This Doom Patrol review includes spoilers.
Doom Patrol Season Two Episode 5
Well, that escalated quickly. After what seems like a rather low-lying episode where Doom Patrol lulls viewers into a false sense of safety, all hell breaks out, and there’s no going back now. A stark shift from the party setting of last week,”Finger Patrol” delivers betrayal, murder, and a severed finger. Oh, and also a’70s-inspired opening credits to get a show starring our robot cops.
The episode feels like a tiny bit of clean up following the Danny celebration, and at first it seems as though our characters will soon be processing the feelings and revelations from that incident. Rita goes to audition for community theater, Larry sets out to assist his son Paul clean out his deceased son’s house, and Vic essentially stalks Roni (with Cliff in tow), and Dorothy appears content to be a small girl and perform with Baby Doll. And Chief continues on his apology tour, now\.
This Jane and Chief scene is a powerful character moment because she doesn’t forgive him, but does seem to believe him, and is amenable to his aid. The shift from Jane into Baby Doll foreboding and is touching. Baby Doll is Niles’ kid, and he’s been a dad. Sure, it’s sweet to see Baby Doll and Dorothy have a BFF meet-cute, however all kids fight, and a skirmish is definitely to be expected as Hammerhead observes.
Additionally, both Baby Doll and Dorothy are already immature for their ages due to lives locked away by grown-ups. Dorothy still wishes to be taken seriously, and Baby Doll understands how to do is play. Except these little women possess super powers — their slights and minutes of childish cruelty are understandable.
Meanwhile Cliff — who is less angry post-ecstasy — confronts Chief about the Robotman 2.0 sketches. I found myself wanting to think Niles that Cliff has to be individual, and as he states he’s simply clearing out some imaginative excrement. But lest we forget, there was Cliff’s vision of Chief dismantling the Robotman. Certainly that must be around Cliff’s head as he asks Vic to take him to his daddy (and Cliff’s speech about losing his memory of feelings would be, with no irony, touching).
It is just too bad that Silas Stone is so damn arrogant and righteous. It’s great to see Phil Morris back to the series as Silas, but once he became a personality, Stone’s back to being a jerk by pretending to help Cliff. He refuses to fix among the misfit toys of Niles Caulder, although it isn’t that he can not\. Still, Silas’ refusal underscores how the Chief appears to create a trail of destruction so it affects his”children,” even when they need help. They are the doomed patrol as far as the Doom Patrol.
But the road trip to watch Silas allows for strong character work between Cyborg and Cliff. It seems like it’s been a while since we saw these two have much time and it works. Cliff even (almost) gives good advice to Vic about apologizing to Roni, and I was expecting something far more machismo-fueled.
(Although the Roni material itself isn’t working. It seems just like the Vic/Roni relationship is happening \fast, and the personality lacks substance\. Perhaps she is intended to be mysterious, and it is just a set up for its mysterious Quorum, but it feels flat thus far.)
So how long was Cliff waiting in the car as Vic and Roni reunite and have sex? Apparently long enough to get the robot daydreams of him and Cyborg fighting crime at a 1970s cop show named Steele & Stone. This whole grainy visual detour is timeless”everyone into the pool” Doom Patrol storytelling. It is bizarre, and funny, and pitch perfect (and I wish to see more characters in wigs now, thanks).
But in addition, it marks the incident’s shift.
Cliff wakes from his daydream (complete with theme song) to grab a car robbery in advance. His desire to fight crime is somewhat admirable, if he wants to dismiss any aggression. It is too bad that his attempts result in a detached digit (which may be convenient for the Chief’s Robotman upgrades). The moment is violent, and I expected Cliff to get himself into more trouble. But since it happens, this is not the big moment of this series\.
Instead, the glimmer of hope surrounding Larry’s warm homecoming dissipates fast. The introductions to his grandson, and the candy, amber-hued hug from Paul, and great-grandson, are accompanied with tension. Rita wisely, drunkenly, calls out it that there are open wounds. It seems that Larry and Paul are currently sorting it all out\. The second is believable, and real, but the promise of a life is robbed as Paul reveals his betrayal.
What follows is a straight-up superhero genre series moment but imbued with more feeling than many. It’s cool to see the negative soul unleashed of Larry, ahead of the spirit swoops them all away in rescuing the boy’s life, and Rita acts heroically\. However, they are also flying off from the chance of a standard of Larry with a household\. And there’s also the problem of a pursuing Department of Defense, and Paul’s absurd belief that it was Larry that led in Dex.
As if that doesn’t pull the carpet out from a rather chill event,”Finger Patrol” ends to a barbarous note. The kids set about trying to kill another Even though Chief — that needs to stop leaving his schematics laying around thinks Dorothy and Baby Doll are playing about\.
The spectacle in the boiler room is surprisingly dim. Dorothy orchestrated the dreadful scare but the latter exhibits abilities by lifting the other girl and tossing her at the furnace\. Everything happens so quickly since the children’s anger, hurt, jealousy (and Dorothy’s refusal to think her father is faulty ) are unleashed with unchecked power. Interestingly, as strong as Dorothy is with her imaginary friends, Jane might be even more so with the power to summon alters simultaneously. Flaming Katy’s catastrophic murder of Manny the Wendigo –Dorothy’s first, and best friend (and her mother’s friend) — sets up the desire placing Candlemaker free.
Unexpectedly, an incident where I didn’t expect much to happen alters the rest of the year with Candlemaker infiltrating the Underground and killing Baby Doll in the most callous manner. It is an excellent introduction of Candlemaker after he has been relegated to an episode 2 glance, and as a voice in Dorothy’s head. He’s clearly a huge threat if he can enter the Underground, and there is no way Jane can defend the Chief and youthful Ms. Spinner in another alters.
It seems like war has only begun, and a big bad demon is now on the loose.
“Finger Patrol” ends onto a shocker, also sets the stage for the remainder of the year… though I still wish we’d gotten to observe that killer tea celebration Cliff missed.