Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Doom Patrol season 2, episode 4, “Sex Patrol.”
The latest episode of Doom Patrol season 2, “Sex Patrol,” saw Danny The Brick né Danny The Street undergo a miraculous transformation. This was facilitated with the aid of the Doom Patrol and the Dannyzens, the collection of outsiders who made their home on Danny.
First appearing in Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #35 in August 1990, Danny is an unusual character, even by the standards of Doom Patrol. Once an ordinary street, Danny achieved sentience and developed the power to teleport, blending into any urban landscape as if they had always been there. Naturally empathetic, Danny made themselves into a literal safe space for anyone who didn’t feel free to be themselves or needed shelter or sanctuary. Danny briefly served as the Doom Patrol’s headquarters after they helped to save Danny and the Dannyzens (a pun on denizens) from the sinister Men From NOWHERE. Danny served a similar role in the first season of Doom Patrol, agreeing to act as a guardian to Dr. Niles Caulder’s daughter, Dorothy, while he searched for a way to become immortal so he could care of his ageless daughter himself.
Danny The Street was reduced to Danny The Brick by the events of Doom Patrol‘s season 1 finale, but remained in good spirits living in Doom Manor with the Doom Patrol, until being accidentally broken by Dorothy. Danny’s pain sent a psychic shockwave across the world which was felt by Flex Mentallo, the Master of Muscle Mystery and one-time Dannyzen. This led Flex to gather all the other Dannyzens and take them to Doom Manor, to see what might be done to save their friend and former residence. After consulting with Dr. Niles Caulder, the assembled outcasts decided that there was only one way to save Danny’s life: throw a giant party.
While this may seem like an absurd idea on the face of it, it made sense given Danny’s unique status as a conceptual being, powered by “joy, love and laughter.” The party kicked off with Dorothy leading the Dannyzens in singing a song that always reminded her of Danny, “Pure Imagination” from the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. That gesture opened a door into Peeping Tom’s Perpetual Cabaret, the spiritual heart of Danny The Street, and the party was shortly in full swing.
By the episode’s end, Danny had recovered, having been transformed into a new form by the good vibes radiated by the Doom Patrol and the Dannyzens. Now known as Danny The Tire, Danny materialized a brief letter, thanking the Dannyzens for all they had done and assuring them that they were welcome to continue wandering the world with Danny, because someone had to “breathe life into the misfits, the forgotten ones (and) the outsiders.” The Dannyzens all took hold of Danny and vanished in a flash of light.
It seems likely this will not be the last viewers will see of Danny the Tire in Doom Patrol. If the show continues to draw from the comics, Danny will likely evolve into Danny the Ambulance – a form Danny took to offer a mobile place of healing while exploring the multiverse, after Danny grew large enough to become Danny The World. It may be some time before that happens, however, but Danny and the Dannyzens are proof positive that anything is possible.
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