Stargirl

  • Title: Stargirl – Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. Part Two
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Stargirl - Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. (Part Two) television review

The second-half of the First Season finale pits the new Justice Society of America against the Injustice Society of America with the free will, and lives, of millions of Americans in the balance. “Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. Part Two” wraps up the big season-long arc while also laying the foundation for new villains, and the return of a few familiar faces, when the show returns for Season Two. Stargirl (Brec Bassinger) and her team are able to successfully destroy the mind-control machine, although their victory doesn’t come without a cost as Beth (Anjelika Washington) loses her best-friend, and although Rick (Cameron Gellman) controls his rage and chooses not to kill the mindless Solomon Grundy, Yolanda‘s actions in the tunnels, which help save the day (and take some vengeance while removing the most problematic villain from the show), may continue to haunt her going forward.

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  • Title: Stargirl – Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. Part One
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Stargirl - Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. (Part One) television review

The first-half of Stargirl‘s Season One finale gives Barbara (Amy Smart) a close-up look at Courtney (Brec Bassinger) in action when Icicle (Neil Jackson) sends Sportsmaster (Neil Hopkins) and Tigress (Joy Osmanski) to murder the family as the heroes evacuate and hole-up in a cabin to plan their next move. There are some nice moments of parental pride not only in seeing Courtney kick some super-villain ass but seeing her daughter with her friends and the relationships she’s built in their new home. Rick (Cameron Gellman) is finally able to crack his dad’s journal, and Beth (Anjelika Washington) is able to find the ISA’s manifesto, giving the new JSA a clue to the ISA’s plans (which, aside from murdering 25 million people in the course of a half-hour, turns out to be not that awful).

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Stargirl – Shining Knight

by Alan Rapp on July 28, 2020

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  • Title: Stargirl – Shining Knight
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Stargirl - Shining Knight television review

Following the death of Henry (Jake Austin Walker), Courtney (Brec Bassinger) receives another gut punch with the arrival of her biological father, a drifter named Sam Curtis (Geoff Stults) who is very much not Starman. Shattering her illusion she was a legacy fulfilling a destiny of picking up her father’s staff in the war against the ISA, the arrival of Sam, neither hero nor villain but simply a selfish absentee father, is a blow as strong as any that left her in the hospital earlier in the season.

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Stargirl – Brainwave Jr.

by Alan Rapp on July 21, 2020

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  • Title: Stargirl – Brainwave Jr.
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Stargirl - Brainwave Jr. television review

Family is a big theme in “Brainwave Jr.” as Henry (Jake Austin Walker) goes to Courtney (Brec Bassinger) in hopes of saving his father from Icicle (Neil Jackson) and the ISA’s plans. The series continues with its subtle misdirections as Henry assumes from his father’s tapes that Icicle killed his mother, only to learn at the end what really happened as Henry’s heroic turn ends just as quickly as it began. Barbara (Amy Smart) learning the truth of what Courtney and Pat (Luke Wilson) have been up to behind her back causes a family split as well as Barbara plans to move her daughter out of town as quickly as possible, until she discovers just enough truth in Courtney’s bizarre story to begin to question everything around her.

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Stargirl – Brainwave

by Alan Rapp on July 14, 2020

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  • Title: Stargirl – Brainwave
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Stargirl - Brainwave television review

Henry (Jake Austin Walker) is the focus of “Brainwave” as the super-villain’s son discovers his powers and the video journals left by his father explaining the experiments that led to them and their effects. The tapes provide a nice cheat to get Henry up to speed on his condition as well as make him feel closer to his father (despite the confessions Brainwave makes in those entries). While Courtney (Brec Bassinger) sees Henry as a potential ally, the rest of the team is far less certain, especially Yolanda (Yvette Monreal). Beth (Anjelika Washington) and Rick (Cameron Gellman) don’t have as large roles this week, although the pair do make an important discovery explaining the tunnels underneath the city and why the Injustice Society chose Blue Valley as their base of operations. The introduction of the Seven Soldiers of Victory also provides clues to the janitor’s true identity as well as other potential allies for Courtney and company.

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