Doom Patrol – S2 Ep5 – Finger Patrol Review

Director: Glen Winter

Writers: Chris Dingess & Shoshana Sachi

Starring: Dianne Guerrero, April Bowlby, Joivan Wade, Matt Bomer, Brendan Fraser, Timothy Dalton, Abigail Shapiro, Stephanie Czajkowski, Karen Obilom, John Getz, Phil Morris and Irene Ziegler. With Riley Shanahan and Matthew Zuk

70s cop shows, slamming car doors, a sabre-toothed wolf-bear with antlers, reconciliation and betrayal, this episode has it all. The gloves are off, the truth is out there, and even dreams contain portents of the future. “Finger Patrol” lights more than a few fuses, and fireworks are sure to follow.

WBTV’s episode synopsis reads as follows:
Dorothy finally finds a friend in Baby Doll – until playtime goes awry. Cliff discovers that Niles plans to give him human-like upgrades, while Vic devises a plan to win Roni back. After Rita has a lousy audition, Larry brings her along to meet his family and learns more about the life he left behind.

Child’s Play

While this epsiode is slower than what we my be used to with Doom Patrol, we get a lot of story, tons of character, and a slow burn towards a powerful climax. Diane Guerrero is at her absolute best as Jane and Baby-Doll, whose innocence is heartbreaking, but whose wrath is terrifying. Her blossoming friendship with Dorothy is a joy to experience, but, while watching them you’re always on edge, waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Rita’s emotions are still frayed after the sexcapades of last week’s show, so having a break from the manor, and taking a road-trip with Larry seems like the perfect tonic… at first.

This is Doom Patrol, after all… not Happy Families.

Can’t Quite Put My Finger On It

The themes of family, trust and betrayal continue to be the underlying themes for season two. The Chief tries his hardest to reconcile with the team, and with Jane and Cliff in particular; counselling sessions, potential upgrades to Cliff’s metallic body, and the resurgence of baby-Doll, seem to be the first steps on the road to earning forgiveness.

Writing spoiler free episode reviews for this series is really difficult, but when you get Robotman and Cyborg on a stakeout, and then get a Starsky and Hutch, 70s cop-show trailer, that marries everything from Shaft to Dallas, you can’t help but get excited.

I want to watch Steele and Stone, from Morilar productions so bad. I don’t want to point the finger, but DC Universe has planted a seed that I just want to grow, and grow, and not see cut short. That idea’s just slammin’!

Putting Bots In Seats

Doom Patrol builds tension and atmosphere like no other show. Fans who know nothing about these characters outside of TV can just be swept along on the crazy wave, but long term ultra nerds (like me) may find their nerves fraying in anticipation. Knowing Roni Evers comics history, I watch every scene featuring her and Vic, brilliantly portrayed by Karen Obilom and Joivan Wade, on the edge of my seat.

Vic’s dreams are portents for just what’s coming, and Roni’s ongoing revelations about her past before meeting him, are setting off alarm bells. I think that seeing Phil Morris back as Silas Stone, Vic’s dad, may not spell a brighter future for Cliff, but I’m sure that he’ll have a much bigger part to play with Vic’s love interest.

Conclusion

Multiple personalities, imaginary friends, and combustible temperaments all come to a head this week. Seeing children at play, and the sounds of their laughter are truly beautiful things, but when they disagree and tempers fray – which you know they will, eventually – … that’s a whole other story.

Then add super powers to the mix.

Once again, I don’t want to give anything away, but “Finger Patrol” delivers the first casualties of war; and the Underground, Doom Manor, Kay Challis and Dorothy Caulder may never be the same again.

Doom Patrol – S2 Ep4 – Sex Patrol Review

Director: Omar Madha

Writers: Eric Dietel & Tanya Steele

Starring: Dianne Guerrero, April Bowlby, Joivan Wade, Matt Bomer, Brendan Fraser, Timothy Dalton, Abigail Shapiro, Devan Chandler Long, Alan Mingo Jr., Stephanie Czajkowski, Michael Tourek, Michael Shenefelt and Tracy Bonner. With Riley Shanahan and Matthew Zuk

Doom Patrol fans rejoice! Flex Mentallo, Maura Lee Karupt and the Dannyzens are back, and they couldn’t have come at a better time. Danny has cracked, Rita wants control over her stretching ability and who better to help her then the “Man of Muscle Mystery”?

Flex’s most recent adventure with the team was, quite literally, orgasmic, and his abilities in this field have potentially Earth shattering repercussions in this episode. His and Rita’s actions lead to the TV debut of Grant Morrison’s hilariously intriguing SeX Men. Erotic energy has gone wild, and only Kiss, Cuddles, and Torture can save the day from The Shadowy Mr Evans.

That was a very strange sentence, but once you watch the episode, everything will become clear.

24 Hour Party People

Now that three episodes from season two have aired, I’ve heard a few people say that the writers have toned down the weird a little, this year. “Sex Patrol” is a step right back down silly street, in the best way possible. There’s music, magic, bravery, and bonking in equal measure this week, and the wackiest guest heroes ever. I actually prefer the look of the TV SeX Men over their comic-book counterparts, and their mission is every bit as bonkers. The show really builds to quite a climax.

Once again, we also get a great look back into the pasts of some of the main Doom Patrollers. This time the spotlight falls on Rita, Dorothy and The Chief. We get to see Niles and Dorothy on Danny in the 60s, and discover a dark secret from Elasti-Woman’s past. All of it is brilliantly acted, beautifully directed, and deliciously demented.

Ladies Night

Abigail Shapiro, April Bowlby, and Devan Chandler Long shine in this episode. Young Abigail sings her heart out and acts her socks off, which I can imagine is no easy feat when wearing layers of cumbersome prosthetics on her face. The scene she shares with Devan, while setting up the house party, is absolutely brilliant. It’s heartwarming and inspirational, particularly in light of all the chaos that follows.

Another scene, this time between Rita and Dorothy, is every bit as poignant. At first glance, these ladies could not be more dissimilar, but underneath they’re both fragile, damaged, yet utterly sympathetic and lovable, despite their differences, and their awesome powers.

Diane Guerrero has some great character moments too, as we get to see her Scarlet Harlot, Hammerhead (as well as Stephanie Czajkowski’s version of the character), and the Painter (A.K.A. The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter) personas. Oh, and if you want to see the most creative way of dealing with a crying baby ever committed to film, then “Sex Patrol” is most definitely the episode for you!

Plus, we get some of the finest WTFs ever from Brendan Fraser, after he lets out his inner party animal, and when the sultry shenanigans take place. Priceless.

Conclusion

Dorothy’s relationship with her father is starting to crack, and her manipulative imaginary “friend” the Candlemaker’s influence is growing. I think that, when he inevitably breaks free, all hell is going to break loose.

I’m so going to be here for that!