For a niche service, DC Universe did manage to put together some fun original series. OK, Titans is at the best of times a hot mess and Swamp Thing died before it could get much of anything done, but Harley Quinn and Stargirl have both been fun…even if the CW poached one and HBO Max acquired the other along with my personal favorite back for a pandemic-shortened season. Will there still be a DC Universe in the near future? I don’t know.
In the meantime, Doom Patrol is back in all its glorious weirdness.
When last we left the Doom Patrol, they had successfully defeated Mr. Nobody and rescued both the Chief and his daughter Dorothy Spinner, a little girl whose face wasn’t shown to the audience for that last episode. We get to see it here, and yeah, she has an ape’s face. And judging by her voice, that actress is not a kid. I’m fine with that.
The Chief, her father in this version of events, rescued her from a circus. Then again, that came a bit late. See, Dorothy can make her imaginary friends come to life, and one of them called the Candlemaker is a wee bit…homicidal. And after that thing slaughters everyone at a circus except for the Chief, well, we cut to the present where most of the characters are rather tiny. That is how the last season ended: everyone but Larry shrunk down to tiny size.
That means we have Larry trying to make a cure for tininess. You know, one that will also work on Cliff. Larry’s getting flashes to tell him an adult son he had died at the age of 60, so he has his mind elsewhere as it is.
Furthermore, the rest of the group isn’t taking things very well. Dorothy tends to creep people out or bother them. Jane is getting some bad vibes from the other personalities that she’d been in charge for too long. Vic is doubting himself after he nearly killed his own father under Nobody’s instructions. Cliff is getting his jollies killing rats while fixing up a stock car. The only one who seems to be adjusting well is Rita of all people, trying to harness her powers and maybe become a superhero of some kind.
But the Chief, well, he can use magic to restore everyone to the proper size if he can pay for it. His magician buddy Willoughby Kipling says it isn’t something he can do, and the cost is something the Chief doesn’t want to give up because he needs to protect the world from Dorothy.
See, she panics and her imaginary friends tend to show up. Candlemaker may be the worst, but he isn’t the only harmless one. And Candlemaker, he really wants to come out.
Ultimately, the Chief does give up his immortality charm to get everyone back to normal after the rats freak out Dorothy (Cliff said he was only feeding them…he wasn’t). And Dorothy knows this, and while Niles will look for a new source for immortality to keep Dorothy from, well, destroying all of creation or something, the rest of his ersatz team may be tripping over themselves to cause more problems on their own. It doesn’t help that they all hate the Chief now, but then there’s Dorothy. She wants her father to live, of course.
And the Candlemaker is whispering in her ear the whole time…