Gen V is a spin-off of hit American superhero series The Boys; following Compound V students at Godolkin University – developed by Craig Rosenberg, Evan Goldberg, and Eric Kripke. And directed by Nelson Cragg, Steve Boyum, Rachel Goldberg, Clare Kilner and Philip Sgriccia.
Prime Video has sent 6 episodes of Gen V for review, and there are a total of 8 episodes to be released on the streaming service.
This series is an entertaining spin-off, there’s mystery, action, drama, violence and Gen V does well to further expand the dark and twisted world of The Boys.
The aftermath from the main show; to do with Compound V being revealed, is heavily talked about, and this adds another layer to how these young adults view what their parents did to them, including dealing with Vought’s extreme control on their lives and relationships.
Gen V is also excellent for character building; the series starts off with Marie Moreau (Jaz Sinclair), and so far her story has been interesting to follow, like Starlight’s was, and Jaz has been brilliant in leading the series so far.
Compared to the main series, there is a similar shock factor, violence level and humour throughout the six episodes, especially with some of the more explicit close-ups and disgusting bloody scenes.
The series has also done well in setting up so many other characters in a few episodes already, such as Patrick Schwarzenegger as Luke Riordan; who is a triggering point in the show, to further jumpstart the plot. Patrick also certainly has a magnetic screen presense.
There’s been more standout actors in the series so far with Lizze Broadway’s character who can change in size, Derek Luh and London Thor; who both deal with a complex power, that I’ve not seen handled in a live-action show since Misfits series, in the UK.
The writers have done well to make me feel an invested in where the plot is heading to, and there are plenty of characters to root for.
Pacing in the show is set up with a consistency much like The Boys.
Also, look out for cameos, plenty of easter eggs and references spread throughout this series.
It’s been a good spin-off show so far, that does have lot of shock factor to forward the plot much like the main series. It does feel like it’s own thing though, rather than being a carbon copy of The Boys. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the final two episodes.
Who stars in Gen V?
The series cast includes Jaz Sinclair, Chance Perdomo, Lizze Broadway, Shelley Conn, Maddie
Phillips, London Thor, Derek Luh, Asa Germann, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sean Patrick Thomas,
and Marco Pigossi and Clancy Brown.