If you’re a fan of The Boys on Prime Video, then you have by now already devoured the first three episodes of the spin-off series, Gen V. If you haven’t yet watched them, then you are definitely missing out.
We’re living in a time of remakes and spin-offs, and while there’s quite often a lot of buzz, they’re not always worth the time. So, if you’re not sure about Gen V and whether it is worth the watch, consider this your conscious speaking and telling you to give it a go.
So far, The Boys, developed by Eric Kripke, has set up a universe that is a clear mockery of modern-day superhero troupes. The Boys has successfully spent three seasons so far making audiences consider what superheroes would really be like in our reality. With war, politics, and mental health a growing concern, and social media being at the forefront of our day-to-day lives, what then happens when people with powers are added to the mix?
We have been on a journey with some of the most diabolical and psychopathic “heroes” since the release of The Boys in 2019, and Gen V has now been injected into the BCU.
Gen V also has all the gore, punchy one-liners, and attitude we’ve come to expect from The Boys, but focuses on a younger generation and their reality; life in college, with emerging supes navigating new powers and pushing back against the patriarchy, all while Vought International’s Ashley Barrett continues to focus on viewership, polls and turning mishaps into sellable moments. Ashley, played by Colby Minifie, is a fan favourite from The Boys, and returns to continue her role as Senior Vice President of Hero Management, this time with an aim to gain viewership for the top students at the Godolkin University, aka God U.
The series follows Marie Moreau, played by Jaz Sinclair (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), an incoming freshman at God U with the ability to control and weaponise blood. Similar to Starlight, she holds a strong desire to join The Seven. God U is run and funded by Vought, and with the general public still blissfully unaware of the dark truth behind the company, bright-eyed students arrive at school with hopes and dreams that can quickly be broken or corrupt.
During an interview recorded on set prior to the WGA & SAG-AFTRA strikes, Sinclair revealed that she found Marie’s initial innocence of the system appealing. “Kids are still idealistic,” she said. “They’re not fully formed into either a hero or villain.” She found it a fascinating storyline and noted that Gen V “humanises the people making the good choices, and it humanises the people making the bad choices”, adding that “it leaves a lot of room for potential heartbreak, friendships, and stuff that wouldn’t be possible if we were all fully-fledged adults”.
The series features a cameo from Jensen Ackles returning as Soldier Boy, while other fan favourites from The Boys also make appearances. It connects seamlessly to The Boys while also firmly establishing its own voice and appeal. It’s also the perfect thing to watch ahead of Tomer Capone, otherwise known as Frenchie or The Frenchman in The Boys, making his Supa-Star debut at Supanova in Adelaide (4-5 November) and Brisbane (11-12 November).
So, get psyched for this diabolical mess, get onto Prime Video now and catch up on Gen V. New episodes drop each Friday!
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