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Gen V Season One


Congrats to Gen V for an excellent first season. It is a spinoff of The Boys on Amazon, which I’ve written about before, about young people at a superhero university.


So it’s the TV adaptation of The New Mutants I’ve always wanted—only, per the parent show, everybody is corrupt, crazy and power-obsessed, with exploding heads and superpowered genitalia.


I did notice one unfortunate thing: without core characters who are unpowered, as in The Boys—meaning they are normal, frail, very human, and quite aware of it—the show kind of loses its suspense.


If everybody’s superpowered and living in the bubble of their own self-absorption—even though it’s from corporate manipulation—there’s nobody to worry about.


The show lays the satire on so hard that you kind of expect everybody to get killed, and you don’t really care if and when they do.


But I will happily be there for season two.

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Ariel Sokol
Ariel Sokol
Nov 06, 2023

What does a lack of power have to do with an absence of suspense? I don't get it.


They mystery of the season is the discovery of the "woods" and the secret contained therein. Also, that many of the core characters have lied to or are lying to one another. The show has a great deal of suspense given the lack of trust between all parties.


Unlike the comics, the tv show The Boys requires the suspension of disbelief that the supes wouldn't immediately put down The Boys. The comics had mutual destruction that resulted in a stalemate between Billy Butcher and his enemies. The tv show also at times had plodding plots in comparison to Gen V which …


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Lukas Kendall
Lukas Kendall
Nov 06, 2023
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I found that there is less suspense when following the superpowered characters because they are relatively invulnerable to physical harm, compared to the human characters.

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