Not too long ago, I decided to give a try to the DC Comics new series, Doom Patrol. I knew by the commercials it would be quite different and aimed to a more mature audience. I was happy to know that finally, people my age have their superhero, or, zero show!
Doom Patrol Summary
Doom Patrol is a team of traumatized and downtrodden superheroes, each of whom has suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities but also left them scarred and disfigured.
The members of the team have found their purpose through The Chief and have come together to investigate some of the world’s weirdest phenomena.
After The Chief mysteriously disappears, though, the reluctant heroes find themselves called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission that they cannot refuse.
Doom Patrol — part support group, part superhero team — is a band of super-powered freaks fighting for a world that wants nothing to do with them. — Google
The Official Unofficial Introduction
Titans was the show that introduced us to the Doom Patrol. Through the arrival of Beast Boy in Raven’s life, he brings her to the Doom Mansion where we meet Chief, Rita, Larry, and Cliff. We can’t know too much, but enough to be curious about the show and those particular characters.
While Titans are entirely in the present with its “Batman-esque” technology, the Doom Patrol shows us something a little different, like it, is somewhat stuck between the fifties and somewhere near the present. I needed to know more!
From Somebody to Zero
Each member living at the ‘Doom Mansion,’ as those “freaks” like to call it, used to be someone special. Strangely enough, even Jane, who shares her mind with sixty-four other people, has at least one of them who was somebody.
Unique in their way when alive in their own time, all residents had quite an egotistical way of living. As a result, each of them, broken, hiding skeletons in their closet, dragging them along in their new way of life as “freaks.”
They all met their downfall and inevitable end in mysterious accidents. As a result, they ended up moving in with Chief who took great care of them. Then, he disappeared, leaving his proteges defenceless and alone with one another to get along.
We are often reminded of their lives when alive. However, because they are immortals, they each have an eternity to blame themselves for what happened in their past. It seems to be the overall theme of the show, an original from DC Comics.
The Invisible Mummy
My personal favorite! Despite Timothy Dalton playing Chief, and a sexy one at that—he hasn’t lost his James Bond touch! It is Larry who stole my heart from the beginning. Not only because of his touching story, but because of the submissive character he plays always following Rita’s opinion.
Larry is a pilot from the fifties, dreaming of being a hero, who has a wife and children. Everything a man in that time would’ve dreamed of having. Except, this Larry carried a big secret, something seen as a disease and repulsive.
Larry had a lover, a man he loved, but was afraid to admit to himself he was gay. Furthermore, when his plane encountered the anomaly, the entity that came to live inside of him, desperately tries to help him, but Larry doesn’t see it that way.
It is up to the viewers to watch every week and learn more about Larry. Ultimately, Larry isn’t a mummy or an invisible man. That’s all I’m saying!
Another Forgotten Blob Star
Rita is my second favorite! She is such a sweetheart and adorable. She used to be a star in the fifties with all the attributes that came with it — beauty, manners, wardrobe, and lifestyle. In Hollywood, though, we all know that your days are counted short for a woman. Rita was no different.
As a result, when she became this “blob” and managed to control it somewhat, she used her immortality to her advantage to a point where she understood her prime was now behind her and it was time to give the spotlight to others.
Moreover, in the mansion, we learn about Rita’s stress and fears. She sticks to Larry. I believe because he is a kind-hearted man and remains quiet, while she talks and he listens to her. She never judged him and nor did he try to change her. Their friendship is comedic relief, but also beautiful to watch.
Lucky Number 64
Jane is a character we do not get to meet in the Titans introduction of the Doom Patrol. She is a unique character that presents many personalities, not as a mental illness per say as each has their powers and abilities, more of sixty-four real personalities that took asylum inside Jane’s brain.
As a result, Jane is often a loner, hard to get along with due to one of her leading personalities named, Hammerhead. The show, intended for a mature audience, don’t hold back on curses and gore, presenting Jane as a quite mouthy girl.
Her multi personalities make her one of a kind, and the actress can change radically from one to the next, making it so well believable.
She is a complex character with many layers to uncover. She holds many secrets and doesn’t want to open. Ultimately, you come to believe she’s the typical younger girl, but then, you realize there’s more to her than meets the eye.
Hang On Cliff
The Tin Man, the Rust Bucket, the Robot, name it as you wish he is still the lovable character that you hate when a man but kind of love when he’s a robot. The show begins with his life as a human. It took me a while to recognize the actor, to be honest.
Moving forward in the story, we then meet him as a sort of android when Chief reveals that all he had left to save from his body was his brain. Cliff cannot feel to certain limits, that prevents him from learning his strength, desire to cry or express his anger.
Cliff had a wife and daughter. He lost everything, he turned to Jane for comfort, trying not to disappoint another “little girl” even though Jane is a grown-up young adult.
His friendship with her is, of course, one of a diabolical roller-coaster but Cliff’s father instincts often kicks in when it comes to Jane, turning him into a funny goofball.
What’s There More To Say?
In all superhero story, you have a mentor and the ultimate villain. Chief, played by Timothy Dalton in the series, presents a character filled with mysteries and a life that no one knows while the super-villain is way more potent than any other! I even doubt that Superman truly could defeat him if given a chance.
The relationship between Chief and Mr. Nobody is a typical hero/villain one comparable to Batman and the Joker when it comes to this unhealthy unstoppable obsession.
Chief, captured by Mr. Nobody, has the residents of the Doom Mansion in motion to become this Doom Patrol. They uncover a few friendship Chief developed along the way and other not as pleasant ones.
Cyborg, one would think would join the Titans, right? No, I guess his place now interchanged with Beast Boy despite them being “best friends” in all other incarnations. However, Cyborg fits well in the Doom Patrol who needs his help.
The second season confirmed I think more reviews from me are coming to appreciate this quite different idea of superheroes! I don’t know what the creators were “doing” when writing this show but they surely had a lot of artistic skills to translate it to television!
I can’t wait for the second season!
The OCD Nerd,