Doom Patrol is almost back and luckily, I was given the opportunity to watch the first three episodes of season two. If you don’t know, Doom Patrol premiered on the DC Universe app last year. It quickly became one of my favorite comic book shows (alongside Amazon Prime’s The Boys) for 2019. I’m happy to say that season two of Doom Patrol does not lose its heart, nor its weirdness. On top of this, the second season dives right into the seriousness of the reveal of Chief’s actions in season one. Not a second is wasted and season two is going to be a bit darker and more emotional than what we got before.
Season Two Synopsis: DC’s strangest group of heroes: Cliff Steele aka Robotman (series star BRENDAN FRASER), Larry Trainor aka Negative Man (series star MATT BOMER), Rita Farr aka Elasti-Woman (series star APRIL BOWLBY), Crazy Jane (series star DIANE GUERRERO), and Victor Stone aka Cyborg (series star JOIVAN WADE) are back again to save the world – that is if they can find a way to grow up both figuratively and literally. Following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the DOOM PATROL now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff’s toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal with Niles Caulder aka The Chief (series star TIMOTHY DALTON), while confronting their own personal baggage. And as each member faces the challenge of growing beyond their own past traumatic experiences, they must come together to embrace and protect the newest member of the family, Dorothy Spinner (ABIGAIL SHAPIRO), Caulder’s daughter, whose powers remain a mysterious but real threat to bringing on the end of the world.
How Season Two Starts Off
In season one, much of it was spent establishing our heroes. All of the members of the Doom Patrol have been through trauma in their lives. And much of season one was spent having those characters deal with their past. Such as Cliff dealing with the bad decisions he made while human. Crazy Jane looked to open herself up to others. Rita discovered her worth. Vic found out the truth behind his accident. And Larry learned to love who he was, rather than be ashamed of himself and the negative spirit inside of him.
How Do The Doom Patrol Members React to Chief’s Secret?
Now, all of the heroes know that Niles Caulder was behind each of their accidents. While they all helped the Chief in the season one finale, each hero deals with the truth in different ways come season two. I won’t spoil anything, but I don’t think anyone should expect the Doom Patrol to welcome the Chief with open arms after what he did. It’s difficult though. For many of the members, they’ve lived with the Chief for decades. They’ve seen him as a beacon of hope, safety, and healing. It’s hard to erase all of those feelings and memories with the truth. Especially, for some; when they see it was all for his daughter.
I suppose I should talk some about Chief’s daughter. Dorothy is certainly a unique little girl. I suppose when you have been 11 for 90 years and have multiple imaginary friends that can kill hordes of people, you’d be a little strange as well. At times, Dorothy behaves a little too naively for my liking, but it certainly isn’t fair for someone like Cliff to hold so much resentment towards a child. Still, I’m on the fence with this storyline so far and do find myself missing, slightly; Mr. Nobody as the primary villain.
The Importance of Friendship
The two relationships I loved the most in season one were Cliff and Janes, as well as Rita and Larry’s. Their friendships are so important and they’re developed even further – especially in episode three, where things take a pretty dark and morbid route. In fact, the first three season feel darker, especially considering what Dorothy and her imaginary friends can do. It’s a straight-up horror show at some points. Perhaps the show could use a playful narrator such as Mr. Nobody, but as much as I miss him so far, I think it’s important to shine a more serious light on the Doom Patrol.
Remember, Larry is a Father
It’s also good to see Larry exploring his sons. Season one largely focused on Cliff’s missed years with his daughter. I think season one was concentrating so much on Larry exploring himself that the fact that he was a father got lost in the story. In fact, Larry has lost even more time with his children than Cliff has with his. I’m glad to see that being explored. As well as Vic becoming his own man and, we finally get to find out more about Miranda and Kate. That’s exciting!
The first three episodes of Doom Patrol season 2 did not disappoint and reminded me why I love this show so much. I cannot wait for more episodes to be released and hopefully, you will enjoy them as well. Doom Patrol season two premieres June 25th on the DC Universe App and HBO Max.
Episode One – Fun Size Patrol airs June 25, 2020
Synopsis: In the season premiere, Niles, Jane, Cliff, Rita, Vic and Dorothy are still trapped in miniature-size, weeks after the events of last season. Camped out in Cliff’s miniature race-track set up, Dorothy tries to befriend both Cliff and Jane, while Larry does his best to figure out a way to restore everyone to their normal size once again. Meanwhile, Rita asks Vic for help in using her elastic abilities for good, while Jane hides out in the Underground and Niles tries everything to earn forgiveness for his past deeds. In the end though, Niles will have to sacrifice something very precious, by making a bargain with Willoughby Kipling (recurring guest star MARK SHEPPARD) in order to help the team and keep his daughter safe – and the world safe from her imaginary friends.
Episode Two – Tyme Patrol airs June 25, 2020
Synopsis: Cliff, Jane, and Rita pursue Dr. Tyme (guest star BRANDON PEREA) – and his time-altering space mineral – in their reluctant quest to help Niles and Dorothy. At a support group, Vic meets Roni (guest star KAREN OBILOM), a feisty military vet who challenges his beliefs. And Larry comes face-to-face with his past at a funeral.
Episode Three – Pain Patrol airs June 25, 2020
Synopsis: In the wake of a terrifying omen, Niles and Rita enter the interdimensional palace of the infamous Red Jack (guest star ROGER FLOYD), who feeds on pain and has taken Larry prisoner. Jane is called to The Underground to receive an ultimatum, while her physical body travels to Florida with Cliff, who’s eager to prove he’s a good father. Back at the manor, Dorothy’s game of hide and seek ends badly.
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