Review: It's More Super-Powered Peril as 'Doom Patrol' - Season Three Premieres

by JC Alvarez

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday September 27, 2021

'Doom Patrol - Season Three'
'Doom Patrol - Season Three'  (Source:Warner Media)

It's back to the block with the most peculiar heroes in the DC Universe when the third season of DC's "Doom Patrol" premieres on HBO Max.

Last season the Doom Patrol were introduced to Dorothy (Abi Monterey), The Chief's daughter. Just another one of the hundreds of secrets that Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton) has been keeping from his menagerie of misfits. In the cliffhanger, the group banded together to help defeat the Candlemaker — one of the many manifestations of Dorothy's powers and perhaps the most powerful. It appeared that our team of adventurers had met their end encased in wax, forever perfectly preserved. Fortunately, Dorothy appealed to her better angels and rescued the lot — with one exception: The Chief.

Now the group is mourning the loss of Niles Caulder — in their own way — unaware that they are under siege. This season, the Doom Patrol will be confronted by some enemies from their past who are looking to avenge themselves on The Chief, and we'll meet the Sisterhood of DaDa, with guest star Michelle Gomez ("The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina") bringing their arch nemesis, the shape-changing Madame Rouge, to life. But are the Doom Patrol heroes, or not? Are they a family of superheroes dedicated to defending the world, or a ragtag group of aimless orphans, especially now that The Chief is gone?

Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer), the Negative Man, now finds himself alone, after the powerful alien energy that shared his body has moved on. After returning the alien to space, Larry now has discovered that his body is deteriorating before his eyes. He doesn't know how much longer he has to live, but after facing the perils of the afterlife to rescue the rest of the team, he means to make the most of his time. Rita (April Bowlby) is convinced that she's met the mysterious Madame Rouge, but what is their connection and what does it have to do with the treacherous menace of The Brotherhood of Evil?

"Doom Patrol" stands alone among its contemporaries as one of the most colorful in the arsenal of DC shows, remaining deeply entertaining and engaging while remaining reverent and timely. These heroes are may have nothing to lose, but in the end their strength isn't in their power base — it's how they have one another's backs. Whether they are aware of it or not, they may have been responsible for unleashing the most dangerous evil on the world; this may be the opportunity Victor Stone, The Cyborg (Joivan Wade), has been hoping for that finally transforms the Doom Patrol into a proper crime-fighting force.

"Doom Patrol" Season Three premieres on HBOMax September 23.

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".