“A Spooky Wet Dream Then, Whatever” – Doom Patrol S2E5 Review
Doom Patrol S2E5 – Finger Patrol
Compared to last episode, the newest episode of Doom Patrol was very mellow. The members of the Doom Patrol spent all of last season coming to terms with their various conditions. After finding out that Chief (Timothy Dalton) was responsible for each of their predicaments they turned their angst onto him. Once they found out he gave up his key to an extended life in order to help them, the Doom Patrol has put their negative feelings toward Chief on the back burner. Instead, this episode saw each member dealing with their individual senses of loss. Cyborg (Jovian Wade) is dealing with the loss of a relationship and Negative Man (Matt Bomer/Matthew Zuk) is mourning the loss of his youngest son. He’s also regretful about the years he missed spending with his family. Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero) feels she’s lost her sense of purpose and Elasti-Girl (April Bowlby) has lost her sense of self. Finally, Robot Man (Brendan Frazer/Riley Shanahan), who lacks the sense of touch, is beginning to lose his memories of what things feel like.
As often happens with this show, the Doom Patrol splits into small groups and the narrative splits with them. Robot Man and Cyborg head to Detroit. Crazy Jane stays at the mansion and has a play date of sorts with Chief’s daughter Dorothy (Abigail Shapiro). Elasti-Girl and Negative Man go help clean out his late son’s house. I’ll run through my thoughts on each of these story arcs in the same order I just laid them out. Honestly, I don’t know what Cyborg is still doing in this show. The writers did a good job of explaining why he was on Doom Patrol and not Titans in the first season, but now the show has moved on, and we’re still stuck with Cyborg. His current romance subplot just feels forced. The writers keep trying to make Cyborg’s love interest, played by Karen Obilom, interesting but I’m just not buying it. Luckily, the inclusion of Robot Man made for some entertaining scenes and interactions with Cyborg. Most notably, Robot Man has a hilarious day dream that plays on a 70s cop show.
Meanwhile, Crazy Jane has been struggling to deal with her pain and fear. For the last several episodes her other personalities have been trying to convince her to let one of them take control of their shared body. After last episode that plotline kind of fizzled out and Jane is back as the primary personality. That is, until a counseling session with Chief causes her to retreat to the Underground (the place in her mind where all her personalities hang out while the primary is controlling the body). Her most juvenile personality, Baby Doll, takes over and attempts to bond with Dorothy. By the end of the episode, it becomes clear that supernaturally powered children should have parental supervision during their playdates.
Finally, Negative Man and Elasti-Girl’s trip to clean out his deceased son’s house was my favorite part of the episode. I love the friendship between these two characters and their interactions ground even the most outrageous episodes. Toward the end of the episode, Negative Man has a powerful conversation with his surviving son Gary. During their talk Negative Man comes out to Gary and confesses that he regrets never telling Gary’s mom the truth about his sexuality. It’s an emotionally charged and touching scene. Then, just when it seems like that scene will end the episode, the audience is treating to two quick but intense final sequences. All in all, this was a good episode of Doom Patrol, but after the zaniness of last week, I felt a little let down. However, there is something to be said for the strong character work from the entire cast. Plus this episode set up what promises to be an exciting episode next week.
Doom Patrol S2E5