The Doom Patrol season 3 finale is all about second chances — for everyone on the team but also for the team themselves.
Warning, this recap and review of Doom Patrol Season 3 Finale – Episode 10 – will contain spoilers. So if you have not yet watched this episode on HBO Max and would like to remain in the dark, please come back at a later time. If you missed our Doom Patrol Season 3 Episode 9 recap, check it out.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead for Doom Patrol Season 3 Finale Episode 9
The Doom Patrol season 3 finale starts off with the aftermath of the bus accident. While everyone else wants to turn back, Rita wants to carry on to enact her revenge on Madame Rogue and save Cliff. Kay says that she is in no shape to continue on.
The Underground has completely collapsed and Jane is able to find the rest of the personalities inside the shop that the fog had created. Many of them are on stretchers and not looking good. Jane asks Hammerhead for help. She knows that Kay is going through a lot right now and while she thinks she can totally handle it on her own, she needs them all to be there for her.
Meanwhile Madame Rogue has put Cliff’s brain inside of a giant robot so that she can hunt down The Brain, who is inside Cliff’s body and using it to live life to the fullest. While Cliff is telling Laura that he understands she is upset too, he says he wants nothing to do with this. She uses the robot to step on Cliff’s old body and crush The Brain.
Rita, who went after Madame Rogue alone, finds The Brain inside half of Cliff’s body, dragging himself along the ground. As soon as he talks she knows exactly who he is, and she is ready to get revenge. Since he has no legs, The Brain can’t go too far. She props him up at the kitchen table and acts like she is making tea. Instead, she opens up his head and pours on the boiling hot water — but not before he admits to her that he still has the plans for Cliff’s body.
As Cliff yells at her to stop, the giant robot stops. That is when Cliff realizes he has complete control over the robot, and Laura ends up leaving the command center. She then heads to her old stomping grounds to reminisce about her time with the Sisterhood of Dada. That is when she discovers another time machine hidden there, and steps inside.
Jane is trying to get the rest of Kay’s personalities to go help the girl but they do not want to leave the Fog. They feel like they have freedom with her, and can go almost anywhere. The Fog brings kay back to the mansion, and Kay asks if she was really trying to help the others, or if she was just trying to draw her in.
The Fog doesn’t really answer the question, just tells her whichever one will make her search for her again. The personalities all go back to the Underground and start to rebuild what has been lost and broken.
Cliff uses his new body to go see Clara. He tells her that he is ready to change. He knows that he has been a horrible father, and he is ready to be a good one.
Larry cannot carry his space worm because it keeps emitting crazy powers, and Vic offers to do it for him, even though it could kill him. He was scared to go up against the Brotherhood of Evil because he no longer has his tech, and he does not want to make the same mistake again. He wants to do whatever he can to help a friend.
An energy leaves the worm and goes inside Vic. When they get back to the mansion, Larry takes the energy into his room and promises to do right by it. It enters his body and he seems to be just like before.
Laura then arrives in her time machine at the mansion with a note attached to her. She was prepared for the memory loss this time and even includes that she is a horrible person, but needs to try to change in the letter to herself. Just then Cliff also arrives, in his new giant body. He has brought back most of the things that he stole from them.
The problem is, he can’t stop walking. He goes right past the mansion and toward town. Rita also arrives back at the mansion and while Laura was about to leave to help everyone out, she stops her. She is choking her and about to kill her, when Laura tells her that while she has every right to kill her, she isn’t worth it.
Jane has found her way inside Cliff’s new giant robot body, but she isn’t able to stop him. Instead she pulls the self destruct lever. As they wait to explode they have a deep conversation and he tells her thank you for always putting up with him, and for forgiving him.
They come upon a little league baseball game, but the rest of the Doom Patrol shows up to help save the kids and spectators, as well as Cliff. Rita stretches to become giant as well and successfully stops him. They prove to everyone that they are getting control of their powers.
Rita says that they need to stop allowing themselves to be labeled. They are trying to be good — and they are ready to be actual superheroes. Laura says that she wants to join the team. She says she hasn’t changed, but she wants to try, and Rita allows her to join, saying it is the easiest way to keep an eye on her.
Just then there is breaking news of a monster attack on the TV and they decide to go on their first mission. They all go inside of Cliff, except for Rita, who controls the time machine. They use a giant pad of paper to write down all the things they need to remember after they get there — three minutes into the future. End of season 3.
The Doom Patrol season 3 finale is all about second chances. Larry has another chance to do right by the energy, Cliff has one with his daughter, Kay gives the personalities one — even Laura DeMille seems to get another chance. This season has come full circle from the first season when they destroyed the town. They are now officially a team, and it is exciting to see them in action and actually working together for once.
About Doom Patrol Season 3 Episode 10
As the Brotherhood of Evil closes in, the Doom Patrol try to set aside past issues in hopes of becoming a true superhero team – or risk being taken out for good.
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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