‘Doom Patrol’ 2.6: ‘Space Patrol’

Our mighty misfits face everything from the terrors of community theater to the vastness of space, and you must ask the question, “In space, can anyone hear a robot scream?”

Warning! Spoiler alert on maximum power!

In “Space Patrol,” written by Neil Reynolds and directed by Kristin Windell, Rita (April Bowlby) thinks she’s prepared for a community theater production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” only the play is actually “Our Town,” an account of the horrors the community itself recently endured – you know, the first season of “Doom Patrol.”

Rita’s new friend: Playing “Blob Lady.”

Rita somehow gets through the first rehearsal, but encourages the young woman unknowingly playing her that perhaps she should try to see the humanity in her character.

Her castmate thinks she has her “character” all figured out – Blob Lady just wants to suck the world into the folds of her skin.

“I’ve found my nemesis,” Rita realizes.

Cyborg (Joivan Wade) performs a deep scan on Roni and learns the tech that is killing her originated from Caulder Robotics and Star Laboratories.

His father (Phil Morris) reminds him that without accepting the black ops contract money, he never would have been able to make Victor’s cybernetic parts.

Larry (Matt Bomer) is forced to entertain three astronaut pals of the Chief (Timothy Dalton). The trio – who call themselves the Pioneers of the Uncharted – went up in 1955. Nobody looks a day over 25.

There’s Zip, who describes himself as a hotshot pilot, afraid of nothing, except marriage.

Specs says he’s the brains of the op and a heartbreaker to boot.

The final member of the trio is Moscow – also known as Valentina Vostok – known in the comics as Negative Woman.

When she and Larry shake hands, Larry realizes she, too, is bonded with a negative spirit. Yet she suffers no apparent negative side effects and does not need bandages.

Valentina admits it took her five years to master the negative energy – and only by letting go of the past did she – “we,” she says – move forward.

This trip to earth is a chance to put more of that behind her – them – so they can go further into space.

“There is relief in letting the past go,” she says.

Larry can’t imagine ever forgiving himself for how one of his sons fell prey to conspiracy theories and killed himself.

But how are Zip and Specs so young? Are they infected with negative energy?

Valentina reveals they died years ago. Their bodies are husks being used by a benign alien spore that even now is dying out here on Earth.

Larry finds a nice shallow grave for the almost dead but not quite duo.

“Any last words?” he asks.

“Yes,” Valentina says. “If any fruit grows here, don’t eat it.”

She is going to visit her old home one last time to see how she has been forgotten before returning to space.

Larry? He’s realized from his time with her that he can’t sever his ties to the past. He’s going to mend his family or die trying. This should go well.

In the underground, the alters have voted to dispose of the two dead personas killed by Candlemaker into the well.

Jane (Diane Guerrero) tries to stop them.

Babydoll, she realizes, was one of the few personalities who liked men.

If they dump her into the well, will they lose that forever?

“What does death even mean here? Personas disappear. They go dormant for a while. But there’s no evidence we can be even killed,” she says.

But her others will not be denied, and they lead a slow procession to the well – where out pops Miranda.

She committed suicide last season by throwing herself into the well, but now she’s back, reborn.

She promises Candlemaker’s victims will be reborn as well, and the alters tip the two into the well.

Miranda is also ready to act as primary, for reasons unclear.

Jane cedes control, and Miranda wakens Jane’s comatose body.

After hurting Jane, a devastated Dorothy (Abigail Shapiro) commandeers the Pioneers’ space ship, straight to the moon.

Hot on her trail: The Chief and Cliff, thanks to the spaceship Nile has been hiding in one of his garages, as you do.

Candlemaker promises to protect Dorothy, but after what happened to Jane, she wants nothing to do with him.

Cliff takes a space walk and finds Dorothy, in a spacesuit, piling rocks as a marker for her dead imaginary friend.

She vows to stay there forever.

“I don’t think that’s how oxygen works,” Cliff says.

Cliff convinces her that Jane will forgive her for what she did. The two set off hand-in-hand.

The Chief makes her solemnly promise to never make another wish again, so long as she lives.

Cliff is skeptical.

As they near Earth’s atmosphere, Cliff admits he is (finally) team Dorothy. The kid’s all right. He’ll do whatever the Chief requires to keep her safe.

And then the Chief closes the airlock compartment on him and blows the door, sending Cliff into space.

The Chief isn’t taking Dorothy home. He has another destination in mind.

Cliff? He’s tumbling heels over head, probably wondering why he ever trusts the Chief.

Next week: The Chief confronts the Candlemaker! Beard Hunter! And the search – for Mr. Nobody?

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