It’s been said that Washington, D.C., is Hollywood for ugly people, but we mostly view politics and celebrity culture as two distinct categories. What’s smart and fun about Amazon Prime’s “The Boys” – which recently released the first three episodes of Season 2, with episodes 4-8 coming out on Fridays – is that it mashes politics and celebrity into one thing via The Seven.
Watchmen” popularized the idea of superheroes run amok, but that saga quickly moves beyond the question of “Who watches the Watchmen?” to its answer of “No one.” “The Boys” (July 2019, Amazon Prime) wallows in the question more, to its benefit. Based on a Wildstorm/Dynamite comic-book series that launched in 2006, the eight-episode first season introduces a corporation that sponsors and markets vigilante superheroes, but then it digs into the military-industrial complex. The Vought Corporation aims to have a relationship with the government similar to Lockheed-Martin, but with superheroes – not missiles — as the weapons they are peddling.
At first glance, “Revolution” (9 p.m. Central Mondays, NBC, starts Monday) can be safely categorized with “Dark Angel,” “Lost,” “Terra Nova,” “Falling Skies” and “The Walking Dead” as a post-apocalyptic show (in the case of “Lost,” it was post-apocalyptic for the characters, not for the world at large). Basically, the world exists as we viewers know it, but then something goes horribly wrong and the world is fundamentally changed. (The events of the series sometimes take place in the wake of the apocalypse, sometimes a period of time later. In the case of “Revolution,” it’s 15 years later.)