I say this every time, but I really did love this episode.
The scene at Danny The Street was awesome and glad to have him back, and I cracked up at Flex’s umm… failed attempt at transporting them. Served not purpouse but a cheap laugh… but it was a fun cheap laugh so who cares?
Although there might have been a plot hole… Larry mentioned “didn’t I tell you about the Gender Queer Street” and they acted like they didn’t know, but Larry, Rita and Cliff a couple episodes back were talking about it and Jane mocked it specifically saying “gender queer street” which implied Larry or Cyborg or both must have told him. I might have missed something but that seems like a plothole.
Back to the episode, the scene with Mr. Nobody giving them all a chance to undo the accident that turned them was so well done, loved everyone’s wrestling with it. I would mention who I thought did it better but all four actors knocked it out of the park. Crazy Jane’s was kind of self centered in the sense she actually was less of a danger to others without her powers, and the “must protect the girl” part was 100% in character but went against the others theme of not undoing the past tragedy that made them, because they realized that they were not actually better off if they went back to the life they had, because objectively they were all selfish people who hurt themselves and others with their destructive behavior. But even if Jane’s contradicted the theme they seemed to be going for, it was all well done and highlighted their character development perfectly. I love that all the character moments are paying off in the last few episodes and we see how much they truly have changed from where we started when except for Cyborg they were all somewhat unlikable people.
The fake defeat of Mr. Nobody didn’t really get me in the sense that the episode had a good deal of time left and I knew we had another. So I figured even with this show wanting to subvery the expectations it couldn’t be that easy. But I didn’t know what was up until their deaths kept repeating themselves. I did love that scene where we got a tease of them as a “real” Superhero team, right down to outfits reminiscent of the original Doom Patrol costumes.
And then there was the reveal. I didn’t read the comics, which apparently the twist was taken from, but it wasn’t a huge surprise. But it was still well done, and I loved that the teaser didn’t show anything from next weeks episode because damn… what a cliffhanger.
It isn’t a surprise though because Cheif really had been a controlling jerkwad. He had “cured them” and but used the time to basically have Rita and Larry spend their time as willing prisoners in the mansion where they knitted and grew plants long after they likely would have been dead otherwise. Cliff even tried to go out and confront his life but The Cheif lied to him saying that it was because his daughter would never accept him but as a result kept him locked up in a basically pointless life. Even Jane it was clear was leaving largely because her personalities wouldn’t let her stay, Niles would have been glad to have just kept her locked in his manor it seems, possibly forever since apparently for unrevealed reasons Jane and The Cheif don’t seem to age.
I doubt the show will have them turn on him by the end, and might even give an actual good reason for it. But given what happened to them and that then they only ever even became anyone worth knowing with any kind of life because he was kidnapped and couldn’t keep them isolated. I would not blame them if they just said “Ok Nobody… knock yourself out” and went home. Would be funny if that was the ending but sure it won’t go that route.
I am torn as I can’t wait until next Friday, but genuinely am sad the season will be over. Especially since it is highly rumored that there will be a season 2, and Doom Patrol seems to be a success, but we don’t have conformation yet. I sure hope there is, I want Doom Patrol to run for years and years.