Apparently, I skipped a “this semester on Gen V” bit at the end of the pilot episode. Also, Prime Video now has ads, but I barely noticed them so, no harm done.
Life goes on, I guess.
So, I’m still trying to figure out what this show is. It’s showing superhumans in the world of The Boys as the protagonists. They’re college kids, not members of the Seven. The show drops, with minimal irony, terms like “safe space” and other outdated terms that started off as legit things and later became something mocked by people who thought Millennials were too coddled. I find the show gives off that aura of older people trying to write how younger people talk sometimes. Yeah, most of the “safe spaces” talk is coming from corporate types and the people running the college, but the point stands: this show isn’t subtle.
Yes, I know The Boys isn’t subtle either, but it’s not subtle in different ways…if that makes sense.
At it’s core right now, Gen V is a surprisingly earnest show. Golden Boy may be dead, but fame-hungry types are out for more, and there’s a mystery at the center of all this involving “the Woods,” and whatever that is, it doesn’t look good. OK, it looks like a lab where shady things happen, but that’s besides the point. For all that anyone seems to know, Luke the Golden Boy’s best friend Andre and girlfriend Cate are doing what looks like a legit investigation into the Woods. The whole storyline seems to be played straight from where I’m sitting, and for a universe where superpowers are rarely used to actually fight the forces of evil, Andre’s magnetism and Cate’s mind control sure does seem to be useful for looking into creepy places where the security guys will slit a janitor’s throat if he wanders down the wrong corridor at the wrong moment.
Of course, how Cate stops two of said guards is a, shall we say, very The Boys-ish way.
Meanwhile, Marie is getting essentially psychologically manipulated into taking sole credit for fighting Golden Boy when Jordan did most of the work, and Emma is mortified when the secret of how her powers work hits the Internet for half-assed reasons from a half-assed feminist classmate. See above about how this show gives off that “older people writing younger people” stuff. I’m somewhat invested in the show so far. I wouldn’t call it an all-time classic I would be truly invested in within the first episode or two, but what’s here isn’t bad. I just want to know how much of this show is meant as earnest college adventure with the occasional R-rated joke and how much is the sort of satire I somewhat expect for a show set in this universe. I said before I don’t expect this show to be exactly like The Boys. I still believe that. I just don’t want it to be a half-assed attempt to be that show when it can be its own show, you know?
Right now, the show is doing what it needs to do. I want it to be better by the time I get to the end of season one. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.