'The Boys' Season 3 Episode 5 Review: Of Soldier Boy, strained relationships, and unexpected romance

Even as Victoria Neuman sits this one out, there's plenty to digest and that makes 'The Last Time to Look on this World of Lies' a gripping watch


                            'The Boys' Season 3 Episode 5 Review: Of Soldier Boy, strained relationships, and unexpected romance
A still from 'The Boys' Season 3 (Amazon Prime Video)
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Contains spoilers for 'The Boys' Season 3 Episode 5 'The Last Time to Look on this World of Lies'

Episode 4 of 'The Boys' Season 3 set the tone for a tight finish, the latest chapter is all about who wants to kill Homelander (Antony Starr) the most. It's all about who wants to do it bad enough and what lines they blur to do so. The repercussions of the plan to kill the sly and out-of-control supe are already being shown as it affects the boys. The relationships are strained and even as Victoria Neuman sits this one out, there's plenty to digest and that makes 'The Last Time to Look on this World of Lies' a gripping watch.

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This review breaks down storylines by the character, and that means plenty of spoilers inbound. Starting off with Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles). The supe, a rather tormented and dark version of Captain America arrives in New York and causes mayhem. He isn't done yet as he visits The Legend (Paul Reiser) and then strikes a bond of sorts with Butcher (Karl Urban) and Hughie (Jack Quaid). The exchange and the casualty of the bond: Crimson Countess (Laurie Holden). It's the bargain that comes at a price.

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The same for Hughie and Anne/Starlight (Erin Moriarty) as she figures out that her boyfriend is bent on saving her in his own way which goes against everything he stood for. Using Temp V was more than a knee-jerk decision and surely this will pretty much see the two pfft, and that makes for another discussion point. Kimiko and Frenchie finally kiss, but not before Nina herds him off, and that leaves the supe (who's now lost her powers) by the way of introspecting whether she has something going on with Frenchie, or it was just a spur-of-the-moment kiss.

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Maeve and Butcher having sex was something no one saw coming. It wasn't supposed to happen, at least not with Anne and Hughie in a relationship already. But it's happened, and for better or worse, it's Maeve's life on the line with Homelander and Noir now taking her captive. If the supe were to indeed die, then perhaps it all began she came to Butcher for help and gave him Temp V. 

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Add to this a Seth Rogen cameo, an 'I Got Rhythm' dance sequence that sees Kimiko and Frenchie groove to Judy Garland's chartbuster, and some Onlyfans fun, there's enough chatter this episode will garner. However, it actually also signals the beginning of the end for most characters who just might not make it past the season. With Prime Video already renewing the blockbuster show for a Season 4, expect some Supes and some good guys to kick the bucket — the journey of which starts here.

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'The Boys' Season 3 Episode 5 is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.