THE ACTOR | Michelle Gomez
THE SHOW | Doom Patrol
THE RESULT | “Juvenile Patrol” (29.12.2022)
THE PERFORMANCE | Michelle Gomez doesn’t just play a shapeshifter on TV. The genre darling is a real chameleon and her versatility was particularly evident on Thursday Doom Patrolthe penultimate episode before the dreaded mid-season break.
Youth Patrol found the series’ titular characters reconnecting with their younger selves through the magic of an experimental aging spell, but ironically, Madam Rouge’s resistance to the spell allowed viewers to enjoy Gomez’s full breadth of talents. Sure, she treated us to all the page-splitting one-liners we’ve grown accustomed to (“Oh, fuck me senseless and call me Martha!”), but as the episode’s dramatic events unfolded, so did Rouge.
The emotional journey culminated in a refreshingly raw moment of honesty for Gomez’s character, as she confronted not only her own painful teenage years, but also her immeasurable regret at betraying Malcolm and the Sisterhood of Dada. As her face collapsed in her hands, Rouge’s previously impenetrable facade melted away to reveal the lost little girl she could never endure.
Rouge may not feel worthy of an ounce of forgiveness, but Gomez certainly deserves endless ounces of praise.
AWARD | We know we just met 1923‘s Alexandra, who was introduced in Sunday’s episode, but we already adore her. Write that affection on Julia Schlaepfer’s bubbly version of the bold socialite. At the beginning of the episode, the audience was tricked into thinking that Alex was just another bored British rich girl getting her kicks in Africa. But Schlaepfer was quick and adept at conveying the character’s cheekiness (her refusal to be intimidated by a gruff Spencer at the bar) and conflict (her desperation at being forced into a marriage that was nothing more than “a real estate transaction.” ). to show us that there was far more to it than we thought. Schlaepfer particularly excelled in her one-on-ones with Brandon Sklenar’s Spencer, expertly turning their banter from amused to really, really hot with little more than a raised eyebrow. Can’t wait to see what she’s up to this Sunday!
AWARD | We know better than to talk about Bruno. But we to do gotta talk about Stephanie Beatriz’s mesmerizing performance on Disney+ Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl Concert special released on the streamer on Wednesday. Sure, Beatriz wore protagonist Mirabel’s signature ensemble and glasses — but the actress brought her animated character to even more vivid life with her earnest facial expression and palpable portrayal of Mirabel’s curiosity and innocence. Whether wide-eyed as Diane Guerrero’s Isabela conjured up beautiful plants, or navigating effortlessly Encanto‘s lightning fast lyrics, Beatrice proved she has a gift worthy of the Madrigal family.
AWARD | So Wendell Pierce is consistently excellent on Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, we almost wonder if he edited some “agency” work from his resume. Its James Greer is So cool a pickle and effortlessly presents himself as a man who knows everything (even when frantically searching for information). In the fifth episode of Season 3, Greer’s phone call with Petr Kovac, ostensibly to track down Alena’s father, proved unexpectedly moving. Greer gave a brief summary of the attack on Popov before telling Petr: “But what doesn’t make sense – what makes sense never sensible – is you.” Greer successfully persuaded Petr to connect some dots, whereupon he told an anecdote about observing the accuracy of a baker at the old Arbat who had also been in the Red Army. Pierce had us ecstaticwhile Greer was doing what he’s so good at: figuring things out.
Which performance(s) knocked your Socks out this week? Tell us in the comments!
https://tvline.com/2022/12/31/michelle-gomez-performance-doom-patrol-season-4-episode-5/ Michelle Gomez’ appearance in Doom Patrol season 4 episode 5