The Boys Season 3 Episode 5 is the fifth instalment of the third season of an American superhero television series developed by Eric Kripke for the streaming service Amazon Prime Video. Based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, it follows the eponymous team of vigilantes as they combat super-powered individuals who abuse their abilities.
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Entitled “The Last Time To Look On This World Of Lies”, The Boys Season 3 Episode 5 is yet another excellent episode in a season of superior superhero drama. Or should we really say, socio-political satire? Especially in the first half of this episode, the narrative is chock full of on-target biting commentary.
There’s Homelander forcing sycophantic behaviour from all those around him mirroring the Trump administration. Blue Hawk symbolising police brutality on the black community, with A-Train’s impotence and weak responses rebuking society’s inability to deal with the systemic problems. Not to mention subtle nods and winks to the American COVID response in Homelander’s insistence of how safe America was in the face of a super-human terror threat.
Of course, The Boys Season 3 Episode 5, is also filled to the brim with knowing superhero references. The return of Soldier Boy recalls Captain America AND Winter Soldier while the powering up of Butcher and Hughie with V24 is reminiscent of the source material. The Legend from the comics also turns up, but this time as a Vought VP of marketing but representing the decadent Hollywood film producer of the 70s/80s – with a dash of Stan Lee thrown in for good measure.
However, with desperate times comes desperate measures – not only are Butcher and Hughie compromising their principles by becoming supes themselves but allying themselves with Soldier Boy to defeat Homelander sounds like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. So good. Highly recommended!
Now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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