Daddy Issues Make For The Best Villains – Stargirl Episode 7 Review
Stargirl Episode 7 – Shiv Part One
Directed by Lea Thompson
Written by Evan Ball
Full Episode Cast
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Light Spoilers To Follow…
Stargirl’s first season is rolling right along. Episode 7 marks part one of a two part episode. Pat (Luke Wilson) has finally agreed to help Courtney “Stargirl” Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) and her newly assembled Justice Society of America track down the Injustice Society. His help however, comes at a price. The JSA members must learn to work as a team before Pat will let them take on their foes. Courtney is impatient to continue the search for the Injustice Society, but the rest of her team is excited to hone their skills. Courtney’s impatience eventually comes back to bite her as she faces off against a new villain.
When an episode starts with a Bachman-Turner Overdrive song, you know you’re in for a great TV show. This episode did not disappoint, and neither did its soundtrack. Episode 7 was mostly character development that also moved the plot forward. There’s a couple of action scenes as well, but this episode was all about interactions between the characters. There’s some friction between the JSA members, and some drama within the Whitmore family. The biggest development was that we’re finally starting to see the Injustice Society’s kids take their first strides toward donning their own super villain personas.
The show’s been hinting at this from the very first episode. I’ve really been enjoying trying to guess which of Courtney’s classmates will become members of the JSA, and which will wind up being the children of the villains. The Injustice Society members’ kids are in the mix with Courtney and her friends and their respective parentage and legacies are starting to come to light. I’m curious to see what events will set each of them on the path to becoming villains. This episode also gives the viewer a look into the life of high school queen bee Cindy (Meg DeLacy). This gives her character more depth beyond just being the school’s popular mean girl. We’re also shown some interesting parallels between Cindy and Courtney’s characters. The episode concludes with an exciting action sequence that leaves Courtney wishing she’d taken Pat’s training session more seriously.
Honestly, that’s my biggest complaint with this episode. I love training scenes in action shows or movies. For me, the middle of a Rocky movie is more fun to watch than the big match at the end. There’s just something about watching a hero working to reach their full potential. So I was really looking forward to seeing a cool training sequence in this episode. Admittedly, the scene itself does have a cool moment, but not in the way I expected. I hope we get to the JSA team train together in upcoming episodes. Beyond that small complaint, Shiv Part One was a great episode. Training scene or not, I’m looking forward to seeing next week’s conclusion to this storyline.
Stargirl Episode 7