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The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 146: ‘Doom Patrol – Frances 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. 146 – “Frances Patrol”

When we seek “closure,” we are looking for answers to unresolved, lingering questions. We often want to reconcile painful feelings, confront a person for hurting us, or express apologies that we felt have been left unsaid. But we can get “stuck,” maybe even overly fixated, with finding closure. Much like a complex puzzle missing a piece, we often believe we will feel better if we put the piece in place. As it turns out, achieving meaningful closure doesn’t actually have to include involving the person who hurt us or revisiting the past. In fact, psychological closure isn’t always necessary to achieve a sense of peace and healing. In many cases, there are other things we can do, like accepting imperfection within ourselves or even… “letting it go.”

In this episode, we draw upon the experiences of Doom Patrol heroes, Negative Man and Robot Man, as they revisit their mistakes and discover how to end the pain they’re holding onto. For Robot Man (Cliff), this means meeting his estranged daughter and facing some hard decisions about whether to be in her life. For Negative Man (Larry), he has an opportunity to tell the man he has loved all his life what he truly meant to him. And Cyborg? Well, he’s doing a little psychological dissecting of his own as he forcefully slices into his bicep out of fear of finding out whether he is more machine than man. Hear what we have to say by listening to the show!

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A.C. Ward’s A Dragon Under the Mountain



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