‘The Boys’ returns in all its gory glory and outrageous humor

Strap your self in for a wild journey: “The Boys” returns for a 3rd season of head-popping gore, darkish humor and psychotic superheroes — and it’s a rollicking journey.

Practically two years have handed since Season 2 of “The Boys” dropped on Prime Video and ended with Nazi superhero Stormfront (Aya Money) fried to a cinder and narcissistic, murderous Homelander (Antony Starr) — chief of The Seven — spiraling additional into his unbridled insanity.

There’s a fast catch-up tutorial within the opening episode of Season 3 and, as soon as that’s allotted with, it’s proper again into the fireplace with our “Supes” and the mere mortals plotting their downfall — beginning with a clip from “Daybreak of The Seven,” Vaught’s big-budget film rewriting Homelander’s historical past with Stormfront (portrayed by Charlize Theron in a meta twist) in an effort to spice up his sagging public scores.

He’s additionally on an apology speak present through which he goes full-on-smarm, however he’s additional thrown for a loop as soon as Starlight (Erin Moriarty) is known as co-captain of The Seven. It’s a “touché” second, not only for Starlight however for evil Vought boss Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito), who’s uninterested in Homelander and the entire shebang.

It’s now a 12 months later, and Hughie (Jack Quaid), who’s nonetheless in a relationship with Starlight, is sporting a go well with and heading the Federal Bureau of Superhuman Affairs alongside Congresswoman Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) — who’s not who or what she seems to be.

The take-no-prisoners Butcher (Karl Urban) stays unrelenting in his quest for justice and the remainder of the workforce is scattered to the wind: Mom’s Milk (Laz Alonso) is making an attempt to regulate to life as a single dad (his ex-wife, Monique, dates the nebbishy “Daybreak of The Seven” director) however he can’t shake his visceral obsession with searching Supes. Frenchie (Tomer Kapon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) are nonetheless collectively and speaking by way of signal language, however in any other case hanging round ready for one thing to occur.

Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara), Butcher (Karl Urban), Frenchie (Tomer Kapon) and Mother's Milk (Laz Alonso) in Season 3 of "The Boys."
Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara), Butcher (Karl City), Frenchie (Tomer Kapon) and Mom’s Milk (Laz Alonso) in Season 3 of “The Boys” on Prime Video.
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Photo of Erin Moriarty as Starlight. She's got her arms crossed and has a serious look on her face.
Starlight (Erin Moriarty) is internet hosting a actuality present to search out the subsequent member of The Seven.
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They don’t have to attend for lengthy.

I might go on, however that might smash lots of the surprises in retailer for followers of “The Boys.” Jensen Ackles joins the forged as Soldier Boy — thought to have been killed in a nuclear-reactor meltdown within the ’80s — however that’s solely the tip of the surrealistic iceberg. Belief me.

The collection hews intently to its mission of outrageous leisure by way of tongue-in-cheek pop-culture references and allusions: Vaught’s Lifetime-y VTV community has the tagline “Tv for Ladies,” there are shout-outs to Dame Judi Dench (!) and the forged of “Riverdale” and Starlight hosts a actuality TV competitors collection, “American Hero,” to decide on the subsequent member of The Seven.

It’s that bizarre and spot-on, with a few of the sharpest writing on tv that leaves nearly no unusual stone unturned. It’s riveting, with the present’s stock-in-trade cartoonish violence that’s extra humorous than disturbing.

Followers of “The Boys” will get it; in the event you’re awaiting the primary time, you’ll quickly perceive what all of the fuss is about.

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