Doom Patrol is a comic book series published by DC Comics. It was created by Grant Morrison and Greg Capullo in 2011, and has been written by various writers since then. The team consists of Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman, Crazy Jane, and Chief.
Doom Patrol is a superhero series on the DC Universe. The third season of the show has been released and it’s been met with mixed reviews from critics and fans.
REVIEW: “Possibilities Patrol,” “Vacay Patrol,” and “Dead Patrol” from Season 3 of Doom Patrol.
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Doom Patrol returns with three spectacular episodes on Thursday, September 23rd. The Chief is found dead on the “Possibilities Patrol,” while Dorothy deals with the Candlemaker on a higher level. Jane’s previous personas are still imprisoned within her head. Dorothy returns, comparatively speaking, with the Candlemaker under control. When she sees her dead father, she breaks down in tears, and the Patrol is liberated from their waxy shells. Rita concentrates on her acting at Doom Manor, while Larry is tormented by his Negative Spirit. The Spirit expresses a desire to go to space, but Larry is hesitant. Cliff attempts to contact his daughter to explain why he was unable to attend her wedding, but she is in labor and unable to speak. Dorothy is hesitant to bury the Chief, preferring to wait for Jane to wake up and say her goodbyes. Jane confronts her inner demons and reclaims physical control. Larry says his goodbyes to Rita and departs for the skies.
The season premiere of “Possibilities Patrol” is a good one. Despite the fact that Niles’ death was a foregone conclusion in season 2, I was surprised by it. He’s one of my favorite show characters, and he’s portrayed by one of my favorite actors of all time. I was relieved to see his spirit in the Cliff scene. Timothy Dalton was suddenly taken from the living world, so this was a nice method to keep him in the mix, even if it wasn’t for long. I’m sure the authors did this not just because it fits his character, but also because it would push the Patrol to mature and take charge of their own destiny. Change the status quo and confront the main characters is a frequent narrative beat, and it’s also true in real life. Niles’ death irritated me straight away since I loved him and he was so complicated, but it was definitely the best choice. The post-credits sequence, in which Willoughby seems to summon Niles’ ghost, calls all of this into doubt. I’m not generally a fan of bringing back deceased characters, but in this universe, it would make sense. It’s also possible that I’m prejudiced due of the character/actor.
“Possibilities Patrol” also helped me realize something that should have been obvious: the Patrol members’ bodies govern them rather than the other way around. Rita is still a prisoner in her rubbery shape, and her talents are prone to uncontrolled outbursts. Meanwhile, Jane can’t seem to get out of her mind, and Cliff’s body continues to freeze. Larry is mostly at the whim of the Negative Spirit, and Cyborg is subsequently “grounded” by Star Labs, thus rendering him impotent. Only Dorothy remains, and she seems to be in command at the time. I admire Jane’s ability to overcome her anxieties and reclaim control without Dorothy’s intervention. I’m not averse to a little help now and again, but this was something Jane had to deal with on her own. I adored the moment when all of Kay’s personalities banded together to fight the manifestation of her trauma and dread. Jane waking up and instantly embracing Cliff was also one of my favorite scenes. It was amusing how she did that yet would not allow anybody else to embrace her. Larry and Rita’s relationship is wonderful, but Cliff and Jane are also fantastic.
In “Vacay Patrol,” a dejected Rita is left to her own devices without the Chief’s guidance. Niles sent her a note, urging her to take over as his successor and keep an eye on the Patrol and the deadly forces they are up against. She actually collapses in the face of the task, opting instead for a holiday. Victor is hesitant at first, although this has nothing to do with his Star Labs-disabled technology. Kay persuades Jane to accompany them, and they retrieve a broken Cliff from Clara’s home. Various individuals urge Cliff to check out during “Vacay Patrol,” but he resists. Since the 1950s, the resort has been home to a pair of supervillains who have been waiting for Rita. The Brotherhood of Evil initially dispatched Garguax (Stephen Murphy) and Samuelson (Billy Boyd) to murder Rita because of her ties to Niles. Garguax, on the other hand, has become disillusioned with his purpose over time and quickly befriends Cliff because of their common hate of Niles. He wants to abandon the Patrol, referring to Rita as a “weak lady” who will not hurt anybody. Samuelson, on the other hand, stays true to his word and murders Garguax and the rest of the heroes. Larry is sent back to the Manor alone and befuddled after being separated from his Negative Spirit.
