The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
When I first found out Doom Patrol was getting its own show I was shocked. How could such a weird, and lets be honest, not very good comic get greenlit for a television show? On top of that it was going to the new DC Service, which was not setting the world on fire either. But I have to say that all changed a few minutes into their first show, Titans. Titans was amazing, and we get introduced to the Doom Patrol in the first season. This of course was the set up for their own show which turned out to be amazing. HBO was quick to snatch it up, eventually picking up Titans as well. Now Doom Patrol Season 1 was fantastic, one of the best superhero shows on the air, and I’m glad to say Season 2 does not disappoint.
Season 2 starts off right after the events of season one with Cliff, Cyborg, Rita, Dorothy, and Caulder all still shrunk and livening in Cliffs racetrack. Unable to restore them Larry is unsure what to do. So Caulder reaches out to Willoughby Kipling for help. Kipling tells him he can restore everyone but it will cost him his talisman of immortality. Caulder agrees and the team is restored to their normal sizes. While this is all ongoing the group is now forced to find a way to restore Caulders immortality as he is no longer in possession of the talisman. One top of that they have to deal with Dorothy, who does not have control of her powers. In fact there is something evil inside her trying to get out.
The season ventures off into time travel, disco parties, fighting pain demons, the usual stuff you have come to expect from Doom Patrol. What this season does the most, is focus on the characters themselves. Cliff, still my favorite drops more “F” bombs than any character in movie and or tv land. He is trying to search out his daughter, who is still alive. He does manage to find her, but things don’t really go his way. Cyborg is questioning, and hating parts of his life for being, well, part human, part cyborg. He finds solace when he meets a disabled war vet named Roni. Everyone is loaded down with not only their emotional baggage, but the fact they still all feel betrayed Niles, who as it turns out was not only responsible for creating the Doom Patrol, but for orchestrating the events that all lead to them needing their alterations. Also they have to stop a bad guy named Candlemaker and all of Dorothy’s imaginary friends from destroying the world.
To say this is a weird show is an understatement. Its may be the strangest thing I have ever watched, and I love every second of it. Everything in insanity to the 11th degree. And I cannot praise Brendan Fraser enough. His voice work as Cliff is the highlight of this show. In fact it may be the highlight of my television enjoyment in general. Hilariously filthy, Cliff spews such a string of profanity you have to crack up every time he is on screen. He’s the star of this show, and I would not be shocked if he didn’t start to appear in more DC Shows thanks to the entire multiverse. I like to think of Doom Patrol as the weirder, more vulgar, and more emotional version of Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy.
Streaming now on its new home HBO Doom Patrol is binge worthy greatness even if you are not a super hero fan. If you don’t have HBO you can now own the second (as well as the first) season on Blu-ray from the fine folks at Warner Brothers. All 9 episodes are here and they look amazing. The Blu-ray is terms of video and audio is second to none. Everything comes to life not only visually, but from your speakers as well. In my opinion this is the best way to watch the show.
Top to bottom a fantastic show that you need to be watching. It may very well be the best show on television. Pick it up today.
Overall 4 out of 5 stars!