Doom Patrol: Puppet Patrol
March 1, 2019 11:56 PM - Season 1, Episode 3 - Subscribe

The gang takes an illuminating road trip.

As a non-comics reader, (and I'm starting to flag these in case it matters to anyone down the line), I learned a number of important things here:

* I think we all know how Cyborg's AskMe about keeping in touch with his dad would go.
* Crazy Jane is not Jane Prime.
* The energy ghost isn't the real cause of most of Larry's problems (surprising no one, I suspect).
* Cliff isn't ready to be a hyperviolent vigilante.
* Exposition should generally be offered via puppet show. Someone tell Hollywood.

Den of Geek review.
posted by mordax (14 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Solid character episode. I'm enjoying this show more than I expected I would

I'm still not really a fan of Cyborg's but I suspect that's because my interpretation of him (based on the Titans comics I read) portray him differently (more mature, less teenage whiny and trying to prove himself.) I guess I'll just have to set aside any expectations I have about him as a character.

Personally, I don't mind if posters jump in with comic book related history or information. I say that as a comic (and DC reader), but not somebody who ever picked up a copy of Doom Patrol. Mind you, I've been guilty of doing exactly that on every other DCCW and DC streaming-only show thread, so it would be hypocritical for me to object now. Also, I'm not in charge of these discussions, so it's not my call to make.

It's funny, when watching White Collar, I always thought Matt Bomer looked a little awkward in scenes depicting close physical intimacy. After thinking about it, I attributed it him having to perform these scenes with women. Nope, that doesn't seem to be it. He seems equally awkward in his scenes on this show with his male Air Force partner (although his performance in this episode was slightly better). Perhaps it's just a type acting that isn't his strength.
posted by sardonyx at 8:18 AM on March 2 [1 favorite]


I'm enjoying this show more than I expected I would

This honestly has me considering going back and binging Titans, which I gave a pass to on the initial run. (Admittedly, it's not just Doom Patrol: Young Justice impressed me.)

Also, I'm not in charge of these discussions, so it's not my call to make.

Eh. I have contacted the mods to remove the flag because your point is solid. (I have a pretty nasty flu and may be overthinking stuff this week.)
posted by mordax at 11:19 AM on March 2


I don't know that I'd recommend going back and watching Titans based on how much you like this show. They're very different. Titans is much angstier and drearier. The characters aren't happy people, and while the Doom Patrol contingent aren't happy, they do seem to have a lightness about them that's missing in the Titans members.
posted by sardonyx at 11:26 AM on March 2


Mm. Noted. I appreciate the tip. It's a shame: the Teen Titans are the one part of the new animated universe I've mostly liked. Of all the things to grimndark up, it's just a weird choice.
posted by mordax at 11:35 AM on March 2 [1 favorite]


[Updated to remove 'show only' post label]
posted by LobsterMitten at 11:39 AM on March 2 [1 favorite]


Thanks, LM! :)
posted by mordax at 12:20 PM on March 2


Hope you start to feel better from your flu symptoms soon.
posted by sardonyx at 12:23 PM on March 2 [1 favorite]


Thanks!
posted by mordax at 12:25 PM on March 2


I have zero problems with comic readers adding more history/ explanation/ flavour, and in fact welcome it.

Bomer's romantic scenes; my read on it is that he's trying to convey vulnerability, which can be alluring to some people in some situations.

Fights this episode were great. Jane's word-blades are a cool idea. Cliff's conscience rang true.
posted by porpoise at 5:18 PM on March 2 [1 favorite]


Okay, for the history fans, here's the background on the powers obtained by the guy from the bus stop.
posted by sardonyx at 6:02 PM on March 2 [2 favorites]


I'm still not really a fan of Cyborg's but I suspect that's because my interpretation of him (based on the Titans comics I read) portray him differently (more mature, less teenage whiny and trying to prove himself.

Whereas my conception of Cyborg involves waffles and saying "Booya!" a lot. It's neat that we can have multiple versions of the same character, isnt it?
posted by happyroach at 2:11 AM on March 3 [2 favorites]


This show is NAILING the vibe of the early to mid 90s Doom Patrol that I was a huge fan of.

I'm especially enjoying April Bowlby. She was a delight on Drop Dead Diva and she's great here in an utterly different role.
posted by rednikki at 3:18 AM on March 3 [1 favorite]


This show is NAILING the vibe of the early to mid 90s Doom Patrol that I was a huge fan of.

Really? I'm enjoying it, but by gum does it seem to vastly over-slather the DC Modern Trademark Dreary Angst compared to the source material. The comics would definitely get dark, but they never seemed nearly as mopey.

Also it bugs me that while they got so much of of the look pitch-perfect, they can't get Cliff's mouth to move more than a fraction of an inch (it definitely emotes significantly more in the comics). It's a little tricky engaging with a cast where half the team has almost entirely immobile faces..
posted by FatherDagon at 9:52 AM on March 4 [1 favorite]


I think it actually speaks to Brandon Frasier and Matt Bomer's voice over abilities that I still get a sense of the character's emotions from them.

A pretty solid episode with a bunch of good expositions. I'm really digging the show.
posted by numaner at 1:56 PM on March 11 [1 favorite]


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