'Doom Patrol' Ep 2 review: From flatulent donkeys to sentient cockroaches, the DC show screams uniqueness!
What a ride! 'Doom Patrol' first came out amidst a flurry of mixed emotions as many viewers hadn't any idea who this rag-tag band of contemporary heroes were.
The DC series from showrunner Jeremy Carver follows a team of uniquely quirky and downright odd superheroes, who each have suffered horrible accidents that’s given them specific abilities, but left them a shell of their former selves, as they work together to find a common purpose while investigating weird phenomena.
After bringing together Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), and Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), mad scientist Niles Caulder, aka The Chief (Timothy Dalton), mysteriously disappears; but Cyborg (Joivan Wade) presents them with a mission that will force them to face their own fears, if they are to succeed.
The first episode was a roller-coaster ride in itself, as we get introduced to just why our heroes are so messed up in the first place.
'Doom Patrol' back stories really help viewers sympathize with this self-loathing team, and we also get a glimpse of just how powerful the villain, Mr Nobody (Alan Tudyk) really is. Mr Nobody's power of being able to manipulate reality eventually sucks the whole town of Cloverton into another dimension, taking Crazy Jane and The Chief with it, and leaving an albino donkey in its wake, and that's where the show left us in the previous episode.
In episode 2, we see our heroes reel from the "accident" that took place, and we also see a peculiar born-again Evangelical talking cockroach named Ezekiel, and what's that about? Nevermind, the show has stranger moments than this Bible-preaching arthropod. We get introduced to Cyborg in this episode, where he learns from his father that the whole town of Cloverton has just upped and vanished, and he's on a mission to find out why.
The new episode shows our heroes together with Cyborg trying to save their father figure from the clutches of Mr. Nobody, who we discover is also the narrator of the show and his fourth-wall breaking capacity is well marked through this episode.
Mr. Nobody knows everything, period. He's been narrating the show since it started and knows the complete background of our heroes, and well, anybody he chooses really. So yeah, our heroes are screwed.
In order to save The Chief, Elasti-Woman, Negative Man and Cyborg inspect the strange donkey, while Robotman and Crazy Jane have their own little bonding session in the mansion, with Robotman acting as her unfortunate psychiatrist.
The team discovers that the donkey is actually an interdimensional portal into Mr. Nobody's crazy dimension, and he proceeds to torment them by making them re-live their past accidents/tragedies.
The team gets saved by Negative Man's "negative being", which proceeds to tear up the dimension from the inside, releasing the town and all its contents, except for The Chief. This was just a warning to the team from Mr. Nobody, and if the warning itself is so deadly, we can just imagine how powerful Mr. Nobody can be if he comes down to it.
The series, as strange as it is, plays out really well on screen, and while the costume design is just okay, the story is absolutely fantastic!
'Doom Patrol' episodes release every Friday night at 9:00 pm only on www.dcuniverse.com.