Find Them. Surprise Them. Kick Their Asses – Stargirl Episode 3 Review
Stargirl Episode 3 – Icicle
Directed by Michael Nankin
Written by Colleen McGuinness
Created for TV by Geoff Johns
Starring Brec Bassinger, Luke Wilson, Neil Jackson
New Episodes Premiere Mondays on DC Universe. Then a shortened version airs Tuesdays on the CW.
Light Spoilers to Follow
The third episode of Stargirl was entertaining, but I’m worried the cracks might be beginning to show in the series. In this episode Icicle, played by Neil Jackson, returns to Blue Valley after Brainwave was defeated at the end of the last episode. Icicle is not only the leader of the former Injustice Society, but it’s revealed he’s also the mastermind behind the mysterious Project New America. Meanwhile, Courtney “Stargirl” Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) and Pat “S.T.R.I.P.E.” Dugan (Luke Wilson) are at odds over how they should proceed in tracking down the rest of the Injustice Society. Pat wants them to exercise caution while Courtney is ready to track down and use the element of surprise to take out the rest of the villains.
Though the audience gets some further glimpses of the story to come, this episode was mostly character development. Icicle is given the most additional depth. Like many DC villains, it is a personal tragedy that fuels his cause. Through Icicle, we see more of the dynamic between the villains, including their relationships with one another and hints of their plans. We also get more development of Courtney’s family and classmates. As far as her family is concerned, the biggest thing we learn is that her little brother is a pain in the butt. In the span of one episode, he’s become my least favorite character. As for Courtney’s classmates, their character development will soon tie into to the biggest revelation from this episode. Courtney is ready to start recruiting a new Justice Society of America!
This episode had several shake-ups as well. It was these surprises that caused me to begin to worry about the quality of the remainder of this season. Many of these shake-ups feel like they happened too early in the narrative. Or if they didn’t occur too early, then details from last two episodes are rendered unnecessary. Along those lines though, there’s a good chance this episode’s shake-ups will tie into Project New America. While watching the show my imagination has been running wild thinking of all the various characters or plot lines from DC’s history Project New America might turn out to be. Despite my reticence over certain events, this episode was the funniest one yet. It was a roller coaster of action, humor, and drama. Add in an awesome soundtrack, and the result is a quality episode.
Stargirl Episode 3 Review