Thursday, July 30, 2020

What I’m Watching: Doom Patrol

Doom Patrol: Season 2, Episode 8 “Dad Patrol” (B+)

This episode’s title was fitting since it applied to most of the characters, with Jane grappling with traumatic memories of her father’s barbaric punishment system, Larry haunted by his own failures as a father, Niles determined as ever for his daughter not to grow up, and Cliff getting a surprisingly positive chance to spend some time with his daughter. Jane and Larry getting their steps in as they traveled to Arkansas to confront the well was a good opportunity for them to bond and to share their joint fears of fading away. Jane coming to an important realization about Miranda and acknowledging what she had done didn’t have the result she expected, and now she may be in danger of being permanently suppressed by a malicious personality. I enjoyed Rita, like Cliff previously, conjuring up a TV show that involved her teaming up with Vic. Unfortunately, their first mission involved Roni, whose intentions weren’t nearly as good-natured as Vic had originally thought, leading to a crippling blow for him and then for her when she just stood there and let Roni go. Both Niles and Dorothy seem to have the same attitude towards her apocalyptic transformation, which is that they can just keep postponing it if they try, which doesn’t seem to be the case at all, setting the stage for a disturbing and violent finale. I enjoyed watching Cliff be so jolly and enthusiastic while telling Clara about the truly weird and incomprehensible things that define his life. Getting called dad and invited to her wedding made him so elated, and let’s hope that the end of the world doesn’t prevent him from showing up to watch her walk down the aisle.

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