We mentioned Danny the Street a few episodes back and now we finally get to meet him.
Danny is a non-binary, gender-queer, sentient street. He has the ability to teleport anywhere and blend into existing streets seamlessly. He communicates through different signs on the street. He plays host to a myriad group of characters who have been shunned by society. In return for them living on Danny Street, they do their best to keep him happy and entertained.
Another of Crazy Jane’s personalities is introduced in this episode. We meet Karen who is obsessed with romantic comedy (romcom) movies. Every time her personality is in charge she runs off to get back together with her boyfriend just like in the movies. We find out her powers are kinda like a hypnotizing thing where she flashes her eyes and the people immediately think what she wants.
This was another episode of What is Cyborg contributing to the story. Eight episodes in and we still believe he could be completely removed from the story with no affect on the plot. We are really hoping we will get to see some kind of closure to the whole Chief is missing thing before the end of the season.
Do you agree with us that Doom Patrol is weirdly good, but also seems to be dragging a bit right now? Let us know in the comments. We have also added a Google Voice number where you can call and leave us your thoughts. If they are good, we will use them on the show. The number is (575) 323-1332.
Shazam, aka Captain Marvel… but that is a different story, is a superhero hearkening back from the Golden Age of comics. Shazam used to outsell Superman comics back then. Then for some unknown reason Shazam kinda faded into obscurity.
DC Comics attempted to reboot Shazam several times to no avail. They just couldn’t seem to catch that same lightning in a bottle (pun intended) they had in the beginning. There were even whispers that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would be playing Shazam’s enemy, Black Adam.
When they announced Zachary Levi would be playing the title character, I had some worries about him pulling it off. I had only seen him in Chuck, as Fandral in the Marvel movies, and most recently as Benjamin in the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel series. I was really hoping DC could build on the success of Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
All I can say is WOW! Shazam pulled a page right out of the Marvel movies book, right down to the bald villain. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the previous DC movies. They just didn’t seem to resonate with the audience at large. Let’s face it, the movie has to make money at the box office or the studio won’t invest money into future movies of the same kind. That’s just the business.
Shazam was a great movie from beginning to end. Asher Angel and Zachary Levi played their parts to perfection. I really connected with the Billy Batson character. I enjoyed following his journey from downtrodden orphan to realizing his powers and forming a family with the other foster kids. It had the right mix of action and humor. I would love to see Shazam cross-over into other DC Comics superhero movies. Maybe we will get lucky and they will make a movie based on “Kingdom Come”.
Did you like Shazam as much as we did? Let us know in the comments.
Doom Patrol continues it’s course into Crazyville. In this episode titled “Therapy Patrol”, our heroes are all suffering from self-doubt that Mr. Nobody implanted in their minds. We see the first scene played out from each characters point of view.
Robotman is the first to figure out they are falling into the same trap as the original Doom Patrol. He suggests they all do a group therapy and get their fears and innermost thoughts out in the open so it won’t drive a wedge between the team.
The others reluctantly agree to participate and we learn a little more about their backstories. Not a lot more is learned, but it does seem to add some texture to their origins. We also learn that Mr. Nobody is not above using anything to derail their efforts to save the Chief.
We still believe that Cyborg could be taken completely out of this story and it wouldn’t affect it at all. It seems like Cyborg was thrown in just to add a character that the mainstream audience would recognize. While it doesn’t really hurt the story, it doesn’t help it either.
Are you watching Doom Patrol? Do you agree that Cyborg is a fifth wheel on this team? Are you liking all the crazy weirdness we have witnessed in this first half of the season? Let us know in the comments.
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Episode 6 of Doom Patrol delivers much more weirdness, in a good way.
Mr Nobody has sent our reluctant heroes on a search for the “Doom Patrol”. Crazy Jayne uses her Flit personality to take Rita and Negative Man to a school for kids with powers (sound like X-men to you?). At the school they discover that the Doom Patrol (Mento, Celsius, and Lodestone) have faced off against Mr Nobody in the past.
This encounter left them all mentally unbalanced. In fact, they are all being heavily medicated and living in an illusion in order to keep them from going off the deep end and using their powers indiscriminately.
The Doom Patrol’s caretaker, Tempest, tells them Mr Nobody sent them to the school so they would see what would happen if they went against him. Mr Nobody loves playing the mind games.
We also see Cyborg’s dad finally cut the apron strings and let Cyborg be his own person rather than trying to dictate and forcefully guide him in life. Robot Man and Cyborg bound a little in this episode, but we still can’t figure out exactly why Cyborg is in Doom Patrol.
