The Top 10 Moments in Doom Patrol
If you’re looking for strange television, then look no further than DC’s Doom Patrol. Admittedly, I’m rather biased when it comes to DC versus Marvel properties. I tend to favor the latter. However, Doom Patrol took me by surprise. After reading rave reviews regarding the show’s first season, I decided to give it a whirl. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed.
Doom Patrol embraces its innate weirdness better than any series out there. It doesn’t shy away from bold narrative risks. The show is deep, dark, and sometimes demented. Not to mention, the performances are award-worthy in my eyes; particularly, Diane Guerrero who plays Crazy Jane a.k.a. Kay Challis, a woman with 64 distinct personalities that also possess their own superpowers. Think Orphan Black but comic book-style. Guerrero seamlessly switches between alter egos like it’s nothing. Like a walk in the park.
April Bowlby is another standout. Her performance as glamorous Old Hollywood starlet Rita Farr is a nuanced dive into the world’s obsession with vanity. Of course, it doesn’t help her own vanity when her ability is incredibly stretchy skin and limbs.
Below, you’ll find a list of my personal 10 favorite moments from the first two seasons of Doom Patrol. It should be noted that spoilers abound from here on out.
Albino donkey serves as a portal to another realm
Mr. Nobody, Season 1’s Big Bad, sure loves to wreak havoc. He also loves to be the center of attention, even though his job as Narrator requires him to take a backseat to the action. That’s why he sends the whole town of Cloverton, Ohio through a portal to another realm. The conduit? An albino donkey.
The entryway to Mr. Nobody’s world is via the animal’s mouth. Oh, and it can write messages through the gas it emits out of its, well, rear. When Jane and Niles wind up trapped inside Mr. Nobody’s universe, it’s up to our Doom Patrol to save them. Rita transforms into an amorphous blob so she can slither down the donkey’s throat. You know, normal superhero stuff.
The text to destroy the Decreator is written on a pug
The Decreator essentially ushers in the apocalypse. End-of-the-world type stuff. It’s a giant eye that decimates living souls. In order to summon the Decreator, a group of nuns called Little Sisters of our Lady the Razor must read the Book. Said Book is in the form of a human boy named Elliot, and the text is scrawled all over his body.
Despite attempts to avert this apocalypse, Elliot is ultimately kidnapped and the Decreator arrives. So, hoping to subvert the timeline, the Doom Patrol has Jane create a cult back in the 1970s surrounding a being called the Recreator. Once the Recreator rises, it will cancel out the Decreator. But the text for this new cult figurehead is written on a pug. Yes, a dog.
Thus, our crew must track down the promised pug, read the text, and save the world. Just a typical Wednesday in Doom Manor.
A sentient, gender-queer, teleporting street is being hunted by a secret agency
Danny is a sentient, gender-queer, teleporting street that’s on the run from the secretive Bureau of Normalcy. Dannyzens, the folks that reside on said street, do what they can to protect Danny. Danny mostly communicates through signage — stop signs, storefront windows, marquees, etc.
The Doom Patrol is attempting to locate Niles, who’s imprisoned in Mr. Nobody’s realm. So, Larry and Vic ask Danny for help. What follows is a showdown to save Danny from the Bureau and a wonderful musical performance by Matt Bomer. It’s a moment that encourages acceptance and celebrates love.
Long live Danny and the Dannyzens.
Jane confronting her multiple personalities and her abusive father inside her own head
“Jane Patrol” is my favorite episode of the series thus far. It’s an outing that offers Guerrero a chance to flex her acting muscles. Jane knows that something’s amiss with the Underground, a place inside her mind that houses all 64 personalities. Kay Challis is the name of the body Jane inhabits, but she’s the primary personality. Now, she must travel to the Underground to figure out what’s wrong.
Cliff decides to tag along. We see Jane confront some of her fellow Underground residents. Additionally, she faces off against her biggest threat — her abusive father, who appears as an apparition of some kind in her head. “Jane Patrol” is beautifully poignant and surprisingly touching, which proves just how versatile this show can be.
Everyone orgasms after Flex utilizes his muscle to transport them to the White Space
Yes, I’m sure Doom Patrol fans recall this particular moment from Season 1 with vivid clarity, which was, believe it or not, based on a similar incident in Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol comics run.
