Doom Patrol: Doom Patrol Patrol
March 22, 2019 10:06 PM - Season 1, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Jane searches for the Doom Patrol.

So, we learned stuff there:

* The first iteration of the Doom Patrol ended badly, and Niles isn't around much.
* Mr. Nobody certainly knows how to throw a supervillain attack.
* Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man might have been safer with magnet feet.
* Papa Stone is the worst.
* ... although Rita used to be the worst.
* Cliff does not approve of where his daughter ended up.

IGN review here.
posted by mordax (6 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I like this show more and more every week. With a cast this size it helps to break the main team into two or three smaller groups, giving everybody a chance to shine.

It's nice to see see the classic uniforms. They've been dressing Rita in lots of red and white combinations throughout the series (she was wearing red and white when they went into town, and then there was the fabulous embroidered coat and turtleneck outfit she had on in this episode) so I was wondering if we were ever going to get more literal versions of the costumes.

They've certainly created enough hooks into the characters' pasts with this episode to give us plenty of meaty plot points to come, so now we either get to wait and see what happened and what will happen or start guessing, and the way the show has developed, I doubt our guesses would be much good or even close to the mark.
posted by sardonyx at 8:23 PM on March 23, 2019 [3 favorites]

Oh, and I have to wonder where that missing Brain happens to be. It's not like it would be unprecedented for a DC TV show to give us a super villain gorilla. Even though the basement trophy room was just a projection of Mento's and not reality doesn't mean it couldn't be a teaser for Monsieur Mallah and his cerebral pal.
posted by sardonyx at 8:29 PM on March 23, 2019 [2 favorites]

I just picked up the show, basically watched the first six eps through today as I'm sick and can't do much else. I continue to find some of the implications of this series interesting, in particular here that maybe it's *okay* to let them live out the rest of their lives in a fantasy, when they're at a point where there is no happy ending.

I have mixed feelings about Caulder's distance from it all, afterwards--at first I thought that was really shitty, but the more I think about it, the more I'm like, his visiting would have to be incredibly disruptive. He wouldn't be able to just drop in periodically and seamlessly fit into the space that Arani's imaginary husband had been occupying. It's hard to tell if he's just awful about abandoning what he sees as failed projects... or if his presence would be even more of a disaster than this. I guess it might be both.
posted by Sequence at 12:37 AM on March 25, 2019 [6 favorites]

man... fuckin' Bump
posted by numaner at 7:14 AM on March 27, 2019

Worth pointing out that the older Arani is played by the great Indian actress (and cookery writer - to be honest that's mostly what I know her for) Madhur Jaffrey. I learn from IMDB that she introduced Merchant to Ivory, so she's directly responsible for a lot of highly respected middlebrow cinema.
posted by Grangousier at 7:36 AM on March 27, 2019 [5 favorites]

Interesting that half of the current day Doom Patrol are old enough to have been in the earlier iteration.
posted by rhamphorhynchus at 5:19 PM on August 24, 2020

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