Updated: Apr 19, 2019
If you have been keeping up with Doom Patrol so far, you already know this is an incredible show with fascinating characters that we as the audience get to learn more about each week. With that being said, episode eight titled "Danny Patrol" that aired yesterday April 5, 2019 is the proverbial icing on this magnificent, thought-provoking, and slightly messy cake. It just really reinforces all the things that we as comic book fans love about this DC show. It's simultaneously weird, hilarious, and heart-warming.
The team is still reeling from the events of last week's "Therapy Patrol" with Crazy Jane gone after she and Cliff shared some unkind words, Chief missing again since returning only briefly, and Cyborg having to repair Cliff/Robotman after his unfortunate run-in with Admiral Whiskers, who wreaked havoc on his insides and made him crazy. This week's "Danny Patrol" has Rita Farr/Elasti-Woman and Cliff heading off to find Jane after receiving a peculiar call from one of Jane's 64 alters, Karen, who Rita calls "the worst." With a special delivery at the mansion, Larry/Negative Man and Vic Stone/Cyborg open a strange cake invite to Danny Street from someone who is looking for help from the Chief. As Cyborg and Negative Man head off to investigate, we see some interesting flashbacks of Larry Trainor (played brilliantly by Matt Bomer) after his accident in 1963 when the mysterious group called The Bureau of Normalcy experimented on him, looking to exploit and use the radioactive energy inside his body. It helps you to learn more about Larry and the suffering he's been through, and how his past could possibly connect to their current situation.
This episode of Doom Patrol reinforces the sentiment of what this show is really about, that the outsiders and outcasts who most of society considers "freaks" are actually good at heart, that they can be heroes, and that they most definitely shouldn't be underestimated. The characters in this series are so diverse and are developing immensely in each new episode, topped off by really incredibly acting all around. With each weird weekly episode, we get to see these characters through their tragedies and struggles, learning more about themselves along the way. Larry in particular learns to not hide yourself, and to not let other people tell you who you are. A major theme in this week's episode is that people of all kinds need protecting, and it will take all kinds to protect them. To quote Maura Lee Karupt, "normal ain't nothing but a state of mind." Heroes can be anybody, as long as they are doing good for others.
One of the most enjoyable things about this series is that throughout all the crazy, intense, and totally far out things constantly going on, there are still moments of tenderness and humor. Cliff Steele (impressively and hilariously voiced by the awesome Brendan Fraser) is one of the most endearing characters on the show, as well as being the only character to appear in all incarnations of the Doom Patrol in the comics.
This is a fantastic episode of an amazingly great show that continuously gets better each week. If you don't have the DC Universe Membership, you are most certainly missing out on one of the best shows on TV now, definitely one of the best comic book-based shows of all time. Next week's "Jane Patrol" is sure to be a mind-bending episode, don't miss it!