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Created By:
Jeremy Carver
Brendan Fraser, Timothy Dalton, Alan Tudyk
Writing Credits:

The adventures of an idealistic mad scientist and his field team of superpowered outcasts.

Rated NR

Aspect Ratio: 2.00:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Latin Spanish
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 775 min.
Price: $29.98
Release Date: 10/1/2019

• Unaired Scenes
• Gag Reel
• “Come Visit Georgia” Promo


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Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season [Blu-Ray] (2019)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (September 23, 2019)

A spinoff from Titans, Doom Patrol brings us another TV series based on DC Comics characters. This 3-disc set presents all 15 of Season One’s episodes. The plot synopses come from the package’s insert.

Pilot: “The reluctant heroes of the Doom Patrol face the threat of Mr. Nobody (Alan Tudyk).”

“Doom Patrol” offered one of the best episodes of Titans, and it brought us the Patrol fully-formed. With “Pilot”, we find a pretty traditional origin story that lets us see how the series’ regulars came to be super-powered.

Without question, the characters bear obvious influences, from Robocop to Universal Horror to The Blob. Despite that, “Pilot” creates a good sense of intrigue and opens the series well.

Donkey Patrol: “With Cyborg (Joivan Wade), the Doom Patrol ventures into the Donkeyverse.”

If the “Pilot” didn’t make it clear that Doom would go down weird paths, the existence of a “Donkeyverse” sure does. Expect a pretty wild episode.

Puppet Patrol: “The team meets Nazi doctor Heinrich Von Fuchs (Julian Richings) in Paraguay.”

A mix of comedy, action and exposition, “Puppet” pursues Season One well. The quirky moments fare the best, but the show does all of it pretty nicely.

Cult Patrol: “The Doom Patrol tries to avert the apocalypse – and fails.”

That sounds ominous and final, doesn’t it? Of course, the world doesn’t end here, and “Cult” presents a lively ride as we follow the various story points.

Paw Patrol: “An unlikely ally, a special pug and the Doom Patrol fight the apocalypse.”

“Paw” continues the story from “Cult” in a pretty satisfying manner. The proverbial plot thickens and becomes another engaging show.

Doom Patrol Patrol: “The ‘new’ Doom Patrol meets the ‘original’ Doom Patrol.”

I like the premise of the 1950s Doom Patrol, and the episode works fairly well. However, it doesn’t dig into the possibilities with the gusto I’d expect, and that keeps the show from greatness.

Therapy Patrol: “The team opens up during some self-led group therapy.”

Given the less than disciplined nature of the characters, a self-led therapy session sounds like a recipe for comedic disaster. Some of that emerges, but the episode explores more dramatic territory – including backstory – than expected, and those moments fare surprisingly well.

Danny Patrol: “A teleporting, sentient street named Danny needs help.”

Even for Doom Patrol, the notion of a sentient roadway seems kooky. That’s not even the most interesting aspect of “Danny”, though, as Jane’s newest personality becomes the liveliest element in this solid show.

Jane Patrol: “Jane (Diane Guerrero) retreats into the treacherous Underground in her mind.”

An episode spent almost entirely in Jane’s subconscious, this one feels less than exciting. While it develops the Jane character in some decent ways, it tends to sputter more than I’d like.

Hair Patrol: “Beard Hunter (Tommy Snider) tries to infiltrate Doom Manor to search for Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton).”

After a few more somber episodes, Doom gets back to a broader tone here – well, part of the time, at least. Beard Hunter offers a wacky character, so even with a darker vibe connected to Niles, this becomes a dynamic show.

Frances Patrol: “Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser) travels to Gator Country to reconnect with his daughter Clara (Bethany Anne Lind).”

Larry’s long-lost love has filled a lot of S1 and has been a weakness, as that relationship consistently feels flat and dull. Since this connection fills a lot of “Frances”, the show loses points, and the rest doesn’t compensate.

Cyborg Patrol: “Silas Stone (Phil Morris) makes a plan with the team to free his son Vic.”

After a slow start, this episode picks up as it goes. The series fares best when it embraces its weirdness, so those moments work best.

Flex Patrol: “The Doom Patrol attempts to restore Flex Mentallo (Devan Chandler Long).”

Flex offers one of the quirkier characters, blessed with odd powers, and he adds charm and emotion to the episode. Flex’s story offers enough to turn this into a winning show.

Penultimate Patrol: “To save the Chief, the Doom Patrol enters the Nobodyverse.”

As the title implies, “Penultimate” acts as a table-setting episode. While it comes with some major events, it mainly exists to push us toward the finale, and it does so in an exciting manner.

Ezekiel Patrol: “The heroes of the Doom Patrol go their separate ways.”

That’s a deceptive synopsis, but I won’t spill any more beans than that. One shouldn’t expect a neat ‘n’ tidy finale from this series anyway, as it exists to subvert the usual superhero tropes.

“Ezekiel” does well in that regard, though I admit I might’ve liked a finale that ended these in a less cliffhanger manner. Still, even without much real resolution, this turns into a clever, enjoyable episode that leaves me eager to get to Season Two.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B+/ Bonus C-

Doom Patrol appears in an aspect ratio of 2.00:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. As expected, the shows offered solid visuals.

Sharpness worked well. A few interiors could be a smidgen soft, but those instances remained rare, so the majority of the episodes delivered tight, concise material. I saw no signs of jaggies or moiré effects, and the shows lacked edge haloes and source flaws.

To the surprise of no one, Patrol went with a fairly amber and teal palette. These colors seemed predictable, but the episodes displayed them in an appropriate manner.

Blacks appeared dark and dense, and shadows showed nice opacity. The episodes came across as appealing.

In addition, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio of Doom Patrol also satisfied. With plenty of action on display, the soundscapes boasted a nice array of information from all five channels, and the information moved well.

This left us with broad, immersive soundfields. They used the different speakers to create a good sense of the fights and mayhem – the TV series’ budget meant the audio wasn’t quite feature film quality, but it still seemed very good.

Speech came across as natural and concise, while music showed rich, full tones. Effects appeared accurate and dynamic, with good low-end and impact. I felt pleased with the soundtracks found here.

14 Deleted Scenes accompany five episodes. These span a total of 14 minutes, 36 seconds.

The scenes mix character basics and some exposition. They vary in length and quality, of course, but I can’t claim any stand out as truly memorable, though one between the Chief and Kipling adds some decent information.

A Gag Reel runs four minutes, 35 seconds and offers a pretty typical assortment of bloopers. It’s not especially interesting.

The set ends with Come Visit Georgia, a five-minute, 16-second reel with assistant unit production manager Ian MacGregor, director Dermott Downs, line producer Gideon Amir, and location managers Sarah Williams and Sara Sheets.

“Visit” talks about various locations. Some insights emerge but much of the program acts as an advertisement for Georgia as a film production destination.

A relentlessly quirky series, Season One of Doom Patrol could easily wear out its welcome quickly. However, it largely remains clever and engaging. The Blu-rays boast very good picture and audio but they lack many bonus materials. Season One entertains and makes me look forward to the next batch of shows.

Viewer Film Ratings: 3.5 Stars Number of Votes: 2
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