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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 27 July 2019 at 6:18pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

This Amazon series reads as “imagine if our increasingly fucked-up world also had to deal with superheroes who behave exactly as badly as our current crop of political leaders and celebrities”? The Crime Syndicate meets Watchmen... 


I've watched the first three episodes, and it's pretty dark & gritty but has me strangely curious on where it's leading to.... having never read the Garth Ennis' book it's based on. It also has a cool cast that includes Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty and Elisabeth Shue.

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Posted: 27 July 2019 at 7:45pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I'm an episode ahead of you and I've read the first two Omnibuses of the comic.  I like the show so far but it plays things a bit too straight, the book is MUCH more over the top and satirical, sometimes to a fault.

I don't really know where it all goes either, but I am enjoying both versions of the story (but if you're someone that only wants to see super heroes treated respectfully, this is not the series for you.)
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Posted: 27 July 2019 at 9:58pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I barely go through half of the first episode before I turned it off.  And I ready and enjoyed the comic!  The show was yawn-inducing.
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Posted: 27 July 2019 at 11:18pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

it's like watching Marshal Law the comic book  come to life ... I lasted two episodes then skipped ahead to see how it ended ... boring and yawn inducing indeed.


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Posted: 28 July 2019 at 4:38am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

The shadow of Watergate is long and deep. So sad.
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Steve Coates
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Posted: 30 July 2019 at 11:27am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I have found the best way to watch the series is on my computer. I could control just how much to skip ahead. 

The two lessons I can take from watching Season I are; I, too, would want to kill those kind of heroes; and not to watch season 2
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Posted: 30 July 2019 at 2:52pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next season.
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John Popa
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Posted: 30 July 2019 at 3:02pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I started off liking it well enough, but about halfway through I thought it really kicked into gear. As I mentioned, it's a more straight-forward experience than the comic, which is over the top from page one, but I like how the show built to the extreme behavior/images and dug into the characters a bit more.

Really looking forward to Season 2!
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Posted: 30 July 2019 at 4:22pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I liked it more than I thought I would.  Largely because by the point of The Boys in the comics Garth Ennis had been unleashed in a way that I just didn't enjoy his work anymore.  There was no strong editorial hand to keep him focused on story and character rather than just continually one-upping himself with gore and bizarreness.  Crossed is when I really felt like he had crawled up his own ass.

But probably because, as others have pointed out, this was a bit more restrained, the characters were able to draw me in and get me involved in the story.  The one thing I found a bit disappointing was the pacing of the season.  I don't mind ending on a lead-in/teaser/cliffhanger for the next season, but I like there to be some kind of resolution to some portion of the story arc.  This felt to me like half a season.
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Ed Aycock
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Posted: 31 July 2019 at 9:37am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Found the comic to be repetitive and ugly which is why I stopped reading early on. That's why I'm not tuning in right now. But the reviews here may convince me to eventually do so.
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Posted: 31 July 2019 at 1:18pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Garth Ennis is a very good writer when he stays far, far away from the superhero genre, which is most of the time.
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Trevor Smith
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I've not read or watched it, but I think there can at
least be some sort of props given for creating a new
property to explore the idea rather than trying to
shoehorn in existing heroes.
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