The Boys season 4 review: “Very entertaining but the cracks are starting to show”

After five years of wild herogasm, sausage-loving, eating live octopus (RIP to a real Timothy), and more ripped-off limbs than you can shake a super-strong fist at, the hit Amazon Prime series Video The Boys still maintains its power. chock. Back for a new season, many scenes will once again leave you speechless, even if overall the series begins to lose its biting side. Fortunately, it is far to be damn evil.

Now in its fourth season, you know the drill perfectly: it’s Butcher (Karl Urban) versus Homelander (Antony Starr), the Boys versus the corrupt Supes, with plenty of blood and guts spilled along the way. The world is on fire and our beloved group of misfits must overcome their problems and come together to save it. Of course, some difficulties are set in motion: Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) moves closer and closer to the Oval Office, Billy has only a few months to live and the battle for Ryan’s (Cameron Crovetti) soul begins. never looked as intense as he did. becomes even more exposed to Homelander’s corrupting influence. However, the basics are still the same, since showrunner Eric Kripke clearly respects the rule: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

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However, this is both the show’s fault and credit, as they methodically work their way through a boys’ bingo card with varying degrees of success. The first box checked is social commentary, with this season being the most political yet. Over the course of eight episodes, it deals not only with an election, but also with the growing tensions among the American people following Homelander’s public display of violence at the end of season 3. Of course, this is all very timely. , channeling events like the Donald Trump trial, the US presidential race, and the January 6 riots into its story. The Boys has always been good at this, reflecting the state of America with an irreverent tone, and it undoubtedly still does. However, the problem is that beyond the obvious, what additional argument is he trying to make? Despite all the escalation, this season struggles to say anything new, which isn’t helped by the fact that the main political players, mainly Neuman, are regularly sidelined. Instead, this season’s smartest satire comes not from politics, but from more cultural parodies – Vought showcasing its upcoming Kevin Feige-style cinematic slate is certainly a highlight.