Our gang learns that Niles is entrapped in a place called the White Space as Mr. Nobody’s plaything. They find Danny and attempt to teleport from there to where he’s imprisoned with the help of Flex, a man who merely “flexes” his muscles to save the day.
He urges our crew to focus on the “white space” of a comic book — a “border where there’s no story.” However, he uses the wrong muscle and suddenly everyone’s, ahem, having orgasms. A totally normal effect to one superhuman flexing a tricep. This scene is the epitome of Doom Patrol’s peculiarity and its brazen ability to just go with it.
The crew hides inside Ezekiel the giant cockroach’s stomach while the latter makes out with Admiral Whiskers … a mouse
What do you get when a massive cockroach and a giant mouse make out? The delightfully strange “Ezekiel Patrol.” Now, our heroes have saved Niles and must find a way back home from a painting of Danny the Street.
Everyone discovers that Niles incessantly lied to them for decades. He essentially facilitated the accidents that morphed the Doom Patrol into the supernatural beings they are today. Niles made them immortal. Apparently, Niles is searching for a way to become immortal himself so he can protect his daughter Dorothy.
In an effort to get home, the gang is swallowed by Ezekiel the cockroach to shield themselves from the radiation that’s oozing via the dimensional barrier. Cliff is housed within Admiral Whisker’s stomach. Mr. Nobody then narrates a story that involves Ezekiel and Whiskers falling in love. Yes, a cockroach and a mouse get to snogging. It’s very romantic.
Amid the swapping of spit, Cliff manages to cross over into Ezekiel with the rest of the gang. Mr. Nobody stays trapped within the painting. Doom Patrol sure knows how to end a freshman season. With animal romance!
Dorothy’s performance of “Pure Imagination” with the Dannyzens
Dorothy’s addition to Season 2 added some familial love to the mix. Dorothy, Niles’ daughter, is a metahuman with the ability to bring her imaginary friends (and monsters) to life. Danny the Street is currently reduced to brick form and they can’t change back. Therefore, Doom Manor becomes party central as the Dannyzens attempt to elicit Danny out of their current state and back to a street.
Dorothy bursts into song by performing “Pure Imagination” amid a flurry of opulently dressed guests. Everyone joins her as we see the karaoke bar/nightclub from when Danny was a street rematerialize. It’s a touching highlight of Season 2 for me. Nothing out of the ordinary unfurls, but we are reminded that love is all around us. The heart of Doom Patrol is acceptance and love with abandon.
The fornicating ghosts
In the same episode as Dorothy’s musical number, we see ghosts are having coitus. While the partygoers in Doom Manor are living it up to save Danny, the Sex Men arrive on the scene. This group apparently wards off sexual demons that prey on “hypersexual energy.” The party gets a little too rowdy and a horde of phantoms appear in the corridors of the mansion … fornicating.
A demon called Shadowy Mr. Evans is brought forth into the world and must be expelled. Eventually, our heroes are able to vanquish Shadowy Mr. Evans, but the ghosts stay behind. They’re having too much fun. Yet more evidence of just how weird and wonderful Doom Patrol is.
Baby Doll’s death
Baby Doll is one of Kay’s personalities alongside Jane. She’s a small child that’s endeared herself to Niles. Additionally, she befriends Dorothy, but the latter eventually grows weary of Baby Doll’s dramatics. Eventually, Baby Doll dies at the hand of The Candlemaker.
The Candlemaker is a demon cultivated from Dorothy’s thoughts who can only access the real world when she makes a wish. He notices that she’s irritated with Baby Doll. Thus, he coerces Dorothy into wishing that he’d do something about that.
We see Candlemaker is unleashed on the Underground as he promptly disposes of Baby Doll and Flaming Katy, another personality, while Jane watches in stunned silence. I’d grown quite fond of Baby Doll, and her death marks the loss of innocence.
The Candlemaker turning everyone into wax
But first, time to battle an army of imaginary friends! In a bid to save the world from Candlemaker, the Doom Patrol must fight their own long-forgotten imaginary pals. Meanwhile, Jane is trapped in The Well courtesy of Miranda, another personality that’s trying to seize control from Jane.
Jane learns that Miranda is really her father masquerading about the Underground in disguise. Everyone topside is squaring off against Candlemaker, who proceeds to turn everyone into puddles of wax. And that’s how Season 2 ends, folks. With piles of gooey candle wax in place of our peculiar protagonists.
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