I think Patrick has it right that Cyborg was written in as an afterthought as all his scenes could really be deleted and the story wouldn’t be affected. Cyborg is the Jar-Jar Binks of Doom Patrol.
Do you agree with our assessment of episode 6? Is the show weird but good for you or is it too much over the top for you to enjoy? Let us know in the comments.
We are now on episode 5 of what we like to call “Why is Cyborg here”. This episode is titled Paw Patrol for a reason you will find out later.
At the end of episode 4 we saw Mr. Nobody forging a kinda truce with The Chief in order to stop the Decreator. The only reason Mr. Nobody agreed is if there is nothing left he can’t rule over it.
This episode has a lot of Crazy Jane’s Doctor Harrison persona. The Chief and Mr. Nobody go back in time and have her create a cult to oppose the Decreator. Mr. Nobody names this entity…. The Recreator. Admittedly not one for catchy names. Their plan works and the Decreator is stopped from destroying all things.
We get to see a little more about The Chief, like his relationship to Baphomet, A little more about Rita’s emotions is dealt with, Negative Man has another pity party for himself, Robot Man does a bit more swearing, and Cyborg takes up space without really contributing again.
This was not our favorite episode, but it is still a pretty good episode in comparison to other shows on TV. Doom Patrol is a weird show just like it’s namesake comic book. The characters are really starting to discover themselves and we are introduced to new characters each week. We also get to see new Crazy Jayne personalities quite a bit.
Doom Patrol has been a good series so far and there are still ten episodes left in the season. DC Universe has another hit on their hands with this show. Do you agree with us that Doom Patrol is a really good series or do you think it is just meh? Let us know in the comments.
Episode 4 of Doom Patrol drags us a little deeper into the weirdness. Our intrepid heroes put their search for the Chief on the back burner while they help Willoughby Kipling avert the Apocalypse. Who is Willoughby Kipling? Glad you asked.
He is a member of the Knights Templar. He uses chaos magic to get the job done. He has a history with the Chief which is how he ends up with the Doom Patrol. If Willoughby gives off some Constantine vibes… that is intended.
Back when DC tried to keep Vertigo characters separate from their DC characters, Grant Morrison wanted to use Constantine in his Doom Patrol story. DC Comics told him nope. So he did the next best thing and invented a similar character to fit his needs.
We get a little bit more backstory on Larry Trainor/Negative Man. We also see Rita start using her elastic stretchy powers rather than just becoming a gelatinous blob. Another of Crazy Jane’s personalities comes out as well. The episode ends in a cliff-hanger so we will have to wait until next week to see if the Doom Patrol is able to stop the Cult of the Unwritten Book from summoning the Decreator and ending the world as we know it.
How are you liking Doom Patrol so far? Is the weirdness enjoyable or do you find it too over the top? Let us know in the comments.
The DC Universe streaming service is really hitting on all cylinders. They started out with having most of their comic book library available under the service.
Then they added all their excellent animated movies/series. Then they started making exclusive series for their streaming service. Titans was the first live action exclusive series they added.
The early trailers for Titans were a bit sketchy. There was the whole “F#@& Batman” scene from Dick Grayson that caused a huge uproar. Then there was Starfire’s questionable outfit that made her look like a streetwalker. We decided to give the streaming service a shot, mostly for the comics and animated series.
We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the Titans series. If you are a DC Comics fan in the slightest you will probably like this series. The story is good, the action is good, and the costumes are believable.
There is a lot of name dropping and cameos in the first season as well. Some of them are in your face while others a little more subtle. Keep your eyes and ears open or you might miss a few of them.
If you are on the fence at all about getting the DC Universe streaming service there is a one week trial period you can use. That is how they hooked me.
Have you watched Titans? Did you enjoy the first season or did you find it meh? Let us know in the comments.
DC Universe pushed out Doom Patrol episode 3 and hoo boy… It keeps getting weirder. It is weird in a good way, though.
We are still wondering just what Cyborg is doing in this story. We are considering Cyborg the Jar-Jar Binks of Doom Patrol.
In this episode more is revealed about Larry Trainor’s relationship with the entity (Negative Man) inside him. We also get a little glimpse of the connection between the Chief and Eric Morden (Mr. Nobody).
Most importantly we see the Evil Nazi mastermind that created Mr. Nobody. He has turned his skill into a theme park where prospective villains can come and pay to receive the super power they’d like to have.
