DOOM PATROL: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON – A Blu-ray/DVD Review by John Strange

DOOM PATROL: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON – A Blu-ray/DVD Review by John Strange

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-raytm I reviewed in this Blog Post.  The opinions I share are my own.

One thing you can say about Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season, it’s not boring.  Last season was odd and nothing like I remember the comic at all.  This season goes for a totally different level on the crazy meter.  And that makes it worth watching.

The season revolves about and around a little girl named Dorothy, the daughter of Chief (Timothy Dalton).  She is, in many ways a normal 11-year-old little girl.  Except she’s 100 and ¾ years old.  And she spent a portion of her life trapped in a sideshow being displayed as the “Ape Girl”.  And part of her act revolved around her ability to call forth a creature that looks like a bear with elk antlers.

If you haven’t seen the show, right about now you’re probably either eager to see it or backing away.  Don’t back away just yet.  There is so much more! 

We have Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer) dealing with family issues.  A family that only finds out he is still alive when he attends his son’s funeral.

We have Cliff Steele/Robot (Brendan Fraser) dealing with getting to know his grown daughter. 

Meanwhile Rita Farr/Elasti-Girl (April Bowlby) is dealing with mastering her abilities under the tutelage of Vic Stone/Cyborg (Joivan Wade).  Of course, Vic has his own problems, dealing with a new love.

And then there is Jane (Diane Guerrero) with her multiple personalities fighting for supremacy!  And complete with flashbacks to give some eye-opening backstory on the past experiences that shaped her.

Sounds like a soap opera, doesn’t it?  But then nearly every drama on TV has soap opera-qualities.  It has sadly become a fact of life.  The test is whether the writers and directors are able to craft the show in such a way that you are entertained and not sent running away screaming and pulling your hair out by the roots!

Doom Patrol is one of those shows where the crazy and the wild combine to outshine the soap opera aspects.  This season has several sub-plots, each progressing in a spiral around each other.  The one with the most impact is the Dorothy sub-plot.  It is at the heart of the season 2 cliffhanger.

Watching this show is a little like having a window on a loonie-bin for supers.  Watching is a guilty pleasure, one that I thoroughly enjoyed!  Enough to rate this season 4.5-stars.

The extras that accompanied this Blu-ray offering are pretty interesting.  “The Transformers: Doom Patrol’s Make-up FX” gives us a look at the work of two of the series F/X make-up artists.  The distinctive make-up used for Dorothy and Larry Trainor is at the center of this featurette.  We also meet Derek and Eric Garcia who created Dorothy’s distinctive look.  This is an excellent short.

The other featurette is “Doom Patrol – Come Visit Georgia PSA”, an okay little ditty that speaks the praises shooting the series in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  This one is nothing spectacular.

Overall, the season is really good, though the extras score a hit and a miss.  I enjoyed this crazy trip to the world of the Doom Patrol.  You probably will, too!

 

Created By:

  • Jeremy Carver

Cast:

  • Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Joivan Wade, Matt Bomer, Brendan Fraser, Alan Tudyk, Timothy Dalton, Riley Shanahan, Matthew Zuk

Episodes:

  1. Fun Size Patrol
  2. Tyme Patrol
  3. Pain Patrol
  4. Sex Patrol
  5. Finger Patrol
  6. Space Patrol
  7. Dumb Patrol
  8. Dad Patrol
  9. Wax Patrol

Extras (Enhanced Content):

Digital:

  • The Transformers: Doom Patrol’s Make-up FX
  • Doom Patrol – Come Visit Georgia PSA

Blu-ray/DVD:

  • The Transformers: Doom Patrol’s Make-up FX
  • Doom Patrol – Come Visit Georgia PSA

Specifications:

Runtime:

Feature:

  • 405 Minutes

Enhanced Content:

  • 11 Minutes

Studio:

  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.

Release Date:

  • 01/26/2021

Region:

  • A/1 (U.S. and Canada only)

MPAA Rating:

  • TV-MA

Selig Rating:

Film Rating:

  • 5 Stars

Bonus Features Rating:

  • 5 Stars

Picture Quality Rating:

  • 5 Stars

Audio Quality Rating:

  • 5 Stars

 

Selig Rating Scale:

5 Stars: Should add to your DVD collection at any cost

4 Stars: Worth owning, but try to catch it a sale

3 Stars: Plan to get it, but wait to buy it used

2 Stars: Worth taking a look at, but not owning

1 Star: Pick it up at a garage sale and use it for drinks

0 Stars: Makes a great Trap Shooting target

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