Writing superhero stories can be deceiving at times. These are tales of extraordinary beings with extraordinary powers that can do extraordinary things. Yet, in order to make these stories relevant and relatable to audiences, they have to be grounded in things that are commonplace, struggles that people can identify in their everyday lives. Essentially, these stories about superpowered beings need drama. And in the world of drama, there are many different forms it can take. There’s romantic drama, friendship drama, and even personal drama where a character has to come to terms with their own inner turmoil. But even a dark and twisted superhero show like The Boys knows that the best drama is family drama.
There are many different aspects of the show that deal with family relationships. Early on, main characters Hughie (Jack Quaid) and Annie (Erin Moriarty) had to deal with their father and mother, respectively, as they had far different motivations than their children. But a highlight of this season has been the speedster A-Train (Jessie Usher) trying to reconcile with his brother. Due to A-Train’s actions, his brother becomes paralyzed and A-Train responds by killing the superhero who did it. This drives a wedge between A-Train and his brother that culminates in the season finale when his brother vows never to see him again.
Although this is just one example of how family is at the heart of the series, it’s interesting from both the superhero standpoint and from a dramatic one. For all of his power and success, A-Train has been an unable to sustain a meaningful relationship with his brother, whom he was close with early on in his superhero career. But besides the power, this is a relatable and earnest scene that can exist in anyone’s life regardless of superpowers or not. It shows how one’s actions can negatively affect those they love. It might not be the intention, but power can breed narcissism. And by the time A-Train realized that, it was too late. It will be interesting to see where his character goes from here — for anyone with family drama can attest to the fact that it’s not what happens in the moment that counts but what happens afterwards.
The Boys is available to stream on Prime Video.
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