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"The Boys (2019 Amazon Video)"


  

          

This show debuted a week ago while the boards were down, so there's no prior post for it I don't think. Stellar show with the nice amount of 8 episodes for the season. For those that don't know, the show revolves around a The Watchmen type look at a world inhabited by superheros from the point of view of a group of regular civilians looking to take them down. I won't spoil too much of the show since revealing the twist in the plot points will take some of the fun out of the show, but I will say this was riveting television and binge watching all episodes in one sitting felt so effortless. The only weakness was a somewhat ham-fisted romantic plot point between two of the main characters.

What say you folks that watched this?

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Antony Starr is literally scary good in this
Aug 03rd 2019
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I enjoyed this and Umbrella Academy.
Aug 05th 2019
2
Oh fuck
Aug 13th 2019
17
RE: Antony Starr is literally scary good in this
Aug 15th 2019
22
      Absolutely skip the comic
Aug 19th 2019
24
3 eps in and I am loving it.
Aug 05th 2019
3
this was really well done.
Aug 05th 2019
4
This show succeeded where those Marvel Netflix show failed.
Aug 05th 2019
5
      agreed and its unfortunate.
Aug 05th 2019
7
      which is insane because Amazon's original programming is vastly superior
Aug 05th 2019
8
      I don't think that's true
Aug 06th 2019
10
      nah its got great word of mouth. it should be popular.
Aug 07th 2019
11
Really good show, great premise.
Aug 05th 2019
6
*spoilers****
Aug 06th 2019
9
damn this show is GOOD!!
Aug 07th 2019
12
Best show I've watched in a while
Aug 07th 2019
13
solid work, all around...
Aug 12th 2019
14
This show shouldn't be as good as it is.
Aug 13th 2019
15
which one lol
Aug 13th 2019
16
not a comic book person and can tell u i absolutely loved it
Aug 14th 2019
18
YES!....landing STUCK!!
Aug 14th 2019
19
Halfway through and I love it
Aug 15th 2019
20
I was in after episode 1
Aug 15th 2019
21
well shit...
Aug 19th 2019
23
For starters
Aug 19th 2019
25
      they film in Toronto and I couldn't stop seeing
Aug 20th 2019
26
I stopped halfway through Ep 1
Aug 21st 2019
27
i mean what else would happen if the flash ran into someone
Aug 21st 2019
28
There is more gore/violence
Aug 21st 2019
29
it sounds like you see this as some boondock saints type shit
Aug 21st 2019
30
      not at all
Aug 22nd 2019
31
           i haven't read the comics but my friends who have
Aug 22nd 2019
32
it was pretty fuckin great, cunts
Aug 22nd 2019
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1. "Antony Starr is literally scary good in this"
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I'm a huge Banshee fan from pretty much season 1 so I have always liked Starr but had NO idea his abilities extended this far. In a just world this should be a career/star-making performance for him.

In fact, the entire cast is uniformly excellent in this. I read the comic in prep for this and absolutely hated it. It's chock-full of mean-spirited cynicism but devoid of any substance or useful commentary on pretty much anything. It's the kind of white male rage that I have absolutely zero tolerance for. Thankfully, the show takes the premise and molds it into something that, while not perfect, at least attempts to have something to say about power and celebrity and what it means to be a good human being much less a hero.

It's gory and problematic no doubt but there's a humanity at work here that the comic never had and frankly Ennis, from what I've seen, is utterly incapable of.

This is basically what I wanted from the film adaptation of Watchmen. It's faithful but not slavish and understands what the source material is ultimately getting at all and therefore ends up being vastly superior to the source material. Thankfully they have a great creative team involved in this instead of a Randian moron who can only ape but not interpret.

I'm very much look forward to season 2.

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2. "I enjoyed this and Umbrella Academy."
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Where UA is "What if the X-Men were horrible real people?", this is "What if the Justice Leauge were horrible real people?". The gore caught me off guard at some points, but otherwise, this is about 2nd or 3rd as far as super-hero content this year, with Endgame being my favorite.

Edit: I definitely didn't mean to reply to your post.

