After finishing the first episode of Doom Patrol from DC Universe, I wondered: "Why can not the DC Cinematic Universe make films so unique and fun?" Doom Patrol does not try to fit himself into a box, and makes another superhero story based on paint. This is a show that speaks to his fan base who does not take himself too seriously. It is a refreshing look at a genre that feels – sometimes – beaten to death.
DC Universe is well on its way with its original programming. The first original series, Titans, was a great success and Young Justice continued the adventures of characters we know and love in a dynamic follow-up. As far as Doom Patrol is concerned, it knows what it is and it does not matter what you think, which is the most engaging aspect.
From the first moments of the premiere, you know that you want something different. "Ready for a story about superheroes?" "More TV superheroes, exactly what the world needs." Be honest, did you hang yourself? " Those words, spread out in a microphone by none other than Alan Tudyk – that the villain. Nobody plays – opening this first episode. This is in contrast to other superhero TV series, and I could not have been happier.
Doom Patrol, on the surface, is a story of a group of superheroes living in a mansion, and they are all a bit out there. They are not really a team at the moment. They are more of a group of freaks living outside the public eye. There is Robotman, the brain of former driver Cliff Steele who lives in a metal robot; Elasti-Girl, former Hollywood star that occasionally turns into a bloody creature; Negative Man, a military pilot who was in a gruesome crash but did not die; and Crazy Jane, a woman with multiple personalities who all have their own super powers. The head of this household is scientific genius, which is exceptionally mysterious, the chief. Cyborg will eventually join, but we are not there yet.
Episode 1 is the essential & # 39; origin & # 39; episode in which we get to know these characters and learn how most of them have become who they are now. The show, however, makes it clear to the public that these are all people with great flaws. For example, Cliff Steele may seem like a family man, but it soon becomes clear that he is not faithful to his marriage, and he is a bit of a jerk. In fact, most members of this team – apart from Negative Man – have made unusual shortcomings clear during their creation, and the idiosyncratic tone of the series is reflected in their character traits.
It is familiar territory for the viewer, which is a nice way to let the public invest in the show, while what you have in line are things like pocket universes, an indescribable villain and a gigantic blood that ruins a city. But Doom Patrol is not just crazy fun. There is a lot of heart for the story, characters get to know each other, deal with regrets in the past and many fascinating conversations that have been written exceptionally well. That may sound like a CW series, but the fear and the unnecessarily big dramatic moments are nowhere to be found.
These characters are incredibly well defined for a pilot episode. We get a glimpse of their past, who they are in the present, and that's the way it is. During all this, the audience can compile the rest themselves, instead of being blasted with an info-dump of exposition. Writing is a journey for the characters, not a flashcard of facts. And quirky tone aside, the pace is exceptionally well done. A person who steals the show is Crazy Jane, played by Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black). Guerrero must take on the role of playing 64 different personality types, all included in one ship. Her range here is astonishing, as she jumps between these different personalities – some of whom are extremely hostile and others passive and infantile.
Episode 1 does more than just tell the typical origin story; it is a "call to arms" for these potential heroes. They go to town, but everything goes to hell and they have to save the day from Mr. Nobody and his fart donkey. Yes, you read that correctly. Once you feel like you understand what is happening, this show will leave something incredibly stupid or weird in the middle of your lap. It is up to you to find out whether this will be useful in the big picture, even if it just gets bizarre.
Flatulent animals aside, where the show becomes a bit confusing, especially for those who watched Titans, is how this fits into the world of DC. Is this part of the same world as Titans? At Doom Patrol the role of the Chief is played by Timothy Dalton, but on Titans he was played by Bruno Bichir, and nothing is said about Doom Patrol or Beast Boy. Maybe I expect it because every studio loves to make shared universes now, and Doom Patrol made their debut on Episode 4 from Titans. Although this is a bit irritating, this is the only one in Episode 1.
If you're looking for a traditional superhero story with familiar faces, Doom Patrol will be a bit of a disappointment. What makes this opening sacrifice so great, however, is that it is no longer the same. These unknown DC characters are super weird, this show has a very different and humorous tone and is unpredictable. It is exactly the opposite of a palatum cleanser. The latest original series from DC Universe differs greatly from its previous offer, which is so intriguing. For as big as I thought Titans was, this somehow blows it out of the water. Doom Patrol will not be for everyone, but it was absolutely for me.