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Povidone

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Doom Patrol Season 3
« on: September 23, 2021, 11:11:23 AM »
I don't think there's a thread for this already? Starts tonight, fucking hyped.

Only just got round to watching season 2 the other day and found it a little underwhelming, still one of the best things on TV but mainly just made me want to go back and watch the first season again. Found Cyborg's storyline a bit flat and predictable as well but hopefully it's going somewhere good. In fact pretty much every character arc was left in a bit of a weird spot with the shorter episode run and the cliffhanger ending.

Re: Doom Patrol Season 3
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2021, 11:32:53 AM »
I still really loved the second season, I'd agree with you about Cyborg and he's been the weakest thing about the whole series, but otherwise I thought it was fantastic stuff, and the way it's adapted so many elements of Grant Morrison's crazed run impresses. My only minor complaint wasn't even there fault as due to Covid there weren't able to make the planned season finale, but the Candlemaker plotline will presumably be resolved in the pilot so it won't be an issue overall.

HBO Max have released the first three episodes now, I don't know what the rest of the release schedule will be but I hope it'll just go down to weekly instalments so I've something to look forward to each weekend.

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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2021, 01:12:08 PM »
Many streaming services such as HBO Max, Hulu (or Disney+ Star in the rest of the world), Prime Video or Apple TV+ tend to release the first two or three episodes on the first week, then just one (or maybe two, when it's an half-hour comedy like The Other Two or Seach Party) episodes a week. It allows the show to get talks and coverage for a longer while, and people who prefer to watch on a slower pace are less afraid to read something about the show on the web, as there will no smart-ass who binged the entire season spoiling the events from the finale just to show off.

Netflix is the main service that releases most of its shows by blocks of seasons or half-seasons. Even if it means that the show gets much discussed on the first weekend, and then sinks without a trace the next week. The other services will do it for new shows, usually comedies, so people can try these shows on their own pace, but they will switch back to a more traditional model by the second season.

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Re: Doom Patrol Season 3
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2021, 06:01:12 PM »
It's gonna be weekly from now on, just a triple bill to start with. Dunno how many episodes there'll be, hopefully more than the covid-reduced second season.

I've watched the first two so far. As expected, the first episode is what should've been the season 2 finale. I did a rewatch of seasons 1 & 2 over the past few weeks to catch up. Lovely to have it back and finally see the conclusion of season 2 proper.

In episode 1 I thought the Candlemaker stuff was resolved way too quickly for all the buildup (literally all fixed in the first few minutes), but at least there was still all the Jane/Miranda conflict left. Niles dead, but his story left open to fulfil his comic-destiny as a head.

Michelle Gomez seems like she's going to be a fun addition.

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Re: Doom Patrol Season 3
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2021, 06:40:46 PM »
Is this on Prime with the fanny-dangle Starz add-on again or is it somewhere else this time?

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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2021, 05:25:43 PM »
It's gonna be weekly from now on, just a triple bill to start with. Dunno how many episodes there'll be, hopefully more than the covid-reduced second season.

I've watched the first two so far. As expected, the first episode is what should've been the season 2 finale. I did a rewatch of seasons 1 & 2 over the past few weeks to catch up. Lovely to have it back and finally see the conclusion of season 2 proper.

In episode 1 I thought the Candlemaker stuff was resolved way too quickly for all the buildup (literally all fixed in the first few minutes), but at least there was still all the Jane/Miranda conflict left. Niles dead, but his story left open to fulfil his comic-destiny as a head.

Michelle Gomez seems like she's going to be a fun addition.

I've only watched the first episode so far but felt the same way as you, it's great to have the show back but the Candlemaker / Dorothy face off needed to be a good five to ten minutes longer at the very least, I know it's not all resolved yet and he's still lurking in Dorothy's brain, but it was still pretty unsatisfying. . Otherwise there was an awful lot to like, Niles as a ghost / head should be fun, I'm looking forward to seeing where Larry heads off to, and as you say at the end, Michelle Gomez should fit in to this world perfectly.

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Re: Doom Patrol Season 3
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2021, 08:20:49 PM »
Is this on Prime with the fanny-dangle Starz add-on again or is it somewhere else this time?
Doesn't seem to be yet, unfortunately.


I've watched episode 3 now, a great episode. I quite liked the Dead Boy Detectives, and Larry's mental breakdown was both hilarious and tragic. Also nice that Dorothy hasn't been forgotten about, although it feels like this is the last we'll see of her for a while now.

Povidone

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Re: Doom Patrol Season 3
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2021, 10:05:35 PM »
Just watched episode 1. Agreed that the resolution to the previous season felt a bit rushed, found myself wondering if it would seem less so if it had been aired as it was supposed to before covid fucked everything. It's the sort of thing this show can get away with; just breezing through a lot of big moments like that.

Michelle Gomez's introduction was wonderful, got a good laugh out of me. So did Niles deciding to join in with the sex ghosts and I'm delighted they're setting up the head in a jar stuff as I was worried Timothy Dalton would just fuck off from the show à la Alan Tudyk

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Re: Doom Patrol Season 3
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2021, 10:15:49 PM »
Just started episode 2 The Brain and Monseiur Malah! Aye I'm on board

Incidentally I just had a look at my PMs and I owe Small Man Big Horse a massively belated thanks for pointing me in the direction of those Morrison comics when season 1 came out, I believe I was going through some shit at the time and they helped me massively so apologies for being a rude cunt and not even sending a fucking word in reply. Yer a good lad.

