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Video+Story: TNTM’s kinda spoilery Doom Patrol – Episode 11: Frances Patrol review

This is another in the long line of episodes where we bash Cyborg for being unnecessary to the story. Difference is we are adding Rita to that list now as well. She hasn’t really used her powers to help much of anything.

Good news is this isn’t another of the “weird Chief’s friends list”. Larry (Negative Man) and Cliff (Robot Man) finally get closure on their past lives and will hopefully be able to move on.

Larry visits his old boyfriend from before his accident after much coercing from the negative spirit. Come to find out his boyfriend led a very happy life, but always wondered what became of Larry.

Cliff finds out his ex-crew chief (Bump) had raised his daughter after both him and his wife died in the car crash. He had some resentment towards Bump for sleeping with his wife and then going on to raise his daughter. The only thing that his daughter got from him after the crash was a watch. She had the watch engraved and gave it to Bump as a gift. Cliff and his wife died while she was still very young so Bump is the only real father she remembers.

Bump, being a typical Florida redneck, decided to wander into the swamp to encounter a legendary alligator named Frances (hence the name of the episode). Of course the alligator ate Bump, watch and all. She was despondent that she didn’t have the watch to remember Bump. Cliff takes it upon himself to find Frances and get the watch back.

(Read this in your best Ted Knight voice) Meanwhile back at the Doom Patrol HQ… Rita notices a man missing from an ad in a comic book that was given to Cyborg by Danny the Street. Rita was able to tell them it was a muscle man character from back in her day. We believe this muscle man is Flex Mentallo who has crossed paths with Doom Patrol in the comics.

Jane and Cyborg track down Flex’s family and go to question them. When they get there Cyborg is kidnapped by the Bureau of Normalcy and taken to the Ant Farm.

This was not a bad episode, but it is not our favorite either. The fact that Cliff and Larry finally get closure should help the store progress towards saving the Chief without them lamenting about their sordid pasts.

Do you agree with us about Frances Patrol? Did you really like it and if so why? If you didn’t like it tell us why also.

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Video+Story: TNTM’s kinda spoilery Doom Patrol | Hair Patrol review

Doom Patrol has no problems bringing on some of the more obscure characters from DC Universe. Episode 10 – Hair Patrol is no exception.

In this episode we are introduced to the Beard Hunter. This guy can track anyone down through space and time by ingesting their essence…. through their beard hair. Just imagine that clump of gook you use Drano to clear out in your bathroom sink. This guy eats that stuff and is able to know everything about you.

The Bureau of Normalcy recruits the Beard Hunter to find the Chief. There are several cut scenes that give us some more background on the Chief. We find out he spends a few years in the frozen wilderness with an ancient tribeswoman. This woman seems to be immortal and has the ability to summon a huge “owlbear” looking creature.

This episode is not one of our favorites, but it is still pretty interesting. It seems like the Doom Patrol is not getting any closer to finding and saving the Chief. It doesn’t seem like they are really focusing very hard on the task either. The episodes seem to be just enough to keep us interested until the next week. There better be a big payoff in the season finale or we might not watch season 2. You can string us along for a while, but you eventually need to give us the goods.

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Video: TNTM’s Doom Patrol | Jane Patrol kinda spoilery review

Episode 9 is by far our favorite episode of season 1. This episode is very focused on Crazy Jane’s mind. After her Karen persona gets pulled back into the Underground (this is what they call Jane’s mind), none of the personalities wants to go to the surface (what they call being the dominant personality). This causes her body to go into a catatonic state.

Robotman is able to enter her mind through Negative Man’s energy. Once inside her mind we see that some of the personalities look like Jane and others do not. We are introduced to a few new personalities that haven’t gone to the surface. Most of them do not like going to the surface as they find the real world stressful to deal with.

We also find out that the personalities are able to commit suicide by going to the well. One of the personalities, Miranda, had done that. Miranda’s station is filled with lots of dark and gory imagery. Jane is at the end of her rope and is going to visit the well to end it all.

Robotman is able to track her down to the well and helps her face the root of all her problems. As a child she was sexually abused by her father. She repressed all those memories until years later she was again sexually abused by a priest at a church. This explains her hatred of the church in the Nurnheim episode.

With Robotman’s help, Jane is able to stave off the suicidal tendencies for now. When Jane pops back to the surface we discover the others had some sort of kerfuffle. I imagine we will find out what happened with them in a future episode.

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Video+Info: Kinda spoiler-free review Doom Patrol episode 8

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.

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Video+Story: TNTM’s Doom Patrol episode 7 kinda spoiler-free review

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.

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Video+Story: TNTM’s kinda spoiler free review of Doom Patrol episode 6

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.

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