Doom Patrol Season 3 Review: Superhero television has recently provided audiences with a plethora of entertainment that addresses topics of loss and tragedy while also being a little bit nutty. Marvel’s WandaVision and Loki, for instance, both provided audiences with many times that left them scratching their heads and a little teary-eyed from the emotions both the characters’ expressions and their own incited.
But only one program really does it with lunacy, joy, and humor when it comes to delving into the complexity of loss, trauma, and identity, and that show is Doom Patrol. DC’s strangest and most human heroes are back with a second season after the first one’s second season was shortened like so many others in 2020.
Season 3 succeeds in refreshing and reinventing things in addition to continuing the healing process with its characters. Doom Patrol’s third season begins where the second one left off, resolving the crazy cliffhanger that saw the heroes trapped in wax due to the Candlemaker.
The previous season being cut short made that decision mostly necessary, but it also helps the new chapter get off to a good start by acting as an odd hybrid of the premiere and the previous season’s finale. Doom Patrol is now free to move on from what felt like a series of side missions in Season 2 thanks to Dorothy’s (Abi Monterey) story’s resolution in the Season 3 premiere, “Possibilities Patrol.”
After dealing with the unfinished business from Season 2, the “true” Season 3 then begins with the second episode, “Vacation Patrol” (a total of three episodes were sent for review), and whatever issues there may have been with “Possibilities Patrol” are quickly forgotten. The episodes “Vacation Patrol” and “Dead Patrol” soon reunite our heroes and launch them into brand-new, wild adventures (hello, Brotherhood of Evil), while also presenting the heroes with brand-new interpersonal challenges.
The core of the Doom Patrol series overall is this balancing between duty and personal hardship, and Season 3 doesn’t just keep hammering home this point, so to speak. It progresses things further. The work of recovering from trauma and sorrow is not a straight line or an easy process, as Season 3 does a superb job of illustrating.
This time, the heroes must discover for themselves that they might not be able to accomplish this on their own. You can admit that you’re broken, but you’ll need help putting yourself back together. Amazing performances are possible with that theme, especially ones from Diane Guerrero.
Although it is always astonishing that she can portray any one of the 63 personalities that make up Kay Challis, her portrayal of Jane in Season 3 is more complex and deep than before. As she collaborates with the real Kay to actually recover from the severe trauma that served as the catalyst for her own journey as well as with her Doom Patrol family to deal with whatever crazy peril comes their way.
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You can both see and feel the character’s development. As for the most eagerly anticipated new character of the season, Michelle Gomez absolutely kills it as Madame Rouge. She is the series’ best recent addition. Undoubtedly, one of the most intriguing, profane, and amazing shows on television (or, rather, streaming) is Doom Patrol, and somehow, Season 3 manages to set the standard a little bit higher.
Doom Patrol Season 3 is the loud, messy celebration of the strange and it was well worth the wait. It is full of new oddities, deeper and more honest sorrow and trauma work, plenty of comic-accurate goodies for devoted fans, and mystery to spare.
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