Parenting According to the Doom Patrol – Doom Patrol S2E4 Review
Doom Patrol S2E4 – Sex Patrol
Spoilers To Follow…
There’s only one word to describe the fourth episode of Doom Patrol‘s second season: Amazing! This episode is all about the “flex.” It exemplifies everything that makes this show so great. This episode has a crazy plot with a cast of even crazier guest characters. All the elements that are present in every episode, including: drama, comedy, and strong character moments are cranked up to eleven. Which is fitting, because episode four is all about a party. At the end of last season, Danny the Street was reduced to a single brick. Last episode, they were dropped and broken by Dorothy (Abigail Shapiro). In order to restore Danny, the Doom Patrol and their friends throw a huge party. Things get expectedly wild, and by the end of the episode Robot Man (Brendan Frazer) is rolling, a sex demon gets pregnant, and a Ghostbusters-like team called the SeX Men shows up to crash the party.
There were so many great moments in this episode. First off, Flex Mentallo (Devan Long) and Maura Lee Karupt (Alan Mingo Jr.) return in guest spots. Maura Lee give an impassioned speech about being true to who you are. Not only is this an important message for viewers, but it tied in well to the overarching themes of the show. Danny the Street is one of the greatest and most creative characters ever conceived and I love the show’s take on the them. If Danny is in an episode, you know it’s going to be a great one. Case in point, one of the best episodes from last season sees Negative Man (Matt Bomer/Matthew Zuk) singing karaoke in Danny’s nightclub. That same nightclub transposes itself in Doom Manor as Danny begins to recover. That wasn’t the only call back either. The funniest moment from last season came when Flex Mentallo accidentally flexed the wrong muscle and gave the entire Doom Patrol impromptu orgasms. That special muscle is put to use in this episode as it reveals a new piece of Elasti-Girl’s (April Bowlby) past.
Dorothy also gets her chance to shine. She sings a chillingly beautiful rendition of Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka. She’s also featured in an adorable scene where the group is trying to hang a disco ball. Flex uses one of his muscles to float Dorothy up to the ceiling. In a clever twist a la Dumbo, he wiggles his ears to levitate Dorothy. Over the course of the episode, nearly every character has a touching interaction with Dorothy. As the Doom Patrol’s connection to Dorothy gets stronger, so does the viewer’s appreciation for her character. Dorothy isn’t the only character who gets some special attention. Eventually in an effort to cheer up the ever gloomy Robot Man, Chief (Timothy Dalton) gives him some Ecstasy. By the end of the episode, Robot Man isn’t the only one who feels like they’re tripping. Once Shadowy Mr. Evans the sex demon shows up and the SeX Men respond to his presence, things somehow get even crazier.
Sex Patrol was the best episode of Doom Patrol ever. I enjoyed it so much, that after finishing it the first time, I turned around and watched it again. This episode finds the perfect balance between craziness and seriousness. In between the moments I described in this review, the plot is moved forward and the character development remains strong. Episode four of Doom Patrol set a high bar for the rest of the season. It will take an even crazier episode to surpass that bar, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the writers have up their sleeves moving forward.
Doom Patrol S2E4