This review contains minor spoilers!
AWESOME, Awesome, awesome, and did I mention, awesome?! I’m late to the party, as this show has been out for months now, and I’m so happy that I finally got around to watching it! Doom Patrol is easily one of the best shows this year. The characters are all fresh, their storylines are beautifully written, and the character development – man, the character development, was done right! This show is weird, in the right possible way. Did I mention it was awesome?
Created by Jeremy Carver, and based on the comics of the same name, Doom Patrol is a DC superhero show, with some non-traditional heroes. Well, they’re not “squeaky clean,” how superheroes are usually portrayed, and they all have their own demons to work out. I mean, this one, Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), has 64 personalities, each with their own ability:
Yep, a lot of that goes on in this show! It’s packed with action!
But, let’s start from the beginning! Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton), aka The Chief, is a genius level medical doctor who takes care of our heroes. Before they formed the team, Niles provided(or orchestra..nevermind*cough*) them sanctuary, in his mansion, to protect them from the outside world. The show starts off with the introduction of one of our heroes, Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser), a former NASCAR driver who was in a bad car accident, with his brain being saved, and then transplanted into this robot, or cyborg:
Now, he’s like a baby, having to learn how to walk, and do things again in his new body. That’s when the other heroes step in, and help him deal with his new life and help him learn.
Meanwhile, the others are still trying to control, or learn, their powers. The Chief has hidden them from the world for decades, so they’ve never really got a chance to go out, and learn how to deal with their powers, or themselves, for that matter.
When they try to take a stroll through town, Rita Farr (April Bowlby), aka Elasti-girl, lost control of her powers, or self, and started “blobbing” out. I mean, she literally turned into The Blob. The Blob movie terrified me as a child, so I cringed a little, when I saw Rita turning into this thing. I mean, just look:
Though, Rita easily becomes one of the best characters by the end of the season! She’s very E&E – elegant and entertaining!
Here you have Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer –past self, before accident), aka Negative Man (Matthew Zuk–wrapped in bandages), who has a negative energy entity, from space, living in him. He’s a former pilot, who crashed, and body was badly burned. The energy inside of him is what keeps him alive. He has a lot of inner demons to deal with!
Actually, that’s how all of the Doom Patrol members received their powers. They were all involved in tragic accidents. This sort of unites them even more, as they can all relate to each other.
Vic Stone (Joivan Wade), aka Cyborg, also joins the Doom Patrol team! He becomes a great asset, who also has a lot of his own issues to deal with. It’s only befitting due to the fact that Cyborg received his enhancements through a tragic accident. He too, can relate to the other members!
The Chief is captured by Mr. Nobody (Alan Tudyk), the main supervillian of the season, who’s able to move through dimensions and alter reality. He narrates most of the show, like literally, narrates what everyone’s doing, and he can influence, or manipulate events. He’s crazy, but in the best way! He’s very thrilling, and you cant help but to laugh at some of his narrations. The team unites to save The Chief and stop Mr. Nobody.
There ya’ have it! That’s the jest of it, and it’s an awesome ride! A really good show, packed with drama, fantasy, and comedy! A combination that works really, really well. DC shows are taking over! The CW is full of them. Now, we have shows on the streaming apps like Titans, and this gem! A lot more happens on this show! I’m not going to spoil everything, so you guys should definitely check it out. You won’t be disappointed!
Doom Patrol has been renewed for a second season, set to premiere on HBO Max and DC Universe app in 2020. Check it out, you guys! You’re in for a marvelous treat!