I preferred “Vacay Patrol” over “Possibilities Patrol.” Cliff, Jane, Rita, and Victor dancing at the resort to “Forever Young” is one of my favorite scenes in the series thus far. This was a simple scene to portray, but the way the music builds up and they all join in one by one was emotional. It was really beautifully done, and it was incredibly therapeutic for everyone to reconcile after the whole episode of fighting. Rita and Jane’s discussion regarding their conflicted emotions towards the Chief was fantastic. They can’t tell the difference between love, respect, and treachery, and it’s really sincere.
Larry is also going through some surprising feelings as he prepares to bid the Negative Spirit farewell. He would have been delighted to be removed from his roommate (bodymate?) two seasons ago, or even early last season. Larry has made incredible progress in confronting his history and coming to grips with the Spirit. Through his relationship with Larry, the program manages to make us care about a guy who has no face or voice. This is an excellent example of how Doom Patrol use the strange (or, in some instances, the outright disgusting) to elicit powerful emotional reactions.
Cliff’s physical problems continue to worsen in “Vacay Patrol,” and it’s obvious that it’ll all come to a head at some point this season. Clara basically handed him an ultimatum to check into it for the sake of her son’s safety, and I believe that will be the determining factor. Cliff continues stating he doesn’t want to make the same errors he’s made in the past (which you love to see/hear). He is unlikely to jeopardize his daughter’s future because of this. I expect Niles to return in some form after the post-credits sequence in “Possibilities Patrol” and assist Cliff. But we’ll have to wait and see.
It’s up to Larry, Dorothy, and the Dead Boy Detectives to rescue the rest of the Patrol in “Dead Patrol.” Our anxious antiheroes are transported to a kind of halfway point between life and death. They’ll have to face their demons once again once they arrive. Cliff meets with his father, who says that before he died, he reunited with Clara. Jane and Kay spend the time with Kay’s grandma eating snacks and singing. Victor searches for his mother. The Dead Boys take Larry to this location to liberate his pals after they agree to assist.
I believe “Dead Patrol” is my least favorite of the three, but that doesn’t say much considering two great episodes came before it. The dedication of Dorothy and Larry to rescuing their friends is commendable. Although Larry’s arrangement of their dead corpses at the table is strange, Dorothy did something similar when the Chief died, so she shouldn’t pass judgment. The Dead Boy Detectives are one of the major reasons I didn’t like this book. I didn’t find them very pleasant or amusing, and Larry’s remark that they seemed to be a pair didn’t help matters. Giving unlikable people an impossible romance will not make them likeable. Furthermore, I am unconcerned if two characters I dislike get together.
However, I like the way this unearthly stopover was handled and the issues that the main characters faced there. Cliff has found a way to make it about his father while mending his connection with Clara. He’s envious of his father for making things right and maintaining a connection with Clara when he should be joyful. His father was a jerk (and still is, even in death), but this is supposed to be about Clara. She had her adopted father and, presumably, her grandpa after her parents died. If the heroes were well-adjusted and psychologically healthy, it wouldn’t be Doom Patrol. Cliff views his father’s connection to his daughter as a danger to his already tenuous relationship with her.
The moments between Kay and Jane and Abuelita were fantastic. The conversations were lovely, and the ones between Jane and Abuelita revealed some unsettling realities about Kay’s life, as well as life in general. Jane was relieved to learn that she wasn’t the only one who had failed the girl, or even failed her badly. They didn’t do nearly as much with Rita, which is unfortunate since I like her and know she still has a lot of problems. However, we have no idea what is going on with the guy who assisted her in escaping. That may lead to something significant in the future.
Overall, “Possibilities Patrol” and “Vacay Patrol” are excellent, but “Dead Patrol” is just OK. They’re pushing the characters in fascinating new ways, everything looks and sounds fantastic, and Cliff has used the golden word many times. The humor in the episodes was also great. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the Brotherhood of Evil, as well as Madame Rouge, and I’m glad the show is back.
Plot – 8
Acting – 8 points
8 – Progression
8 – Production Design
8 – Comedy
“Possibilities Patrol” and “Vacay Patrol” are excellent, but “Dead Patrol” is mediocre. They’re pushing the characters in fascinating new ways, everything looks and sounds fantastic, and Cliff has used the golden word many times.
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