TV Review: DC's "Doom Patrol" S1 E12 "Cyborg Patrol"



After last week's cliffhanger ending, we finally get to see the latest episode of DCU's hit series Doom Patrol, episode 12 titled "Cyborg Patrol" that dropped Friday May 3rd.


With Darren Jones and the Bureau of Normalcy successfully capturing Cyborg and taking him to The Ant Farm (a top secret facility to torture and examine the abnormal, Jane, who narrowly escaped the Bureau last week), while the rest of the team are trying to figure out their next move back at the mansion. Unlike last week's "Frances Patrol", episode 12 trades in emotion for action. There are no flashbacks or characters learning to deal with their pasts. This week's "Cyborg Patrol" is more thrilling, with the team on a mission to save Victor Stone.


Larry finally opens up to the team about the Bureau of Normalcy, telling Cliff (Robotman), Rita (Elasti-Woman), and Jane (Crazy Jane) the history of the B.O.N. and how he was one of their assets until Niles got him out. While the team is discussing their options, Cyborg's father Silas Stone, played by Phil Morris whom many of you might recognize from Smallville where he played J'onn J'onzz (Martian Manhunter), comes looking for his son after getting a strange notification from Grid.


Silas is a very intriguing character, much in the way Niles is, where you aren't quite sure of his motives. Can he be trusted? What are his real intentions with his son? With their options being slim to none, an uncomfortable team up takes places in order to save Vic.


Ever since Mr. Nobody blew up Cyborg's arm and Robotman hit his reset button, Cyborg has been questioning himself as well as his operating system. He is worried he is becoming more machine than man. Is Mr. Nobody right when he told Cyborg "You don't even have memories, you have programming"? Cyborg is one of the most interesting characters on this show. In the past few episodes while the other characters grow and change, Victor seems to be spiraling downward, struggling with who and what he is. Since removing Grid, Cyborg isn't functioning at 100%, making it easier for the Bureau to capture and keep him. Whilst being held at The Ant Farm, Cyborg meets "722" in the cell next to his, who assures him that it's not that bad, and you get to "serve your country."


During "Cyborg Patrol", you finally get to see the main characters work as a team, and they are surprisingly not that bad at it. One of my favorite things about this episode is seeing Larry and the negative spirit finally being on the same page, where they get along and actually work together instead of butting heads with each other. Everyone really plays to their strengths in "Cyborg Patrol", making for a totally fun and exciting viewing experience.


Doom Patrol drops Friday mornings on the DC Universe streaming app at 6:00 AM PT and 9:00 AM ET.



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