Have you ever flexed a muscle so hard you climaxed? Or had someone flex so hard you climaxed? No? Well neither have I, because that’s weird, but as we learned in today’s episode the Doom Patrol has. It was good for me, was it good for you too? Amazingly that wasn’t even the most absurd thing that occurred in the fourteenth episode of Doom Patrol – “Penultimate Patrol.”
With the team putting their past troubles finally behind them they take their first step into the future to take on Mr. Nobody it the most epic of epic fights ever! But to get to the complex meta-villain the team needs to first find him and the way their. Luckily they team up with the ever loving Danny The Street as they search for Beard Hunter who now as a resident of Danny knew where the Chief was located. Or he did until he gave up the beard eating life and settled down. But as luck and the Doom Patrol go Danny knew the whereabouts the whole time but was fearful of Mr. Nobody, as one should be.
Where have Niles (The Chief) and Mr. Nobody been this whole time? In the most obvious of place, The White Space. Not just because the background they are in is white but in actuality the white space between the panels of a comic. This is a theme I believe Grant Morrison explored in his Animal Man comic, but It’s been awhile since I re-read it so I could totally be wrong. To get to the White Space Flex uses his powers of flexing to transport them there, but with the death in the previous episode he is still under the weather, causing him to flex the wrong muscle. Now Doom Patrol has made me laugh my ass of many times and nearly bring me to tears, but the segment that follows made me laugh so fucking hard that I cried. Flexing the wrong muscle makes everyone on Danny and the Doom Patrol to have an epic orgasm all in unison. It may sound stupid if your only reading it, but this is the hardest I have laughed during a show in a long time.
The team falls into the trap set by Mr. Nobody, placing each character in their pasts promising the chance to redo their mistakes. With 13 episodes of character growth behind them they release that even if given a second chance they would goof it up. This is greatly done with hints of sadness because we all just want to see the team prevail in their personal struggles. But while also acknowledging their past mistakes and releasing they were bad people before their incidents shows just how far they have came from the first episode. Flipping the script – literally – Rita takes over Mr. Nobody’s narration bringing the team to the White Space. The final epic superhero battle as finally begun.
Not really, instead we get Jane’s Dr. Harrison persona psychoanalyzing Mr. Nobody, followed by the team feeling to sad to even fight the villain. This idea is great instead of just relying on some big fight scene that always happens in costumed shows. Even though this is spoiler-filled I do believe in giving to much, so I giveth and taketh. We do get more of Mr. Nobody’s background in the beginning and end of the episode, keeping the original kicking out of the Brotherhood of Evil from the comic, and some great references to the Brain and Monsieur Mallah. Hopefully we get them in the next season! With an ultimatum by Mr. Nobody to Niles we end the episode. To readers of Morrison’s Doom Patrol it wont come as a surprise (I figured it episodes past) but it still hits hard and makes me want to sleep until next Friday.
Doom Patrol has been a riot since the start of the series with each episode improving upon itself in different aspects. Penultimate Patrol keeps this trend going giving us an emotional ride with great humor and hard revolutions for the team and viewers. In the previous episode i felt it would be hard for Doom Patrol to wrap up the finding Niles plot, but after this episode I very well believe in the team to make a great finale. I’ve preached it before and will again, if you aren’t watching Doom Patrol you are missing out in what may end up being the best superhero show, or even best show in a long time. Yes I will fight you on that.