Spoiler Level: Moderate
Picking up from last week, when a flatulent donkey opened a vortex beneath the town of Cloverton, our intrepid super zeroes watched in horror as Crazy Jane and their beloved Chief are swallowed up by the hole. Recognizing they are not superheroes, Larry and Rita back off. Larry even tries to leave town several times but the electrical entity inside him just won't have it. Cliff is determined to get Professor Cauldwell and Jane back and when Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, an old friend of the Chief's drops in, the group tries to unite in order to save the Chief.
Just as episode 2 of Titans brought in guest heroes, Doom Patrol follows in its footsteps. But while Hawk and Dove fit in with the Titans, Cyborg just feels wrong in every way. He’s dressed in civvies the entire episode except for a horrible looking robotic appliance with a robot eye. Honestly, it looks like it was purchased from the toy section at Walmart. Plus, his futuristic style clashes with a certain neo-retro-with-a-touch-of-steampunk style that Doom Patrol has. The show is very influenced by the mid-twentieth century and Cyborg just doesn’t fit here. After seeing Cyborg in the Justice League film, his thrift store look is cheesy and laughable without the budget to do him right. Victor Stone is set to appear in at least next week’s episode…I just hope they don’t try to integrate him into the team…the dynamic would be totally thrown off.
Doom Patrol stands a chance of rising to become DC’s best TV series yet. Alan Tudyk alone with his character Mr. Nobody and his fourth-wall breaking narration is half the appeal. If guest stars are to be brought in, let them be the lesser known, quirky types like the Doom Patrol themselves.
Lastly, I don’t give a fuck if people swear but when it saturates a show as it does with Doom Patrol, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Robotman has become that annoying friend whose vocabulary is so limited he has to drop “F-Bombs” every time he opens his mouth. Just tone it down!
Doom Patrol could go on to be a great, quirky show or a crude and crass show you wouldn't want your kids to see. Of course, I'm hoping for the former.
- Writing - 5/105/10
- Storyline - 7/107/10
- Acting - 10/1010/10
- Music - 10/1010/10
- Production - 8/108/10