Friday night, The Boys premiered at The Amazon Prime Video Experience at Comic-Con. The event was 21 and up, and before the premiere, fans were treated to an interactive show. Before the season premiere, it was announced that season two of The Boys is already in production. The cast was introduced by the creator and showrunner. This introduction was followed by a birthday celebration for Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), who plays The Deep in the series. Although many Gossip Girl fans were thrilled, the crowd was warned that their childhood crush would quickly become a character they despise. They weren’t wrong.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead.
The first episode quickly sets the tone for the rest of the season, with unabashed nudity and violence. This superhero show is definitely not one for the kids. In the premiere, it immediately starts off action-packed, with the heroes (or villains?) and Homelander, played by Antony Starr (Banshee), saving two kids from gunmen. However, this heroic act is quickly undone when a tech salesman named Hughie, played by Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games), and his girlfriend Robin are literally torn apart, quite graphically, by A-Train, played by Jessie T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence). This propels him into avenging his fiancé-to-be and he teams up with Billy Butcher, played by Karl Urban (Star Trek), in the fight against The Seven, the elite superheroes, or “Supes,” as they are called.
Starlight, played by Erin Moriarty (Captain Fantastic), is also introduced as the newbie to the team, still innocent and full of good intentions. This quickly changes once she meets The Deep, her childhood crush, who forces her to have sex with him in exchange for her staying on with the crew. This surprising turn is direct and timely considering the #MeToo Movement and numerous sexual allegations against popular persons such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
Despite the gravity of the topics, the show creates a fun tone with punchy lines, a bit of absurdity and a more humorous look at what some people have always wondered: what happens in the aftermath of superhero destruction and who exactly is responsible for reparations? The answer in the series is Vought Industries, who manages all superheroes, or “super-abled” people. However, the episode quickly shows that Vought is also not what they seem. Their “protection” comes at the price of cover-ups and media exploitation of The Seven. They are essentially celebrities for the marketing world and in exchange for that, everyone turns a blind eye to all of their actions, no matter how insidious.
Nitty and gritty on every aspect, the premiere was violent, perverse, unafraid of pushing the limits. When the good turn bad and the bad turn good, the lines blur and the roles are reversed between “bad guys” and superheroes. It’s more than just a fun show full of gratuitous violence and nudity, it’s a look into the human psyche and how much the media influences society.
Season one of The Boys will premiere on Amazon Prime July 26th. Watch the trailer below.