I’ve Got A Costume And Everything! – Stargirl Episode 4 Review
Stargirl Episode 4 – Wildcat
Directed by Rob Hardy
Written by James Dale Robinson
Starring: Brec Bassinger, Yvette Monreal, and Luke Wilson
Stargirl created and adapted for television by Geoff Johns
New episodes premiere every Monday on DC Universe, then a shortened version airs Tuesday nights on the CW
Spoilers to Follow
In this episode, Courtney “Stargirl” Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) starts her quest to recruit a new Justice Society of America. Building on the events of the last episode, the beginning of this episode shows Courtney taking stock of the equipment she took from the former JSA’s headquarters. It’s been exciting to see the little nods to the classic comic book JSA characters. It’s been even more exciting to see who Courtney will recruit to take over the mantle of each fallen hero. First on Courtney’s list, Wildcat. She chooses Yolanda Montez (Yvette Monreal) to approach about donning the Wildcat persona.
When I saw this episode’s promo images and read its title, I was expecting a new iteration of the classic Wildcat. A boxer turned vigilante, who believes all a person needs to fight crime is a strong jaw and a solid left hook. Going into this episode I assumed the new Wildcat, with the exception of being Latina, would live up to the classic character’s status quo. Instead, the show presents an inventive and modern new version of the character.
We’ve known since the first episode that Yolanda is considered the “school slut” and is being bullied by her classmates because of it. This episode we learn the reason why. Yolanda sent nude photos of herself to her boyfriend, who then passed them on to the entire school. What I found truly heart wrenching was that once her parents find out, they shame her and increase her feelings of guilt. All heroes have to overcome some kind of adversity. In a modern twist, Yolanda proves her bravery by overcoming “slut shaming” and bullying. Another modern adaptation comes in the form of the Wildcat costume. Admittedly, I think it could look better on screen, but the things it does are really cool.
This was my favorite episode of Stargirl yet. It was a great balance between comic book adaptation and quality television formatting. The development of the series’ greater storyline was minor, but this episode was the first that felt like a complete single episode arc. This episode also featured some cool cinematography that heightened the visual experience. Yolanda and Courtney already have a great team dynamic. I’m exciting to see the recruitment process continue and how the other new JSA members gel with one another.
Stargirl Episode 4
A great balance between comic book adaptation and quality television formatting.