In 2018, a streaming service called, “DC Universe” streamed an exclusive original show titled, “Titans.” Based on the comic book team “Teen Titans,” it earned mixed to positive reviews. A second season is currently in the works alongside upcoming original content like “Stargirl,” “Harley Quinn” & Metropolis.” One original show in particular was a massive improvement of DC Universe called, “Doom Patrol.”
Based on the comic book series of the same name, Doom Patrol officially streamed in February 2019. It received positive reviews from critics & fans alike. As of June 2019, a second season has yet to be announced.
Before Joaquin Phoenix’s take as Joker slated to come out on October, I want to share my thoughts about Doom Patrol’s first season.
The following review doesn’t contain any crucial SPOILERS whatsoever. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article. Some SPOILERS are light. I did my best not to give anything away.
The Entire Season
Positive: The Main Cast such as Brendan Fraser, Matt Bomer, April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero, Jovian Wade, Alan Tudyk & Timothy Dalton all did a fantastic job for their respective performances.
Fun Fact: Before Brandon Routh played the title role in “Superman Returns,” both Brendan Fraser & Matt Bomer were considered to play Clark Kent/Superman.
Geoff Johns served as an executive producer for the show.
Humor contains elements of black comedy, “F-Bombs,” surreal moments & anything bizarre from the comics.
The Tone for the series is a mix between seriousness and comedy carefully executed.
The best way to describe Doom Patrol is a mix between X-Men & Deadpool. Keep in mind, Doom Patrol actually predates X-Men & Guardians Of The Galaxy before the latter two were published. Doom Patrol were the first X-Men before the actual X-Men existed.
Season 1 is heavily based on Grant Morrison’s iteration of Doom Patrol.
Action Sequences are bloody brutal filled with a crimson red stain flying all over the place. If you have a weak stomach? Be prepared, bring yourself a barf bag. I’ll have you know that this show ain’t for kids.
Clint Mansell (Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain, Black Swan) & Kevin Kiner (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) orchestrated music for the show.
Alan Tudyk’s character Mr. Nobody, narrates some episode of the show. You can tell Alan is having the time of his life playing a villain who’s self aware of the show constantly “Breaks The Fourth Wall” like Deadpool. Alan deserves Bonus Points for his performance. He’s the one who stole the show.
Mr. Nobody pokes fun at streaming services & he’s aware of DC Universe’s streaming service.
The first season delves deeper into each character’s interesting backstory. I also found Mr. Nobody’s origins the most interesting. As the series progresses, we learn more about their troubled backstories.
Character Development involving The Main Leads as they must learn to work as a team if they want to defeat Mr. Nobody & rescue Niles.
Each character were once flawed as human beings and they still suffer from trauma due to their tragic origin stories.
Throughout the season, Cliff acts as a surrogate father to Jane much like his only daughter who survived from Cliff’s tragic car accident.
The show often switches back & forth to past & present. Did Christopher & Jonathan Nolan wrote uncredited teleplays? The Nolan Brothers are known for telling their work in a non-linear/out of order narrative. To spice things up a notch, take a shot every time a flashback shows up. I suggest water or something non-alcoholic, I do not condone alcohol poisoning. Somebody’s been watching HBO’s “Westworld!”
The show contains surreal moments just like in the comics. Unlike Titans, Doom Patrol’s weird take of the superhero genre felt unique. It’s as if David Lynch directed a DC series.
Negative: Product Placement featuring brands like Apple, Kit-Kat, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Panasonic, Doritos, Lay’s, Sony, Cheerio’s, Angel Soft, Budweiser & Coors Light.
Episode 1 – Pilot
Spotless: Each character’s origin story is shown how they acquired their newfound gifts in the first place.
We also witness Mr. Nobody’s origin story.
A song from Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’s soundtrack is played during a flashback.
The pilot episode sets up a chain of events for later episodes.
A donkey shows up as a crucial plot point. What you’re about to see will set the story in a bizarre atmosphere.
Ugly: Not a single con found.
Episode 2 – Donkey Patrol
Clean: The second episode involves a Donkey linked to the plot.
A familiar superhero shows up. I’ll give you a hint. He’s a member of the Justice League & Teen Titans.
A chase scene with Cliff made me laugh my butt off. It’s like I’m watching an “Ed, Edd, N Eddy” episode. That scene deserves an Extra Point for making me hurt my stomach filled with laughter.
Someone referenced “The Mummy.” Brendan Fraser played Rick O’Connell in the Stephen Sommers remake & its sequels “The Mummy Returns” & “The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor.”
Episode 3 – Puppet Patrol
Yay: The group search for clues about Mr. Nobody’s whereabouts.
The third episode gets good with the action finally demonstrating what it means to be a fighter.
The fate of a character is shown near the end of episode three.
A Post-Credits Scene is shown.
Nay: Nope. No con spotted.
Episode 4 – Cult Patrol
Balanced: A book plays a prominent part in this episode.
A kid’s background shows us what his destiny is all about.
Kipling, who’s similar to John Constantine, factors in this episode.
I liked the parallel between Cyborg & Kipling’s scenes blending science & magic together.
Fourth episode ends what’s gonna happen in the next one.
Unbalanced: Thank goodness nothing really happened in a bad way.
Episode 5 – Paw Patrol
Healthy: Flashbacks gives us more details about a character’s background.
This episode breaks the laws of reality.
Episode 5 pays homage to Paul Thomas Anderson’s (P.T. Anderson for short) “The Master.”
