If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/22/19

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Phoebe’s Choice

The past two episodes of Doom Patrol have pitted the team of miserable misfits against a weird doomsday cult called the Cult of the Unwritten Book, which anticipates the ascension of a boy covered in ancient script into the bringer of the Apocalypse – the Decreator. With Mr. Nobody as the overall Big Bad for this show, the episodic villains are of a 1990s X-Files Monster of the Week caliber at the very least, in an early 90s DC Comics kind-of-way.

We opened last week with a weird flashback to the late 1970s, with Crazy Jane beating serious Nazi ass at a Punk show. This landed her back in an asylum. Meanwhile in the FWD→now, we saw a giant eye had opened in the sky, the form the Decreator was supposed to take. Almost immediately people were being “undone” as reality was slowly destroyed. The Decreator’s once human parents, the Archons, held Robotman and Crazy Jane captive in Numheim; little did anyone seem to understand the snowy city itself was in a snow globe at Doom Manor.

Meanwhile, in a cozy little pocket dimension, Mr. Nobody was pissed that the Universe was about to end and that he hadn’t been featured in two episodes. (His nuance with the 4th wall was sublime.) He conferred with his captive, the Chief, on how they might defeat this cult and their already succeeding Apocalypse. They hatched a scheme to travel back in time to form an anti-cult led by Crazy Jane. Nobody targeted her in 1977 when she was in that asylum after the Punk show. He coaxed her Dr. Bertrand persona, who was blessed with charm that bordered on mind control, to form this Recreator cult. She started by recruiting all the other crazies in the asylum. In the present, the Chief returned to recruit the help of his team. Rita tried to get Elliot, the boy who was becoming the Decreator, to abandon his fate, but it was beyond his will.

As the giant eye in the sky undid reality, the Doom Patrol tracked the location of the Recreator, who was a dog not a human. Inside the snow globe, Crazy Jane rang the church bell, which made the glyphs on the Recreator active. Trusted ally of the Chief, Willoughby Kippling, read the glyphs and BAM. Recreation canceled Decreation. The world was then redone, resetting back to 1977 for the timeline to happen again, this time sans the Cult of the Unwritten Book.

This show continues to deliver, maybe the best comic hero show airing week-to-week right now. But you gotta get on that elusive DCU platform to watch, so consider that investment.

On today’s episode, “Doom Patrol Patrol,” Jane, Larry and Rita visit a school where the original Doom Patrol has retired. Meanwhile, Cliff & Vic bond over their mutual “father issues.”

To see how the visit goes for Jane, Larry, & Rita, tune in to DCU starting at 9AM/8AMc.

I’m not watching any other “new tonight” shows, but the only other recent comic book adaptation to come close to (or surpass, tbh) this show is the recent Netflix release The Umbrella Academy. Don’t sleep on that if you haven’t seen it yet!

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