DC Universe’s latest show DOOM PATROL has just released its first episode. Focusing on a group of metahumans with bizarre gifts, let’s take a look at the Doom Patrol, who is in it, and whether or not it’s worth watching further.

DOOM PATROL: A Group of Misfit Metas Formed By The Chief

To give a general premise, DOOM PATROL is about a small group of people who have been rescued and taken care of by a man they call The Chief (Timothy Dalton). Suffering from accidents beyond the ordinary, and symptoms many would see as freakish, The Chief fixes and heals them in just as remarkable ways. He protects them in his manor, away from the outside world and his own enemies.

We did briefly meet the Doom Patrol in TITANS, which saw their youngest member Beast Boy leave and join the Titans. Dr. Niles Caulder, The Chief, is like a well-meaning mad scientist. He takes in people he can experiment with, bringing them back from the brink and saving them. However, The Chief isn’t without his secrets or hidden agendas. He might not be as kind or altruistic as he outright appears to be.

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The first episode shares the origins and backgrounds of Robotman, Elasti-Girl, Negative Man, and Crazy Jane.

The Roster – Robotman and Negative Man

Cliff Steele used to be a stock car driver before his accident. Played by Brendan Fraser, Steele’s brain was the only thing salvageable after his car crash. The Chief takes him in, housing his brain inside of a robot body he can control. It will take time, but Cliff will eventually be able to get a handle on his movement. While he can’t feel anything, The Chief gives him a second chance at life as Robotman with the Doom Patrol.

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Larry Trainor’s (Matt Bomer) career as a test pilot ends after coming into contact with radioactive energy whilst flying in the atmosphere. He crashes back to the ground, the energy making him highly radioactive but keeping him alive. The Chief makes him special heavy bandages in order to protect others from his radioactivity. He can send this energy out as a sort of spirit. However, it causes his body to collapse, unable to protect himself. He becomes the Negative Man.

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The Roster – Elastigirl and Crazy Jane

Rita Farr (April Bowlby) seems to struggle the most with her symptoms. Once an actress, Rita fell into the Congo River while filming. She ingested a unique form of gas, making her entire body unstable, becoming Elasti-Girl. While she may be able to control it in one day, for now, she does not. She has had a difficult time keeping her form together. She goes on the run, fearing ridicule and disgust from others. The Chief offers her a home in his manor, where she can be safe and not feel judged.

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We don’t know much about the fourth member, Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero). What we know so far is that she has 64 personalities. One has superpowers, which we see briefly in this episode. From the comics, we know that each personality has a different power. We’ll have to see if this transfers over to the coming episodes of DOOM PATROL.

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DOOM PATROL’s First Episode – A Review

The first episode was a lot of fun, teasing plenty more to come. The whole thing is narrated by Mr. Nobody, an enemy of The Chief, played by Alan Tudyk. It looks as though he can break the fourth wall, starting the episode by asking the audience if they’ve grown tired of TV superheroes. As previously stated, we learn about each member’s origins, albeit in some unconventional ways. There were certain elements that were a surprise to me, as someone who isn’t all that familiar with the DOOM PATROL in the comics. It’s pretty fun and wacky.

After we meet the team via flashbacks and exposition, we go to the present. The Chief is going on a trip, and he asks his patients to remain in the manor, away from the outside world and from harm. However, Crazy Jane has other ideas. She convinces the others to go with her into the nearby town to have some fun. Despite Larry’s protests, they all went with her. It’s not hard to imagine how many ways things could go wrong. Aaaaannnnddd… they do. Things start out fine, but things quickly get out of hand. They return home, but not without escaping notice.

The Chief is angry that they left the manor, and for good reason. The one who notices the mess they made is Mr. Nobody, an enemy of The Chief. It’s as of yet unclear what their backstory is. The Chief urges them all to leave with him. To run away while they can. They disagree and decide to fight. Again, unconventional is a great descriptor for the episode, but in a good way. I really enjoyed it. If you’re down for comic book television and could use something outside of the norms, you should definitely watch it.

More Fun Wacky-ness To Come for DOOM PATROL

The episode ends with a farting donkey and a giant portal in the ground. This absolutely tells us that the party is just getting started. We haven’t even seen Cyborg yet! Mr. Nobody looks to be this first season’s big bad, and he looks very intimidating while still being irreverently sarcastic.

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I’m certainly intrigued by this new series. How about you? Let us know in the comments below!

DOOM PATROL’s first episode is streaming now on DC UNIVERSE, with more episodes to come.

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