Doom Patrol season 3 has kicked off on HBO Max with the first three episodes of the season — here is recap and breakdown of what happened.
Warning: Spoilers for Doom Patrol Season 3 ahead.
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As fans likely remember, the finale of season 2 had to be pushed due to the state of the world and left off with a lot of cliffhangers. Season 3 episode 1 of Doom Patrol does a great job of tying up those loose ends, while still propelling the story forward and setting up for the rest of the season. The biggest take away though is that it would have been great to have a fully fleshed out finale last season, however.
In this episode, titled Possibilities Patrol, Dorothy is forced to confront Candlemaker after what he did to her and her friends at the end of season 2. The entire Doom Patrol is encased in wax, and Dorothy is locked in a cage. She is unafraid of him though, and tells him that she is just as powerful as he is – he did live in her head for years after all. Candlemaker explains that they might fight because it is the way, but Dorothy wants to change that.
She explains to him that he has protected her, and she considers him a friend. She will keep them locked away in her head until he decides to be friends with her again. Then, she will let them go home. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that she speaks the truth, and he agrees, letting her friends go from their wax casings.
It is unsure if that is the same way things would have played out should there have been an episode 10 of season 2, but this is what fans get and it isn’t half bad, although it does feel a bit anti-climatic.
Cliff also has a lot on his plate, as his hands shake uncontrollably from time to time. When he visits his daughter and grandbaby, she notices this. She comes to him privately and tells him that Melissa’s grandmother had the same issues, and it was later learned that she had Parkinson’s. While yes he is a robot, he is controlled by a human brain, so this might be a disease he will have to learn to live with as well.
Rita is forced to deal with her role as the Beekeeper in the play. She cannot hold her feelings back any more and goes off on a monologue during rehearsal. In doing so she becomes extremely emotional and her face starts to drip. Her fellow cast members realize who she is, and she is reduced to a puddle for far too long because she is completely overcome with emotion. She suggests that the team go on vacation for a getaway and some relaxation.
As if things are not weird enough, Madame Rouge, played by Michelle Gomez, arrives in a very strange ship that digs through the ground and is looking for Chief. Speaking of Chief, he is dead, but not. His spirit is still living in the house and he has only revealed himself to Rita. He thinks he must have to be laid to rest properly before he can pass over. He tells her to take over his work, and gives her everything she needs to do in order to do so, which makes her feel very overwhelmed.
During the first few episodes, Larry leaves the house to go somewhere that his negative spirit wanted to take him to. It turns out that is the spirit’s home, up in space. Here is able to actually reach out and touch the burned version of himself, really coming face to face with his issues. The negative spirit ends up leaving Larry, and it is unclear if he will return at all.
Doom Patrol Season 3 introduces an alien named Garguax, and his group of bizarre villains — who form a group called the Brotherhood of Evil. They arrive on Earth with the target of Rita, and they start to make a plan. Why they want to take her out we don’t know, just that she is the one they are after.
As for Jane, she has escaped the well and is doing everything she can to connect with the child version of herself inside. The child actually encourages Jane to go on the vacation with the rest of the gang, even though she does not want to.
They end up finding a place to vacation that happens to be where Garguax is staying. This is making it very easy for him to come after Rita — and he is surprised and happy to see her there. At the end of Doom Patrol Season 3 Episode 2 the gang is enjoying themselves and dancing when Garguax arrives and tells them all to run. He is taken out by who is thought to be his servant with a giant weapon — that he then turns on Rita, Cliff, Vic, and Jane.
Episode 3 of the first drop of Doom Patrol Season 3 episodes is the weirdest. The group that was shot with the alien weapon are dead, and awake in the tunnel of souls — which is super creepy by the way. Each one of them are forced to confront their own personal purgatories — which makes the episode fly by. This is a great last episode of the grouping, and will have viewers eager for what is to come next.
Rita is blaming herself because it was her idea to go on vacation in order to run away from her problems. Cliff finds himself confronting his father, which does not go well at first. Victor ends up with his mother, hiking. Jane ends up with the young girl who created her and her grandmother.
They all explain to their loved ones what they have been through back on Earth, and get a lot of closure that they truly needed to move forward in life. They are able to see their loved ones happy, and in their heaven.
Dorothy and Larry team up to bring the rest of the gang back, and consult a detective agency to help them. They first realize what is going on when boxes that are filled with their dead bodies shows up at the mansion. The agency is two teenage boy ghosts, and a teenage girl who is still very much alive, but has powers.
Danny the street, who is now an ambulance is back, which fans will be very thrilled about. He is the one that brings the agency members to Dorothy and Larry at the mansion. The Dead Boy Detective Agency actually ends up really being able to help locate them all, and pull them out of their purgatories.
A very creepy woman who works for death shows up and wants to take the dead boy ghosts to their fate, but they tell her they have too many people to help. Someone from Rita’s past, whom she cannot remember, jumps in the way to stall and give them time, telling them all to run to the river so they can get back home. They just barely make it, but they do make it.
Dorothy decides to leave with the Dead Boy Detective Agency because she has a lot of things she also needs to figure out about herself. Madame Rouge is at their house, just buzzing around and humming to herself. Then the third episode ends. Things are sure to get even crazier as Doom Patrol season 3 continues.
About Doom Patrol Season 3
DOOM PATROL reimagines one of DC’s most beloved groups of superheroes:
- Robotman aka Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser)
- Negative Man aka Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer)
- Elasti-Woman aka Rita Farr (April Bowlby)
- Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero)
All led by modern-day mad scientist Niles Caulder aka The Chief (Timothy Dalton). Each member of the Doom Patrol suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured.
Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. Season three opens on the culmination of Dorothy’s (Abi Monterey) confrontation with the Candlemaker that leads to a devastating loss.
The Doom Patrol is at a difficult crossroads and each member struggles to face who they are and who they want to be. And things get a whole lot more complicated when Madame Rouge (Michelle Gomez) arrives in a time machine with a very specific mission, if only she could remember it.
The first three episodes of Doom Patrol season 3 will debut THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
with subsequent episodes launching weekly every Thursday through November 11 on HBO Max.
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