By Connor Lambert, Staff Writer
“The Boys” has gained popularity since its debut on Amazon Prime in July 2019 recently came out with a new season that premiered Sept. 4. When season one debuted last summer it was instantly a hit with audiences worldwide. Amazon announced shortly after its release that the show was “One of its most-watched series ever.” The show offers viewers profanity, violence, and more.
As Nielsen’s Subscription Video on Demand content ratings stated, “The Boys” averaged 4.1 million viewers per episode over the first 10 days of its release. While the first season released all episodes in one day, the second season released the first three episodes on Sept. 4 with a new episode every Friday. The show has already been renewed for a third season due to its popularity.
The show is about a group of vigilantes led by Billy Butcher who try and take down the corrupt superheroes who abuse their powers. These “Supes” as called in the show, are mostly using their powers for their own gain and popularity with no concern for anyone who gets in the way. Many characters in this show resemble famous characters like Aquaman and Superman and this helps the audience connect to them at the beginning of the show. However, when they see the damage the “Supes” do audience opinions change.
Actor Karl Urban shows a very gritty, angry, and just all around crazy Billy Butcher and makes the character one you want to root for from the start. Another actor in the series is Antony Starr who plays Homelander, throughout the show, Starr shows all kinds of different emotions making him a very intimidating villain.
James Waldhof, a senior broadcasting major, is a fan of the different take on the superhero genre. “Growing up watching the Avengers and superhero movies like that, this is a nice change to flip the script on superheroes.” As Waldhof shows this new spin on superheroes could make other shows in the future follow their lead. Waldhof admittedly said he was surprised at how much he liked the series in the beginning. “When I first started watching “The Boys” I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was surprised with how much I ended up enjoying it.” Waldhof recommends that others give this show a shot as well, with the fresh take on superheroes it could be just the show you need right now.