The Boys S01E01-E02

“The Boys” is better than it ought to be. It’s so good you almost wonder if they’d done Watchmen as an HBO series ten years ago instead of the movie… (and without Snyder)… who knows. Maybe.

Anyway, “The Boys.” It’s been a long time since my readthrough, but it’s sticking pretty close. And it’s well-executed enough I’m almost wondering if “Preacher” might be worth a look. Or I’ve hit my head too many times recently.

I didn’t watch any of the trailers, I didn’t pay attention after the first promo picture (aping the first trade cover) appeared and it looks poorly Photoshopped. But then I got thinking maybe they’ll actually do some kind of commentary on the modern superhero movie, something Snyder swore Watchmen was going to do but he was lying like Paul W.S. Anderson lied about the far superior Alien vs. Predator extended version (I mean, AVP is fine, don’t @ me). The show’s not that modern commentary. It’s way too close to the original series. Lots of scenes straight from the source Ennis, lots of “panels” straight from the source Robertson. The show feels like an homage to the comic, which is something considering it’s 2019.

Good acting from Jack Quaid (who looks more like a young Michael Shannon clone than either of his parents), Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, and Elisabeth Shue. Shue’s the Mrs. Big bad guy. I didn’t expect to be particularly impressed Moriarty as the good girl amateur superhero who grows up to discover actual superheroes are scum. Her training montage and the modified origin story raised flags—she’s got an overbearing stage mom (Ann Cusack), who I don’t remember from the original comic and she doesn’t have the Christian Teen Titans background. But she’s strong by the second episode.

So’s Starr. Quaid’s not very Wee Hughie in his performance, but he’s all right. Shue’s a good Mrs. Big.

Notice I didn’t include Karl Urban in my list of good performances because he’s not actually good. I like watching him do the part and he can handle the physicality and the performance is just starting to get interesting but his English accent is Australian.

Urban’s not even Australian; he’s a New Zealander. But his fake English accent isn’t.

His story really seems to be deviating from the source, which is expected. Be interesting to see where it goes.

Good production values, decent effects; the fake Panavision aspect ratio isn’t bad. It isn’t great. But it also isn’t bad.

So two in… on with “The Boys.”

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