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  • Writer's pictureWill Scarbrough

Review: Gen V - Season 1

From the world of The Boys comes Gen V, which explores the training of the first generation of superheroes to know about Compound V, and that their powers were injected into them, rather than God-given. These young, competitive heroes put their physical and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the school's highly coveted top ranking. They quickly come to learn that ambition comes with sacrifice, and the difference between right and wrong is not as clear as they once believed. When the university's dark secrets come to light, the students must come to grips with what type of heroes they are going to become.

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

"Gen V" roars onto the screen with a frenetic pace and an infectious energy that fuels the series from start to finish. It's an absolute blast, offering a rollercoaster of thrills that keeps the audience hooked from the first frame. One of its most appealing aspects is the unabashed embrace of gore and practical effects, setting it apart with a visceral and visually engaging experience that doesn't shy away from the bloodier side of its narrative. It's not for the faint-hearted, but for those who revel in this style, it's a triumph.

The standout performances of Jaz Sinclair, Lizze Broadway, and Maddie Phillips inject a vibrant and dynamic energy into the series, anchoring it with characters that are both relatable and compelling. They bring depth and charisma, which elevates the overall complex narrative, making the viewer genuinely care about their fates and the outcomes of their conflicts. Each actor brings their A-game to the table.

The brevity of the series works as a double-edged sword. On one hand, it plunges headfirst into an interesting and engaging plot that immediately grabs the audience's attention. However, this swiftness doesn't allow for the full exploration and fleshing out of the characters and their arcs. While the pace is exhilarating, it somewhat robs the series of the emotional depth it aims for, leaving viewers longing for a more profound connection with the characters by the story's conclusion.

The show's style of directing is a highlight, bearing striking resemblances to the signature style of "The Boys". The consistency in visual storytelling and the expansion of the universe maintain the edge and gritty feel the audience has come to expect. Yet, with a longer runtime or more episodes, "Gen V" could have delved deeper into character backgrounds and subplots, offering a more satisfying emotional payoff by the season's end.

While the series is packed with awesome shock moments that ensure a continuous engagement, there's a notable discrepancy in the performance of Asa Germann. At times captivating, his portrayal occasionally falls into the trap of an overly theatrical 'crazy' persona. This somewhat detracts from the overall immersion and consistency of the character dynamics.

However, the comedic elements are a standout, delivering punchlines that hit the mark. This well-timed humor provides a necessary contrast to the intense drama and action, ensuring the series doesn't become overwhelmingly heavy, but rather strikes a balanced tone, keeping the audience invested throughout. As “The Boys” does.

In its promising trajectory, "Gen V" presents moments that will give viewers goosebumps. It not only sets the stage for what could be an explosive Season 4 of "The Boys" but also offers a glimpse into the exciting directions the larger universe is heading. The series successfully lays the groundwork for what might unfold in the future, leaving audiences eagerly anticipating what's next.

In conclusion, while "Gen V" excels in delivering an adrenaline-fueled, gore-filled spectacle with a charismatic cast, it could benefit from a more extended runtime or additional episodes. This expansion could allow for a deeper exploration of characters and plotlines, fostering a more resonant and emotionally gripping experience. Nevertheless, it sets the stage for an exciting future within "The Boys" universe, promising a potentially explosive continuation.

4 / 5

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