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Doom Patrol Season 2 Blu-ray Review

“Doom Patrol” continues to be the weirdest and wildest DC series.

In the 9 episode second season, there’s no shortage of drama. Among the stories you can expect to see- a miniaturized team, Niles daughter Dorothy and her very deadly powers which could threaten, well, everyone, Niles giving up his immortality, run-ins with Doctor Jonathan Tyme, The Scants, Mr. Evans and Red Jack, Cyborg falling for a veteran named Roni, Cliff Steele trying to bond with his daughter, Larry attempting to connect with his family, Rita returning to acting and dealing with past trauma, Jane’s other personalities and the Underground, attempts to resurrect Danny, The Pioneers of the Uncharted, and White Space. Don’t be surprised if you see a few familiar faces from season 1 show up as well.

For those used to safe and semi-formulaic DC series, “Doom Patrol” is decidedly not that. Not only does the series go off in many oddball directions (see sex ghosts and the space adventures), but the core team of characters (Niles, Dorothy, Rita, Cliff, Larry, Cyborg and Jane) are are incredibly dysfunctional, complex, and damaged characters. They are dealing with their own trauma and crisis all while attempting to move on with their lives and get along with one another. You really never know where the show will go and what will happen next which is what makes it so rewarding.

The cast is once again aces. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I will watch anything with Timothy Dalton (Niles). He is one of the most underrated actors in the biz. Brendan Fraser continues his comeback with his scene stealing portrayal as the foul mouthed Cliff/Robotman. Breakout star April Bowlby brings such humility and pathos to Rita while Diane Guerrero wows playing Jane and many other characters. Her range in this series is nothing short of breathtaking. Matt Bomer gives one of the best performances of his career as Larry Trainor. Joivan Wade comes into his own more in season 2 as Vic Stone/Cyborg. Lastly, Abigail Shapiro impresses as Dorothy (who becomes a key character this season).

The only downside to season 2 is that it was cut short due to the pandemic. It was originally planned to be 10 episodes long which explains why the season ends on such an abrupt note. Thankfully, season 3 is on the horizon.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.20:1 1080p. How does it look? The episodes have never looked better. 

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Expect a quality 5.1 track.

There are 2 extras here which include a featurette titled “Doom Patrol: The Magic Of Makeup” and “Doom Patrol Season 2: Come Visit Georgia PSA.”

January 22, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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