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Doom Patrol season 2 review: Still one of the very best superhero shows on TELEVISION

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The DC Universe unique returns with a new season available on HBO Max

[Ed. note: This review of Doom Patrol season 2 includes spoilers for season 1.]

In quality, 2019’s Doom Patrol TELEVISION series was up there with HBO’s Watchmen Its comic-book parent debuted in 1963 as an uglier, more misanthropic variation of Marvel’s X-Men— until Grant Morrison and Richard Case’s well-known 1980 s worked on the series took that idea and ran with it, taking the group of superhero misfits on a series of surreal experiences. The Doom Patrol TV series took that idea and ran even further, creating something that was weirder, more colorful, and far, much more joyously queer than audiences had actually seen in mass-market superhero TV or films to date.

Sadly, it was only available to DC Universe subscribers. With the second season of the program introducing on both DC Universe and the higher-profile HBO Max this week, it’s worth questioning: Can Doom Patrol keep it up for a second year running?

Judging by the first three episodes of the season, the response is, “Well … kinda

It’s no surprise to anybody who enjoyed Doom Patrol season 1 that Mr. Nobody (Alan Tudyk) would not be around this year. The show suffers from his absence; not only was he one of the program’s most obviously enjoyable elements, however without his self-aware narration and continuous puncturing of the show’s pretension and propensity toward emotional melodrama, what’s left is … the program’s pretension and tendency toward emotional melodrama.
Taking the lead from its comic-book inspiration, Doom Patrol is as interested in its characters’ internal lives as it is in more standard stories of superpowers, battles, and how the two clash for limitless spectacle. When it comes to consistently using powers and heightened capabilities as a stand-in for psychological states, it’s up there with the longtime champ of that particular metaphor, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

If anything, the metaphor has only been enhanced in the opening episodes of the new season, with a renewed focus on the characters’ trauma and their emotional needs over the episodic plot demands anticipated from a superhero show. What appears to be the A-plot of each episode– can the group be restored to full size after last season’s cliffhanger?

The show’s concentrate on its characters’ emotions is beneficial– and it works in separating Doom Patrol from the numerous other superhero films and shows out there. For every effective zinger about shared psychological discomfort, it would not completely be a bad thing if the creators paid a little bit more attention to the plot every now and again. Pacing and structure are recurring issues in the very first three episodes of season 2 in a manner that wasn’t the case in the show’s launching year, in large part since Alan Tudyk was there to offer cutting remarks and fast escapes from scenes before things went too far down the roadway toward navel-gazing.

There’s likewise the problem that, even permitting the last-episode expose that the Chief (Timothy Dalton) was responsible for the mishaps that turned Cliff (voiced by Brendan Fraser), Rita (April Bowlby, easily the underrated emphasize of the show) et al into the self-described freaks they are, each of the main characters have completed their psychological journeys already. There are subplots surrounding how Larry (Matt Bomer) feels his lack from his kids’ lives as they’ve grown old, or Rita’s desire to become a superhero, but at this phase in the season, they feel underwhelming and unnecessary, especially compared to what’s happening somewhere else at the very same time.

Thankfully, it’s not all sophomore downturn. As dark as the season opener “Fun Size Patrol” gets, the program’s humor presses back to the fore in “Tyme Patrol,” the 2nd episode, with a centerpiece that also restores some of the enjoyably camp quality that made the very first year so unique. Admittedly, a face-off with a time-traveling researcher completely stuck in a roller disco in the 1970 s isn’t rather the return of everyone’s favorite transgender sentient street, but Danny the Street is still around as Danny the Brick, and almost guaranteed to return before too long.

In spite of the plot imbalances, the program’s character work remains note-perfect, with showrunner Jeremy Carver and his authors managing to find brand-new depth and connections to characters apparently tired decades ago in their comic-book versions– there are parallels drawn in between Jane and Dorothy here that feel totally fresh– while similarly finding methods to explore and broaden on comics stories that first appeared more than a quarter-century back.

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Bowlby’s uptight Rita is still a favorite, but everybody involved delivers fine work and appears to be taking pleasure in doing so. Seeing Timothy Dalton get more chances to connect with the cast as a Chief is similarly an excitement, as is a scene where Dalton either demonstrates an unerring capability to sing badly on purpose, or else shows that no one can make “Mrs. Brown, You have actually Got A Beautiful Child” sound excellent.

Doom Patrol‘s 2nd season might not be as on-point as its debut year was. Based on its very first 3 episodes, it’s still a program that zigs where others zag, and it manages to discover new spaces and new stories to explore in a genre that feels significantly crowded. Even if it missed an action as it starts over, it’s still among the best superhero shows on television, and well worth seeing.


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