The Boys is an American comic book series, written by Garth Ennis and co-created, designed, and illustrated by Darick Robertson. It was originally published by Wildstorm (DC Comics) before moving to Dynamite Entertainment. And WildStorm was actually founded by Jim Lee and is a partner company of DC Comics that brought its characters into DC with the New 52 ReBoot in 2011.
The series is set between 2006–2008 in a world where superheroes exist. However, most of the superheroes in the series' universe are corrupted by their celebrity status and often engage in reckless behavior, compromising the safety of the world. The story follows a small clandestine or SECRET CIA squad, informally known as "The Boys", led by Butcher and also consisting of Mother's Milk, the Frenchman, the Female, and new addition "Wee" Hughie Campbell, who are charged with monitoring the superhero community, often leading to gruesome confrontations and dreadful results; in parallel, a key subplot follows Annie "Starlight" January, a young and naive superhero who joins the Seven, the most prestigious and corrupt superhero group in the world and The Boys' most powerful enemies.
The book was adapted into an Amazon Prime Original Series by Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural) which premiered on July 26, 2019, and was renewed for a second season prior to that premier date. And the Amazon OG Show is what we are breaking down today.
Episode 1: The Name Of The Game
Hughie Campbell suffers mental trauma after his girlfriend Robin is killed in a high-velocity impact with celebrity superhero A-Train. Lawyers from Vought International offer a $45,000 settlement, which Hughie hesitates to accept. Aspiring superhero Annie January auditions as "Starlight" and is accepted to join the Seven, following the retirement of the Lamplighter. Arriving at Seven headquarters, she is greeted by the Deep, who blackmails her into giving him oral sex. Billy Butcher offers Hughie a chance to expose superhero corruption. Butcher takes Hughie to a secret "Supes club", and shows him security footage of A-Train laughing about Robin's death. Butcher asks Hughie to take the settlement money and to plant a bug at Seven Tower, but Hughie refuses. In Central Park, Annie meets Hughie. They motivate each other to stand up for themselves, and face their challenges. Hughie plants the bug. Translucent discovers the bug and confronts Hughie alone at work. Butcher arrives and together they incapacitate Translucent. Elsewhere, Homelander shoots down the Mayor of Baltimore's plane, owing to his attempts to blackmail Vought
Big DC feel A-Train: The Flash Black
Translucent: Martian Manhunter
The Deep: Aquaman
Queen Maev: Wonder Woman
Lamplighter: Green Lantern
WTF?! Poor Robin!What a cast! Did you know Jesse Usher, who plays A-Train is in Independence Day 2 and the new Shaft? He only started acting like 5 years ago.Great American accent for Simon Pegg This would definitely happen if heroes were real. Theme parks, movies, marketing agents.Wow The Deep is terrible!Jimmy Fallon!!!Have I mentioned I love Karl Urban?Definitely not for kids!Oh they keep almost running into each other!I knew Homelander wasn't good. He looks like Chris Pine a bit.
Episode 2: Cherry
Butcher and Hughie take Translucent to Frenchie, who makes a meta-bullet to pierce his diamond-hard skin, but it fails to kill Translucent. Butcher turns to CIA Dept. Director Susan Raynor for the "Mallory files", but she refuses. Vought VP Madelyn Stillwell tells Seven leader Homelander about the evidence Deep found incriminating him for the plane crash, so she handles it while he talks to Deep. The night Starlight teams-up with the Deep, she promises to kill him if he ever tries to sexually assault her again. Stillwell blackmails Oklahoma Senator Calhoun into allowing a vote that could enable Vought to contract superheros to the military. Annie stops a rape, unaware she is being recorded. Her agent, Ashley, rages at her because of the negative exposure and legal implications. While Homelander searches for Translucent, Frenchie decides to place C-4 in Translucent's colon, who then fearfully reveals A-Train was with his girlfriend Popclaw before he killed Robin. They learn Homelander is nearby, and cannot risk killing Translucent. Frenchie and Butcher cause an explosive distraction. Translucent escapes and convinces Hughie to let him go, but Hughie changes his mind and detonates the C-4, killing Translucent.
