'Doom Patrol' finds an ideal way to introduce lesser-known superheroes to new fans in pilot episode
We got a first look at DC's 'Doom Patrol' series, and we're really pleased they've decided to stick to the original canon
Warning: This article contains spoilers
We're just a week away from the release of DC's 'Doom Patrol', and we were lucky enough to get a first-hand look at the 'Doom Patrol' series, and were pleasantly surprised by how well the series was put together. Fans have been anxiously waiting for the live-action release of this misfit bunch of superheroes, and we have to say, DC did not disappoint with this one.
For those not in tune with DC's extended universe, the story of 'Doom Patrol' is set after the events of the 'Titans' series, and the team is led by Niles Caulder aka The Chief, who is also the founder of the 'Doom Patrol' team. The Chief (played by Timothy Dalton), who has paraplegia, has a genius-level intellect and uses his wit to help his new team members survive their fatal accidents by providing everything they need to get over their "disabilities".
The trailer for the 'Doom Patrol' series is pretty humorous and has viewers believe this show is pretty light-hearted, and while it's true that there are numerous sidesplitting undertones to the show, the general theme of the show is a little melancholic.
The opening credits of the series show the team in their "transitioning phases", while also playing a dark but hauntingly beautiful melody which sets the general tone for the show. The narrator begins by letting the viewer know the story is not about superheroes, but about super zeroes and losers, a pretty straightforward way to introduce an apt description of the 'Doom Patrol' team.
The opening scene is set in 1948 Paraguay and finds the to-be-villain, Mr. Morden aka Mr. Nobody (played by Alan Tudyk), walking up to an ex-Nazi scientist's house in order to be a part of his "White Room" experiment, which turns people into metahumans.
The experiment works all right, and we see that Morden's screams echo throughout the chamber with his body gets transformed into a two-dimensional being. Tudyk may be the perfect person to play this insane villain, and it's not only because we adore him as an actor, but because his on-screen performance as an insane Mr. Morden was so convincing in the first five minutes of the show itself.
The first half of the pilot focuses on Cliff Steele, who's a horrible husband but an excellent race car driver, and the subsequent accident that changes his life forever. We see the world through Cliff's eyes, where The Chief is doing his best to revive Cliff, and also finding a way to transplant Cliff's brain into a robot body. Cliff doesn't have his memory return to him immediately, and in between therapies, which were helping him talk and walk again, Cliff keeps getting flashbacks of the horrible day when his body was rendered useless by the crash.
Rita Farr (played by April Bowlby), is a successful actress who's a little bit too entitled and arrogant for her own good. During the filming of her latest movie, she accidentally plunges into a toxic lake, and the pompous actress discovers that her face and skin starts loosening up to the point where she looks monstrous. She takes flight from the set, never to return to her acting ways.
Rita's story is the only one which is slightly tweaked from the canon. In the comic book, she was exposed to toxic gases and here, she was exposed to a toxic lake. Tomato-Tomato, either way, she became Elasti-Woman, and took up residence with The Chief.
As we said, these are not your regular heroes, and each member of the 'Doom Patrol' team has gone through some pretty traumatic experiences, and the episode details their life of woe, and how they overcome their miseries, in order to become some really serious heroes. I've only covered two of the four team members, and look to do a detailed review of the characters a day prior to 'Doom Patrol's release.
While the first episode pretty much covers the basics about how 'Doom Patrol' came to be, it also shows how the misfit team, with the help and guidance of the chief, slowly but surely start fitting in together.
DC's 'Doom Patrol' is slated to release February 15 exclusively on www.dcuniverse.com