Doom Patrol's Sex Ghosts Were the Season's Real MVPs

Two members of the Sex Men.
Two members of the Sex Men.
Image: DC Universe/HBO Max

Early into this season of Doom Patrol, the show’s heroes end up having to deal with a paranormal threat drawn to their manor because of the powerful, reality-bending orgasms that Rita Farr demands Flex Mentallo give her in order to help clear her mind. Though the Doom Patrol’s able to defeat the sex demon threatening to bring about an apocalypse, they’re never quite sure just what to do about the handful of fornicating ghosts who end up manifesting on the property as a result of the sex demon’s presence.

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Since they first appeared in the episode “Sex Patrol,” Doom Patrol’s sex ghosts have existed in the show’s margins, drifting through the walls mid-coitus just as a central character makes some sort of grand proclamation about what’s going on. While the team’s largely moved on from being concerned about ghosts, Doom Patrol’s kept the horny specters around to remind you just how ridiculous the show consistently is, even in moments when it’s asking you to take it seriously.

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In a recent interview with TV Line, Doom Patrol executive producer Jeremy Carver explained how the sex ghosts are meant to, among other things, remind you of what the team’s been through and how they have the deal with the consequences of their actions.

“What I call the tendrils of different things we introduce over the episodes are one of the most enjoyable things about the show,” Carver said. “We can keep calling back to these things that we plant in the show. If we’re going to cut away to an empty house, why not have some sex ghosts necking in the background?”

What’s been so charming about the sex ghosts is their apparent lack of any sort of interest in the goings-on of the mortal realm, something that helps in grounding a show that’s otherwise often too wild for its own good. While Jane’s personalities have been bickering with Dorothy’s imaginary friends, who are all clearly harbingers of some sort of doomsday scenario, the ghosts have just been off in the background banging like animals because it’s all they know how to do. Though it doesn’t exactly feel appropriate to describe the sex ghosts as being integral parts of Doom Patrol’s mythos, they do embody the sort of weird energy that’s a big part of what makes the show so memorable. It’s unclear what might become of the sex ghosts if Doom Patrol is renewed for a third season, but one imagines that they’d probably just keep on keeping on in some far off wing, blissfully unaware of the outright scene they were making.

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While it hasn’t officially been renewed, I certainly hope that the show is popular and profitable enough that a third season is pretty much inevitable whenever COVID goes the hell away and they can resume filming. (Dammit people, wear a mask! It’s the only way you’ll get more Doom Patrol!)

A bit like the BBC version of Dirk Gently, this is a show that cherry picks little bits and pieces from the source material, but even though they’ve changed and modernized quite a lot, you still get the feeling that the writers and producers understands what makes the Doom Patrol tick and are remaining true to the heart of the thing, even when they decide to head off in a different direction (or release a stampede of man-eating butts.)