Karl Urban is so amazing in this role.Homelander is a sociopath.I like StarLiteTrying to privatize war with superheroes, IS ALSO WHAT AMERICA WOULD DO.I like Frenchy. He is funny.Homelander is insane.I don't know who is more evil…the heroes or Mrs. Stillwell.
Urban's character is kind of like Jack Sparrow sometimes.
Well Translucent won't be in Season 2. Cherrybomb!!! What MCU movie is it in?
Episode 3: Get Some
As Frenchie and Butcher clean up Translucent's remains, Hughie leaves his home after finally telling his father how he truly feels. Meanwhile, Starlight gains positive publicity for stopping the date-rape, only to learn Stillwell has given her a revealing costume. She declines, but Stillwell forces her to wear it or lose her job. Butcher brings in his former friend, Mother's Milk, to run surveillance on A-Train's girlfriend, Popclaw. Hughie installs spyware on Popclaw's computer, and they learn that A-Train takes a performance-enhancing substance known as "Compound-V". Butcher wants to expose them before supers can be allowed into the armed forces, but he needs a vial of Compound-V from A-Train's race with Shockwave. Before the race, Hughie meets Annie as Starlight, inviting her to lunch. The two open up to each other, leading to their exchanging numbers. A-Train uses a vial to win the race and breaks his promise to Popclaw, announcing he is single. With Milk deducing Popclaw swiped some vials, they find her heartbroken, high, and in the midst of killing her landlord during hyper-charged sex. Butcher uses this opportunity to blackmail Popclaw as an informant. At Vought headquarters, Homelander reveals Translucent's remains to Stillwell along with Butcher's message, "Coming for you".
Fantastic music in this show too! Watching through these shows we’ve been breaking down, we keep going to the aspect of the music being a driving force. I’ve learned that quality music whether it be background, ambiance, or even full soundtrack music from a band; it can make a show or movie. Like in the scene where he is destroying his room, the violin is amazingSad to see the father son relationship with Hughie and his father. It’s a big go to arch in a lot of shows and movies these days. Mother’s Milk would be a good John Steward Green Lantern if you ask me. I mean I’d love for Idris Elba to play GL, but this guy would be good.Good goo Homelander is insane.This race is like Flash VS Kid Flash Ha mild mannered reporter—Clark Kent joke!The Queen is like on the fence about some of this stuff. It’s almost like she knows it’s all BS, but goes with it. When I saw this episode I was really like I hope Hughie and Starlight work this out and show that not all of the Sups are bad.
Episode 4: The Female Of The Species
Following Popclaw's tip, the Boys find a Triad hideout, housing an imprisoned Japanese woman, the Female, whom Frenchie frees. After she kills her guards and runs off, Milk finds evidence the Female was a test subject. When Hughie meets Starlight while bowling, Butcher has him bug her phone. With the Compound-V supply compromised, A-Train has Popclaw go into hiding, while he searches for the Female. Stillwell sends Homelander and Queen Maeve to save a hijacked airliner, but Homelander casually abandons the plane when the plan fails, forcing Maeve to choose her survival over the passengers. Frenchie finds evidence leading to Penn Station, and makes a momentary connection there with the Female, but loses her in the crowd. They corner her on the tracks, but A-Train arrives and tries to kill her. Frenchie attracts a crowd to distract A-Train, allowing the Female to escape. The Boys corner her again, and Frenchie tries talking to her. She still attacks, so Butcher uses knock out gas. Stillwell is pleased seeing Homelander use the tragedy to push for militarized supers, rousing the crowd with a speech while Maeve grieves for those she allowed to die.
Poor PopClawIdk who is to blame in this show, the heroes or the marketing nut jobs who manage them.Ok so we have a enhanced kidnapped girl, who seems to be an experiment possibly.Frenchie is a caring individual at heart. Homelander is a nut job! I can’t figure out his issues though. Definitely a sociopath, but man he’s depraved deeper than just that. You can see that Maeve is starting to take issue more and more.Cute date until that pesky illusion of your dead girlfriend shows up.I loved The Spice Girls speech.Deep is a messed up individual lolThis girl is an enigma. A-Train should have killed her, but she keeps going!The gaslighting that Homelander does at the end is somewhat familiar.