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17. "Oh fuck"
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I watched all of Banshee and all of this and didn't realize that was the same person lol

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22. "RE: Antony Starr is literally scary good in this"
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>I'm a huge Banshee fan from pretty much season 1 so I have
>always liked Starr but had NO idea his abilities extended this
>far. In a just world this should be a career/star-making
>performance for him.
>
>In fact, the entire cast is uniformly excellent in this. I
>read the comic in prep for this and absolutely hated it. It's
>chock-full of mean-spirited cynicism but devoid of any
>substance or useful commentary on pretty much anything. It's
>the kind of white male rage that I have absolutely zero
>tolerance for. Thankfully, the show takes the premise and
>molds it into something that, while not perfect, at least
>attempts to have something to say about power and celebrity
>and what it means to be a good human being much less a hero.
>
>It's gory and problematic no doubt but there's a humanity at
>work here that the comic never had and frankly Ennis, from
>what I've seen, is utterly incapable of.
>
>This is basically what I wanted from the film adaptation of
>Watchmen. It's faithful but not slavish and understands what
>the source material is ultimately getting at all and therefore
>ends up being vastly superior to the source material.
>Thankfully they have a great creative team involved in this
>instead of a Randian moron who can only ape but not interpret.
>
>
>I'm very much look forward to season 2.


I wanted to read the comics after binge watching the first season, but the less than stellar art style that I saw on various youtube reviews for the show turned me off. I also am a little disinterested after hearing some of the differences between the comics and the show from some Youtube comments as well. It seems as if the violence in the comics is there for shock values sake and I dunno how much of that I can stomach before getting too bored. The comics don't seem to have the nuance that the show has. I'm of the opinion that the show will be worthy of watching even if you have full knowledge of the comics since I have the feeling the show will diverge a ton from the original source.

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24. "Absolutely skip the comic "
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It's stunningly terrible. The fact the show works at all, much less to the degree it does is solely because of just how much it diverges from the comic. The comic is just pure angry mediocre white man rage and I've got no tolerance for that bullshit.

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3. "3 eps in and I am loving it. "
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¿If a fat guy falls in the woods and there is no one around to see it, do the trees laugh?

  

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4. "this was really well done."
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its pretty impressive how much they got done in 8 eps too.

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5. "This show succeeded where those Marvel Netflix show failed."
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Sadly enough, I have the feeling this show won't get the eyeballs it truly deserves because I have the feeling Amazon video is viewed on a much much much lower scale than Netflix.

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7. "agreed and its unfortunate."
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8. "which is insane because Amazon's original programming is vastly superior"
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"Things aren't looking too good for black people right now PR-wise"
Tracy Morgan

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10. "I don't think that's true"
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www.engadgethd.com - the other stuff i'm looking at

  

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11. "nah its got great word of mouth. it should be popular."
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6. "Really good show, great premise. "
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Really well done, but you can see how Amazon may have hedged their bets a bit, budget wise. Really looking forward to see what they do next season.
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9. "*spoilers****"
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despite how fucking bonkers the ending is

i feel like they built up all the characters to where it kinda made sense. everyones motivations seemed to fit perfectly for me unlike some other previous shows that seemed to not be able to connect dots...


like the whole weird arc of homelander is really really enjoyable


got some very strong worlds finest meets hancock vibes from it too

  

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12. "damn this show is GOOD!!"
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4 eps in. Been genuinely surprised with something unexpected in every episode so far. great casting all the way round...

my favorite thing on tv right now.

  

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13. "Best show I've watched in a while"
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I love every episode and the cast knocked it out of the park.

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14. "solid work, all around..."
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..from cinematography & writing, to cast & crew.

they tackled quite a bit in 8 eps without becoming stagnant or boring.


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15. "This show shouldn't be as good as it is. "
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Like a blurb describing the show doesn't sound that interesting and even visuals stills look super hokey. But this has a starship troopers thing going where you know the showrunners are in on the joke. Like of course its ridiculous that these guys where there costumes all the time.

I think this is actually more effective than watchmen in showing what the world would be like with superheros in it. Or maybe it's an update that we didn't really know that we needed.

This might not take off because I think you may have to be a comic book person to get into it but it will definitely grow and find a fan base.

*Spoilers*

That airplane scene is the best thing I have seen in a superhero movie ever. Powerful stuff.

I was super sure that they were going to blow the ending but damn did they deliver.


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16. "which one lol"
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>*Spoilers*
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>That airplane scene is the best thing I have seen in a
>superhero movie ever. Powerful stuff.
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>I was super sure that they were going to blow the ending but
>damn did they deliver.
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Homelander & airplanes are not a good mix haha

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18. "not a comic book person and can tell u i absolutely loved it"
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cant wait for the next season

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19. "YES!....landing STUCK!!"
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20. "Halfway through and I love it"
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Karl Urban is awesome in this. The "Spice Girls" speech had me dying.

