Doom Patrol Is Awesome People!
All right now. Doom Patrol had its pilot episode premiere this past weekend and it’s awesome. You should definitely check out Doom Patrol right now, but before I dive into the -Why you should watch it- territory… For those of you who’re unfamiliar with the comic book characters, let me break them down briefly for you.
DC Comic’s team Doom Patrol was created by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney, and Bruno Premiani, and first introduced in 1963’s comic book My Greatest Adventure #80.
The Doom Patrol team consists of Robotman (voiced by Brendan Fraser), Negative Man (voiced by Matt Bomer), Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), and Cyborg (played by Joivan Wade) and all of them are protected by The Chief (Timothy Dalton), AKA the leader of the Doom Patrol and the doctor who’s created some of them in the state that they are now.
But you know what makes Doom Patrol awesome? First of all, there’s the fact that it’s narrated by the villain. And in a very Meta hilarious Deadpool-like fashion introduces us to his character (and his history) and then to the rest of the characters. Yes, through the voice of Mr. Nobody, we get to meet everybody, and I thought that is the coolest.
Seriously, you often don’t get to see a super-hero series, that’s set up for the viewer through the eyes of the villain. But Doom Patrol does that, and Alan Tudyk is wonderful in this role. I’m so happy to see him back in a great role.
The pilot episode of Doom Patrol gives us backstories and character introductions with a touch of humor and R-rated images and I loved just that. But can I just mention how amazing the casting is in the series? Brandon Frasier and Matt Bomer really up the ante in the 2 of the most visually challenging characters. Their voice work is impeccable here and I’m happy to so see my childhood crush in another great role. Yes, I’m talking about Brendan. And although we’re yet to be graced with the presence of Jovian Wade’s Cyborg in the second episode, I’m pretty impressed with what is saw in the pilot- character wise.
The dynamic between Robotman and Rita is great, and his scenes with Crazy Jane are fun AF so there’s that added sweet bonus.
And last by certainly not least, Timothy Dalton is in power mode here. The Chief, walks the very fine line between mad scientist and father figure to the Doom Patrol’s team members and always a pleasure to watch.
But if you’re looking for a series that will satisfy your super-hero show, you’ve found it. It’s got the X-men vibe (Doom Patrol even has an older mentor figure in a wheelchair for fuck’s sake) but without the mutants then this is the pick for you.
Please don’t miss out on Doom Patrol. Give it a chance and watch it immediately.