Our favorite talking cockroach is back with Admiral Whiskers and Mr. Nobody forming the greatest trinity ever, The Brotherhood of Dangerous Animals! Teaming up to steal Niles’ daughter that is hidden away in Danny The Street this episode has everything. A one sided fight, emotional complex scenes, multiple fucks uttered, character closure and a giant cockroach and rat making out. If you thought Doom Patrol couldn’t outdo itself on the weirdness spectrum, well your wrong.
Recapping the complete series is Mr. Nobody with great rhyming skills making sure the viewer is up to date, but if for some reason you haven’t watched all the previous episodes then you’re crazy. With the revolutionary cliff hanger in the previous episode lingering on our minds we learn more of the why Niles made the decisions in the past, answering one question that’s been on mine – and others – minds for awhile. Why the hell does everyone seem immortal? Albeit we don’t get a definite answer on why they are immortal we do learn exactly why Niles caused all of their “accidents”, to learn a means of immortality. At first all the plot revolving around Niles paints him in a horrible manner, until the episode progresses more showing his exact reasoning, and that he later began to regret his decisions and care for his new family.
Ezekiel Patrol expands on Niles’ history at the Ant Farm with flashbacks for specific members of Doom Patrol that in turn acts as a transition to what they are doing months after their lose to Mr. Nobody. These transitions work great showing a history of each character then going to the “now”. With Cyborg off being Cyborg, Rita as an acting teacher at a high school while living with Larry, and Cliff bringing food to Jane who lives in the bus from the Doom Mansion. While learning about the ongoing struggle each character goes through Mr. Nobody feels empty now that he completed his goal of making everyone stop loving Niles, that is until Ezekiel makes his entrance encouraging the villain and helping remember the other reason he had Niles, the “girl”.
As many expected – including me – this girl that Mr. Nobody wants turns out to be Niles’ daughter, who we later learn is Dorothy Spinner, another character from Morrison’s run. It’s not directly mentioned but if I were a betting man this version of Dorothy is – as stated – Niles’ daughter from the “primitive” lady in episode 10, which not tooting my own horn I mentioned in the review. Having found Dorothy via persuading the Beard Hunter with some deliciously famous beards he traps Danny The Street in a painting, much like The Painting That Ate Paris arc in the comics.
In this season finale we have the Niles and Mr. Nobody story line come to what seems to be a closure while opening more interaction between the two in the future. Even with the seed of distrust planted the Doom Patrol Help Niles rescue his daughter, showing they still have a shred of care for their old mentor, if not then at least for his daughter and their pal Danny. The first half of Ezekiel Patrol does a fine job of wrapping up a few loose ends while giving us the complete look at Niles, which they painted as a “bad” guy in the beginning, but as the episode carries on the plot starts to redeem him as a character. Good intentions, bad plans. Or something to that effect.
As great as a season finale this was it felt like it could’ve benefited from a longer run time or two episode instead of one. With the first half cleaning a good amount of the season into a nice bow, and the second giving more questions and setting up for season two it felt rushed at a few points, with one standing out most. When The Brotherhood of Dangerous Animals team up we next see them screwing over Mr. Nobody, but nothing in between. It felt like there was a story there but it was never expanded upon. We had a few good character moments, but it would’ve hit harder if they lingered a little longer, or had more interactions.
Did you think I would tease you with the mention of a hot and steamy make out session between giant animals? No, I just thought I’d get the foreplay going a little. Doom Patrol may have outdone itself with what may be one of their weirdest, grotesque scenes, yes the beard eating on Beard Patrol was gross but this was just simply outrageous. With a Kaiju size Ezekiel and Admiral Whiskers terrorizing the streets of Danny the team need to get Cliff from Whiskers stomach, to do that Mr. Nobody narrates the duo making out. It is as disgusting and as horrifying as you think it would be, but as Cliff would say “holy fuck” is it funny! I look forward to them upping the ante in the next season!