In Doom Patrol season two episode six, the Doom Patrol has to deal with the aftermath of Dorothy’s tantrum at the end of the previous episode.
The way that episode five of Doom Patrol season two left us was a little bit insane. I really thought it was going to be a filler episode and then all sorts of wild things happened. Ones that are sure to have an impact on the rest of the season.
Episode six, Space Patrol, we learn there are consequences to every action. After that ending of the previous episode, I was dying for this one to come out. And it did not disappoint.
Warning: Spoilers for Doom Patrol season two episode six.
Space Patrol kicks right off with Dorothy. In the last episode she got a little too mad at Baby Doll (although Baby Doll totally had it coming) and sent her big bad friend into Jane. He started murdering her personalities all willy-nilly. It is clear from the first shot of this episode that Dorothy has some regrets. And really, who can blame her? Sure we might all lose control now and then, but this was a bit extreme.
Dorothy is staring at Jane’s face, which is covered in white goo, and crying, Jane is lying on the ground not moving. Cut to inside Jane’s head and we see the aftermath of what happened. Baby Doll and the fire personality are dead. And I mean dead dead. Niles goes to wake up Dorothy, but she is missing. Clearly she isn’t happy with her actions.
Cliff shows up with the finger he got last episode, ready for Niles to try to attach it to him. However, Niles is too worried about Dorothy to deal with that now. He tells Cliff to put the finger on ice, and help him find Dorothy. Cliff finds Jane in the basement and when he brings her to Niles, he realizes that Dorothy did that. He knows he has to find Dorothy.
Larry and Rita return from his son’s house and Rita goes off to rehearsals, since she got the gig in the Claverton Players. As Larry approaches the house, he sees a spaceship land. Niles explains that he was given funding years and years ago to send a team into space. He lost communication with them and assumed they were dead. Now they picked the worst time to come back and Niles tells Larry to keep them busy until he finds Dorothy.
However, for Dorothy it was the perfect timing. She leaves a note behind expressing how sorry she is and that she is going to run away. And run away she does — she takes the spaceship and leaves Earth. Lucky for Niles, he has another spaceship in the garage. He takes Cliff with him and they go after her.
As they take off, Niles is going on and on about how he cannot believe Dorothy would do this. But the way he talks about her makes Cliff realize just why Dorothy would leave. Niles is always keeping her locked up, thinking she is too dangerous. And that is no life for a little girl.
When they get to the moon (I think), Cliff is sent out to talk to Dorothy. Turns out, he did a great job at relating to her. They talk and he convinces her to go back home. He lets her know that what she is feeling is normal. Yes, she wants to be alone right now, but that will change. Cliff is also pretty sure that Jane will forgive Dorothy.
One of my favorite scenes of this episode comes at about the 18 minute mark. Larry is talking to one of the astronauts, Moscow, and they shake hands. When she lights up, he realizes that they both have a Negative Spirit. Plot twist! It isn’t just him dealing with this anomaly. It seemed to me like right then, he was happy to not be alone in that.
Rita also gets some startling news. The play she committed to starring in, well it isn’t what she thought at all. It is titled Our Town, but it is about the day that their town got sucked into the hole (in season one). This is sure to mean that this play is going to be hard for her to perform in. The character based off of her is called the “blob lady” and they are calling her and her friends monsters.
She gets to know the girl playing the blob lady, and boy did the girl hit the nail on the head when it comes to her character. She realizes that the blob lady didn’t want to be that big, and has mixed emotions about everything. Deep down, the blob lady is just wanting acceptance, and is scared people will see her for what she really is — a monster. Rita exclaims to herself that she has found her nemesis.
But back to Larry and his conversation with Moscow. He learns that she was irradiated as well, just like Larry. But eventually she learned to control it, and keep it within her skin. She admits that it took five years for her to master harmony with the spirit. She tells Larry that the trick is to realize there is no I, there is only we.
Through all of this, Cyborg has done a scan on Roni and realized that his father’s company has something to do with the tech that was installed in her body. That is now leaking into her blood stream after removal and killing her.
Jane is struggling with her other personalities as she was trapped inside her body. She is trying to convince them that perhaps Baby Doll and the fire protector were not really dead, maybe they would be able to come back eventually. All the personalities lead a funeral procession to the well inside her.
When they get there Miranda, who had killed herself by hurling herself down the well previously. She lets them all know that Baby Doll and the other will come back, eventually they will reborn. Their bodies are dumped and Jane awakens in the Doom Patrol home, crying. Miranda asks Jane to step aside as primary, which she does. This was mind-blowing to me and I cannot wait to see where this goes.
Oh and the last scene is pretty banana pants! Cliff tells Niles what we all think he has been waiting to here. Cliff is ready to step up and be a family for Dorothy once Niles passes away. Niles thanks him, then proceeds to say they aren’t going home — and throws Cliff out the airlock. Yeah…. nuts.
Doom Patrol Season Two Episode Six: Space Patrol
Larry is tasked with handling Niles’ old research team when the ageless aeronauts return from space. As Niles and Cliff set out to find a missing Dorothy, a funeral in The Underground occupies Jane’s mind. Meanwhile, Vic discovers a curious connection between Roni and S.T.A.R. Labs, and Rita finds that her role in an upcoming community theater production hits too close to home.
About Doom Patrol
A re-imagining of one of DC’s most beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief). The Doom Patrol’s members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities–but also left them scarred and disfigured.