May 27, 2024

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Gen V “Guardians of Godolkin”

Season One Finale

Given this episode ends on a cliffhanger with most of the main cast locked up in a mystery lab somewhere, it’s probably a good thing Amazon already renewed this show for a second season.

If’ there’s one thing that the universe of The Boys has made clear, it is that superheroes are not really all that heroic no matter how super they are.  Truth be told, the more super they seem to be, the less heroic they are.  And in case anyone forgot that, Homelander came by for this episode to remind everyone by basically arresting the people who were trying to stop a massacre.  His reasoning is that Marie, Emma, Jordan, and Andre were going against their own kind by trying to stop Cate, Sam, and the Woods escapees from killing every normal human on Godolkin University’s campus.

It is a sign of how twisted Cate was by everything that happened to her that she thought killing every normal human on campus was heroic.  Sam, well, he’s damaged goods no matter how you slice it since he sees other people as Muppets.

Of course, there were a lot of people working at Godolkin who were using the students there as test subjects and guinea pigs.  The social media professor was a deep cover plant with a device he could use to, let’s say, neutralize threats.  Cate takes care of him live on social media, and it doesn’t get any better when Vought puts out a bounty on her saying that any student who wants to join the Seven can do so by stopping her.

That the people who did not only didn’t get to join the Seven but were arrested  by the leader of the Seven doesn’t exactly help much.

It’s basically a situation where there are no good guys at first glance, but there are heroic moments, many of which didn’t involve using powers when possible.  Emma slows down Sam by just talking to him.  Jordan uses their knowledge of the campus’s security protocols to try to save lives.  Andre uses his powers while knowing full well that every time he uses his powers, he gives himself brain damage like his father did.  And Marie, well, she blows up Cate’s arm and makes some blood daggers to stop one escapee from destroying a helicopter full of Vought executives.

If only those kids knew Homelander was not showing up to be their friend.

So, that’s season one.  Will it connect to The Boys in some way?  Well, Billy Butcher was checking out the Woods lab in a mid-credits scene, but I’ll just wait and see.  Butcher’s getting his hands on a supes-killing virus is a plotline from the comics, but the show hasn’t been all that faithful to the original story as it is.  I’m fine with that and think it shouldn’t be for a wide variety of reasons.  But what about Gen V?  Well, it was never quite as good as the parent show, but I think it works better when it isn’t going for the gonzo comedy angle.  This finale had plenty of that, but the show worked better as a drama than the satire that The Boys does so well.  I did enjoy this show for what it was, and I will gladly check it out when it comes back, maybe in 2026 or something.  It’s interesting seeing a side to superheroes in this universe who are still somewhat idealistic and actually want to save lives and not just be celebrities and the like.

But now I need something for Fridays, and Mike Flanagan did get another mini-series out to Netflix, his last one since he has since signed with Amazon.  And hey, it’s another adaptation of some classic piece of horror literature with Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher.

The only time I found Flanagan’s work not to my taste at all was the time he made something for a younger audience, so I suspect I’m gonna like this last one for adults before his stuff pops up on Amazon Prime Video.