REVIEW: GEN V

Last Updated on December 22, 2023

Gen V is a spin off from the wild and brilliant The Boys. Set between season 3 and 4 of the main show, this teen superhero drama keeps the high standards set by The Boys and delivers a season that is fresh and intelligent at a time when the genre is in a bit of a lull.

The Boys is known for its disgusting and wild scenes as well as its clever take on morally bankrupt superheroes (supes) and absurd violence. You might have thought that setting this series in a school for supes would dilute that a bit but if anything, the show’s creators (Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Craig Rosenberg) have upped the ante. There’s the biggest small penis you’ll ever see on screen, fists thrust through a stomach and popping out of a guy’s mouth, and an exploding dick. That’s just a tiny sample. There’s more. If your stomach is strong enough, you’ll find this dark tale as interesting as anything delivered in the genre for some time. Focusing on the story thread from The Boys where parents voluntarily gave their children compound V, a drug capable of giving them powers, Gen V looks at the morality of parents making such decisions and the impact that parents’ choices can have on their kids. They may have powers but these kids are still struggling with eating disorders, acceptance of their gender identity, adoption, social media and the struggle for likes, and more.

Gen V follows Marie Moreau who has a suitably tragic backstory. She becomes aware of her blood bending powers as a teenager and accidentally kills her parents in view of her younger sister. It’s a brutal scene and instantly informs viewers that this is a series ready to push the limits of what can be done just like The Boys. Earning a place at a university for crimfighting, Marie meets other supes and is drawn into a world where she not only has to navigate the many twists and turns of uni life but there also happens to be a dark conspiracy that she gets caught up in involving the mistreatment of these young supes. It’s a well-written series that manages to get the audience to pity individuals with these incredible abilities. There’s a simmering tension throughout the show that links in with The Boys arc where the country is becoming divided and torn between differing ideologies and on the brink of a civil war. There is a clear parallel with real world events and the way in which a cult of personality can influence large groups of people and it is interesting to see where both The Boys and Gen V go with it.

Gen V is as good as anything else you will see in the superhero genre this year. Grimdark fans will love the morally grey characters and the brutal fights are a joy to watch for those who like their battles bloody and gory. An interesting series that expands on the brilliance of The Boys without being beholden to it. Fans of The Boys and newcomers alike will enjoy this super bloody take on the difficulties of school life. Binge it before The Boys S4 hits your home screens. You won’t regret it!

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Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

Aaron S. Jones is the author of Memories of Blood and Shadow, and The Broken Gods trilogy. He is Head of School at a school in Kent, UK and when he is not tearing his hair out at students struggling with their, they're and there, he is tearing his hair out as he dies for the thousandth time on Elden Ring. You can find him on Twitter @HereticASjones where he is most likely procrastinating for hours at a time instead of focusing on his Orc murder mystery.