One of the lesser known superhero teams in the DC Universe is the Doom Patrol. Marvel’s X-Men is actually a copy of the Doom Patrol, a team of misfits led by a genius in a wheelchair.
The Doom Patrol was introduced to us on television in an episode of the Titans. I was quite happy to see them appear there and was even happier when I heard they were getting their own series.
Doom Patrol is not your typical superhero show. This series is not based on the original version form the 1960s but from the Grant Morrison run in the early 1990s. I collected those comments and was blown away by his out of the box style.
The core of the team is Cliff Steele (a human brain in a robot body), Rita Farr (an actress whose body can change into a blob), Larry Trainor (a test pilot who is inhabited by a negative spirit) and Crazy Jane (a girl with 64 personalities, each with their own superpower). They are joined by Cyborg and are led by the Chief, Niles Caulder.
The season revolves around a conflict with Mr. Nobody, a being so powerful he even knows he is in a TV show, and his capture of the Chief. Along the way, they have numerous adventures, meeting people like Danny the Street, the Beard Hunter and Flex Mentallo.
Having been familiar with the characters, I was impressed with how well the actors were able to capture the essence of the characters. It could not have been cast better.
It was a bizarre season, which is exactly what I expected. Not every superhero show could pull off a sentient gender-queer street but Doom Patrol can.
At first, I thought it was strange to include Cyborg. Not only was he not a member of the Doom Patrol, he actually was a superhero, unlike the rest of the team. But over the course of the season, I saw that it made sense. He belonged to the typical superhero world and that is why he was there. He was the contrast for the rest of the team, highlighting their differences, but also exploring their similarities. I hope he makes an appearance in Titans.
There were only a couple of things that I didn’t like. There was some needless nudity in the first and second last episodes. I considered giving up after the first episode, but I’m glad I stuck with it. There is probably about 15 seconds of nudity in the whole season.
The other was the swearing. I’m no pride when it comes to swearing. There were a few times when Cliff Steel (played by Brendan Fraser) dropped the f-bomb and it was both appropriate and funny. But it really took the swearing too far. It was almost as if they wanted to show how far they had come from typical superhero shows but I found it distracting.
Still, it was an amazing season. There were a number of episodes that blew me away with their stories. The descent into Jane’s underground being one example.
If you don’t mind some swearing and enjoy bizarre stories, then I recommend Doom Patrol. I hope it gets a second season.