Prime Video’s The Boys (Season 3): Herogasm (Episode 6) Review
*This Review Contains Full Spoilers*
Ever since the episode titles for season three of The Boys were revealed, many had high anticipation for the series to adapt Herogasm in episode six. Now, we’re finally here and wow, there’s a lot to unpack.
Even before the episode delves into its titular event, there’s already a lot going on just from the fallout of the previous week. With Butcher (Karl Urban) and Hughie (Jack Quaid) separating from the group and working alongside Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles), they have a whole other problem on their hands aside from their growing temporary-V addiction. As shown before, Soldier Boy carries a toxic mindset that’s frighteningly similar to Homelander’s (Anthony Starr), which only goes deeper into MAGA territory. Hughie now sees this too as Soldier Boy talks about what “real” masculinity is and becomes disgruntled with how history has changed since he was out and about. Starlight (Erin Moriarty) and M.M. (Laz Alonso) are right to worry about Soldier Boy and that possibility of him teaming up with Homelander is surely still on the table.
Butcher and Hughie just don’t see it though as their determination to kill Homelander at any cost has truly made them short-sighted and desperate beyond belief. Hughie’s own insecurities are just pouring out of him at this point as this new power is showing to be his greatest weakness. His attempt to clash with A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) and telling Starlight that he feels threatened by her strength and powers show how weak he’s truly become. Hughie is on the same kind of suicidal path that Butcher is on and it could be a truly dangerous choice, especially with what Homelander and A-Train both know now.
We also finally catch up more with Frenchie (Tomer Capone) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) as their whirlwind romance grew last week only to have Little Nina (Katia Winter) ruin it. The whole sequence with Kimiko, who just learned that she doesn’t have her powers, turning the tables on Nina’s thugs was brutal and bloody as hell, but a tad confusing. With how strong Kimiko looked to the point where she easily broke someone’s fingers with her bare hands, are they hinting that she’s getting her powers back? It’s honestly tough to say and a little confusing, but the very emotional exchange between her and Frenchie shows that they aren’t leaving just yet. So, maybe we’ll get a clearer answer soon.
M.M. and Starlight also get closer. Not in a romantic way, but more in a personal way since they’re in the same frame of mind. They’re both pissed at Butcher and Hughie for teaming up with Soldier Boy and still want to find a way to beat Homelander without resorting to desperate tactics. However, it’s not as easy for them as they have a lot of mixed emotions in general. M.M. finally talks about how Soldier Boy killed his family and it’s absolutely crushing. It’s rare to see M.M. be openly emotional but Alonso totally nails the moment, and you feel his frustration in having to be sidelined against Soldier Boy. Starlight’s frustration also shows when talking with Neuman (Claudia Doumit) and it’s the perfect lead-up to the big decision she makes at the end of the episode.
Things are truly at their breaking point in The Boys, so why not throw in Herogasm just to spice things up a bit, right? Now, I know what you’re asking. What is Herogasm? Well, we learn that it is a tradition created by Soldier Boy where Supes come together for a wild and slightly disturbing orgy and this series holds nothing back in showing it. Literally from the first knock at the door, we’re introduced to some of the weirdest sexual organs and escapades. Seriously, there’s just wild and weird sex stuff around every corner of this place and you just can’t keep your eyes away from all the madness. We even see The Deep (Chace Crawford) get deep with an octopus and this certainly lived up to the hype.
Of all the places that Soldier Boy and Homelander could’ve had their first fight, I wouldn’t have expected it to be at Herogasm. But it does and it has some truly surprising moments. First, the ongoing fight is just absolutely epic with no one holding back punches and Butcher and Hughie jumping in to totally throw Homelander off. Second, they actually are able to hold Homelander down, but come on, we knew this wasn’t going to be the moment they get Homelander and that’s the problem. Homelander flies away and after this, who knows what’s going to happen. Now that A-Train and Homelander know that Hughie and Butcher have powers, there’s no going back.
To be fair, A-Train might have taken care of himself with how he decimates Blue Hawk (Nick Wechsler), but possibly causes his heart to stop. Homelander, however, is alive and well, and given that we see him have a Green Goblin moment with himself earlier in the episode, he’s cracking. And now that he knows that his back is against the wall, he could go on a terrible rampage that could make these last few episodes a total bloodbath. Starlight also makes a big choice that could send Homelander over the edge, but it also feels right at home for her. Tired of working in a corrupt world of superheroes and perpetuating their lies, Starlight decides to come clean to everyone over social media denouncing her Starlight persona and spilling the beans on all the corruption, including Homelander. It’s tough to say what the impact of all this will be since the general population isn’t known for rising up even when they know the truth, but Annie quitting being Starlight is a big deal and it’s going to be interesting to see where this leads her as things come to a head.
Herogasm delivers all the wild NSFW content fans could want through some of the strangest sexual escapades ever and some actiony conclusions, yet that isn’t just what makes it a great episode. Rather, it’s the way that it leaves you with a big lump in your throat with Butcher, Hughie, and Soldier Boy being unable to take out Homelander making you wonder how devastating the fallout will be and Starlight making a defining act of defiance that could cause huge ripples going forward.