It’s been a year and a half since the finale of Doom Patrol’s third season, but season 4 is just around the corner, with the first episode dropping on December 8 on HBO max. With such a long period of anticipation, is this first half of Doom Patrol season 4 worth watching? Does it continue to push the envelope for the amount of crazy one show can bring to the table? Let’s explore all that and more in our light spoiler review!
[Warning: Spoilers for Doom Patrol season 4 part 1 are below!]
Doom Patrol season 4 is as crazy and weird as ever
If you thought season 4 couldn’t be weirder than the previous ones, I have bad news for you. The first half of the season is even crazier than all the craziness from the other seasons mixed together. As we catch up on the history of Doom Patrol, we learn that the team has unexpectedly traveled to the future, only to find an unpleasant surprise there, which is, you guessed it, another apocalypse. Faced with all the information they have gathered, they must decide whether to sacrifice their lives and happiness to save the world or become someone they will hate when they look in the mirror.
After returning from the future, we see that our heroes have literally changed. Cliff has returned to his old body and acts calmer than ever at times, which is an upgrade for him. Cyborg comes to terms with who he is and reaches out to friends from his past, Jane finds herself in various situations where she loses control, and Rita now has more control over her powers and is more confident in her leader role. Larry is basically the only one who hasn’t changed much.
And then there is Madame Rouge aka Laura De Mille played by Michelle Gomez. Truly Gomez is a stand-out this season and proves exactly why she got this part in the first place. Seeing Laura trying to make things up to a still very bitter and angry Rita, among others for her past, while still being a quite unpredictable, but seemingly repentant, character, gets high praise from me.
Without going into spoilers, the first half of Season 4 is intense and its plot is very well written, with even deeper insights into the behavior of our main characters as the audience learns about the various situations in which they are put.
As in previous seasons, we again get to see Willoughby Kipling (Mark Sheppard), who is my favorite character from the entire Doom Patrol series, along with Dorothy’s big return. I would love for Mark Sheppard’s Kipling to be promoted to series regular because his entrances and action scenes are so iconic. He’d be a perfect fit among the already-established forces of the Doom Patrol.
I love how the creators further developed these characters, adding darker moments to their story while also showing us that even the most broken people can be helped and healed. With plenty of new strange and crazy adventures, Doom Patrol season 4 continues doing everything that previous seasons did well. It’s easy to find ourselves in the story, from seeing the characters getting their asses handed to them, to help each other out, there’s a human story that everyone can relate to. The Doom Patrol is a family by this point and nothing will change that, further adding to the humanity in this season and overall series.
Perhaps the most interesting part of Doom Patrol so far this season is the mystery of the new villain who’s hiding in the shadows. Each episode is filled with easter eggs from the comics, new adventures, new mysteries, epic moments, strange situations, and many emotional scenes.
Is it just us, or have these butts gotten bigger? 😳
— Doom Patrol (@DCDoomPatrol) October 11, 2022
The first half of season 4 of Doom Patrol is the perfect example of just how crazy, wild, unexpected, and emotional this series is. I’m definitely looking forward to the second half of the season because I feel deep down that it will be even better than the first part.
Doom Patrol season 4 part 1 premieres on December 8 only on HBO Max, with the second part releasing in 2023. Are you excited for the new season? Let us know over on Twitter, The Cosmic Circus Discord or other social media! And if you need a quick refresher on how last season ended, check out our review on the season 3 finale!