In a week of a great impactful episodes, Doom Patrol Season 3 Episode 10 was the last one that made me want to re-watch it from start to finish. The episode centered around Rita and her need for forgiveness as she tried to make amends with all those who have wronged her throughout time. In an emotional hour long montage we got glimpses into how many people had hurt Rita over the years – going back centuries before she even existed! The series also explored some of what Rita would change in time if given another chance at life, which I found pretty interesting because this is usually not something seen on TV very often. But despite a few slow moments where admittedly there were too many references thrown out at once (I don’t remember anyone’s name but their face), overall this episode did well enough to tie up any confusion left by previous episodes without relying on someone else explaining everything later or bothering us with continuity errors that could’ve been easily avoided.
The “doom patrol review” is a superhero show that aired on DC’s streaming service, DC Universe. The series follows the Doom Patrol, an outcast team of super-powered misfits led by Dr. Niles Caulder. Season 3, Episode 10, “Amends Patrol,” was one of the best in the series to date.
“Amends Patrol” is the third episode of Doom Patrol’s third season.
“I’ve come up with a moniker for our team: Doom Force!”
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The team of “Amends Patrol” is found around their wrecked van in “Amends Patrol.” Jane is completely out of commission once Larry’s worm strikes him. Rita attempts to persuade them to continue their journey to Florida. Shelley comes and envelops the Patrol in fog, causing the Patrol to disagree. Mallah abandons Laura, who wakes up chained to a bed with Cliff’s brain in a jar. Jane stumbles onto Hammerhead in the mist. Larry is informed by one of Kay’s alternatives that his worm is called Keeg and wants to fuse with him. Laura controls a massive robot powered by Cliff’s brain, which she uses to trample on Cliff’s brain. Jane is led by Hammerhead to the other alternatives, who, like the Underground, are decaying. Dr. Harrison enters and advises Jane not to enrage anybody, pressuring Jane to arrange a way for everyone to return to the Underground. Laura flees as Cliff finds he can control the enormous robot. She, on the other hand, refuses the chance to murder Cliff. Vic persuades Larry to join forces with Keeg. Instead of Cliff, Rita locates the Brain. Laura reminisces at the Sisterhood of Dada’s former headquarters. She locates the time machine and enters, determined to make a positive difference in her life. Jane gives up her job as Primary in order to persuade Dr. Harrison to return to the Underground. In return for helping him heal his body, the Brain promises to help Rita murder Laura. Rita, on the other hand, claims to be different from Laura in that she is motivated by her love for her friends and kills the Brain. Kay’s alternatives return to the Underground and begin restoring it. Larry and Keeg merge back at the Manor. Laura emerges from the time machine with a freshly deleted memory, which Jane and Vic discover. Cliff, who has lost control of his new shape, wanders straight by Doom Manor. Larry and Vic pursue him to assist, but Laura is stopped in her tracks by Rita. Jane accidentally activates Cliff’s self-destruct mechanism in her efforts to stop him. Laura considers what she has done and comes to the conclusion that she indeed deserve to die. Cliff’s march is halted as he approaches a local minor league baseball event by a huge Rita. The Patrol’s role in preserving Cloverton is lauded in the local press, pushing Rita to embrace the concept of a super squad. The Patrol goes within Cliff, utilizing the time machine to confront their next nemesis, while Dr. Harrison pushes Jane to keep their agreement.
From beginning to end, “Amends Patrol” is pure joy. I just wish I’d realized this was the season finale before I went in; I’ve been having difficulties keeping track of these things recently. For the most part, I found season 2’s short 9 episodes refreshing. The finale was a little sudden (thanks, COVID), but it worked good overall considering the way season 1 dragged its heels. I know I loved Season 3 because I find myself longing for more episodes than the ten we were given. Let’s get started.
I really like how the third season’s tail half, particularly “Amends Patrol,” explores Rita’s more assertive attitude. Rita is a different person now that she has fresh memories from a previous life. It’s a basic notion, but I like thinking about how a person may have ended out under various situations. Rita gathered the abilities she needed to become the leader Niles knew she could be via a sequence of circumstances and decisions Niles could never have predicted. However, I’m still not sure what memories Rita holds. They stated she didn’t remember her roommates in a prior episode, but she definitely behaves like she does. Perhaps she was able to reclaim her original memories off-screen at some time. Maybe she experienced a similar epiphany as Laura in “Amends Patrol.” But, unless I’m missing something, I believe this should have been shown since it’s a significant event. The program is driven by the Patrol’s connections, and remembering your pals is critical to sustaining those ties.
