Welcome to this week’s discussion of BEHIND THE MASK, in which we welcome our resident armchair psychologists to ponder and muse, our literary detectives to theorize and question.
We invite you all to pull back and discover what screws are turning behind the mask of Doom Patrol’s ROBOTMAN.
We’re only one episode in, and already we are seeing our misfit friends of the Doom Patrol in a whole new light.
Let’s discuss the “who’s”, the “why’s”, the “what were they thinking’s”?
Let’s pull up a chair and dig a little deeper. Join the full discussion below, explore only the questions you’re interested in, or simply chime in with your own thoughts and theories!
Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol is often cited for incorporating Dadaistic themes, from its artistic inspiration to Mr. Nobody’s The Brotherhood of Dada. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at Robotman through the lens of the Dadaist theme of “meaninglessness”.
Let’s dig deeper into the meaninglessness that seems to have swallowed up Cliff Steele and spat out Robotman.
What is the meaninglessness that governed Cliff Steele’s life?
In what ways might he have been searching for meaning before the accident?
Could becoming Robotman have set Cliff down the path of finding meaning?
What do you think Crazy Jane offers Robotman that he seems to be looking for?
When Crazy Jane first meets Robotman, she asks him if he is a toy - right outside of his toy train room. What significance do you think this ““toy”” theme might have in Robotman’s previous and current life? Where do we see the theme of toys, idle playthings in Robotman’s life? Do they add meaning or deprive him of meaning?
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