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The Boys Season 3 Episode 5 Review/Recap

The Boys Season 3 Episode 5 is one of the series’ best – giving fans a lot of individual character development while setting up for an emotional season.

Antony Starr & Erin Moriarty's Friendship Makes It Easy To Hate Each Other On Screen Homelander Starlight


Warning: The Boys Season 3 Episodes 5 Spoilers Ahead.

As usual with this season, Homelander is nearing the edge more and more, but the best part of The Boys season 3 episode 5 is that he was barely in this episode – at least compared to the first four. This worked really well because it lets viewers explore all of the other characters.

Before talking about anyone else, there was a small point in this episode about Homelander doing something to Maeve, they never spent too much time on it but she could be dead? It feels like they left us with no answer for a reason.

Maeve and Butcher also had some time together this episode. Something else that feels purposeful. This gives Butcher yet another thing to be mad at Homelander for. Butcher and MM’s feud grows, with their relationship getting more and more strained. As they come together to track down Soldier Boy, MM eventually learns that Butcher and Hughie have decided Soldier Boy will be the weapon they use to destroy Homelander.

We also learn that the blast at the end of last episode took away Kimiko’s powers, which feels like a great way to defeat Homelander. He is so powerful that taking away his superpowers will put them at a great advantage. Especially if they continue to take temporary V.

The boys season 3 soldier boy

Speaking of Soldier Boy, we got a lot more of him in this episode compared to the first four episodes. He only just came in (not counting flashbacks) at the end of the previous episode, and even though this wasn’t a whole ton of time, what fans do get is essential to his character development. 

There is one point in The Boys season 3 episode 5 where we see a huge parallel between Homelander and Maeve and Soldier Boy and Crimson Countess. In this episode both Maeve and Countess say they always hated them (meaning Homelander and Soldier Boy). This is just one of the several parallels between Homelander and Soldier Boy, which helps to hype up what is sure to be an inevitable clash of the titans.

The boys season 3 starlight

Hughie and Starlight are going through some issues, which in all honesty is Hughie’s fauly. Early in the episode he tells Starlight that he took the temporary V, which she doesn’t like at all. It is an untested drug from Vaught and she tells him that she can’t lose him, and she wishes he would be more careful. It is clear that Hughie liked feeling powerful (remember how emasculated he felt with Starlight opening his jelly jar) but he still promises that he won’t do it again.

Fast forward to the end of the episode and, as expected, he opts to take the temporary V again. There are clearly two side of this argument, and both of them make good points. Hughie feels more confident when he takes the temporary V, like he can take care of himself for once. While Starlight simply doesn’t want him to be in danger. We don’t know where their relationship will go from here, but it sure seems like they are in a downward spiral from how The Boys season 3 started.

The boys season 3 musical number

Then we have The Boys Musical, aka Frenchie and Kimiko’s storylines. The way this was advertised it seemed like it would be a major part of The Boys season 3 episode 5, but instead it flew by. Kimiko’s arc this season has been great, but Frenchie’s storyline is the least interesting one this season; at least so far.

Probably the most overlooked and underrated storyline of the season is A-Train’s. In this episode his issues with Blue Hawke continue. This plot point is an interesting one because of the great real world elements that are seamlessly, yet perfectly, executed.

Though most of this episode was development for the Soldier Boy storyline, it felt like the individual character relationships were perfectly done. The Boys season 3 episode 5 is clearly setting up for a far more emotional season than the previous ones.

Rating : 9 out of 10

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About The Boys Season 3

It’s been a year of calm. Homelander’s subdued. Butcher works for the government, supervised by Hughie of all people. But both men itch to turn this peace and quiet into blood and bone. So when The Boys learn of a mysterious Anti-Supe weapon, it sends them crashing into the Seven, starting a war, and chasing the legend of the first Superhero: Soldier Boy.

The Boys is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes—who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and as revered as gods—abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. Intent on stopping the corrupt superheroes, The Boys, a group of vigilantes, continue their heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven and Vought—the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that manages the superheroes and covers up their dirty secrets. It’s the seemingly powerless against the super powerful.

Season Three of The Boys stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capone, Karen Fukuhara, Nathan Mitchell, Colby Minifie, Claudia Doumit, and Jensen Ackles.

The Boys Season 3 is streaming on Prime Video now.