I have officially caught up on Amazon's "The Boys" over the last week and it is a wonderful show. I gave season 1 8.3 Nateys, a pretty solid score, and I'm enjoying season 2 thus far as well. Though they didn't have to make Hughie suchhhhh a pussy, I mean my god, it's something new for him to whine about every fucking second. But the rest of the show is bad ass and fun to watch and I can't wait for the rest of the episodes to drop.
In case you aren't in on "The Boys" yet, they decided to release the first 4 episodes at the same time, and then release the final 4 episodes of the season on weekly basis. And apparently the reaction to this decision has been less than ideal:
NME - The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke has addressed the fan backlash over the show’s weekly release schedule, admitting “it’s not fun to see bad reviews on a thing people actually love”.
The Amazon Prime Video superhero series has gone for a more staggered release for its second season, dropping the first few episodes in one go before releasing each one weekly.
However, this has disgruntled some fans, with many review-bombing on Amazon because the season hasn’t been released in one go – all despite the critical acclaim it has received.
Speaking about the backlash, Kripke told TheWrap: “I get that people are disappointed and, frankly, looking back, we thought that we were communicating that we were weekly.
People need to chilllll outtttttt. "Review bombing" their favorite show because the creators decided to release the final 4 episodes on a weekly basis is a bitttt of an overreaction. Like, our brains are so warped at this point that people cannot wait 7 days to watch an episode of a TV show anymore. Good grief. There are, I don't know, 10 million other TV shows that you can watch during those 7 days, check one of them out instead.
And I love them reverting back to how television was in the pre-streaming era- 1 episode per week. Now, I don't want this to be the norm, but every so often I love the feeling of anticipation of a new episode. Plus with everyone on the same episode, the conversation on Twitter is much better. In fact, I wish they dropped the new episode on Sunday nights so everyone watched together, a la Game of Thrones. Makes it that much more enjoyable.
They continue about the decision to space it out:
Speaking previously about the decision to stagger the season out, Kripke explained: “Our feeling is that when it airs all eight at once, it becomes a sugar rush of a binge. People burn through it in a week or two. There’s an intense amount of activity, and then it sort of fades.
“There’s so many great moments in season two, we want to give it time to marinate, so people can reflect on it and talk about it before they move on to the next thing and be in the conversation a little longer. I think a little anticipation for the fans is healthy.”
I mean, yeah. Everyone craves that immediate dopamine rush. We have grown acclimated to binging and moving on to something else. I appreciate them slowing it down. And I assume the final 4 episodes of the season are going to throw us all for such fucking loops that it'll be worth waiting a week for the next episode.
And if you haven't watched the show yet, get on it. It's on Prime. It's about corrupt superheroes, but it's not a "superhero show", if that makes sense. Homelander is an all time all time all time character. As is Billy Butcher, and I have high hopes about this Stormfront gal.
Cannot wait to see what they have in store for the 2nd half of the season. See, the weekly release is already working. Now I need something to watch in between. I've think Fargo is the move, have heard nothing but good things about Fargo.
EDIT: Apparently it was the first 3, not 4. Change all the 4s to 3s. Thank you for your understanding.