The fourth episode of the DC Universe Titans series saw the proto-team finally get to know Beast Boy. It also introduced a whole new group, the titular "Doom Patrol." So far, Titans has been something of a slow-burn series, but this feels like a real turning point for the DC Universe TV show.
It's a classic trope that there's always a fight whenever superheroes cross paths for the first time. For the second episode running, though, Titans avoids that cliche. Instead, while there's a brief tense confrontation, both the Titans and the Doom Patrol are united by their compassion for Raven. Her powers are flaring out of control, and for the first time the series gives a clear look at just what that might mean - as she stands before a shimmering portal.
The series is still a long way from providing viewers with answers to its many mysteries, but by the end of the episode at last there's have a recognizable Titans team. So where will the group go from here? And what's next for the Doom Patrol?
- This Page: The Doom Patrol and Their Future
- Page 2: The Curious Parallels Between Robin and Raven
8) Who Are The Doom Patrol?
The Doom Patrol are a classic comic book team created by writers Arnold Drake and Bob Haney, and artist Bruno Premiani. Dubbed "The World's Strangest Heroes," they're a group of social outcasts who are shunned by society because of their weirdness. Although there have been a number of different incarnations of the team, Titans introduces the classic lineup: the Chief, Robotman, Elasti-Girl, and the Negative Man. The DC Universe version seems to be heavily influenced by Grant Morrison's take, where the Chief was a morally ambiguous character. Morrison even hinted that the Chief could have been responsible for some of the tragic accidents that led to the Doom Patrol's creation.
There are strange similarities between the Doom Patrol and Marvel's X-Men, both teams that were created in the 1960s. The Doom Patrol and the X-Men are two teams of misfits who battle against prejudice as much as against super-villains, and each group is typically led by a man in a wheelchair. Co-creator Drake actually suggested Stan Lee ripped the idea for the X-Men straight from his team.
7) Weren't the Doom Patrol Supposed to be in Episode 5?
DC has been quite open about the fact the Doom Patrol would appear in Titans, and it makes sense; they've crossed over with the Teen Titans several times in the comics. Curiously, though, when DC first announced this cameo, they said it would be in episode 5. It's possible the plot got shuffled around a little, perhaps with earlier scenes involving Beast Boy cut. That would certainly explain why Garth was strangely irrelevant to the plot of Titans until this episode.
6) Why Did Beast Boy and Raven Build A Fire?
While "Doom Patrol" is easily the strongest episode of Titans to date, it's far from perfect. One of the oddest scenes is one in which Raven and Beast Boy stop in a forest to build a fire. There's no real reason they'd do this, not least because they're quite near the Doom Patrol's base at the time. It seemed to have happened purely for story purposes, giving Garth and Rachel time to bond, and providing an opportunity for them to cross paths with a pair of hunters.
5) Are the Police Finally Noticing Something's Odd With Dick Grayson?
Speaking of plot contrivances, Dick Grayson's detective badge really is starting to feel a little absurd. He'd only been in Detroit a day before he began his road-trip with Raven, and none of his colleagues seem at all troubled by his absence. At last, in "Doom Patrol" one police officer actually seems to be nonplussed when Dick shows his badge. "Long way from Detroit, huh," he asks. Naturally, Dick doesn't bother to respond, and the officer tells him what he needs to know anyway. Still, it's nice to see Titans lampshade this increasingly odd detail.