Episode 5: Good For The Soul
At the "Believe Expo", Starlight talks with teens while being quietly directed to push an agenda, while Butcher has Hughie meet Ezekiel, the Expo host and their next lead. Maeve feels guilty for letting Flight 37 crash and visits her ex-girlfriend Elena, but leaves before explaining herself fully. Butcher takes time to talk with Rachel, his sister-in-law, over putting a tombstone to Becca. After A-Train kills Popclaw for betraying him, he finds surveillance footage of Frenchie. After Homelander exits a meeting with Ezekiel, Hughie extorts Ezekiel for information about Compound-V. Homelander rallies the crowd with an impromptu hardline speech, energizing the crowd. Starlight breaks script to honestly open up how she feels about her faith while also publicly revealing her sexual assault. She walks off, with Hughie coming by to comfort her and to explain himself about Robin's death and needing some means of coping. Butcher and Milk discover babies exposed to Compound-V to manufacture supers. Frenchie discovers Seven member Black Noir is looking for him. Attempting to escape, he is told to leave the Female behind, but releases her out of sympathy. She seemingly dies protecting him from Black Noir, but then awakens and her wounds immediately heal.
Goodbye PopClawThe Believe Expo is ummmmm unsettling and also ummm reminiscent of growing up in the southern Bible Belt and especially this town.So we find out that Butcher’s wife had been missing for 8 years. He believes she’s still missing, but his sister in law believes her to be dead as they disagree about a funeral she had for her.Homelander has an odd power moment with Hughie as they are in a group to be born again in a second baptism. However, we know that this other supe Ezekiel is living a double life and plays many sides, but has the mask of Christianity to hide behind. This is a very big problem in this nation actually. Ministers and Preachers living these double lives, but using these big Go Tell Em style crusades to almost brainwash the masses. This episode gave me the chills because and scared me because then Homelander goes on this rant about using God and Merica as an excuse to fight the foreign problem. This also sounds familiar. Even Starlight starts to realized and I LOVE WHAT SHE DOESWe see a moment between Maeve and her X Girlfriend that really shows a difference in her character and that she’s more human than she plays. MM and Butch find out that they are making Supes in a lab.Ummmm very weird moment with Stillwell and Homelander Black Noir confronts Frenchie in an alley, but the new girl he saved shows up and saves him, seemingly getting killed in the process. However, after a few moments, she dives herself and heals like Wolverine. So this definitely makes her a Supe, but she has not been raised like one.
Episode 6: The Innocents
Now informed, The Boys know Vought has used super charities to smuggle Compound-V (disguised as Polio vaccines) to make super-babies since 1971. Annie learns that Ashley was fired, and Stillwell demands she comply with her designed image. Annie refuses, remarking that firing her after reporting a sexual assault would hurt Vought. Stillwell, aware it was Deep, has him apologize publicly and transfers him to Sandusky, Ohio for a sabbatical. Butcher brings Hughie to a collateral damage survivors support group, but leaves after yelling at them for doing nothing to get justice. Alone, Butcher explains to Hughie that Homelander raped his wife and she went missing shortly thereafter. Frenchie and Milk get help from Mesmer, a telepath, to see into the mind of the Female. Mesmer reveals the Female was kidnapped along with her brother by the Shining Light Liberation Army terrorist group, and her name is Kimiko. They learn that Vought is making Compound-V boosted terrorists to push militarization of supers. Butcher tells Raynor, but when she refuses to target Homelander, he calls the whole deal off. Meanwhile, Mesmer gives Homelander surveillance photos of the Boys. Hughie and Annie share a kiss, but Butcher finds out, warning Hughie not to fraternize with the enemy and threatens to tell her about Translucent.
