Face To Face With Dada In The Latest Episode Of Doom Patrol
The premiere episodes of Doom Patrol season 3 focused mainly on wrapping up the past season’s storyline. Since then, however, the group of misfit superheroes have been aimless with their only direction coming from Michelle Gomez’s Madam Rouge, A.K.A. Laura DeMille. Hoping to get her out of their lives, the Doom Patrol spends most of the episode looking for the Sisterhood of Dada. This concept, a gender-bent version of the Brotherhood of Dada from the Doom Patrol comics, takes a show that was already not afraid to be weird in an even stranger direction. It’s honestly unclear what exactly transpired in this episode of Doom Patrol, other than they definitely encountered the Sisterhood of Dada.
As per usual in Doom Patrol, the things each character encounters are relevant to their specific experiences. Only, unlike in earlier episodes, what they encounter don’t seem to be merely reflections of their trauma. No, this seems like a force that is waiting to weaponize that trauma against them. Honestly, it makes sense. With the Chief out of the picture, the Doom Patrol is close to positively working on their own issues. So, it makes sense that their adversaries would use that against them. Or, as is sometimes the case on this show, they aren’t even adversaries but something else entirely.
Spoilers for “Dada Patrol” to follow.
When the Going Gets Weird, the Weird Get Stranger
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The way the Doom Patrol encounters the Sisterhood of Dada in this episode is strange. The Doom Bus breaks down, and the group enters a sepia-tinged fog. There, they encounter creatures who seem to care very little about their presence. They are seeking information about something called “The Eternal Flagellation,” but they strike out. Diane Guerrero’s Jane meets a woman who calls herself “The Fog,” and she claims to have put the Doom Patrol to sleep, allowing them to enter her dreams. When the episodes end, the gang is all together. However, Negative Man’s son Paul, played by John Getz, is with them. Matt Bomer’s and Matthew Zuk’s Negative Man encounters him in the dream-state.
The Sisterhood of Dada is a direct reference to the Dadaist movement that emerged during the end of World War I. It embraced surrealism and nonsense as well as subject matter deemed risqué or degenerate by stuffy art enthusiasts. “The beginnings of Dada were not the beginnings of art, but of disgust,” poet Tristan Tzara said. While this concept is, effectively, the birthplace of post-modern art, in Doom Patrol they represent something much more nefarious.
Honestly, at this point, the series could go off in any direction, which is very exciting. And when the Doom Patrol finally faces off against the Sisterhood of Dada, it’s a safe bet that it won’t be a typical superhero punch-em-up. It also means that the successive episodes in season 3 will continue to be strange and weird the way fans love. Especially now that April Bowlby’s Rita Farr has seemingly stolen a time machine at the end of the episode.
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Expect More Dada Shenanigans with each new episode of Doom Patrol, Thursdays on HBOMax.
What did you think of the “Dada Patrol” episode and this season of Doom Patrol so far? Share your thoughts, reactions, and theories in the comments below.
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