Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.
It’s no secret that the DC cinematic and television universes have not always hit their mark. With DOOM PATROL, the mighty Marvel counterpoint may finally have found its stride. By embracing all things strange, super, and silly, some of DC’s most thoroughly tortured heroes have tapped into a niche that audiences can thoroughly immerse themselves in and enjoy.
Viewers familiar with DC’s DOOM PATROL comics may know what to expect when they sit down to watch Season 1. However, for those casual comics fans more focused on movies and TV, the insanity of DOOM PATROL may take some getting used to. There are genderqueer streets, donkey dimensions, a metahuman whose power is turning herself into a gelatinous mass, and a dimension-hopping villain who breaks the fourth wall in order to manipulate the story to suit his needs.
The casting for DOOM PATROL is essential to the audience buying in, and each decision has been made well. Alan Tudyk is always a fun addition to any cast, and his Mr. Nobody is spot on every time. Brendan Fraser joins the melee by voicing Robotman and playing his non-meta counterpart Cliff. Along with Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor (and the voice of Negative Man) and April Bowlby as Rita Farr/Elasti-Woman, Fraser reprises his brief role from the TV series TITANS. However, as is often the case with related titles in comics, each story is set in a unique continuity, allowing for important expansion of the characters and their stories. Dianne Guerrero of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK often steals the show as Crazy Jane, while Joivan Wade provides Victor Stone’s Cyborg with equal parts humanity and deadly robotic force. When their semi-leader the Chief (Timothy Dalton) goes missing, and the team he has left behind is galvanized by Cy to search for him, it is clear that the mission won’t be a straightforward one.
By the end of Season 1, we get plenty of screen time with each of DOOM PATROL’s would-be heroes. Whether it’s delving into their subconscious to physically wrestle with past demons, retrieving a watch from an alligator named Frances, or being eaten by a giant cockroach in a bid to save the world, nothing strange or fantastic is off limits in this demented adventure. Whether you’re coming to watch as a fan of superheroes, or you just want to sit back and enjoy something absurdist and trippy, DOOM PATROL has got you covered from start to finish.
Keep in mind that if you aren’t a fan of insane plot points with ridiculous visuals, eating hair, or highly decorated naval rats seeking revenge, DOOM PATROL may not be for you. But for fans of DC comics who have been waiting for something dark and droll that finally taps into everything that makes the DC Universe so unique and well-loved, snagging a copy of Season 1 is essential. It won’t take long for viewers to appreciate the lovingly crafted absurdity that is DOOM PATROL. With Season 2 already confirmed, now is the time to catch up all of the action, farting, and inter-dimensional excursions the first 15 episodes has to offer.
Own DOOM PATROL: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON on Blu-ray and DVD October 1st.