The Boys Season 3, Episode 6 Review – “Herogasm”

Warning: the below contains full spoilers for The Boys Season 3, Episode 6, “Herogasm,” which aired on Prime Video on June 24, 2022. To refresh your memory, check out our review of last week’s episode.

“Herogasm” is simultaneously the closest and farthest The Boys has felt to its obscenely inappropriate and excessive comic book source. There’s no downplaying the episode’s title, a callback to an all-out superhero suck-and-stuff fest featuring [redacted], [definitely redacted]and most of all, [burn my eyes levels of redacted]. Although, showrunner Eric Kripke does what his streaming adaptation of him has done best with The Boys this season — replace the comic’s most needlessly graphic moments of exploitative boundary pushing with emphasized urgency behind character development beyond savagery. Kripke shows his boys, girls, and supes a bit more compassion than comics writer Garth Ennis, which has turned an otherwise bottomless nihilistic superhero commentary into an engaging action-drama with far richer personalities at odds.

Consider the episode a Part II, fulfilling promised consequences from “The Last Time to Look on This World of Lies” with explicit parallels. Hughie (Jack Quaid) and Starlight (Erin Moriarty) confront their relationship after Hughie confesses his power trippage on V24. A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) butts heads with Blue Hawk (Nick Wechsler) after the latter handicaps his brother from him in a racist outburst. Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) sets his crosshairs on Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) whether Butcher (Karl Urban) takes a bullet as collateral or not. There’s no storytelling hesitation or stretching last episode’s juiciest subplots — “Herogasm” allows for multiple climaxes, whether in tears or explosive enjoyment.

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