Blu-Ray Review: ‘Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season’

by Rachel Bellwoar

[* Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-Ray I reviewed in this article. The opinions I share are my own. *]

One small step for man, one smaller leap for the Doom Patrol, as they start out season one tiny enough to drive one of the toy cars on Cliff’s racetrack.

Doom Patrol season two picks up where season one left off, with Chief (Timothy Dalton), Cyborg (Joivan Wade), Cliff (Riley Shanahan, as voiced by Brendan Fraser), Jane (Diane Guerrero), Rita (April Bowlby), and Dorothy (Abi Monterey) still mini and living on Cliff’s racetrack. Since Larry (Matthew Zuk, as voiced by Matt Bomer) didn’t shrink, he’s the one stuck trying to change them back. Once that’s resolved, however, it’s onto the two main goals of season two: figure out how to make Chief immortal and come up with a long-term plan for keeping Chief’s daughter, Dorothy, from causing Armageddon.

Those, of course, have been Chief’s motives all along, but the Doom Patrol are only catching on now. Making the Chief immortal, then, is probably the last thing they want to do, especially since Chief can’t be trusted. He simply can’t. And what’s great about the writing for his character this season and the way Dalton plays him is how eagerly the show doubles down on that fact. There really is no line he wouldn’t cross, yet the Doom Patrol has to work with him anyway.

As for Dorothy, it really shows a lot of faith on the series’ part that so much of season two is devoted to her. She may be the newest character but because the show invests all that time on her, it makes it so nothing feels exaggerated. So often a series talks up a “villain” (and, unlike the Chief, Dorothy doesn’t have to be bad) as being unstoppable, only to have their defeat happen swiftly. Doom Patrol gives fans the episode “Finger Patrol,” instead, to let them know nothing’s been blown out of proportion.

It’s like when Dorothy runs away to outer space. That’s just how Doom Patrol rolls and in the bonus featurette, “Doom Patrol: The Magic of Makeup,” you get to see how Dorothy’s make-up was done by special effects make-up artists, Derek and Eric Garcia (who competed on season three of Face Off).

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While season one explored different team-ups more, season two has a lot more solo storylines. Even when characters do get paired up, like Cliff and Jane in episode three, it doesn’t feel like a team-up because Jane spends most of the hour in her head (which isn’t a swipe at ‘The Underground’ storylines, because those are some of the best of the series, but it does make some of the “we are family” talk this season feel less convincing than if the Doom Patrol spent more time together).

The only other thing about this season is it was supposed to be ten episodes long and it feels an episode short but, due to the pandemic, they weren’t able to complete episode ten, so they went with nine instead. Also, if it’s been a while since you’ve watched season one, you might want to look-up some recaps first.

Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season is available on Blu-Ray and DVD now from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It’s also streaming on HBO Max.

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