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Doom Patrol: Jane Patrol

Doom Patrol: Jane Patrol

 

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Kay Challis is one of the known members in team and DC Universe series “Doom Patrol” . But within her she is made up 64 personalities, one of the dominate personalities is Jane. In the most recent episode, “Jane Patrol”, Jane kinda went through a burnout out where she just basically shut down from a situation from the previous episode and retreated to the Underground.

The Underground

Source: Forces of Geek

Real quickly, The Underground is where Jane and her 64 personalities reside, each with their own living quarters. This was where she went to retreat from all the…mess…that was happening in the “surface”. The personalities were dealing with one of the most (as all the personalities) annoying characters, “Karen” for nearly getting Jane/Kay married.

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The personalities catch her sneaking off (in hopes of avoiding them), but they catch her. One of the personalities, The Secretary, reminded her that since she is the primary personality, she is responsible for keeping the balance in The Underground. A balance that must be maintained. The Secretary also reminded her this:

The more things remain out of balance, the  more all of us are vulnerable. Each of us has a purpose. A reason for being. You must respect that.

Myself, (although I don’t put myself in a near comatose state), I can retreat in myself, if I don’t want deal with all the crap in the world. It’s safer in my head and I can be in there until I either found a solution or I’m ready to “come out”. Though usually I’m either day dreaming or staring into the TV or space, when I do that. And also unlike Jane who lives with a dissociative identity disorder (DID). You gotta deal with people and bills and responsibilities on top of living in a crazy world. I have deal with keeping my anxiety and depression in check. I try to make sure that not one disorder is overtaking one another or in this case…me. And in a sense depression and anxiety are their own personalities.  I got one disorder telling me everything is hopeless and then the other one telling me everyone is a suspect. It’s well…hopeless.

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 Jane ends up stalling her trip to the “surface” to find and face her past. We eventually see her at meet Penny Farthing at this beautiful lakeside view by a white octagon belle roof gazebo.

Jane doesn’t recognize the place unfortunately. Penny asks her why she isn’t on the surface. Jane responds:

It sucks to be up there. You don’t know who to believe or what to believe or when to believe it.

Speaking for myself, I too want to hide myself from this world. There’s too much to process and then when you meet people it can get even more complicated. Situations can sometimes makes no sense and/or become more complicated themselves. Penny Farthing then tells her to then take a break. As so simple as it is, this is an activity than can be easy to forget or disregard. It’s easy to think because inactivity is not productive, because it doesn’t produce concrete, tangible things. For example, taking a 20 minute nap gives your brain the ability to restore depleted activity. So yes, resting is productive too.

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 Meantime, Cliff has entered Jane’s mind to get her back, but only this time he has return to his former human self. He bumps into Penny Farthing who is trying to stop her from entering a well that might only lead to her destruction.

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 So Penny leads him through a shortcut through some of Jane’s painful memories:

The quickest way to the underground is through memories like this one. The deeper you go, the darker they get. Sometimes, the darker memories are stuck to the nicer ones. You never know. The mind is a crazy thing.

This was a deep statement. It makes me think if the writer was a psychology major at one time. Yeah, I guess with the good memories come the bad. Without the bad you couldn’t appreciate the good. Without the bad, you couldn’t develop personal growth. Heck…you wouldn’t be you as much as I hate to admit it. I don’t always like the past I came from, but it has made me a resilient, open minded, and insightful person.

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 The last scenes of the episode were important because Cliff and Jane had to shed the perceptions of themselves. Cliff still see himself as a man—the shameless, self-centered man that he was, but he is now more man than when he was a man. Then Jane has always seen herself as young defenseless, Baby Kay. When really she has developed into a strong bada$$ woman.

Jane meeting a memory of her younger self before her dad assaulted her

Sometimes what can cause us to lose (or bring) balance can begin within ourselves. Though to achieve this, we must face our past or our hardships, our responsibilities or our false perceptions of ourselves and give ourselves the chance to see what we’re truly capable of and how far we’ve come. Once we’ve done these things, we’ll come back stronger and clearer than ever before.

 

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Crazy Jane

John Constantine

You know another superhero who likes brooding other than Batman? John Constantine. I just started getting in Constantine ’cause of this hot devil below (no pun intended):

Source: io9-Gizmodo

Since then I’ve been hooked, And I just need to get my hands on the actual comic book series…

Anyway the John Constantine above is the new one played by Matt Ryan. He had a stand-alone series titled, “Constantine” on NBC named after the character and DC Comic “Hellblazer”. Unfortunately, that only lasted for one season & so due to the uproar by fans, old and new, Constantine is now joining the cast of “Legends of Tomorrow.” So far, it’s not that bad. Matt Ryan has also lended his voice to two animated flicks, one called “Constantine: City of Demons” and the animated movie, as shown below, “Justice League Dark”.

