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The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 138: ‘Doom Patrol – Puppet Patrol’

The Arkham Sessions, hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a weekly podcast dedicated to the psychological analysis of pop culture, including Batman: The Animated Series and Doom Patrol. 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. 138 – “Doom Patrol – Puppet Patrol”

The Doom Patrol team travels to Paraguay in search of the Chief and encounter the infamous lab created by Heinrich von Fuchs–which is now a spa-like center where super-human “upgrades” are made. Visiting such a place gives the characters some insight about their own histories and the aspects of themselves that they must face head on. For Larry (Negative Man), he realizes he cannot change his sexual orientation to match the sociocultural pressures of the early 1960s. Meanwhile, Rita reveals that maintaining her “screen perfect” body requires a lot of work — similar to individuals with disordered eating, Rita fixates on repetitive behaviors and holds unrealistic ideals about her physical appearance. A common theme throughout this episode is the concept of human control–what are things about ourselves that we can change, and how do we manage the experiences of helplessness, disappointment, or feeling stuck when we can’t change the things we want to?

External Links:
Psychology of Rey article
Psychology of Kylo Ren article
The Kill Lock



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