The article contains spoilers for Gen V episode 4, “The Whole Truth.” The article also discusses topics of sexual assault.


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Summary

  • Gen V‘s gross explosion scene involving a penis isn’t just for shock value; it explores the serious issue of violence and assault on college campuses.
  • The show accurately portrays the perpetrator as a loathsome character and offers a satisfying twist of justice, adding dark humor to the narrative.
  • While Gen V incorporates some heavy and uncomfortable scenes, it also addresses serious topics like self-harm and eating disorders with realism and empathy, creating a balanced viewing experience.

Gen V executive producers Eric Kripke and Michele Fazekas explain episode 4’s gross explosion scene and its significance. The Boys spinoff focuses on students at a university for supes. While The Boys is known for its disgusting, shocking, and gory scenes, Gen V is giving it a run for its money. The spinoff amps up the blood, guts, and gore, as well the penises. Although penises feature regularly in the show’s 3-episode premiere, episode 4’s penis scene takes things further. The scene in question sees Rufus (Alexander Calvert) attempting to use his psychic powers to assault Marie (Jaz Sinclair). In her shock and fear, Marie accidentally uses her blood-bending powers to cause his penis to explode.

In an interview with Variety, Kripke and Fazekas broke down the scene and what its real purpose was in the episode. Fazekas revealed that the intent wasn’t to top The Boys but actually stemmed from the show’s female writers who wanted to reflect a little of what young women face in college, making the exploding penis oddly satisfying. Check out their statements below:

Fazekas: When I came onto the show, I realized meeting Eric and Evan [Goldberg], straight dudes love penises. They love talking about them, looking at them.

Kripke: So funny. They’re endlessly funny. They’re the weirdest looking things. They’re just hilarious.

Fazekas: We never came into this saying, “We want to top ‘The Boys.’” That scene, yes, is about a c*cksplosion, but it came from a lot of women in my writers’ room who’ve gone to college and who’ve had these sh*tty experiences with dudes in college, where you’re like, “Is this guy a predator?” Feeling unsafe. That’s where it came from, of young women going into college. We never start with the outrageous thing, we always start with the story.

Fazekas: He’s a guy who is like human Rufenal. He was probably going to sexually assault her, and that’s why it’s fairly satisfying when that doesn’t go his way.

Kripke: It’s intentional that his name is Rufus. We always talked about him and how he’s a walking roofie.


How Gen V Balances Its Gross Scenes With Heavy Topics

Marie looking confused in Gen V episode 5

Gen V‘s gross explosion scene wasn’t inserted just because exploding penises are outrageous and is something The Boys hasn’t done yet. Instead, it managed to tackle a very heavy real-life topic regarding the issue of violence and assault on college campuses. Additionally, it managed to accurately portray the perpetrator as the most loathsome and foul character possible but left viewers satisfied by seeing justice served. However, it was served in the most unexpected way possible to add a bit of dark humor.

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Similarly, Gen V episode 1 sees another gross penis scene with Little Cricket (Lizze Broadway) that echoes the Ant-Man-inspired sex scene in The Boys. While Gen V’s scene outdoes The Boys‘ super-sized sex scene in season 3, this one is also a bit heavy. Even though it is consensual, viewers see in the next episode that the man in the scene is also exploitative and taking advantage of a vulnerable woman whom he won’t even acknowledge in class the next day. Both of these scenes poignantly capture and raise awareness for the female experience.

Meanwhile, not everything is gross or handled with irreverence and dark humor. Kripke and Fazekas point out that the show has never tried to treat the serious topics it’s handling, including self-harm and eating disorders, as a joke. These scenes are realistic and allow viewers to truly empathize, understand, and care about the characters’ struggles. The dark humor and shocking vulgarity balance the heaviness but also remind viewers that the show isn’t afraid to make them uncomfortable. Hence, Gen V can get gross, but many of these gross scenes are meant to highlight real-life issues, simply reimagining how these situations would look if superpowers were added.

Source: Variety

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