Doom Patrol Season 1 Premiere Review: 7 Ups & 2 Downs


2. Not Enough Negative Man

Doom Patrol Negative Man
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Though the first episode does a pretty bang-up job of giving the titular superhero outfit their fair due, the one character who feels the most under-served in the season premiere is undeniably Larry Trainor aka Negative Man (Matt Bomer).

Aside from his obligatory backstory being rushed through, he takes more of a backseat compared to his comrades and often just fades into the periphery.

It's especially odd as Matt Bomer is such a magnanimous presence, yet he's given peculiarly little to do and ends up feeling like a bit of an afterthought.

Hopefully he'll come into his own throughout the season, because let's be honest, what's the point in hiring an infuriatingly handsome actor like Bomer and then keeping his gorgeous mug off-screen for the entire run?

Expect flashbacks-a-plenty, but on the basis of Doom Patrol's opening hour, he desperately needs more to do.

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