In the scene below, Constantine and Zatanna, enter a man’s mind to figure out the mysterious cases haunting humanity in the outside world:

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Justice League Dark (Film)

When Constantine said that I was like “He understands me!” That’s what I do when I’m anxious. I try to think of every WORST possible problem to come up with EVERY possible solution. I know…it’s kind backward thinking, but then again anxiety disorders have a knack of not making ANY sense. That’s about the only understandable thing about it. It takes reasonable scenario and magnifies it ten times more. Do I hate anxiety…

So catch Matt Ryan as Constantine on “Legends of Tomorrow” on its series premiere on Oct 22nd on the CW (Check your local listings):

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Then if you have DC Universe (which I wish I could afford), you can check out season 1 of Constantine and the animation flick Constantine: City of Demons:

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Crazy Jane

Crazy Jane

If you watched OITNB, you may have noticed that Flaca played by Jackie Cruz and her best friend, Maritza played Diane Guerrero were not together in its latest season. Gasp! Although we see how Flaca made a new friend in Black Cindy and the budding friendship seemed to have worked well for season 6. Speaking of which I don’t know why she’s called “Black Cindy”. Since like the past 6 seasons, I’ve never seen another Cindy. Oh well…

I’m gonna miss these two!

The reason for Ms. Guerrero’s absence as you may have probably heard already is she’s cast to play “Crazy Jane” in the newly DC Universe steaming service tv show (what a mouthful), “Doom Patrol”.

Originally a character from “Vertigo” comics (DC’s sister comic book company), Crazy Jane is the dominant personality of Kay Challis and is one of her 64 personalities who each have a superpower of their own. Huh…that’s like having the personalities/powers of Batman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Superman, even Wonder Woman all wrapped in one person.. How would a person be able to manage that?

Kay’s other 64 personalities

When Kay was 5 years old, she was molested by her own father while putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Unable to deal with the trauma, “Miranda” was born. Unfortunately Miranda is raped at church thus triggering the first incident. After this incident, the Miranda personality ceased to exist while Kay developed a massive personality fragmentation and the other 64 personality were born.

In addition to the Miranda personality, you “meet” the main personality Jane who has no superpowers. Then there is (just to name a few):

•Black Annis (the one in the picture) who is an “aggressive misandris, equipped with sharp claws, red eyes and blue skin

•Sun Daddy, “a gigantic figure with a sun for a head with the power to throw powerballs”

•The Death Eater. “She believes she must suffer for her sins. Janes brings her out as a defense when tortured.”

All these personalities help the members of “Doom Patrol”.

Diane Guerrero herself has been open with seeking mental health treatment, so it would be interesting for her to play this character. In fact, it would be interesting how as a show it would talk about mental illness and sexual assault. “Talking” about such topics is different in a comic book than in a show. However that being DC Universe has its own streaming service, it could be possible. I mean we’ve already seen what streaming services like Netflix and Amazon have done for shows, movies, & documentaries that otherwise may have never reached tv airwaves and the silver screen.

My question is now…will the portrayal of Crazy Jane hurt or help the mental health community? Will it encourage the stigma or end it? Will the character be able to portray those who lives with mental illness and have survived sexual assault? We all know how Hollywood has portrayed mental illness in the past and as for sexual assault, I hope there isn’t a rape scene. Please God no. It was hard enough once have watched a rape scene in the first season of “13 Reason”, then apparently I heard there are now two rape scenes in the latest season.

The director of “13 Reasons”, Brian Yorkey, did his research on rape cases mentioned he thought the scene was appropriate so people can better depict its graphic nature. So??? Couldn’t he just talk to sexual assault survivors??? What because he did research on sexual assault cases he thinks that it’s okay to show it considering there are young teen watching??? Besides, the show is not the first to discuss rape (see Law and Order: SVU) and therefore if most of the shows and movies have done that in the past, so can “13 Reasons”. Myself included, talking about sexual assault to family and friends was not easy, so what about faux scene on a tv show??? I really hate it when entertainment now days (hell…social media) is done for “shock value”. Is it really worth losing standards over??? By the way, the best places to understand what sexual assault is by looking up anti-sexual assault websites like RAIN or 1 in 6. Rape is a hard thing in itself to understand for and for some show (or network) to just trivialize it is insulting to me.

When I am to afford DC Universe, I will give the show a chance. I mean “Titans” is already facing major backlash (I’ll still watch it)—that and a Black woman is playing Starfire. I really DON’T see the problem in that ESPECIALLY since there are NOT a lot Black heroines in the DC Universe. The only one I can CLEARLY name is Vixen. So people should take a chill pill. Sheesh. The comic book industry is slowly starting (damn shame though) to appeal to a diverse group of viewers and readers. Last year we had the first heroine with a LEAD role and we had this year, a Black Superhero with a LEAD role. Now next year, we have a Latina heroine who lives with mental illness. Hopefully through her character (I like how this story came up on the last day of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month), it will show that ANY person of color is capable of living with mental illness and that even with it, you can still do great things. So DC please, don’t disappoint me.

“Doom Patrol” is slated to show on DC Universe next year.

References/Resources:

Crazy Jane (Wikipedia)

DC Universe’s Doom Patrol casts OITNB alum as Crazy Jane

Diane Guerrero OITNB Talks Mental Health Book

13 Reasons Why Creator Defends Controversial Rape Scene: “Talking About It Is So Much Better Than Silence”