At the time I’m writing this, I had just finished the episode where they break into the Ant Farm. At this point in this show, I have to ask-why does the Bureau of Normalcy exist?
I’m not talking about their origin. I understand they started as the Bureau of Oddities and they just wanted to research the unknown, only to change their mission around WW1. I actually understand that pretty well.
I’m asking how can this institution exist in a world where the Justice League exists and is very well admired and respected by the common people. Even though he isn’t a part of the JL, people really seem to admire Cyborg. How can an institution, an organization that is a part of the federal US government and is apparently self-regulating (“Hair Patrol”), justify it’s existence and purpose in a world where the odd is generally accepted?
I get why they have the B.O.N. in this show, it matches well with the themes. And I’m not sure if this is an organization straight from the comics, I haven’t really read Doom Patrol comics before. I just think they could have done something that makes just a little more sense. Why not have ARGUS? They have a history of butting heads and coming into conflict with superheroes like Superman and Batman. They could have been an organization that secretly seeks out people like the Doom Patrol-metahumans and others that aren’t as well known-so they could study and weaponize them. Sure, they might not have a mission that states their sole purpose is to eradicate the abnormal, but it would be more interesting than the B.O.N. that only wants to eradicate meta humans. Plus, having a fairly well known institution like Argus would help bring in a little more attention from the mainstream.