Boop, Boop! Just Hacked The Government – Doom Patrol S2E6 Review
Doom Patrol S2E6 – Space Patrol
Directed by Kristin Windell
Written by Neil Reynolds
Streaming on HBO Max
Spoilers To Follow…
In the sixth episode of Doom Patrol‘s second season, the majority of the team continue their efforts to address their traumas and heal from them. At the end of the last episode, Dorothy’s (Abigail Shapiro) most powerful imaginary friend The Candlemaker, attacked Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), killing two of her split personalities and putting her body into a coma. As Robot Man (Brendan Fraser/Riley Shanahan) and Chief (Timothy Dalton) attempt to deal with the aftermath of the attack, Negative Man (Matt Bomer/Matthew Zuk) is returning to Doom Manor. Before he can get in the house, a spaceship lands on the Manor’s front lawn.
Three astronauts, named Zip, Specs, and Moscow emerge from the spaceship. Together they are the Pioneers of the Uncharted. The Pioneers have returned to Earth in search of Chief. Negative Man distracts them while Chief searches for Dorothy. Unfortunately, she has other plans. In a move that finally made me like her character, Dorothy decides to run away from home…by stealing the Pioneers’ spaceship and flying to the Moon. Robot Man and Chief are left with no choice but to go after her. How you might ask? It turns out Chief technically invented space travel by combining 1950’s tech with black magic. And it just so happens that Chief keeps a second space ship in the Manor’s garage.
Cyborg (Jovian Wade), Crazy Jane, Negative Man, and Elasti-Girl (April Bowlby) all get their own plotlines. I found Cyborg’s boring and Crazy Jane’s confusing. Conversely, I was very moved by Negative Man and Elasti-Girl’s respective storylines. Both characters are forced to take a hard look at who they are as people. For Negative Man, this self reflection is brought on by Moscow, who may be my new favorite character (I’m a sucker for a Russian accent). It turns out that Moscow has a negative spirit inside her body, just like Negative Man. Through his conversations with Moscow, Negative Man realizes what he can become if he chooses to truly unite himself with his negative spirit.
Meanwhile, Elasti-Girl has been cast in a production of Our Town, but it’s not the play you’re thinking of. In a major callback to the first season, this original play is the story of how Cloverton was sucked into a cosmic sinkhole by Mr. Nobody. The girl playing Elasti-Girl in the production relays to the real Elasti-Girl her interpretation of the character. Elasti-Girl is shocked to hear the character background the girl has concocted because it’s one-hundred percent accurate. Both Elasti-Girl and Negative Man have different reactions after facing reflections of themselves. Elasti-Girl chooses denial while Negative Man chooses to move forward on his own path.
Space Patrol was an incredibly powerful episode. Even with the space travel and silly astronauts, this was the most serious but also most beautiful episode of Doom Patrol ever. Plus, it ended on another thrilling cliffhanger. No matter how irreverent this show is, the fact that it’s one of the best new television programs available. This episode was a prime example of the show’s greatest strength, finding the perfect balance between wacky plot points and solid character acting.
Doom Patrol S2E6