not in a place to write all my thoughts right now but basically Fight Club syndrome (the things it's criticising are also the fun part). relatedly, its gender sensibility is very cishet.
granted, it's a lot more nuanced about the gore than the comic book, but that's a very low bar.
anger, violence and compassion, The Boys season 3 very minor spoilers
I'm still starting the new season, but I have to say I was positively surprised by the scene where Mother's Milk has an outburst at a fire alarm in front of his daughter.
he comes confess to the ex, guilty and apologetically, and talk of how he's been trying so hard to stop, and how the thing with the fascists has resurfaced, and she guesses, he's having bad thoughts again, and the tics, and the compulsions, and he upped his meds but it doesn't help and he doesn't know what he should _do_, and Monique is like, she looks to the ceiling then looks down teary-eyed, and says: "You should go see Butcher, is what."
That caught me by surprise; I fully expected her to lecture him about the damage he's doing, he scared a little girl, if he gets hurt all of them will be impacted... and then he would spiral in destructive self-pity as he goes back to the front, a double of Butcher like in the comics. But no, the superego-mommy ex goes, "I never wanted you to become something you aren't, and it pains me to see how it's making you sick."
I can think of a few instances of pop-culture male heroes being validated by their mother figures for hostility, for rejecting peace ("yes honey go punch the nazi, you're still a good boy"). But I don't usually see this kind of understanding towards the displays of anger, not heroic revenge violence, but just the inglorious everyday anger that the world left in you. Depression, yes, anxiety or self-harm or substance abuse, yes, but anger—not violence but the bodily manifestations of emotional anger in itself, that's usually treated as #problematic, as something inherently abusive, that should be restrained and ideally eliminated.
I think this kind of edgy TV show is often a barometer of popular sentiment; slightly off-mainstream series will try to distinguish themselves by reading the atmosphere and being the first to portray the current mood on screen. I wonder if an embrace of displays of anger by the series' representative of the peaceful, functional family is a result of how much BLM has shifted the American Overton window on the matter of ethics of rage and violence. It's interesting that the angry outburst being condoned here (by being contrast with the destructiveness of Homelander's petty cruelty) is, specifically, that of a large Black man alone with a little girl; more or less the scariest type of violence in the white middle class imaginarium. I can't remember of a single other story with a scene like this.
@alexispurslane also there's this very amusing thing that apparently is a thing that happened.
which like again, Fight Club syndrome, Tyler and Ricky and Heisenberg are by far the most interesting characters and the stories are _theirs_. but Homelander is such a cartoonishly slimy evil fuck to the point of pastiche. I blame the popularity of the other "cool abusive machos" on the writers, but this one is on the fans
@elilla LMAO yeah I heard that right wingers couldn't tell homelander was the villain... What the actual ever living fuck?
The Boys S1 spoilers, all caps
Homelander: literally massacres babies from the get-go, for fun
Right-wing boys: HARD MEN MAKING HARD DECISIONS
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