Quick Thought: Doom Patrol 2.03: “Pain Patrol”

Some thoughts on the new Season of the Doom Patrol TV Series. Assume spoilers.

So far this season is dividing the characters along a lot of individual paths, rather than uniting them as a team — or as a supportive, if dysfunctional, family. I’m not sold yet on how this will work out.

Red Jack

Red Jack is from the second story of the Morrison/Case run of the comic, a minor and mostly forgettable villain. I was wrong in predicting that Larry would be the focus of Jack’s interest. Building a connection between Caulder’s past willingness to cause pain and Jack’s feeding on pain worked well and was an improvement on the comic’s more vague motivations. I don’t understand though why they kept the release of the captured butterflies but didn’t follow through with the comic’s notion that their pain was the source of Jack’s power and that it was freeing them that ultimately destroyed Red Jack.

Jane’s story is progressing and seems going somewhere. She’s got issues to deal with and really challenging conflicts to resolve. Both Jane and the collective Underground are trying, though failing, to cope with their situation — but we can sympathize the reasons behind their bad decision. This contrasts with Cliff’s situation where he is just acting dumb and doesn’t appear to have learned anything or gained any perspective from his recent experiences.

The friendship between Larry and Rita was well presented, but the show needs to continue to build on that. Rita has had episodes building connections with other characters such as Cliff and Vic, but those seem abandoned now.

And Vic… He continues to be in his own Cyborg mini-series.

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