Some thoughts on the new Season of the Doom Patrol TV Series. Assume spoilers.
As much as I like tracing down ideas and noticing Easter Eggs from the Doom Patrol comics, I feel this show’s potential is in developing into its own vision of its own Doom Patrol. That’s mostly what we get in this episode. Results were mixed.
The Chief’s goals and motivations are laid out in some detail now — and I hope they will remain in place, as we don’t need more revelations and “shocking” secrets. I wonder where the show will ultimately go with the Candlemaker since, after setting up the initial idea, they could do anything they wanted with their interpretation.
Dr. Tyme is an old silly villain from the original run of Doom Patrol comics. He also seems a way to play with one of the signatures of Richard Case’s villain designs: people with weird things for heads. Clocks, cathedrals, planets, etc. His main thing here is just not being what everybody expected of a time-traveling supervillain. He’s quite relatable, really. If you could manipulate time to your pleasure, might you also just find your favorite era and make an eternity of it? Otherwise his use in the episode was kind of thin and just setup the cliche of giving characters mysterious glimpses into the past and future.
Vic’s plot is okay, for an offbeat take on a superhero. The thing that concerns me is that he doesn’t really have a connection with the rest of the show. Cyborg had always been shoehorned into Doom Patrol, and while in Season One he provides some contrast with the other characters, now that he’s left the team it will take some work to justify bringing him back. His scenes just seem part of a different show.
I don’t know where they are going with Jane. I keep thinking the “change” might be the arising of the Liza Radley persona, who shook things up in Morrison/Case comics.
Larry’s segment hasn’t really added much that’s new to his character. It appears mostly setup for the next story. The butterflies might or might not have been enough of a clue, if previews hadn’t already given things away. The Red Jack story in Morrison/Case centered on Rhea Jones, who in the TV series is one of the elder “Doom Patrol” members. It seems like Larry is being set up to take her place. But who know where the show will take it? Hopefully somewhere new and unexpected.