Cast: Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Matt Bomer
Release Date: January 26, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7/10
DC’s strangest group of Super Heroes are back again to save the world – that is if they can find a way to grow up…both figuratively and literally. Following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the DOOM PATROL now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff’s toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal with Niles Caulder aka The Chief, while confronting their own personal baggage. As each Super Hero faces the challenge of moving beyond trauma and failure, they must come together to protect the newest family member, Niles’ daughter, whose powers remain a mysterious but real threat to bringing on the end of the world.
Please Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
Newcomers to ‘Doom Patrol’ are encouraged to consider starting at the beginning due to the show’s serialized nature and various continuing story elements. You can find our review of the first season’s Blu-ray release below!
Our favorite group of oddball heroes returns for more in the second season of ‘Doom Patrol’ which sees the entire team (with the exception of Larry) still shrunken down to micro size following the defeat of Mr. Nobody. Now, on top of finding a way to return them to their normal size, each will have to confront their own feelings and demons following the revelations of betrayal each has suffered at the hands of Niles Caulder (aka The Chief) who they believed to be something entirely different. All the while, they’ll be forced to find a way of helping to keep his daughter at bay once they discover that she has the potential within to cause chaos on an apocalyptic level. Basically, it’s all just another average set of events for our reluctant heroes in the ‘Doom Patrol’.
The sophomore season of ‘Doom Patrol’ certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to delivering the odd, goofy and morally questionable goods, if anything only upping the ante in comparison to last season and still finding a plethora of random characters, events and scenarios to tackle that keep things sufficiently strange and hilarious throughout. All the while keeping things tense and even uncomfortable as we continue exploring the troubling events that landed each of our heroes where they currently are, both in the literal sense as well as their state of mind. One of the greatest joys of ‘Doom Patrol’ is that it never tends to be what you expect, always finding some new concept or ridiculous element to focus on from one episode to the next, and just when you start to think they won’t be able to continue surprising us much longer, they somehow only manage to prove us wrong and top themselves.
I would strongly urge any fans of the debut season that haven’t yet had a chance to check out season two to try and make a point of doing so whenever convenient. It’s another wonderfully weird collection of episodes that aren’t to be missed. They serve up as many twists and surprises as they do laughs and over the top scenarios, while always doing a great job of building these characters and allowing them to grow as well as slip at times, yet consistently managing to do so without it feeling forced or out of character.
Overall, the second season of ‘Doom Patrol’ delivers another rewarding collection of strange, hilarious and often emotional episodes that further dive into these offbeat heroes and their ongoing struggle to find their place after everything that’s happened to them. The season may have had a shortened episode order due to the pandemic, but it’s certainly not lacking when it comes to the strange fun and excitement it delivers. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s 2-disc Blu-ray release of ‘Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season’ brings home all nine episodes from the second season with quite fantastic high definition video and audio presentations on each. There may not be a whole lot included when it comes to extras, although fans of the series who would like to physically own each season of the show shouldn’t be the slightest bit disappointed with what the release has to offer in the way of quality. The Blu-ray release is recommended for fans already considering a purchase.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the show’s original Aspect Ratio (approximately 2.20:1) on all of the sophomore season’s episodes. The video presentations look pretty wonderful as a whole and offer smooth, nicely detailed presentations from start to finish on every episode, with no notable problems or issues to be uncovered throughout. They hold up impressively even during the numerous darkly lit and heavily populated moments, never causing anything that’s occurring onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are quite fantastic high definition video presentations that shouldn’t have any trouble satisfying fans of the series.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 9 Season Two episodes. These multichannel soundtracks are quite the treat in their own right and deliver clean, clear and consistently hard hitting audio presentation on each episode. They frequently take full advantage of all five available channels in order to send music, along with characters and action effects whipping throughout the various speakers, along with plenty of weird effects and a whole lot more, while always making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously remain clear and fully audible. Overall, these great 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtracks that never disappoint and repeatedly contribute some additional fun to the viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season’ doesn’t offer a great deal in the way of bonus content, although we are treated to the Behind the Scenes Featurette ‘Doom Patrol: The Magic of Makeup’ (running approximately 9 minutes in length) which explores the makeup process utilized to bring many of the characters to life and includes behind the scenes footage and interviews/comments with the cast and crew. Also included is the ‘Doom Patrol Season 2: Come Visit Georgia PSA’ (running approximately 2 minutes).
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Disc Rating: 7/10
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