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Doom Patrol Season 2 opened the doors for Joivan Wade’s Cyborg to explore his PTSD and so he left the team for a while and joined group therapy. While there, he met Karen Obilom’s Roni Evers, a war vet with her own trauma and secrets. The pair hit it off, and Obilom recently explained exactly why it was “really important” to show Black love on Doom Patrol.
Roni was all about second (and third) chances, while Cyborg had a bit of a different definition of justice. This ruffled him a bit at first, especially considering how little the other Doom Patrol members challenged him on that front. However, it wasn’t long before Roni and Cyborg entered into a romantic relationship and spent the remainder of Season 2 getting to know each other. During the Doom Patrol panel at DC FanDome, Karen Obilom revealed why she liked Cyborg and Roni together and the importance of showing Black love on screen. Here’s what she said:
I’m really in love with Cyborg and Roni because they’re so different in the way they think about things, but at the same time they’re so similar, their trauma is very similar… So I just love that they’re kind of like opposites attract and she’s teaching Cyborg a different way to go through things. I just think it’s a beautiful act of Black love. You don’t see that a lot and I just think it’s a nice surprise to see in Doom Patrol. Like, you wouldn’t expect it, these two Black, beautiful people just loving on each other and that’s really important to me. I love that the producers decided to do that and I’m always grateful for that, so I just think their story is incredible.
I have to agree about it being a nice surprise for Doom Patrol. The superhero series isn’t exactly known to have strong romantic subplots, but Cyborg and Roni’s relationship really worked in favor of the show. It’s also incredibly important to show such a happy and loving dynamic between two Black characters — at least for a little while before the angst settles in, as is always the case in this genre.
Joivan Wade agreed with his co-star about getting to see Black love represented on screen. He also added that Cyborg was drawn to Roni because she was the “closest reflection” to Vic in terms of being able to relate to someone on another level. Wade also said that being in a relationship with Roni helped Cyborg to love himself more and that, in and of itself, was a beautiful thing.
The relationship between Roni and Cyborg hit a major bump by the end of Doom Patrol Season 2, and it remains unclear if they’ll be able to resolve their issues. Considering that Roni’s storyline is also far from over, I’m sure Karen Obilom will be back on the show when it returns for Season 3.