The Arkham Sessions, hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a weekly podcast dedicated to the psychological analysis of Batman: The Animated Series. Nostalgic, humorous, and even a little educational, each episode promises to lend some insight into the heroes, villains, and classic stories of the Dark Knight!
The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 137 - "Doom Patrol - Donkey Patrol"
We excitedly journey alongside the heroes of Doom Patrol as they navigate an unusual, twisted dimension. The self-proclaimed villain, Mr. Nobody, uses the alternate universe to test Rita, Larry, and newbie member Cyborg by replaying their traumas in very realistic scenarios. The three characters are asked to get themselves out of their most feared situations from their past--for the failed actress, Rita, she's alone on an abandoned film set. Larry, the test pilot, finds himself tailspinning in a plane with his wife and secret lover in the backseat. Cyborg (a young Vic Stone) wakes up to the wreckage of the explosion that burned half his body and killed his mother. Although these are combinations of memories and visions created by Mr. Nobody, the experiences trigger the characters' deepest fears and failures. These also happen to be the events that tie each of the heroes to their origin stories--the catalyst that created their powers, or, as they might see it, made them into freaks. As part of our discussion, we dive deep into the recesses of their psyches to better understand their motivations and mental health. In addition, we're introduced to several of Crazy Jane's 64 personalities--all with different superpowers. We discuss the features of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) and consider how Jane's early trauma may have shaped these extra passengers. In our coverage of the Episode 2 of this thought-provoking show, we begin to seriously consider whether these characters are doomed after all! Listen below for the full episode!
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