In Review: Doom Patrol (S2 – Ep 1,2 & 3) – , ‘Fun Size Patrol’, ”Thyme Patrol’, and ‘Pain Patrol’

The adventures of an idealistic mad scientist and his field team of superpowered outcasts continue...

Synopsis: The adventures of an idealistic mad scientist and his field team of superpowered outcasts continue

 

The Stories

Episode one, ‘Fun Size Patrol’ sees the team still in miniaturized form and dealing with the aftermath of their fight with Mr. Nobody, but they have also collected a new member in the form of young Dorothy who has a face that looks a little like a chimp. Dorothy happens to be Chief’s daughter and she has a weird menagerie of special friends. One of which is trying to get her to make a wish.

Episode Two, ‘Thyme Patrol’ sees Calder tell the team about the sacrifice he made in order to return everyone to their proper size. In short, he traded the magical powers of his talisman with Willoughby. Now Calder is aging at a normal rate and needs the help of his team to find Dr. Thyme in order to help him slow his aging process so that he can outlive Dorothy by one day.

The third episode, which is titled ‘Pain Patrol’ sees Rita and Niles traveling to the interdimensional clutches of Red Jack an infamous villain who feeds on pain. Red Jack has also been known by several other names, which include Jack The Ripper. While in this dimension Niles receives the very tempting offer of immortality, but the price is too high.

Meanwhile, Cliff aka Robotman visits his Daughter and doesn’t get the welcome reception he is hoping for.
Threaded throughout these three episodes are the ongoing character stories as the various members of Doom Patrol deal with their emotional baggage. Crazy Jane is still trying to deal with her various personalities whereas Rita is trying to learn some control over her elastic skin so she can be a better hero. Vic aka Cyborg has left the group to deal with his own trauma and thinks he has found a kindred spirit in the form of a war veteran who got seriously burned. While Niles is trying to find a way by which he can extend his life and keep his promise to Dorothy.

 

The Acting

 

 

Diane Guerrero continues from where she left off with her portrayal of Crazy Jane, who is dealing with a lot of trauma and fallout from last year’s first season. In short, the many personalities of Crazy Jane are fighting to be heard because they feel that Jane is no longer got the right attitude to be the prime personality. Meanwhile, Brendan Fraser continues to portray Cliff Steele aka Robotman’s anger management issues and gets a fun scene in the opening episode where he takes Niles Calder’s daughter Dorothy for a drive in the opening episode where everything except for Negative Man is in miniature.

Timothy Dalton continues to play the grown-up in the form of Niles Calder and gives us a softer side to the character as we get to see his relationship with Dorothy who is played brilliantly by Abigail Shapiro.

 

Overall

A solid beginning to the new season, which is already setting a few things up. Amongst which are Dorothy’s rather unpredictable imaginary friends and Nile’s Calder’s quest to extend his life now that he has lost the power of his talisman. Out of the three episodes, the first and the third were the strongest in terms of the mix of drama and comedy, but I did love the design work of both the villains we met in episodes 2 and 3.

9.5
Doom Patrol (S2 - Ep 1,2 & 3) - , 'Fun Size Patrol', ''Thyme Patrol', and 'Pain Patrol'
  • Stories
    9.3
  • Acting
    9.7
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.8
  • Incidental Music
    9.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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