We are still liking the show, just not Cyborg. Again, Cyborg seems like he is forced into the story. Nothing about having Cyborg in Doom Patrol feels right. Unfortunately, it looks like we are stuck with him at least for most of Season One. Somebody please tell Batman to call him up to the Justice League so we don’t have to keep seeing him.
Have you been watching Doom Patrol? Are you liking the weirdness like us or do you not care for the series? Let us know in the comments.
Doom Patrol is a new series on the DC Universe streaming service. They are a misfit group of reluctant heroes. The first episode was released February 15, 2019. It was a good episode even with having to explain all the characters backstories.
Episode 2 started right where episode 1 left off. They introduced a new character to the mix, Cyborg. Most people will recognize him from the Justice League movie. Him being part of the Doom Patrol team feels kinda forced to us. He is not a good fit on this team. The whole dynamic of the team is changed with him in the picture.
Even with us not liking the addition of Cyborg, episode 2 was still really solid. The narration by Alan Tudyk is spot-on. There are a lot of subtle little things he says that are meta, but if you aren’t paying close attention you may miss them.
So far, Doom Patrol has been worth the monthly subscription price to DC Universe. That doesn’t take into account the other great shows and all the comics that are available on this service. Titans and Young Justice are definitely must watch shows as well. You don’t have to take our word for it, take advantage of the one week trial subscription and see for yourself (just remember to stop the recurring billing if you don’t want to continue past the free trial).
We highly recommend Doom Patrol. Only 2 episodes in and we are already hooked. Give it a watch and let us know what you think in the comments.
Let’s be honest, DC superhero movies have not been doing well at the box office lately. Batman vs Superman and Justice League both under-performed in ticket sales (although I believe both are good movies).
There has been rumors that DC would be scaling back their movie production due to these shortcomings in sales. It seemed like the pivotal decision point was going to be the success or failure of Aquaman.
This put a lot of pressure on Aquaman to save the DCEU movies. By all accounts of Aquaman’s opening overseas, it was gonna be a hit for DC. Thanks to Alamo Drafthouse in El Paso, we were able to watch the early screening of Aquaman with a theater full of eager superhero fans (albeit some confessed to really just wanting to see Jason Momoa shirtless).
The cast was full of recognizable actors such as Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Graham McTavish, and Dolph Lundgren as well as the headliner, Jason Momoa. The graphics were exceptionally well done. The underwater scenes, and there were a lot of them, didn’t detract from the story. The plot wasn’t anything groundbreaking, but it served the purpose of telling Aquaman’s story.
If you are a comic book purist you will notice there are some changes sprinkled into the story. The biggest change for me, and I have said this since Justice League, is the characterization of Aquaman. The way Arthur Curry is portayed in the comics is quite a bit different from the movie version. I’m not just talking about the visual presentation, but his overall demeanor.
I have been a critic of Jason Momoa’s acting before, but I think it is his general likability that allowed him to pull this role off. I am a long time comic book reader and am very used to characters being changed over time. I am okay with this portrayal of Aquaman. The other changes to characters were really very minor and nitpicky. I won’t mention them here, but you can check the character bios on the DC wiki and see what those changes are.
Patrick and I both place Aquaman right behind Wonder Woman in our list of best DC Comics movies. I give it a very high 9.5, but Patrick gives it a 7 mostly due to lengthy battle scenes. The audience members we talked to both on and off camera overwhelmingly liked the movie. Aquaman is a safe bet for you to spend your ticket money on.
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Maybe it was just me, but I noticed 3 scenes that reminded me of other movies. First was when Aquaman and Mera escaped the trench monsters and got to the Hidden Sea. That whole scene really was nostalgic of your first view of Jurassic Park back in the day. The Second was when Atlanna removed the trench monster armor. That made me think about the scene in How to Train Your Dragon 2 when Hiccup saw the Dragon Rider remove her outfit and it was his mom. The last and most obvious to me was the monster, Karathen. That monster looks like it came straight outta central casting for Pacific Rim.
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What part of Aquaman was your favorite? Do you think the DCEU movie franchise has been saved by Aquaman? Let us know in the comments.
The DC Universe streaming service launched it’s Titans weekly show. Titans follows Robin (Dick Grayson), Raven (Rachel Roth), Starfire, Beast Boy. They bond together to form the new young superhero team, The Titans.
So far the few episodes we’ve watched are good. It is a darker/grittier world in the series. The characters are still looking to find themselves and forge their superhero identities.
It has been promised we will see Starfire’s classic outfit before season’s end.
Have you watched Titans yet? Let us know how you like it in the comments below.
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