the first episode were generally positive. I will continue to watch.

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15 hours ago, kuhla said:

Some random thoughts from the first episode.

  • Do they have to make the main male character so cringe?

I haven't read the comics, and from what little I know about the show they're not sticking directly to the source material.  I will say that the comic character of Hughie is supposed to be based on Simon Pegg, which is partially why they cast him as Hughie's father.  I do think they make him out to be a loser more at the start of the show, because they steadily build him up (not excessively) as the show goes on.  I still didn't like the character, and there's probably some intention in that as they're subverting the audiences' desire to root for the heroes, while the main character is more of a wimp. 

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