  

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21. "I was in after episode 1"
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Got 2 left right now.
I can usually be really analytical, and nitpicky with details in thing. But this is so well done, that I'm willing to overlook the flaws and silly nonsense.
Accidentally read a spoiler when trying to figure out what the hell Black Noir's powers were.

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i just heard that due to the success of season 1 amazon just gave them a shit ton of money for season 2. hopefully that doesn't mean they try and do too much and lose the focus that made season 1 so good.

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25. "For starters"
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I hope the season length is kept to eight episodes. Perfect number of episodes IMO without the threat of things getting to muddied up or convoluted. Not too long, not too short.

In a perfect world, I'd like the show to actually shoot episodes in NYC since there were some shots where it was glaringly obvious they weren't in NYC, but that's nitpicking on my part.

Very good to hear there some evidence of success for this show though.

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26. "they film in Toronto and I couldn't stop seeing"
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locations that I recognized - it took me out of a few scenes. nothing crazy, but the scenes with the Christmas party and the other corporate party were filmed in Roy Thomson Hall. I've been to a few suit & tie events there and those scenes definitely took me out of the show's universe. But I mean, I get it, filming in Toronto is hella cheap compared to NYC so they do what they have to.

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27. "I stopped halfway through Ep 1"
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Like Preacher, I can't get with Garth Enis' heartless violence/gore. It just comes off as shock value with no regard for the characters.

When discount Flash tore through o girl, I noped out.

Maybe I need to go back though. Everyone is praising this, even people who normally don't dig hyper-violent shows.

  

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28. "i mean what else would happen if the flash ran into someone"
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29. "There is more gore/violence"
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but the characters are very well drawn out and are aren't completely one dimensional. In addition, the plot points don't come across as being done simply for shock values sake.

Lastly, I will say this show is much much much much better than the TV version of Preacher, if that means anything.

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30. "it sounds like you see this as some boondock saints type shit"
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its not though

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31. "not at all"
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I'm all in for a darker, more realistic take on superheroes. That's not my issue.

I just don't dig on the way Garth Enis portrays the gore/violence in his stories. I don't mind gore or violence, but just the way he depict it in his comics is off-putting. TO me. Based on the hype I thought maybe the show might not go that route, but it seems like they stay pretty true to it, which is hard for me to hang with.

But again, a lot of people whose opinion I trust have said it's really good, so I might give it another shot.

  

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32. "i haven't read the comics but my friends who have"
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tell me despite the gore factor, it's still apparently significantly toned down compared to the OG. that said, Seth (Rogen) recently talked about the fact that they've already started filming season 2 and it's gonna be bigger, better and they're gonna go for some of the gorier, crazier shit they initially left out.

...so i guess enjoy season 1 while it's still only 'mildly gory' lol. personally i found it to be a pretty damn good character study. Homelander in particular is...complex, to say the least.

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33. "it was pretty fuckin great, cunts"
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lol sorry, channeling Billy.
altho, here in Australia, "cunt" is pretty much a replacement word for "dude". samesies for our peeps across the pond (Urban is Kiwi but i think Butcher's sposed to be British right?).
even wifey enjoyed it, and she's picky as hell about the shit she actually likes.
Frenchie & Mothers Milk are the standouts for me, hands down my favs. the characters and the actors playing em.
the airplane scene with Maeve and Homelander. dear lord, *that* shit disturbed me more than any of the blood and guts.
The DEEP lol. dude was mostly played for laughs but he should have an intriguing journey ahead. that reverse-rape with the gills was somethin else.
Starlight & Hughey are obviously the beating heart of the show, but whenever Billy has moments of emotional clarity and honesty, he kinda steals all the feels. Urban kills it.
Homelander is played so fucking well, i *want* to be disturbed and terrified most of the time (and i kinda am cos he got them crazy eyes (not the lasers, just his regular eyes)), but a lot of the time i just give one of them super-impressed laughs every time he does some scandalous shit. just seeing that Dark Superman hypothetical come to life like that is literally awesome to see, and well...yeah, pretty terrifying. his takedown of the terrorist cell using nothing but his laser eyes? the ending too? how was Billy even meant to make a dent in that man?

glad it ended the way it did. it wasn't a *twist* ending, but a nice change of pace from what we might've expected (and thankfully not a "subverting expectations" style thing that D&D harped on about for GoT season 8). hope they get at least 10 eps for s2.

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