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The Last Patrol!
Original Airdate - October 8th, 2010
The outsider-heroes The Doom Patrol are pulled out of a hasty retirement when supervillains begin trying to assassinate them -- or perhaps re-unite them? 

Written by J.M. Dematteis
Directed by Ben Jones
Review by Andrew
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Diedrich Bader as Batman
Dee Bradley Baker as Brain/Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man
Corey Burton as Killer Moth / General Zahl
Oliva d'Abo as Elasti-Girl
David K. Hill as Negative Man
Richard McGonagle as Chief
Henry Rollins as Robotman
Stephen Root as Penguin / Carnival Barker
Fred Tatasciore as Mutant Master/Arsenal
Mae Whitman as Batgirl

Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter


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Ever since his subtle debut amongst the horde of hallucinated villains from Bat-Mite’s fanboy delusions, fans have been eagerly awaiting the appearance of Batman’s most truly dubious foe, THE MONAR- no, Killer Moth. At last, he has been given the spotlight (briefly) to show off the glory that… honestly, he didn’t do much. No, the show was stolen by a rather decent, if rushed, introduction of Batgirl. It’s not quite comparable to previous Batgirl introductions, but it was nice to see they immediately put her into a position to show she can handle herself quite well. Overall a pretty exciting teaser, even if it was a little too packed to completely allow either Killer Moth or Batgirl to properly shine.

Although as of late they have had something of a correlation between teaser and main story, this time around there is a complete disconnection between the two as it delves into the history and current status of the Doom Patrol. Out of the various heroes and heroic teams that this show has introduced, this is certainly one of the most unique ways they’ve gone about it. Introducing each character individually by having them be reluctantly recruited through an attack was a helpful way to not only show off their personality, but also how they deal with a threat. This made it all the more interesting once they’re eventually joined back together and have to remember how to work as a team. However, it’s a bit annoying that because so much time is spent on this, the episode’s time doesn’t allow for much more development and so their tenure as a rejoined team doesn’t last long.

The various villains are made up of a cadre of strange creatures that are weirder than the last as the episode goes on, and even get into a point where the characters actually have to poke fun at the ridiculous names - mostly “Animal-Vegetable-Mineralman.” The Brain, however, is a reappearing character as he was first introduced in “Journey to the Center of the Bat,” although I don’t recall his accent in previous appearances. In fact, it was a bit distracting since he sounded so eerily similar to Prince Naveen from Disney’s “Princess and the Frog.” There is one really annoying aspect to all of these villains, though, none of them were particularly threatening. I was intrigued by the Doom Patrol, but bored from the villains’ lack of doing anything worthwhile - even though the episode eventually turned to tragedy.

Overall, it’s a decent episode with not only the incredibly dark aspect of a hostage getting murdered during a rescue, but also the unfortunate fate of the Doom Patrol themselves, to really throw the entire thing for a loop. It’s definitely a Recommanded see, but it does feel as though too much was packed in for this introduction, especially since their ultimate fate feels very rushed. Plus, Batman seemed a bit out of character at times… I think episode probably should have either been a dual parter or used the teaser in order to give the history of the Doom Patrol. Oh, and it’s certainly A LOT of death to feature only two episodes after the tragic loss of another hero in the Starro episodes.

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