Doom Patrol returns for a less than engaging 2nd season today on HBO Max. Saying this is disappointing, but there’s not much about this new season, which would appeal to anyone. Maybe this show should have been like The Watchmen. The idea of this rough around the edges group of superheroes forming a “d” squad has lost its appeal. Seeing these heroes curse and what is not the same. There’s no sense of lunacy this time around. This whole season has been there done that vibe.
This new season of Doom Patrol is more about uniting the squad. Cliff Steele aka Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Larry Trainor aka Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Rita Farr aka Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), Jane aka Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero) and Victor Stone aka Cyborg (Joivan Wade) are still bickering and trapped on Cliff’s toy racing track. They begin to deal with feelings of being betrayed by Niles Caulder, aka The Chief (Timothy Dalton) while coming to terms with their psychological issues. Much of this season deals with welcoming Dorothy Spinner (Abigail Shapiro) to the squad whose power remains mysterious and could bring the end of humanity.
The lone standout this season would have to be Fraser’s, Cliff Steele. His character manages to cut through those dull moments and drawn out episode of lag to inject humor into the scene. The show needs to get back to what worked in season one and be less concerned about the freedoms they now have on a subscription service. While the writers felt it was necessary to tell these stories, fans who subscribe to watch this series are already super fans of DC. Casual fans like myself aren’t concerned about what trauma motivated these people to become heroes. A complete waste of a season.