Reath’s Random Rainbow Reviews: Doom Patrol

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Reath’s Random Rainbow Reviews: Doom Patrol

Pictured above is the main cast for the Doom Patrol. From left to right it's Robotman, Negative Man, Crazy Jane, Cyborg, Elastigirl, and The Chief.

Pictured above is the main cast for the Doom Patrol. From left to right it's Robotman, Negative Man, Crazy Jane, Cyborg, Elastigirl, and The Chief.

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Pictured above is the main cast for the Doom Patrol. From left to right it's Robotman, Negative Man, Crazy Jane, Cyborg, Elastigirl, and The Chief.

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Dc Comics

Pictured above is the main cast for the Doom Patrol. From left to right it's Robotman, Negative Man, Crazy Jane, Cyborg, Elastigirl, and The Chief.

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Pictured above is the main cast for the Doom Patrol. From left to right it’s Robotman, Negative Man, Crazy Jane, Cyborg, Elastigirl, and The Chief.

Have I officially overused the “not listening to my friends’ suggestions” intro yet? Am I probably going to bring it back next month? If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you know the answer to both of those questions. Anyways, let’s get back at it again with me ranting about shows for a grade.

On June 1963 Doom patrol made their first appearance in My Greatest Adventure #80. The team was first made of The Chief, Robotman, Elastigirl and Negative Man. The original comic was canceled in September–October 1968 in Doom Patrol issue #121 were the four members were all killed off. Since the original series finale, the Doom Patrol have had six comic series.

On February 15th, 2019, DC Comics’ private streaming service, DC Universe, Launched their newest live-action show, Doom Patrol. This is a show about a group of individuals who all went through horrible accidents, trying their best to be as normal as possible.

If you’ve read my Titans pilot review, then you’ll know what I mean when I say I’m going to somewhat copy that format for this review. Since the majority of the first half hour was simply character backstory, the majority of this review will focus on the characters. While the rest will focus on the plot setup done in the last twenty minutes. (Warning, obviously there will be spoilers, but I will steer clear of any plot heavy ones.)

Cliff Steele, a.k.a Robotman:

Cliff Steele (10/10 subtle naming there for the record,) is a man who was in a horrible accident. Before he was “Robotman” Cliff was a famous 1980s’ race car driver. However, that career, along with any hope of a normal life, was taken from him after he got in a horrible car accident. This accident destroys his body and should have killed him. Fortunately, he was saved by a man named The Chief instead. The Chief was able to save his brain while also building him a robotic body.

A majority of what we see Cliff struggle with is his loss of humanity. When his body was destroyed, it also destroyed the chance of seeing his wife or daughter again. Through the pilot, he is seen struggling with the guilt of how badly he treated them before his presumed death.

Rita Farr, a.k.a Elasti-Girl:

Rita Farr was a famous actress up until her tragic accident in 1955. While shooting a movie in Africa, Rita fell into a body of water. In the Comics, Rita was exposed to unusual volcanic gases which made her cells unstable. While we do see Rita is exposed to something which did that to her, I can’t confirm it was that 100%.

Rita is a very self-conscious person because of her power. The cells in her body became unstable means at any time she can lose her form and resemble the worlds droopiest human bean bag. Now, something I did notice in her back story (and I say noticed but I would have to have been blind to miss the foreshadowing) is Rita’s distaste for a disabled man. Before her accident, Rita refuses to shoot any scenes because of a cameraman missing one of his forearms. She called him an “eyesore” and ignored his skill because of that. Not long after that, Rita’s cells become unstable and she does her human bean bag impression. (Side note, we can infer Rita is no longer disablist as of present day. Keep in mind, this was the 1950s’ and Rita was a spoiled actress. But due to her accident, she’s moved past this way of thinking.)

Larry Trainor, a.k.a Negative Man

Larry, just like Rita and Cliff, had a very promising career stolen from him. Larry was a very well known and respected pilot before his accident. While flying the first rocket plane, Larry is accidentally exposed to a radioactive field in the atmosphere. This field caused the rocket plane to come crashing down to earth. Larry survived because when he flew into that radioactive field, he absorbed an unknown electrical being. Larry’s body was still horribly burnt from the accident, but he was alive.

Larry is a very snarky, sarcastic, and fun character. His banter throughout the first episode adds a needed boost of humor. We do see him struggle with being preserved as a monster. It’s shown he has actually dealt with this even before his accident, though why he does, I’m counting as a spoiler.

Others:
There are two other characters who are technically members of the Doom Patrol. Though, at this point, we don’t know a lot about them.

Dr. Niles Caulder, a.k.a The Chief:
We only really know a small amount of information about The Chief. We know he’s very intelligent and a scientist. We also know he’s the one who found a way to save everyone after their accidents. But after that, that’s pretty much it.

Crazy Jane:
Jane or Crazy Jane or Hammer Head or one of her sixty-four different personas isn’t really touched on that much either. Jane has sixty-four different personas in her head that take over at different times. Each one of them having different powers and personalities. She seems to be a bit of a wild card, but that’s understandable when there are sixty-four possible versions of you. She also has a pretty rowdy and free-spirited vibe to her, but other than that, I haven’t really been able to pinpoint many characteristics of her’s. However, I assume that’s mostly due to the drastic differences with her personas.

Now, to sum up the remaining twenty minutes or so of the plot after the character introductions and backstories. The chief travels away on business leaving the other four characters home alone in the manor. Jane is able to (with varying levels of effort) convince Rita, Cliff, and Larry to travel to the nearby town. The experience goes as well as taking a man wrapped head to toe in bandages, a woman who uncontrollably melts, a literal robot, and a girl that can’t control when her multiple personalities take over out in public can go.

Now this leaves us, after all the character backstory, introduction, and that train wreck of an outing, there’s about ten minutes of the episode left. Now there’s literally no way to go into what happens here without major, or at least what I’m counting as major, spoilers. So that’s where my review ends. If you want to know what happens after that or are interested in the show at all, I suggest you check it out. Granted, while nothing plot important happens in the first episode, it does do a good job of keeping people intrigued. There was so much set up, however it really does seem like a promising series that I know I’ll be watching in the future.