Star and Stripes Redux – Stargirl Episode 2 Review
Stargirl Episode 2 – STRIPE
Directed by Greg Beeman
Written by Geoff Johns
Starring: Brec Bassinger, Luke Wilson, and Christopher James Baker
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Light Spoilers to follow…
The second episode of Stargirl premiered on Memorial Day on the DC Universe streaming service. In this episode Stargirl learns more about the history of the Justice Society of America and faces off against the psychic supervillain Brainwave. This episode was a lot of fun and did a great job of building onto the events of the pilot. Brec Bassinger’s Courtney “Stargirl” Whitmore is really growing on me. Bassinger’s performance made Stargirl a very endearing character and I loved the chemistry she has with Luke Wilson’s character. In this episode we also got our first look at Stargirl’s costume. It’s really cute, and appropriately, looks like it was truly designed by a teenage girl. It’s modest without sexualizing Bassinger and functional while allowing enough exposed midriff to fit the sensibilities of a teenager.
While Courtney is learning more about the history of the JSA, the audience gets to learn more about the present plans of the series’ villains, the members of the Injustice Society of America. The villains reveal that they’ve moved to Blue Valley to work on the mysterious Project New America. While so far the heroes in this show are very humanized, the villains are quickly being revealed as very over the top. Which, honestly, is how I want my villains to appear on a television series. Although we get to see several of the villains, this episode primarily focuses on Christopher James Baker’s Brainwave. Baker brings a quiet intensity to the role that provides a nice contrast to Stargirl’s innocence. His Brainwave is truly scary, and not just because the villain can read minds and use weaponized telekinesis.
There were several high points to this episode. A scene set at the high school’s annual open house is shot with very dynamic cinematography. The episode then ends with an exhilarating fight scene. A scene made all the better because of how well done the S.T.R.I.P.E. robot suit is done. It looks much better on screen than the CGI Solomon Grundy did in the first episode. Training scenes are my favorite part of any action show or film, and this episode features a hilarious one, as Luke Wilson tries to get the hang of using the S.T.R.I.P.E. suit in the field.
It’s a little early to call this DC Universe’s best original series, but the show is off to a great start. I’ve enjoyed all of DC Universe’s original shows so far, but Warner Brothers is definitely hitting their stride when it comes to Stargirl. The second episode was really well done and I hope the momentum continues to climb for the duration of the season.
Stargirl Episode 2
DC Universe is definitely hitting their stride when it comes to Stargirl.