Episodes reviewed: 1-6
Gen V is a new 8-part series, coming to Prime Video this Friday and set in the same supe-inhabited world as The Boys, a show that has already racked up three brilliant seasons and is still going strong. Gen V is set in Godolkin University, a prestigious superhero-only college, where students train to be the next generation of heroes, all hoping to make it into The Seven. And thankfully the show is every bit as shocking, gross and hugely entertaining as The Boys is!
We first meet Marie Moreau (Jaz Sinclair) as a 12-year-old, living at home with her family. But when Marie suddenly learns that she has developed the ability to control and weaponise her own blood, the shock and resulting panic from her discovery ends in a complete bloodbath. Fast forward to the present day and Marie is now ready for a fresh start, determined to make it as a superhero as she moves into the Vought-run Godolkin University as a freshman.
Marie’s roommate is Emma (Lizze Broadway), who goes by the superhero name Little Cricket and is able to shrink herself very small. Emma even has a popular YouTube channel featuring her fighting with her guinea pig in a boxing ring! Other students that Marie meets, all integral to the story, include Luke, Andre, Cate and Jordan. Luke (Patrick Schwarzenegger) goes by the name Golden Boy, a senior at the university, currently ranked top and with the brightest prospects of joining The Seven. Luke’s girlfriend is Cate (Maddie Phillips) with the ability to make people do anything she wants just by touching them with her hands. Then there’s Jordan (London Thor and Derek Luh), able to shift between male and female form, each with their own unique abilities, and Andre (Chance Perdomo), who has magnetic powers and is also Golden Boy’s best friend.
A night out at a club with her new group of friends ends very badly and Marie soon realises that being a superhero isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially after she finds herself in trouble with Professor Rich “Brink” Brinkerhoff (Clancy Brown), a renowned professor of crime fighting at the university. But there’s yet another shock just around the corner to round off what proves to be a very jam-packed and wildly entertaining opening episode that leaves you wanting more.
From there, we’re introduced to a very dark and mysterious secret within the university that our group of students must band together and try to uncover, all while vying for popularity and high rankings of course. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to talk very much about Gen V without resulting in spoilers but the tight setting and great young cast really make for an interesting show. There are twists and turns galore throughout as characters reveal their true intentions or key characters bite the dust very early on. And, as usual, there is an abundance of gloriously imaginative and impressive ways to gross you out as the supes wield their powers both sexually and in combat. I really do need to remember not to keep watching these shows while eating my lunch.
Gen V debuts on Prime Video with three episodes on Friday 29th September, followed by weekly episodes, leading up to the epic season finale on Friday 3rd November.
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