Sunday, December 25, 2022

What I’m Watching: Doom Patrol

Doom Patrol: Season 4, Episode 4 “Youth Patrol” (B+)

It’s hard to remember what each character’s fate is on this show, even if, unlike so many others, its season have returned very consistently each year since its 2019 debut. It’s nice to see Dorothy again, who didn’t want Maura and Danny to treat her like a kid anymore. It was interesting to see how the villains from Dorothy’s comic book came to life and showed up, and rather than conjuring Candlemaker to save the day, she brought the hero, Space Case, to life instead. I recognized Madeline Zima, who appeared as a child in “The Nanny” and then starred in “Californication,” as Casey, and I think she’s terrific in this role. It’s good to see made it out of this episode with Dorothy and will hopefully continue on with her to reunite with the rest of the cast in subsequent installments. Casey’s belief that her dad can change and that she wants to meet whoever wrote their story and make them write a new one is a clever and inventive idea, though it seems like there’s much more to this than it seemed, showing once again that everything is connected. Her father the villain went straight to the comic book artist along with Dr. Janus to deliver what he took from Dorothy, and now it appears that Immortus will somehow put everything back the way it’s supposed to be when he rises. I still don’t know what that means exactly, but it’s seeming more and more doomsday-like with every new tidbit of information that’s revealed.

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