Certainly, Danny is the guts of the present, and a illustration of pure kindness. As Maura Lee says to Vic – in an extremely topical monologue a few world full of intolerance – an individual must go to a spot the place they really feel cherished. Danny is that place. And the Dannyzens welcome, and soothe troubled souls. I problem you to not get misty when Maura Lee and Flex envelop Dorothy with badly wanted heat, and make her really feel necessary.
The genuine feelings represented by a sentient genderqueer road/brick, and their Dannyzens, is why the Willy Wonka “Pure Creativeness” quantity works so properly. Fairly than a jarring detour, the musical interlude matches as a result of a kinder world is feasible; in case you can dream it, you may make it occur, very similar to love can carry Danny again to life.
However with Danny off on their very own adventures, can the Doom Patrol grow to be a spot the place this misfit household feels cherished? It stays a query mark, however there appears to be potential.
Additionally, Abigail Shapiro deserves recognition for the superb work she’s doing as Dorothy. Not solely is it nice to have the Broadway actress sing on this episode, she’s navigating the childlike precociousness, innocence, and frustrations of a wounded perpetually 11 little woman who feels ugly and is determined to develop up. Dorothy can simply grow to be a Cousin Oliver kind of character, however Shapiro calls for empathy as Niles Caulder’s daughter. She is so profitable I discover myself getting pissed on the different characters when they're unnecessarily harsh to her. And Niles was a straight up jerk when he noticed Dorothy sporting make-up.
Talking of Niles, it continues to be a pleasure to have a lot Timothy Dalton this season. He masterfully switches between Scientist Niles — providing up ecstasy to Cliff — Candy Dad Niles, Overly Protecting Jerk Dad Niles, Regretful Niles, and the Niles who can ship a line like, “Take heed to them, Vic, they’re the sexperts” with campy gravitas.