THE BOYS: SEASON THREE
Starring: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Laz Alonso, Tomer Capone, Karen Fukuhara, Jessie T. Usher, Chace Crawford, Colby Minifie, Claudia Doumit, Laurie Holden, and Jensen Ackles
Creator: Eric Kripke
The argument could be made that this season of The Boys is the best yet, which is quite the feat considering it’s the series’ third season. The entire cast is electric. While Antony Starr's Homelander leads the charge as one of the more enthralling characters on television, Karen Fukuhara is the true season MVP for her layered portrayal of Kimiko. The writers ensure the plot never stagnates with their evolution of the racial themes from last year, and the violence and gore remain both creative and unforgettable. Not only is The Boys the best series of the year, it’s showing no signs of slowing down.
As unusual as this is to say about almost any major streaming show past its first outing, The Boys may well have just wrapped its best season yet. While there are some individual issues within specific episodes, Season Three combines the best aspects of the previous two seasons by digging deeper into its characters and elevating its stakes in horrifyingly organic fashion. Everyone dials their performances way up for round three, but the standouts are, without a doubt, Laz Alonso, Antony Starr, and Jensen Ackles (Starr, in particular, is overdue an Emmy nod). Wherever season four wants to go, I’ll be there.
After a third consecutive perfect season, I’m starting to think The Boys is a pretty damn good show. The cast is once again top notch, and I will personally become Homelander if Antony Starr misses an Emmy nod again.The show’s bonkers and extreme nature go above and beyond this season, but it never gets in the way of the characters or the brilliant satire at the show's core. That final scene literally scared the bejeezus out of me because of how real it is, not to mention its implications for future seasons. All in all, it was the best and most diabolical season yet.
In a media landscape teeming with superheroes, The Boys’ third season may have cemented the series as the only must-watch in an overstuffed genre. While the very-hard-R-rated shenanigans get most of the press (Herogasm, anyone?), the fact is that it’s an incredibly well-written and hilarious satire on politics, capitalism, and celebrity that features some truly award-worthy performances (Antony Starr, especially). One tiny criticism is that some of the satire could be more subtle, but that’s barely a complaint worth mentioning. And if you don’t care about the razor sharp commentary, it’s also a rowdy action ride that will leave you saying “holy shit!” repeatedly.