The Boys: Season 1, Episode 1 “The Name Of The Game” [Series Premiere] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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The Boys gives us Greco-Roman style god-like heroes, and reminds us of the dark side the MCU and DCU don’t show.


Network
Amazon Prime
Creator(s) Eric Kripke
Director(s) Dan Tractenberg
Writer(s) Eric Kripke
Air Date 7/26/2019
Genre(s) Action, Drama, Comedy
Good If You Like
  • The Dark Side Of Superheroes
  • Super Heroes Behaving Badly
  • Blood and Violence
  • David vs. Goliath Storylines
Isn’t For You If You
  • Don’t Want To Watch Anything Dealing With Superheroes, Even If It Calls Out The Heroes, Their Creators, And The Lack of Collateral Damage Never Mentioned
Introduced This Episode
Hughie Jack Quaid
Robin Jess Salgueiro
A-Train Jessie T. Usher
Billy Butcher Karl Urban
Madelyn Stillwell Elisabeth Shue
Annie (Starlight) Erin Moriarty
Deep Chace Crawford

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The Introduction

Originally, when it comes to heroes, whether you are in Brooklyn, NY or Idaho, they are seen as pillars of the community. Faster than the cops, delivering a cathartic justice, and having the best PR around. However, with our lead, Hughie, losing his girlfriend, Robin, to the Flash-inspired A-Train, that leads to use learning the truth. Through a man named Billy Butcher, we learn how corrupt heroes are and that over 200 work for the Vought company and their CEO Madelyn Stillwell. Someone who licenses out the various heroes for not just movies and merchandise, but also protection. Which, in return, she and Vought received 100s of millions of dollars alongside the type of immunity even the best cops can’t get.

Which is why Hughie doesn’t want to be just another person paid off and forced to move on. He wants to fight and expose the heroes for who they are. A fight he might not be alone in for after dealing with a casting couch situation from one of the top heroes of Vought, Annie, aka Starlight, may soon join forces with Hughie either hand in hand or indirectly.

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Since when did hopeful and naïve become the same thing?
— Annie

Highlights

A Different Side To Heroes

While there is Deadpool, Watchmen, and others which make it clear not all heroes are saints, they maintain this sense of being lovable anti-heroes. With The Boys, they take that up a notch and give you an almost Greco-Roman vibe to these god-like creatures. They are immensely powerful yet fallible. They see themselves above the law and while praised immensely, very few, if any, might be humble.

Making the idea of taking them down vastly appealing. Especially the whole David vs. Goliaths & a conglomerate. For on top of the battle Hughie is signing up for, there is also the massive amount of commentary that can be thrown out there.

Starlight aka Annie

Annie aka Starlight (Erin Moriarty) in front of a statue of The Seven.
Annie aka Starlight (Erin Moriarty)

Focusing on specific characters, the only one, as an individual, worth investing in is Annie. Maybe it is because she has that origin story vibe we’re used to? If not her getting a wake-up call that is devastating to watch. For just as she becomes part of The Seven, on her first day, Deep decides to whip out his d*** and coerce her into a casting couch situation.

Which, strangely not in a cheap way, makes you feel for her and want to coddle her a bit. Add in what she does for Hughie as a character, and it makes Moriarty seem like a breakout star amongst the cast.

On The Fence

Unlike Most Superhero Based Media, The Pace Is Anything But Fast

One of the issues you may encounter with The Boys is that Hughie isn’t that dynamic of a lead. He isn’t someone you really want to follow around, and he doesn’t work well as a medium either. Making his interactions with Billy Butcher and Annie crutches for him but life-saving for the show.

First Impression: Positive (Watch This)

Admittedly, the concept of a show delivering ill-behaved superheroes on a big budget is what saves The Boys. Without that, and Moriarty as Annie, I’d assume by episode five, like many violent shows, it would get boring, you’d feel jaded, and think this would have made a better movie than 8-hour experience. So while our first impression of this is positive, I feel like a major asterisk is needed. If only because there isn’t a firm belief this show can rest on Moririty’s shoulders, and bad behavior remaining entertaining. But, here is hoping I’m wrong.

Annie aka Starlight (Erin Moriarty) sitting with The Seven.
Annie aka Starlight (Erin Moriarty)