Jane’s actual purpose is truly revealed.
Unhealthy: No flaws were found.
Episode 6 – Doom Patrol Patrol
Good: Flashbacks reveal a character’s backstory further explored.
Original members of the titular team are introduced to the series.
Members of the group visit a location to find out if any of the original members are still around.
This episode goes into “Shutter Island” territory. I bet Martin Scorsese must’ve given Geoff Johns tips on how to make a mind-bending story. He has some television experience for directing the pilot episode of “Boardwalk Empire.”
We witness the original team’s glory days.
Someone references “Looney Tunes.” Brendan Fraser & Timothy Dalton also co-starred in “Looney Tunes: Back In Action.”
Without giving too much away, A Plot Twist reveals the truth about the original team.
Bad: I couldn’t find anything wrong.
Episode 7 – Therapy Patrol
7th Episode focuses on the team going into group therapy.
Cliff starts to act crazy, as in Britney Spears shaving her head crazy. If you payed attention to Cliff’s behavior, it makes sense in context. I have to admit, I didn’t see it coming.
One of the members said his beloved catchphrase. I’m giving it an Extra Point, because I grew up watching a DC animated show from Cartoon Network.
A character paraphrased “You Killed My Father, prepare to die!” A reference to “The Princess Bride.”
Episode 8 – Danny Patrol
Clean: A scene from “The Notebook” is parodied.
Danny factors in this episode as a person of interest.
We learn about the owner of a club connected to Danny.
Cliff mentioned his favorite movie and his celeb crush. I’ll give you a hint, she’s a cast member in Swamp Thing. Too bad it got cancelled after airing one episode.
A singing & dancing number didn’t feel outta place. It felt perfectly fine executed to represent how two characters express themselves. It’s not as random as “Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire” or cringeworthy like “Spider-Man 3.”
Filthy: Camera suffers from Shaky Cam.
Episode 9 – Jane Patrol
Up: This episode takes place inside a person’s mind. Not really something off of “Osmosis Jones” or “Inside Out.”
A girl from a flashback serves as a central figure.
The Team’s mission to search for their ally by going into the mind is inspired by “Inception.” Don’t forget the original Teen Titans episode when Cyborg & Beast Boy accidentally transport themselves into Raven’s mind.
Down: No flaws were spotted.
Episode 10 – Hair Patrol
Pretty: Flashbacks gives us more depth to one of the focal characters.
Episodes 10 focuses on Cyborg & Rita while Cliff is going inside Jane’s mind from the previous episode via Larry’s cosmic spirit.
A recurring character called “The Beard Hunter” factors in this episode to look for Niles. I know Beard Hunter is a stupid codename, but it’s mocked by two characters.
Ugly: Nothing was discovered.
Episode 11 – Frances Patrol
Sweet: Cliff & Rita travel to a local town to find someone from Cliff’s past.
Larry visits an old flame.
Cyborg & Jane search for an individual who can help them to find Niles’ whereabouts.
Cliff mentioned he won a race in Dallas, Texas. I’m giving the show an Extra Point, because I am also a Texan and I live close to Dallas.
A gold watch is a plot element in this episode. A reference to a similar gold watch from “Pulp Fiction.”
Sour: No con was spotted.
Episode 12 – Cyborg Patrol
High: Episode 12 picks up where the previous episode left off.
The Bureau’s history gives us context about what their intentions are all about.
A Plot Twist unexpectedly occurred. I have to admit, I did not see that coming.
Episode 12 ends with a shocking moment. Let’s just say all heck breaks loose.
Low: I couldn’t find anything wrong with this episode.
Episode 13 – Flex Patrol
Good: In a flashback, a 1950’s song reminded me of a sample from Mac Miller’s “Knock Knock.” The late rapper is one of my favorite rappers.
A flashback shows us what Flex Mentallo does for a living.
Rita’s troubled past is brought up.
Larry’s negative spirit has a purpose on why its tied to him.
Ed Asner has a guest appearance as a retired man in a key role.
Bad: No cons spotted.
Episode 14 – Penultimate Patrol
Yay: This episode begins with yet another flashback.
Flex Mentallo made a “boo boo” which is played for laughs.
Cyborg learns the truth about his origins.
The Plot thickens as our heroes finally confront Mr. Nobody.
A montage pays tribute to “Groundhog Day.”
A Plot Twist is revealed. I cant tell you.
Nay: Couldn’t find nothing wrong.
Episode 15 – Ezekiel Patrol
Huge: After fourteen episodes, the season finale ties up loose ends.
Without giving anything away, the team received a message.
Members of the team go their separate ways, until Season 2 will start soon.
The team have an epic battle with Mr. Nobody.
Niles’ reason to select extraordinary people is revealed. He has an actual motivation.
Godzilla is referenced. “Godzilla: King Of The Monsters” is out in theaters.
Cypress Hill’s “When The Ship Goes Down” is played in one scene.
Tiny: No flaws were discovered.
The Final Verdict: A-
In my opinion, Doom Patrol is a surprise hit as one of the best superhero shows in recent years. A course correction to the DC Universe’s streaming service. So far, Doom Patrol is perhaps the best original show from DC Universe. If you’re really interested in seeing Doom Patrol for the first time, I highly recommend it. Make sure to pay a monthly subscription to DC Universe if you want to binge-watch all fifteen episodes.
I’m totally onboard for a second season. Please DC Universe make a second season & a possible live action “Batman Beyond” show featuring Terry McGinnis!