Doom Patrol:

The Complete First Season                     review by Bobby Blakey

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Before ever launching their new streaming platform DC Univese Online DC had already announced numerous original programming including Swamp Thing, Young Justice: Outsiders and Titans whose first season finale just went live. In the 5th episode of the series they introduced the live action version of the Doom Patrol. Now they are getting their own series featuring a great cast including Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Brendan Fraser as Robotman, Matt Bomer as Negative Man, Timothy Dalton as Niles Caulder/The Chief, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane and Alan Tudyk as Mr. Nobody. Now fans that may have missed it or just want to dive back in can bring home Doom Patrol: The First Season.

Doom Patrol follows one of DC's most beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief). The Doom Patrol's members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities - but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found purpose through The Chief, who brought them together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence - and to protect Earth from what they find. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of super-powered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. Picking up after the events of Titans, Doom Patrol will find these reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.

This is easily one of the strangest shows I have watched in a long time in the best way possible. It took me a bit to get into, but if you can it works to perfection. I knew of this comic, but never actually read any of them and that doesn’t matter at all. Even if you haven’t seen their crossover in the first season of Titans, you can dive right into this first season and get in on the

insane ride. Throughout there are so many great bizarre moments including giant cockroaches, flexing orgasms, beard eaters and so much more. I loved every minute of this show and despite it being a bit confusing at times is easily one of the most fun comic related TV series ever.

 

Everyone in the cast is excellent with each of them bringing something unique to their very unique characters. I love seeing Brendan Fraiser here and he has the hardest role in my opinion since he spends the majority of the time as the voice inside Robotman. Diane Guerrero has the other more complicated role as Crazy Jane as she has to bounce between personalities so essentially is playing numerous characters. Everyone gets their own time to shine or be ridiculous and they offer up a great balance between the insane, heart and action. I hope this show gets a new season because I cannot wait to see where they are going with that finally.

 

This collection offers up all 15 episodes of the season as well as bonus content including gag reel, unaired scenes and a Georgia PSA. Join in on this unlikely team with the Doom Patrol: Complete Season One available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

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