DC's 'Doom Patrol': Cyborg comes into his own as he steps up and becomes team leader
'Doom Patrol' are far from the most functional team, and it takes a half-man, half-metal, to finally get their heads on straight.
DC's 'Doom Patrol' is simply far from ordinary, and by that, I mean that it's extraordinary! We follow this team of unfit heroes are they scramble their way through strange missions, without having a clue about what they're doing, and it's simply delightful.
'Doom Patrol' covers the stories behind an unprepared team of heroes, namely, Robotman, Elasti-Woman, Negative Man, Crazy Jane, and Cyborg, as they search for their recently kidnapped mentor, Dr. Niles Caulder aka the Chief. The main reason this team of questionable superheroes is so incompetent is because of their horrid backstories, where each member met with a horrible accident, only to be made (somewhat) whole again by The Chief.
Cyborg (Joivan Wade) was never a traditional member of 'Doom Patrol', and his entry into the new franchise sparked a bit of outrage among fans, who are used to seeing Cyborg higher up on the hierarchy pyramid in bigger and more well-known superhero teams like 'The Justice League' or 'Titans'.
His inclusion in the series is of great importance, and any dysfunctional team knows that in order to be functional, one needs a good leader. That is exactly where Cyborg comes in. Though he is just a teen, Cyborg's "get up and go" attitude is just the push the team needs in order to start fighting real crime.
In episode 3, we see Cyborg's robotics really come into play, with him accessing the "Grid" in order to find out whether the accident he was in was really an accident. The super-sophisticated Grid picked up on some heavy tampering by a Mr. Morden aka Mr. Nobody and traced his steps back to Paraguay. Without Cyborg's sophisticated tech, the 'Doom Patrol' team wouldn't even have had the slightest clue where to begin. Cyborg looks at the Chief as a father figure, since his dad is at the best, distant with his son, and Cyborg will do anything to get the Chief back, even if it means stepping on a few of his real daddy's toes.
It also helps when you have the corporate backing of Star Labs from your daddy like Cyborg did, but like every parent, Silas Stone (Cyborg's dad), was not willing to give him the benefits without Cyborg being his own man. Even without the funds to back them, Cyborg was determined to get the team into action and recover Niles Caulder, even if they had to drive for two weeks to that location. Also, we finally get a small glimpse of Cyborg's metal body in this episode, which we feel will be fully revealed during the finale of the show.
Without Cyborg, the team would have been just happy sitting in their mansion and moping over what they thought is a lost cause. Without him as their leader, the team is worthless, and it is his determination leadership qualities that have made me a fan of Cyborg once again.
New episodes of 'Doom Patrol' will be available for streaming every Friday night at 9, only on www.dcuniverse.com