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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2021, 10:09:48 AM »
Just started episode 2 The Brain and Monseiur Malah! Aye I'm on board

Incidentally I just had a look at my PMs and I owe Small Man Big Horse a massively belated thanks for pointing me in the direction of those Morrison comics when season 1 came out, I believe I was going through some shit at the time and they helped me massively so apologies for being a rude cunt and not even sending a fucking word in reply. Yer a good lad.

That's okay, I genuinely hadn't remembered that, but I'm glad you enjoyed them and hope that you're in a much better place now.

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Re: Doom Patrol Season 3
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2021, 12:01:08 PM »
Just started episode 2 The Brain and Monseiur Malah! Aye I'm on board

Probably the best CGI they've done so far, I was quite impressed.

Re: Doom Patrol Season 3
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2021, 05:26:45 PM »
I really loved the second episode as a whole, The Brain and Monseiur Malah are two of my favourite characters but the holiday storyline with a now very relaxed Garguax the Decimator was extremely amusing, Larry mucking about in space was all good stuff, and the dance at the end had me grinning away.

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Re: Doom Patrol Season 3
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2021, 09:26:45 PM »
Episode 4 is just insane. So many different crazy strands.

It looks like we've definitely seen the last of Niles now, shame he didn't get to stick around for longer in head-form.

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« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2021, 10:47:29 PM »
Maybe the intended finale for season 2 was supposed to be Niles' proper send-off, with then some pre-taped goodbyes or ghost appearances, just like the ones we saw during the season 3 premiere. But I loved the idea of partially keeping him involved during a few episodes of this season, as if he would eventually make a return as some important plot point, and to ultimately "kill" him in such a casual and random way by the fourth episode.

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« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2021, 10:19:35 AM »
I had a feeling that Dalton wasn't around on set any more as Abi Monterey's accent was slipping a bit.

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« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2021, 09:06:30 PM »
That really was glorious stuff, I thought it was insane enough when Cliff and co became zombified but to turn Darren Jones in to a were-butt and have a whole bunch of them attack was the most I've laughed at a tv show in ages. Like everyone else I'll miss Timothy Dalton's presence (with him apparently not returning due to the pandemic and not wishing to risk his health) but it wouldn't be impossible for him to come back for a potential fourth season, I mean this is the DC Universe and it's rare anyone stays dead for that long.

Re: Doom Patrol Season 3
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2021, 10:28:11 AM »
And it's been renewed for a fourth season! https://www.avclub.com/doom-patrol-is-coming-back-for-a-fourth-season-of-super-1847878454 - I'm genuinely surprised as outside of CaB I don't know anyone who watches it, or who has even heard of if for that matter, but it must be doing okay in the US, that or someone at HBO really likes it.

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« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2021, 06:19:32 PM »
This is an HBO Max, not HBO, show. In every market in which HBO Max isn't available (due to a progressive worldwide rollout and ongoing deals between HBO and local networks), they have to find somebody willing to air it, with the caveat that Warner wants to get the rights back as soon as their streaming service is ready. For instance, in France, the show is on SyFy, despite SyFy belonging to Universal, and Warner having a few cable channels here. They may actually make deals season after season, while networks prefer longer term contracts (the thing that gets renewed just with some option). Which may be why foreign networks aren't keen on promoting a show they could lose the very minute HBO Max is launched in their country.

There's a similar situation for Search Party, Harley Quinn (which wasn't mentioned at yesterday's event for some reason) or The Flight Attendant, which are "Max" shows in the US, but aren't part of the usual HBO catalog in other countries.

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Re: Doom Patrol Season 3
« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2021, 10:35:53 PM »
And it's been renewed for a fourth season! https://www.avclub.com/doom-patrol-is-coming-back-for-a-fourth-season-of-super-1847878454 - I'm genuinely surprised as outside of CaB I don't know anyone who watches it, or who has even heard of if for that matter, but it must be doing okay in the US, that or someone at HBO really likes it.
Brilliant news! I was worried it was gonna be another Hannibal.

It's a shame it isn't on Netflix or regular Prime over here, I reckon it'd really thrive. Instead it's buried on that Amazon Starz subscription thing, and not even close to the proper airdate.

Re: Doom Patrol Season 3
« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2021, 08:24:54 PM »
Yeah, I know so many people who'd love this if only they were able to see it easily.

The sixth episode was yet again really fun, I love the way they're dealing with Jane and Kay and co, the idea of Kay recovering was something I don't remember the comic dealing with and it's a fascinating idea. Cliff becoming increasingly childlike is strangely amusing, Larry standing up against his son was an intriguing plot development, and the only thing that didn't always work for me was the Sisterhood of Dada. The majority of it had me smiling no end, don't get me wrong, but the chicken impersonations brought back memories of Arrested Development and felt a little too silly, though that's always a risk when portraying a group devoted to Dadaism I guess.

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