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DOOM PATROL EPISODE REVIEW S01:E15

Doom Patrol Season 1 PosterIt has been six months since the residents of Doom Manor learned the truth – that Dr. Niles Caulder was behind the tragedies that gave them all superpowers  and they were all part of a larger experiment.

Now Rita and Larry are sharing an apartment, with Rita slumming it as a middle school drama teacher and Larry spending his days trying to increase his endurance, trying to let the Negative Spirit free for longer and longer periods. Crazy Jane is living out of the Doom Bus, with someone leaving food out for her. (Okay. It’s Cliff.)  And Cyborg is a shut-in, using his technical powers to fight hackers instead of hitting the streets to take down muggers.

As for Mr. Nobody, he should be happy. He accomplished his goal of driving away every friend and ally that Dr. Niles Caulder had and exposed him as a liar and a hypocrite. The problem with devoting your life to revenge, however, is that once you’ve won it… what’s left?

Drinking a lot of cheap wine and getting wasted in the void between worlds, apparently. 

Thankfully, Ezekiel  the Cockroach found his way into the White Space and has given Mr. Nobody a new zest for life and after a reminder that there’s one relationship in Dr. Caulder’s life that he hasn’t ruined yet. Joining forces with Admiral Whiskers, they form a Brotherhood of Dangerous Animals who will help Mr. Nobody get his revenge! Again! And maybe destroy the world in accordance with the divine plan, if there’s time.

Will our heroes unite one more time in spite of Dr. Caulder not deserving their help? What is the one relationship Mr. Nobody has yet to destroy? Will we see a second season of this weird and wonderful show? Will I ever stop asking rhetorical questions?

The finale of Doom Patrol is a fitting capstone for a show that was frequently nonsensical yet always brilliant. There is so much I want to say about this episode yet dare not, for the sake of not spoiling those of you have joined me on this journey through the weird side of the DC Universe.  

Suffice it to say the cast remains in fine form as the finale unfolds and all of the subplots are, in some form or fashion, resolved. The series could honestly end here and it would be a satisfying conclusion to the show. I hope it doesn’t though, because we need at least another season of this glory. Then again, there is something to be said for going out on top.

Well, going out on top might be a bit strong. This is still the Doom Patrol, after all, and even their victories are half-assed and accidental. But that’s all part of the fun.

Again, I will say it. This is the best thing to come out of the DC Universe streaming service so far and the best superhero show I’ve seen all year. That includes the fourth season of Legends of Tomorrow, which also recently ended with a guitar-playing minotaur and the power of love saving the day. The Doom Patrol finale is even crazier than that and may instill Lovecraftian madness in those who watch it. You have been warned and you will enjoy it.

10/10

Doom Patrol – Episode 15, “Ezekiel Patrol”, airs Friday, May 24, on DC Universe.

Written by The Critic The Internet Deserves, but not the one it needs right now…. Matt Morrison. He’s a smart-ass guardian. A sarcastic protector. A Snark Knight.

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