'Doom Patrol' Season 3 Episode 5 Review: Sisterhood of Dada makes things unnerving

The Doom Patrol is forced to question themselves as the seed of doubt gets planted


                            'Doom Patrol' Season 3 Episode 5 Review: Sisterhood of Dada makes things unnerving
A still from 'Doom Patrol' (HBO Max)
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Spoilers for 'Doom Patrol' Season 3 Episode 5 'Dada Patrol'

'Doom Patrol' sure knows how to get the viewers glued with its crazy plotlines. The show follows the adventures of DC's most whimsical and weird superheroes as they embark on life-altering journeys to preserve peace.

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Last week's episode 'Undead Patrol' saw the team get infected and turn into zombies in a mess of confusion. The episode also brought to light certain important answers the mysterious Madam Rouge (Michelle Gomez) had been searching for. We found out that she has something to do with the Sisterhood of Dada with last week's episode foreshadowing their appearance. The situation is about to get a whole lot dangerous and fast if the Doom Patrol doesn't get it together.

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Things are looking grim for the gang in the 5th episode. Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero) is having some trouble with Kay (Skye Roberts) and what the other personalities want. This may potentially see her have a conflict for control. Meanwhile, Cliff (Brendan Fraser), the poor, dumb strong robot-man has impatience issues and tries to fast-forward his Parkinsons' treatment by gulping down 3 months' worth of medicine. Vic (Joivan Wade), on the other hand, may finally be getting back some of his weaponry functions as his dad helps him out. The episode gets interesting when Madam Rouge aka Laura DeMille informs the gang about the Sisterhood of Dada's plan of a potential global conspiracy. We are given a glimpse of the danger they pose when an 'Eternal Flagellation' is promised.

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The character Cliff in a still from 'Doom Patrol' (HBO MAX)

The fun begins when the team sets off to infiltrate the Sisterhood and ends up getting separated. We are finally introduced to the enigmatic and powerful Shelley Byron aka the Fog (Wynn Everett) who possesses the power to alter reality with thick fog. Her appearance was definitely the episode highlight with Everett's charismatic acting. Each one of the members' minds is thrown into discord as they are forced to answer questions that threaten their very purpose and existence. We can expect to see emotional repercussions in future episodes.

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Jane is one of the characters that may finally seriously mess up as we see her getting temped by Byron's suggestive words to give in to her temptations. Cliff has an emotional moment as the character who's isn't really serious about much, admits he's scared his mind is slipping away. Larry (Matt Bomer), who was left behind with the bus has a run-in with someone unexpected... his son. Yep, the son he lost once, now an old man, is a remnant when the Sisterhood makes their exit. Quite the surprising development we must say. Just as unexpectedly as the Sisterhood of Dada appeared, they disappear but not before we see them get aggravated at the name of Laura DeMille. Madam Rouge sure came along with trouble in tow. 

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Michelle Gomez as Madam Rouge in 'Doom Patrol' (HBO Max)

Rita (April Bowlby) who had stayed behind to fix the time machine with Rouge is seen having a bit of an identity crisis as we see her irresponsibly hop in the fixed device, with the audience left to wonder where in time she'll end up. Larry too may have a problem at hand as he still remains clueless about the blue blob moving under his skin. 'Dada Patrol' had more of a serious theme to it than the usual hilarity the show brings. This episode dealt with deep-rooted emotions the different characters keep buried within and how they'll have to confront them soon. Quite a nice change of pace than what is usually served, we must say.

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We can expect the following episodes to deal with important matters as the situation seems to be getting more confusing, unnerving and dangerous with new information being discovered every step of the way.

'Doom Patrol' airs every Thursday only on HBO Max.