DC's 'Doom Patrol' episode 3: The show mellows down in trippy imagery, but goes a wee bit overboard with the gore
'Doom Patrol' revolves around a team of misfit superheroes, who are now in search of their father figure, Niles Caulder aka the Chief, who's been unceremoniously kidnapped
We're now three episodes down in the series, and it seems to be getting more and more captivating with each passing episode. 'Doom Patrol' revolves around a team of misfit superheroes, who are now in search of their father figure, Niles Caulder aka the Chief, who's been unceremoniously kidnapped into another dimension by the weirdest villain the world's ever seen, Mr. Nobody.
The team must figure out how to get past their bickering before they can move on to bigger things like saving the Chief from Mr. Nobody's clutches. In order to make this immature teamwork, they need a leader, and that's precisely where Cyborg comes in.
Cyborg is not a traditional member of the 'Doom Patrol' team, but he owes his parts and upgrades to Chief, while the rest of the team owes their lives to him. In the absence of the father-figure, a leader must arise, and Cyborg, being the youngest of the group, makes a surprisingly mature leader.
We see the team try to retrace the steps of the villain, Mr. Nobody, back to Paraguay, and what's been a recurring theme in the show, they most definitely mess it up. Not only do they not reach anywhere near Paraguay, but their car also breaks down due to their teammate, Mr. Negative's constant in-fighting with the Negative being that inhabits him.
The only upside of their car breaking down is that Crazy Jane reveals one of her personality's powers of teleportation.
The episode also gives us a little more detail into Larry Trainor aka Negative Man's old life as a test pilot, while showing the suffering he went through, mentally and physically, because of the accident. Not only does his wife and child leave him, and his male lover, though comforting, was sent away by Trainor, who's not able to face him in his current highly radioactive condition.
We also see our heroes battle Dr. Victor Von Fuchs, the man responsible behind Mr. Nobody. Dr. Fuchs (who's now an old man attached to an iron lung) has now split his consciousness into various teenage boys and girls, in order to preserve himself, but the team completely destroy him, with Robotman really coming in strong with the bloody massacre.
At one point we see Robotman rip a body in half and proceed to beat another of Dr. Fuchs "vessels" with the decapitated body. Quite gory compared to the first two episodes, where the only victim was an interdimensional donkey that exploded. Still entertaining though.
Every episode so far has introduced us to something bizarre, and the end credit scene shows us a new villain in the making, a man who's quarter vegetable, quarter mineral, quarter animal, and one part man, so obviously, his name will be Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, who's been a part of the 'Doom Patrol' universe since their inception back in the '60s. It's simply wonderful that they're able to so flawlessly convert the strangest characters into a watchable format.
'Doom Patrol' puts a new meaning on strange, and we're just loving it!
'Doom Patrol' airs weekly on Friday night at 9 pm, exclusively on www.dcuniverse.com.