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Gen V Review - A dark superhero satire that didn’t lose the essence of its predecessor series ‘The Boys’

Read Time: 3 minutes
Published On: November 8, 2023
Gen V

Gen V is the latest show from the world of The Boys, focusing on the college life that shaped these superheroes into twisted individuals.

About 'Gen V'

Creator: Evan Goldberg, Eric Kripke, Craig Rosenberg

Network: Amazon Prime Video

Cast: Jaz Sinclair, Chance Perdomo, Lizze Broadway, Maddie Phillips, London Thor, Derek Luh, Asa Germann, Shelley Conn

Genre: Dark Comedy, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer 97%, Audience Score 74%

My Rating: 4/5

The series follows Marie, who has struggled all her life for a better existence. Her admission into Godolkin University presents an opportunity to escape her impoverished life and prove to her sister that she’s not a monster.

Godolkin University, a school for super-powered individuals, harbors dark secrets and shocking conspiracies. In the dystopian world of The Boys, Marie and her fellow students - Cate, Andre, Emma, and Jordan - navigate their lives. It remains to be seen whether they will graduate as heroes or become another group of Homelanders.

The show started off impressively. I appreciated the subtle yet meaningful connections between The Boys and Gen V. In my opinion, they’ve done a better job at creating a shared universe and interconnected stories than Marvel has done post-Endgame. The cameos from The Boys cast were executed perfectly, without overshadowing the main characters.

The plot primarily focuses on the Supe side of things. While The Boys reveals the reality of how the existence of Supes harms normal humans and portrays most Supes as evil, Gen V flips the narrative. It shows that humans are not entirely innocent and not all Supes are evil.

We are shown both sides, and the evil in both is given enough motivation. After all, it was humans who created the Supes in the first place.

The performances of the main cast are immaculate. My favorite characters are Marie, Emma, and Jordan. They are the torchbearers of this season. Cate is my second favorite. Andre doesn’t contribute much throughout the season and is absent during a major chunk of the action.

My only complaint is that I didn’t particularly enjoy the finale episode. It seemed a bit messy. The abrupt change in Cate’s character was also strange. Other than that, this show is off to a great start.

IMDB Blurb

From the world of "The Boys" comes "Gen V," which explores the first generation of superheroes to know that their super powers are from Compound V. These heroes put their physical and moral boundaries to the test competing for the school's top ranking.

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