Do the debates on the gore scenes not obscure the substance of the series?

Do the debates on the gore scenes not obscure the substance of the series?

Always more gore, more trash and more violent! Since its launch on June 3, a scene from season 3 of The Boys is the subject of all comments. “The craziest sequence that anyone has ever done”, had promised before the broadcast the showrunner of the Amazon Prime Video hit, Eric Kripke in an interview with SFX Magazine. A carnage which however obscures the eminently political dimension of the show.

A shocking eleven-meter giant penis

In this scene, Termite, a superhero capable of minimizing like Marvel’s Ant-Man, shrinks and enters his lover’s urethra in order to give him pleasure. As he rushes toward the prostate, he can’t contain a sneeze from heavy cocaine use. A disastrous sneeze since it immediately makes him return to his normal size, pulverizing at the same time from the inside the body of his host. The Boys mocks Marvel without too much finesse, referring to a theory that Ant-Man could have defeated Thanos by blasting him from the inside after entering his rectum.

The scene, a real technical feat which required the construction of a giant penis of eleven meters on the set, upset many spectators, scandalized by the discovery of a sexual practice, the sodurètre, and the abundance of male nudity. presents first episodes. Comments often smelling of homophobia.

“Once you decide to make a little Ant-Man character, you have to make that Ant-Man go into someone’s butt and then blow them up!” It’s logic ! But then we realized that we had already blown someone’s ass, “explained Eric Kripke, in the columns of EW, referring to the death of Translucent in season 1, killed thanks to explosives placed in his anus. And the showrunner to continue: “There is only a limited number of orifices in which a person can enter… So by process of elimination, we were left with the urethra! »

An orgy and a shortage of fake blood

The success of The Boys, adapted from the sulphurous comics by Garth Ennis, relies in good part precisely on a huge dose of irreverence and sardonic humor, violent bloodshed and a lot of sex and nudity. The giant penis scene, for example, is neither more nor less violent and shocking than that of Popclaw accidentally crushing a man’s skull between his thighs while performing cunnilingus on him.

The reputation of The Boys was built on a visual hyperbolization of gore. Season 3 still promises a riot of bloodshed and outrageous scenes. A season “so intense” that the department dedicated to makeup ran out of fake blood after filming only two episodes, announced Karl Urban, the interpreter of Billie Butcher.

Normal if we think of the importance taken by the character of Victoria Neuman, capable of blowing heads. And the very “teased” episode 6, entitled Herogasmwhich will stage an orgy between anthology superheroes on June 24, is likely to cause a lot of ink to flow.

Carnage offset by the sincerity and relative candor of characters like Starlight, Hughie, Frenchie and Kimiko. The evolution of the latter, who literally and metaphorically finds her voice when she sings in episode 1 and the scene in the amusement park, both overwhelming and violent, brings a welcome touch of sensitivity. Because if The Boys is an enforceable enjoyment, which is rarely delicate, it would however be a shame to reduce it to that.

A satire on power and relations of domination

With great power comes the absolute certainty you’ll turn into a right cunt (“With great powers comes the absolute certainty that you will turn into a real jerk”)”, balances Billie Butcher in this new season. This is the thesis that defends – like another series which built its success on fornications and bloodbaths, Game Of Thrones -, from the beginning, The Boyswhich opposes a band of outlaw vigilantes and Vought, an overly powerful multinational, manufactures superhero superstars.

In this sense, the acquisition of temporary superpowers by Billie Butcher thanks to the new compound V24 promises to be one of the most interesting narrative threads of this new season, because it advances the moral dilemma at the center of the series. The other is Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles), an early superhero, who disappeared in the 1980s and could be the key to getting rid of Homelander.

Power and celebrity, sexism and toxic masculinity or even mercantilist recovery… If the societal comments of The Boys are not always subtle, they always hit the mark. Season 3 of The Boys questions a world where only overwhelming displays of force are valued and wonders if such power can be wielded for good. It is also quite ironic to note that this series, which so violently criticizes the hegemonic power of a firm, is produced by one of the most powerful companies in the world. Much more than trash and gore, The Boys is wickedly intelligent because she is first and foremost an iconoclast.

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