Friction, Fights, and Super Villain Might – Stargirl Episode 6 Review
Stargirl Episode 6
Stargirl: Episode 6 – The Justice Society
Directed by Chris Manley
Written by Geoff Johns
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New episodes premiere Mondays on DC Universe, then a shortened version airs Tuesday nights on the CW.
Spoilers to Follow…
It has taken six episodes, but Stargirl has finally found its rhythm as a television show. This episode was a great balance between TV plotting, character drama, and superhero action. Courtney “Stargirl” Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) is feeling good after recruiting three of her classmates into the new Justice Society of America. At the beginning of this episode, she’s confronted by her stepfather, Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson), who’s angry that Courtney went behind his back and distributed the original JSA’s costumes and accessories. Pat urges Courtney to retrieve the items so that her classmates don’t wind up getting killed in action like the former JSA. As Courtney talks to her teammates about returning the items, their feelings and motivations for wanting to continue on as heroes are revealed. At the same time, the viewer also gets to see the next piece of the Injustice Society’s master plan.
This episode was full of wise writing choices, and a few odd ones. Most of the comic relief comes from the Cosmic Staff, which is quickly becoming an additional team member. Another wise choice is the warm and organic development of the Whitmore family’s relationships with one another. Pat and Courtney continue to shine when on screen together. Their relationship is very believable. We also get to see Courtney’s mom Barbara (Amy Smart) and stepbrother Mike (Trae Romano) deepen their familial bond. Their scenes together were cute, but almost felt shoe-horned in to the episode. These scenes didn’t add anything to the episode’s plot, and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn they are the ones cut for time when this episode airs tomorrow on the CW. Another odd choice involved the soundtrack. As the Gambler is executing the next phase of the Injustice Society’s plan, he puts on Timber by Pitbull. This song choice comes out of left field. It really doesn’t fit with what we know about the Gambler. It is also another example of the disparate timeline in which the show is set.
There were two highlights in this episode, and they tie in to one another. This episode marks the first time we get to see the new JSA working together in full costume. Their team-up culminates in an amazing ten-minute fight scene. This action scene was well shot and featured impressive fight choreography. A few of the special effects were a little hokey, but luckily were not of such a low quality that they detracted from the scene as a whole. Every episode so far has showcased different members of the Injustice Society. This episode put the spotlight on Tigress (Joy Osmanski) and Sportsmaster (Neil Hopkins). Both actors do a great job portraying their respective villains. Their scene work rivals the chemistry we’ve seen between Wilson and Bassinger. Osmanski and Hopkins’ performances permeate pure evil, even when they are smiling. The pair are the type of villains that, in the back of your mind, you find yourself rooting for because they’re just that entertaining.
Each week this show just keeps getting better. In my opinion, episode six is of a high enough quality to rival many episodes of the Arrowverse shows. The acting was believable, the action scene was enthralling, and the episode had moments of humor and heart. The story finally feels like we’ve moved beyond set up, and the plot is finally moving forward. I hope the next six days fly by so that I can see where the story goes next.
Each week this show just keeps getting better.