Wednesday, June 24, 2020

What I’m Watching: Doom Patrol

Doom Patrol: Season 2, Episode 2 “Tyme Patrol” (B+)

There’s just something about the way this show presents its events and expository material that’s so inherently captivating. Starting off in 1927 with the tip the Chief got to go see the “ape faced girl” that he suspected was his daughter grounded his relationship with Dorothy as he spent time in this episode explaining to those around him, particularly an irate Cliff and a disappointed Rita, that his time is indeed limited because he traded the talisman for their upsizing. The fact that he’s actually 139 years old and aging by the minute is worrisome, and Cliff wasn’t kind when he reviewed the many band-aid options that he might come up with to preserve himself to be forever by his daughter’s side. I like that Rita led the mission briefing with stick figures that Cliff later apologized for mocking as they opened a wormhole to attend a typically trippy roller-skating disco party with a man with a clock for a head. Seeing flashes of Cliff and Jane’s pasts is unsettling, particularly watching Jane being dunked by religious snake-charmers with a different personality emerging each time she was brought up for air. This was an effective time for Larry to be on his own grappling with the relationship he could have had with the late son who apparently knew all along that he was somehow still alive, and that zoom-out after the butterfly landed on his hand was most definitely ominous. Vic’s new friend has a lot of personality, and I found her eagerness to give her mugger a second, or even fourth, chance very intriguing and thought-provoking.

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