Friday, July 17, 2020

What I’m Watching: Doom Patrol

Doom Patrol: Season 2, Episode 6 “Space Patrol” (B+)

I love it that three of its characters spontaneously heading up to chill on the moon in spaceships built in the 1950s was a minor plot point of this episode – only on this show could that happen. One of this show’s most effective plot points is when other participants in the Chief’s experiments show up and we see how things turned out differently with them. Larry was astonished to discover that the Russian Cosmonaut also had a negative spirit and seemed resentful that she had made peace to it, living in a harmonious “we” relationship. Fortunately, she was able to help him realize that he shouldn’t give up on the family he has left and instead try to reconcile with them. There was something eerie about the two eager buddy astronauts, and learning that they were merely husks that needed to be buried was a dark thought. Rita’s excitement at being part of “Our Town” was based on a misunderstanding of the play, and the woman portraying the “blob lady” had a surprisingly accurate reading of her psyche that will likely spur Rita into action to continue getting her abilities under control. Vic and Roni are going down a productive road together, though neither of them are going to like what they find regarding her tech and its ties to both the Chief and Star Labs. The happenings in Jane’s underground were demoralizing, and sending the reincarnated Miranda to take over as the primary should have interesting results. Cliff did pretty well when he stepped in to be a surrogate parent for Dorothy after she told him that she planned to stay on the moon forever, far from other people, and he seemed ready to maintain that role as long as he needed. Jettisoning Cliff into space was a surprise, and hopefully he’s headed for home while the Chief and Dorothy take some time to repair their relationship far from anyone else.

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