Thursday, August 6, 2020

What I’m Watching: Doom Patrol (Season Finale)

Doom Patrol: Season 2, Episode 9 “Wax Patrol” (B+)

I was right that the end of the world was going to coincide with Clara’s wedding, and it’s a good thing that he just left a voicemail at the diner instead of actually having to hear the disappointment in her voice that he wasn’t going to make it. I will say, this was a pretty bleak ending, and it’s tough not knowing whether this show will be back for a third season, especially since it took a few months for season two to be commissioned after the first finished airing. Flashing back to Miranda as the primary in 1969 Wisconsin meeting a seemingly kind musician was informative for how her being in the driver’s seat was, and the reaction from the rest of the personalities was very bad when she showed up in the underground after the wild swingers’ party triggered some traumatic memories. Jane taking over at that point made sense, and it’s not entirely clear if it was the candlemaker who was posing as Miranda or something more internally sister. It was brilliant that all of the other characters had to face their own imaginary friends, who they managed to bond with after some time until the candlemaker showed up to terrorize and then freeze them. Rita’s was a freaky giant paper collage with her mother’s eyes, and she did a good job standing up to something that is the physical embodiment of her worst fears. Vic’s Doctor Cowboy was well aware of his purpose as the yes men, enthusiastically approving life choices he knew were terrible but that he was supposed to unconditionally affirm. Cliff’s angry, swearing Jesus may have been the best one, and I liked Cliff’s question about if he had an exemption to take his own name in vain. I would be very sad if this is the last we saw of this show – it’s been another wild and fascinating ride this season.

Season grade: B+
Season MVPs: Brendan Fraser as Cliff and Matt Bomer as Larry

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