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One thought on “Why ‘The Boys’ failed – thoughts on mythopathic storytelling”
Just wanted to share what we thought after me and the hubby listened and reflected. We thought that perhaps Homelander really didn’t have a mythic back story — the vying for love and adoration and the wounded pathological character he is might be the character that was intended.
That said the idea of lifting a character high, and showing their mythic possibilities (before bringing them low) was actually done quite well with the story of Stormfront. As Starlight is experiencing sexual harassment in a number of ways, Stormfront comes in almost in a feminist, empowering way – to a certain extent freeing Startlight, and providing a certain amount of cathartic release for the audience as Starlight finally catches a beacon of light. Of course this all comes crashing to the ground when Stormfront is discovered to be anti-semetic, and not only a nazi sympathizer but an actual card carrying member of the nazi regime.