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There was a time when The Boys was top dog of the Prime Video TV-show world. In the years following its 2019 debut – and especially since season 3 aired in mid-2022 – though, there’s an argument to be made that it’s been usurped by other critically-acclaimed series (Reacher), shows with similarly huge viewing figures, (The Rings of Power), or offerings that succeed in both areas (Fallout).

With The Boys season 4 launching on June 13, the brutal, melodramatic, and darkly comedic superhero show has a chance to show its siblings who the streamer’s real daddy is. Based on its first three episodes, though, it struggles to do so. It’s still an excellent series; one that successfully marries superhero satirization with unambiguous scorn for real-life issues that plague our society and politics. But, in a glorious golden age of television, season 4’s three-episode premiere lacks that extra-special spark that made The Boys such a devilishly entertaining and innovative show.

Boys will be boys

Mother's Milk leads The Boys through another mission directive in the titular group's fourth season on Prime Video

The Boys are led by Mother’s Milk at the start of season 4. (Image credit: Jasper Savage/Prime Video)

Picking up after The Boys season 3 and Gen V season 1, we find the titular group in a race against the clock. Now led by Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), The Boys continue to try and thwart Homelander’s (Antony Starr) efforts to consolidate power and usher in an autocratic era where Supes reign supreme, and halt secret Supe Victoria Neuman’s (Claudia Doumit) charge towards the Oval Office as vice-president.

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