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 8 “You Found Me” [Season Finale]How does a show like The Boys do a finale? Well, by killing characters you’d never expect and ending on a reveal which may actually shock you.
Director(s) Eric Kripke
Writer(s) Anne Cofell Saunders, Rebecca Sonnenshine
Air Date 7/26/2019
Introduced This Episode
Nathan Christian Keyes
Mr. Edgar Giancarlo Esposito
  • The Planned Worked For Many, But Not All: The Deep, Homelander, Billy, Madelyn, Susan, A-Train, Mr. Edgar
  • Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures:Annie, Hughie, Billy, M.M., Frenchie, Kimiko, Grace, Donna
  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But That Doesn’t Mean You’re Settling: Becca, Madelyn, Homelander, Annie, Maeve, A-Train, Hughie, M.M., Frenchie, Nathan
Season 1, Episode 4 “The Female of the Species”Frenchie thinks he may have found someone new for the team. Problem is, she’s likely a Super, doesn’t seem to speak English, and is possibly psycho.
Director(s) Fred Toye
Writer(s) Craig Rosenberg
Air Date 7/26/2019
Introduced This Episode
The Female Karen Fukuhara
CIA Deputy Director Susan Raynor Jennifer Esposito
Becca Shantel VanSanten
  • Moving On Is Hard: Hughie, Annie, Billy, Becca, Susan
  • Spice Girl Quiz: Billy, Frenchie, The Female, A-Train, Popclaw, Mother’s Milk, Hughie
  • Are We Even Heroes?: Queen Maeve, Homelander, The Deep, Madelyn
Season 1, Episode 5 “Good For The Soul”With the concept of faith and loss brought up, we’re reminded of how lonely many characters are and how they struggle to find connections.
Director(s) Stefan Schwartz
Writer(s) Anne Cofell Saunders
Air Date 7/29/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ezekiel Shaun Benson
Donna Ann Cusack
Black Noir Nathan Mitchell
Elena Nicola Correia-Damude
  • Believe Expo: Ezekiel, Hughie, Billy, Annie, Donna, Mother’s Milk
  • Those Left Behind: Billy, Maeve, Elena
  • A Song For The Lonely: Annie, Hughie, Frenchie, Black Noir, The Female, A-Train, Homelander, Madelyn
Season 1, Episode 6 “The Innocents”On top of learning “The Female’s” real name and background, Billy’s beef with Homelander is fleshed out, Homelander’s childhood, and more.
Director(s) Jennifer Phang
Writer(s) Rebecca Sonnenshine
Air Date 7/26/2019
Introduced This Episode
Mesmer Haley Joel Osment
  • The #MeToo Movement Hits Vought: Annie, The Deep, Madelyn, Maeve, Elena, Ashley
  • Taking It Back: Homelander, Billy, Hughie, Kimiko, Mesmer, Frenchie
  • The Beginning Of The End: Susan, Billy, Annie, Hughie
Season 1, Episode 7 “The Self-Preservation Society”In the penultimate episode of the season, Becca’s fate is revealed, and you may end up getting a bit teary-eyed.
Director(s) Dan Attias
Writer(s) Craig Rosenberg, Ellie Monahan
Air Date 7/26/2019
Introduced This Episode
Monique Alvina August
 Dr. Vogelbaum John Doman
Grace Mallory Laila Robins
Naqib Krishan Dutt
Hugh Sr. Simon Pegg
  • Initiate The Contingency Plan: Annie, A-Train, Homelander, Meave, Hughie, Billy, M.M, Kimiko, Hugh Sr., Frenchie
  • My Greatest Failure: Grace, Dr. Vogelbaum, Homelander, Madelyn, Becca, Billy
  • Too Big To Fail: Naqib, Madelyn, Monique, Annie, Hughie, Billy, M.M, Susan,
Season 1, Episode 3 “Get Some”Billy expands the team by one, and as he does, he stumbles upon Compound V and a new asset.
Director(s) Phil Sgriccia
Writer(s) George Mastras
Air Date 7/26/2019
Introduced This Episode
Popclaw Brittany Allen
Queen Maeve Dominique McElligott
Mother’s Milk Laz Alonso
  • Mother’s Milk: Mother’s Milk, Frenchie, Billy, Hughie
  • The Life I Could Have Had: Hughie, Popclaw, Annie, Madelyn, Billy, Frenchie, A-Train
  • This Means War: Homelander, The Deep, Madelyn, Queen Maeve
Season 1, Episode 2 “Cherry”As Vought International, Madelyn specifically, reveals its hand to us, so comes the realization this may actually be a show with no heroes. Well, besides Starlight.
Director(s) Matt Shakman
Writer(s) Eric Kripke
Air Date 7/26/2019
Introduced This Episode
Frenchie Tomer Capon
Homelander Anthony Starr
Senator Calhoun David Andrews
Ashley Colby Mionifie
Doppelganger Dan Darin-Zanco
Anika Ana Sani
Translucent Alex Hassell
  • Starlight, This Is Your New Life: Annie, Ashley, The Deep
  • Wanting To Do More And Yet Doing Too Much: Homelander, Senator Calhoun, Doppelganger, Madelyn
  • We Need To Talk About The Guy In My Trunk: Anika, Homelander, Frenchie, Hughie, Billy, Translucent
Season 1, Episode 1 “The Name Of The Game” [Series Premiere]The Boys gives us Greco-Roman style god-like heroes, and reminds us of the dark side the MCU and DCU don’t show.
Director(s) Dan Tractenberg
Writer(s) Eric Kripke
Air Date 7/26/2019
Genre(s) Action, Drama, Comedy
Good If You Like
  • The Dark Side Of Superheroes
  • Super Heroes Behaving Badly
  • Blood and Violence
  • David vs. Goliath Storylines
Isn’t For You If You
  • Don’t Want To Watch Anything Dealing With Superheroes, Even If It Calls Out The Heroes, Their Creators, And The Lack of Collateral Damage Never Mentioned
Introduced This Episode
Hughie Jack Quaid
Robin Jess Salgueiro
A-Train Jessie T. Usher
Billy Butcher Karl Urban
Madelyn Stillwell Elisabeth Shue
Annie (Starlight) Erin Moriarty
Deep Chace Crawford

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