The Boys season 3 is a dazzling, disgusting, damning middle finger

Prime Video's action-packed satire asks, "What do the good guys do when the bad guys just keep winning?"

For all of its over-the-top topical references and ripped-from-the-headlines plot points,

The Boys’ new season feels the most relevant during one understated moment from episode three.

“We have to be as mean and as fucked up as they are,” says Hughie (Jack Quaid) in one of those defeated

but-somehow-still-fired-up speeches he delivers so well. “I’m tired of losing.”

It’s a fitting line for a TV show anchored in U.S. politics, a practically bottomless cesspool that in 2022 has reached chilling new depths.

Like viewers who may have entered this so-called “post-pandemic” year with high expectations

the titular Boys begin season three on an upswing.

After discovering that Stormfront (Aya Cash), the newest member of tentpole supersquad The Seven, was really a remnant of the Third Reich.