The Boys Season 3 Review: Suped Up and Bloodier Than Ever
The Boys Season 3 continues to blow the lid every season as it supersedes itself with bloodier, crazier, and over-the-top madness as the series progresses. The new series is set to premiere on June 3rd, 2022, which is just one day away and will bring back the familiar faces of Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Jack Quaid, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capone, Karen Fukuhara, Giancarlo Esposito Nathan Mitchell, Colby Minifie, and Claudia Doumit.
The series is also introducing the highly-anticipated introduction of Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) as well as Laurie Holden‘s Crimson Countess, and Nick Wechsler‘s Blue Hawk.
The series is developed by Eric Kripke and is executive produced by Kripke, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Craig Rosenberg, Phil Sgriccia, Paul Grellong, David Reed, Meredith Glynn, Ken F. Levin, Jason Netter, Ori Marmur, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, and Michaela Starr.
The synopsis for season 3 of The Boys reads:
“It’s been a year of calm. Homelander’s subdued. Butcher works for the government, supervised by Hughie of all people. But both men itch to turn this peace and quiet into blood and bone. So when The Boys learn of a mysterious Anti-Supe weapon, it sends them crashing into the Seven, starting a war, and chasing the legend of the first Superhero: Soldier Boy.”
With an entire year having passed, the calmness of that year has its doors blown off rather quickly as Hugie and Butcher’s work at the Federal Bureau of Superhuman Affairs leads them from their do-good mentality back to old habits. As can be expected, Only Butcher and The Boys are willing to do what it takes to take on the corruption of Vought International that stems throughout every branch of the government and society with the power and intimidation of Supes and The Seven at their back.
The first three episodes pack quite a bit of cleanup from the previous season while catching viewers up to what they will be getting into this time around. On the heels of Stormfront’s (Aya Cash) Nazi ties, Vought and Homelander are tending to the aftermath of their affiliation with Stormfront, and as Homelander takes the bulk of the criticism, Edgar uses this to keep Homelander from his once untouchable status and finds himself spinning the webs behind all things Vought.
There is clear tension among Homelander who seems to become more unhinged as time goes on, and even with being the strongest superhero in the world, he still finds himself having lost to Butcher and losing his son with the threat of the airplane video.
Hughie and Starlight find themselves trying to balance their important roles, the fame, and their love life which hits a roadblock when Hugie discovers his year working alongside Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) has been for nothing when he discovers her to be the head-popping supe that killed congress in season 2.
As he must confess to Butcher that he was right all along, this brings one of the highlights of this season thus far as Urban and Quaids mentor-brother dynamic reaches depths not before seen between the two through their conversations, actions, and circumstance that brings the two closer than they have ever been before.
With the series taking Starlight back to Vought as The Boys’ informant, the stakes grow higher and this season seems to be more unhinged than ever before. Homelander reaches new levels that should instill fear felt across the entire series universe and those watching at home. The Deep continues to provide a sort of comedic element as he continues his journey back from the sexual assault on Starlight, and his religious ties in season 2 with hopes of being of The Seven once again.
Emotionally, M.M.’s ties to the plot and emotional and mental struggles were surprisingly deep and touching. As he steps away from that life to try and reconcile with his family, his life fighting alongside Butcher continues to creep back and pull him back into old habits.
The Boys season 3 promised to be the bloodiest and most violent yet, and throughout the premiere, they have lived up to that promise and then some while also not giving these characters or the viewers time to breathe as they keep pushing through from one crazy antic to the next. Ackles’ Soldier Boy is a more than welcome addition.
As a huge fan of Supernatural, it’s absolutely great to see Ackles on the small screen again. With the layers being pulled back on his character, more questions than answers can be expected before we begin to truly understand his origin and what happened to America’s greatest hero all those years ago.
The Boys season 3 is angrier and packs a punch that will hit viewers harder than they have felt from any season prior. The stakes reach a level that will have implications for every character in the series. With some characters taking strides with their characters, some of our beloved characters do see themselves regressing in some aspects of their lives and falling back to old habits.
The introduction of a very important drug in the comics creeps its way into this season and it will be interesting to see what direction Kripke is opting to go with this. Regardless, Kripke has shown time and time again that he knows exactly what to bring and how to bring it when it comes to The Boys. A binge-worthy season that will leave you craving more.
Source: Amazon Studios