The Boys Season 3 | Thoughts on the First Four Episodes

Is anyone watching the new season of The Boys? I’m curious because I’m not hearing much “conversation” about it on social media. Has everyone given up on it after the disappointing Season 2? Or is it because it was overshadowed by the release of Stranger Things, Obi Wan Kenobi, and The Orville?

The first three episodes of Season 3 dropped on Amazon Prime on June 3rd. Episode 4 came out last Friday and a new episode will be released weekly until the season ends. I’m watching it and I’m enjoying it a lot more than Season 2. Sure, it’s no Sopranos but at least it’s more entertaining than recent Disney content. I’m looking at you Moon Knight and Kenobi. Watching an episode of The Boys after one of Kenobi really highlights the difference in quality between the two shows, particularly in the writing, directing and performances.

I realize The Boys isn’t for everyone. It is crude, sometimes shocking with its over-the-top gross-out death scenes, and contains characters that are easy to dislike. But it’s also well-written, funny, satirical, thought-provoking, and seems to be taking shots at all sides of the political and corporate spectrum this time. Add to that some very good performances by a strong cast including Karl Urban as Butcher, Giancarlo Esposito as Vought boss Stan, and Antony Starr as Homelander and you get a TV series worth watching.

Here is my Video Summary & Review of Episode 1: PAYBACK if you have 10 minutes to spare. It contains spoilers for the first episode of Season 3.


Thanks so much for reading!

-Wakizashi, *currently reading the excellent The Iron Dragon’s Daughter by Michael Swanwick. Thanks to Jeroen for the recommendation.*

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25 thoughts on “The Boys Season 3 | Thoughts on the First Four Episodes

  1. Ah cool you’re reading Michael Swanwick! I’m looking forward to The Boys but I’m first trying to finish Star Trek Strange New Worlds and Peacemaker. Too many shows! I’m skipping Kenobi. Skipped Boba fett too.

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  2. Amazon keeps pushing the boys at me, but between it being based on something by Ennis (I think) and the violence and lack of “heroes”, it’s never been a temptation for me. I think Amazon blew a lot of credibility with the Wheel of Time fiasco and so they’re not getting a lot of fanfare by people. I suspect any talk will be after the fact.

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          • Everyone needs to find their niche. As much as I’d love for everyone to be a blogger, the written word just isn’t for everyone.
            Glad to hear it’s going well and I trust it stays fun ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • Cheers Bookstooge! I’m still getting views on this blog so there’s life in the old dog yet. It means people are still looking for written reviews of books, etc.

            My main problem is time. I’m still posting a blog post once a week but I’m reading far less books than a couple of years ago. With the YouTube channel being focused on comics, my reading time is going there. Also, recording and editing videos is a real time eater! Can I ask you something? Do you enjoy the comic book reviews I post on here? I’ve always been a bit wary of moving away from reviewing “proper books” but it is where my current main interest lies. I certainly like reading your Groo, TMNT, Asterix, Spawn and Bone reviews ๐Ÿ‘

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          • I do like your comic book reviews. I guess it has helped that I’ve been following people like Paul Bowler (? spelling) for years and he pretty much ONLY does comic books, so I’ve always thought of it as just another genre that someone is into ๐Ÿ™‚

            On the honesty scale though, I don’t usually have as much to say about a comic book and more than half the time it’s a negative comment, mainly because comic book artists and I don’t share a lot of the same values or world views, so that is inevitable.

            I do know my regularly scheduled comic reviews never receive as many views as do my other reviews, but I enjoy the comics and since the reviews are really for me to air my opinions, well, that takes care of that ๐Ÿ˜€

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          • I follow Paul, too. I enjoy his reviews. ๐Ÿ™‚

            And my comic reviews don’t do as well as my book reviews. It proves that people are more interested in searching for book reviews, I guess. I always appreciate your feedback and comments, mate. Thank you. I’m off to work now.

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  3. I’ve only had a chance to watch the first episode of Season 3 of The Boys so far and though it was pretty good. I really enjoyed season 1, but wasn’t so much a fan of season 2, so hopefully this new season will get things back on track. I’ve not heard much hype around this new season either, I guess its been overshadowed by the return of Stranger Things, which I’ve just finished binging and Obi Wan. I’ll be sure to check out your video review when I’ve caught up with the first three episodes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I don’t have access to this one so won’t be watching it. I do have the first trade paperback of the comic series, though, and would like to try that one of these days. Have you read any of the comics? I’ve no clue how different they are from the series.

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    • I’ve only read the first collection of the comic. I’ve heard a few people saying the TV series is better than the comic, particularly the writing. Season 3 is very good so far, in my opinion. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. My wife and I both love The Boys. As you mentioned, it is over-the-top in every way possible. It’s challenging to have a lot of characters running around in such a chaotic show and keep all their stories moving forward, but this show does just that. We are big fans of the series Supernatural, and when we heard Eric Kripke was going to be a huge part of bringing The Boys to the screen we knew it would be a wild, fun, ride. Looking forward to another season soon!

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    • Eric Kripke was great in the role, wasn’t he! I really like Antony Starr’s performance as Homelander. It’s an unpleasant character to play but he does it so well. You get the feeling he could lose control at any moment. I’m looking forward to Season 4, too.

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