Also outstanding is what they do with Laura in “Amends Patrol.” The moment at the Sisterhood’s old hideaway when she gently goes through familiar routines exudes sorrow, and you can definitely sense how sorry she is. Laura’s ability to reform is a big theme in “Amends Patrol,” and although it’s tough to forgive what she did to Malcolm and the Sisterhood of Dada, I believe it’s a valid issue. I have to appreciate the season’s overall execution of this character’s path; she spans a wide range of emotions and identities. Her previous job at the Bureau of Classification, where she classified individuals as weapons, heroes, villains, and so on, provides a glimpse into the complicated, disturbed lady. Laura is a weapon in and of herself. I was immediately drawn to this character because of her one-liners, the mystery around her, and Michelle Gomez’s captivating portrayal. Despite all that has occurred, I do not despise Laura. Even if Rita does straighten herself, I’m not sure she can (or should) forgive and reconcile with Laura. But they have incredible chemistry, and I adore it when they’re on screen together. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve said enough about April Bowlby’s portrayal of Rita. She’s always been excellent, even if she’s been overshadowed by beloved actors like Brendan Fraser and Diane Guerrero, who plays Jane and other of her alter egos. Rita from “Amends Patrol” is basically a new character, a formidable lady in command of her powers and the respect of her crew. It makes you happy to see it. In any case, I believe this transition demonstrates Bowlby’s versatility as a performer.
As the episode’s title suggests, Laura isn’t the only one attempting to put things right. Cliff is an apparent example, as he returns to Clara for a second chance. I like Clara’s desire to have a healthy connection with Cliff and her willingness to assist him in doing so. Most programs would utilize Cliff’s disgruntled daughter as a source of drama to test his character, but Doom Patrol goes above and above. Cliff’s disappointment in such a loving, empathetic person makes it all the more painful when he realizes what he’s done. I appreciate how he had to be cut off from all bodily sensations in order to restore his senses. Clara’s wife seemed to be pleased to meet Cliff for the first time in “Amends Patrol.” This is intriguing since he’s done nothing to win her over, but I presume they did it to close the season finale on a pleasant tone.
Meanwhile, Larry accepts Keeg, hoping to do better than he did with his first Negative Spirit this time. Following Rita, Larry is likely to be the Patrol member who has changed the most. He’s had to accept himself, his son’s decision to cut him off, and the fact that his first Spirit is no longer with him. And this after two seasons of learning to recognize and embrace the presence of the Spirit! I’m delighted he won’t be dying; the effects look fantastic when he’s in Spirit form, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this subplot goes in future seasons.
Jane’s relationship with Dr. Harrison is tense to say the least. This season, I’ve become progressively frustrated with most of the alters, but Dr. Harrison is the ringleader and hence the worst. She seems to want to make as much problems as she can for Jane and Kay, Kay’s two most sympathetic personas. Jane felt compelled to act by her own approaching destiny as well as her worry for Kay and the others. Giving Dr. Harrison authority over Kay’s body and life, on the other hand, can’t be good. When it comes to Jane, her scene with Cliff inside his new body is fantastic. It’s hilarious, touching, and wonderfully captures their zany relationship. Cliff’s efforts to promote “Doom Force” as a team name, much to everyone’s chagrin, are also hilarious.
While this isn’t a flaw with “Amends Patrol,” the fact that Dorothy and the Dead Boy Detectives haven’t been referenced since “Dead Patrol” disturbs me. Dorothy is half of Niles’ legacy now that he’s deceased, and Rita is the other half as the new Doom Patrol leader. I suppose this is setting the stage for Dorothy and her new companions to make a huge comeback in season four, but I believe this plot should have been continued at some point this season. This merely leads us back to the minimal number of episodes. Season 3 was fantastic, and I’m left wanting more, unlike season 1, which was fine but lagged a little.
“Amends Patrol” is a fantastic conclusion to a fantastic season. Thematic selection and execution have been outstanding; the characters have undergone significant transformations, and this season has amazingly well matched humor and depth of sentiment. Laura and Rita have been outstanding throughout the season. I enjoy the awkward, unfinished state in which “Amends Patrol” leaves their relationship, if such a thing can be called that. I’m disappointed that the season is ended, but I’m looking forward to the next one, and perhaps more to come.
Plot – 9
Acting – 9 points
9 – Progression
9 – Production Design
9 – Character development
“Amends Patrol” is an especially great conclusion to a season filled with high points. The acting is excellent, and I enjoy the direction in which the authors are taking the characters.
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