The Boys Season 4 Review: The Superhero Series Gets Mired In Misery – SlashFilm


Butcher has always been an antihero, and a big theme throughout the whole series has been whether or not he will drag Hughie (Jack Quaid) down to his level. Hughie, Frenchie (Tomer Capone), Annie (Erin Moriarty), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) comprise the rest of the Boys, and they’re all the kinds of characters you can’t help but root for. They are complex, flawed people, and season 4 really highlights those flaws and pushes them into either growing or shutting down completely. It’s pretty relatable to not want to face the painful things from your past, which helps ground the superpowered characters and even makes the human ones feel a bit more real, though it’s not exactly pleasant to watch. Good-hearted Hughie ends up suffering the most of all, and in a way that feels almost unnecessarily unfair, which might taint the rest of the season for some audiences. 

We also get some more backstory for Homelander, and while it is just as brutally unpleasant as the rest of the trips down memory lane this season, it also helps us understand exactly why he is the way he is and offers a glimpse into just why he’s so protective of Ryan. The humanization of Homelander while Butcher grows more monstrous has always been an element of the series, but season 4 feels like it’s finally taking that idea towards its final conclusion.

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