It cannot be said that the long-awaited finale of season 3 of ‘The Boys’ is not up to par. It’s an expected confluence of characters with a proper confrontation, but it stops there. There is not much more nor is expected. Amazon Prime’s Garth Ennis comic book adaptation fills a necessary gap in superhero genre television, but despite the provocation it offers against Disney+ and Marvel does not really offer a groundbreaking alternative.
Erick Kripke He has tried to make a more spectacular season, but ends up falling into the vices acquired from the series with no sign that he will be able to get rid of them in the future. Although heThe second half has many witty moments, scenes of bestial violence and very good actionthe fact that the episode ‘Herogasm’ continues to be the best of the set says a lot about what the project is starting to become.
SPOILERS for episode 8 onwards
There is always a lot of provocation, subversive moments, creative gore and some political and social satire brilliant, but after 24 episodes it seems that they have actually settled down to offer the same thing over and over again. The dialogues are not very well written and usually do not reveal anything, two characters come out, talk and talk and talk about plans and eventualities and at the end, if we are lucky, there is an outburst of violence. Then some kind of sexual joke is used to introduce a character in the next scene, and the last 10 minutes, he fights.
A proper three-way fight
Episode 8, directed by Sarah Boyd and written by Logan Ritchey and David Reed it is an ending that shows what it promises, but at the same time it is disappointing in the face of the preparation created during the previous episodes; It seems that the stories that have unfolded they could have given for much moreboth in the characters and in the plot. It leaves the feeling that not many things have changed, at least not many significant ones. There are exchanges of alliances and others are redefined, but they only confirm what was already taken for granted.
It’s like looking at a raw script project that hasn’t been fully outlined, with the feeling that things are constantly being put away to save for a big twist or great development that makes us wait for season 4, however, this never comes and what happens during these eight episodes is what always happens in ‘The Boys’: the butcher and the patriot give each other some cakes, the first one is angry because the second has his wife’s son and everything is exactly the same as it was.
The conflict over Ryan is exactly the same as it was at the beginning of season 2, leaving a feeling that the series has been trapped and cannot move forward. All the shock ideas about blood and sex from the creative team turn into a much more conservative attitude when it comes to moving the plot forward. At least, it leaves some crumbs of what we want to see and for the first time in a long time we see the butcher, Hughie, Starlight, Mother’s milk, Frenchie and Kimiko working together.
Everything “changes” to be the same again
It may be that this constant separation of plots is what has ended up elevating Anthony Starrwho continues to assert itself as the main attraction of the series, mistaking many real-life fans for his true role as the villain. Now that he has discovered that he is the son of Soldier Boy, we can suspect that this detail changes everything about ‘The Boys’, but in reality it barely develops in the episode, what’s more, apart from the fact that it leads to the death of Black Noir, it is completely abandoned .
The Frenchie story is very weak this season and Noir’s story promised to be very significant, but it ended in almost nothing, so the final episode spends much of its time on the big fight we’ve been waiting for all seven episodesbeing even less intense than the one in episode 6, but the consequence is that the story does not end up moving in a braver direction, but rather to the starting point.
The final scene, with the patriot murdering a dissident in cold blood and with all his followers cheering him on anyway, is, however, the best of the season, representing that phrase from Trump “I could shoot people on Fifth Avenue and not lose votes.” explicitly, what recovers part of the incisive power of the series in times of the rise of neo-fascism, but it gives the feeling that the detail will not change the dynamics of the episodes too much in a future that looks a bit indolent. With season 4 fast approaching, ‘The Boys’ has never really shaken off the status quo and is starting to look like a groundhog.