I love Annie! Huge power play! A Support group for collateral damage is definitely a thing if supes existed. I mean genuinely think about all the collateral in the Superman/Zoe fight alone in Man Of Steel.I love the Rogen cameo talking about the VCU or Vaught Cinematic Universe. Haley Joel!!!! He’s the voice of Sora! Good goo he did not age well.Butch has got a reason to hate!At this point, I think Maeve is going to crack.I really feel for Butch, but man he needs to lighten up with blame all for one.
Episode 7: The Self Preservation Society
Hughie and Annie book a hotel room where they have sex, and Hughie agrees to introduce her to his father. Deep finds his transfer to Sandusky, Ohio beyond dull. Deep brings a fan to his apartment who proceeds to sexually assault him by painfully inserting her fingers into his gills. Meanwhile, A-Train needs more workouts after Compound-V destroyed his system. Homelander holds a meeting to discuss Hughie killing Translucent, extorting Ezekiel, and A-Train killing Robin; during which he angrily accuses Starlight of co-conspiracy. Maeve defends Starlight. When A-Train calls Hughie, saying he is holding his dad hostage, the Boys realize Mesmer betrayed them. Hughie obtains some Compound-V, allowing Kimiko to blindside and cripple A-Train. Butcher kills Mesmer, remembering when Mallory had first told him about Homelander. Homelander asks Dr Vogelbaum about Becca Butcher, who informs him that Becca was pregnant with his child, but both died on the table and Vought covered it up. Questioning the revelation's timing, Vogelbaum expresses regret raising him in a lab, calling Homelander his "greatest failure." Butcher calls Raynor to protect Hughie and Milk's families in exchange for evidence. As Raynor charges Stillwell and Vought, she then learns of the superhuman terrorist, "Naqib". Annie confronts Hughie, who explains Vought's use of Compound-V, and Butcher arrives shortly after to exfil Hughie after shooting Annie
The 8 year flashback was cool.Goodness Homelander is nuts!!!Butch is MAAAADDDDDOK Miko is awesome.Homelander is in the dark about some things.Um all I will say is Deep deserves everything he is getting.Bye Bye Haley JoelButch is brutalFinally we see Mallory and how Butch joined The BoysOk Homlander is a good actor. The moment with his father is good.Simon Pegg is a good actor. Very versatile.
Episode 8: You Found Me
The Pentagon classifies Compound-V, the Boys are fugitives, and Annie confronts her mother. Vought denies Deep's return to the Seven, causing him an emotional breakdown. An injured A-Train, angry at being racially profiled while out of costume, rebounds to Compound-V, causing Nathan to quit. Butcher takes Hughie to Mallory, who refuses participation, but informs them about Stillwell and warns Hughie about Butcher and his craving for vengeance. Hughie promptly leaves Butcher to ask for Annie's help, but she refuses out of distrust. Later, Maeve opens up and asks Starlight to be herself again. Homelander privately confesses to Stillwell that he secretly made the super-terrorists, and they have sex. At a Black Site, Hughie, who smuggled in his old retainer, has Frenchie pick the lock so Milk can free Kimiko. Starlight rescues them, but A-Train soon arrives so Hughie and Starlight delay him, until A-Train suffers a heart attack. Hughie applies CPR, but Starlight takes over so he can escape. Butcher takes Stillwell hostage strapped with explosives to bait Homelander. Homelander, after revealing he tortured Vogelbaum for the truth about Becca, kills Stillwell. Homelander saves Butcher from his suicide explosion and takes him to the home where Becca has been raising Homelander's son in secret, stunning both Butcher and Becca
Uncle Bobby!!!I dislike Annie's MomSo Deep is out lol.Kamiko can talk surely.The Deep went 2007 Brittany Spears on us.Black Noir on the pianoHomelander you terrible terrible person.Broment between Frenchie and MMBrilliant HughieThey are just too nice. They saved A-Train.I DID NOT SEE STILLWELL'S DEATH COMINGWHAT A TWISTBrilliant twist!What does this mean for season 2?!