Doom Patrol has been jumping around in their characters’ histories as the season has been going along, and now we see more of Eric Morden before he had his origin. It’s something of a prelude to the origin we saw in episode one, set in 1946 Chicago.
If there’s an odd character running around, especially if they are associated with the Doom Patrol, odds are good that Grant Morrison is involved somewhere. One of these characters is Flex Mentallo, Man of Muscle Mystery.
The group has been through a lot, and seen enough to doubt themselves. But with the progress they have been making, some faster than others, they are beginning to function better.
“Frances Patrol” offers several of them a chance to come to grips with their pasts, and look for some degree of closure. The episode is short on action, mostly a character driven piece, and I think it’s one of their better ones.
At the end of last episode, Jane wasn’t looking too good, and we got a small peek inside her head. We get a lot more of that this episode, as Cliff ends up learning more about his teammate than he expected to.
Throughout the course of their history, the Doom Patrol has had their share of odd and even unique characters. More than their share and probably most of someone else’s share, for that matter.
Things get a bit confusing and contradictory for people who actually know the history of the Doom Patrol in the sixth episode.
The fifth episode of Doom Patrol, “Paw Patrol” sounds like a kid’s show. Of course, it’s very, very much not. They change up a few things for the show, focusing mostly on Crazy Jane, or parts of her.
The Doom Patrol went from another obscure hero team to a collection of utter weirdness a while back. Much of this was from the writing of Grant Morrison, who excels at the odd and unusual.
The first two episodes of DC Universe’s Doom Patrol were amazing. The team tends toward the absurd, and they mixed that with super not-quite heroics really well. I think Alan Tudyk’s Mr. Nobody narration helped tie them together so well.