I’m Going To Gut That Star Spangled B!+<h – Stargirl Episode 8 Review
Stargirl Episode 8 – Shiv Part Two
Directed by Geary McLeod
Written by Paula Sevenbergen
Full Episode Cast
Spoilers To Follow…
A lot happened in the conclusion to the two part Shiv episode of Stargirl. Yet, I was left feeling like the show’s plot didn’t really go anywhere. The episode was spent dealing with the fallout after Courtney “Stargirl” Whitmore’s (Brec Bassinger) defeat at the hands of Cindy “Shiv” Burman (Meg DeLacy). Courtney is injured and recovering in bed. So the rest of the new Justice Society of America devise a plan to learn more about Cindy’s motives, how she gained her powers, and to confirm if she’s connected to the Injustice Society. Meanwhile the villains continue their work behind the scenes and a new threat begins to emerge. Even though the plot development was a little muddled, it didn’t stop this episode from putting a strong focus on the characters.
The similarities between Cindy and Courtney, first touched on last episode, are explored further. Both reveal the lengths they’ll go to in order to achieve their various missions. Stargirl is more determined than ever to defeat the Injustice Society, even if it means risking her life. She’s finally crossed over from the excitement of being a superhero to the dedication necessary to be a true hero. On the dark side of the coin, Cindy is desperate to prove herself to her father and earn a seat at the Injustice Society’s table. After getting an even deeper look into Cindy’s home life, the audience almost becomes sympathetic toward her. That is, until she reveals just how evil she really is. Shiv is going to be a really fun villain to watch in the episodes to come. The kind of villain the audience finds themselves loving to hate.
This episode also had a lot of interesting interactions between different characters. First, we get further evidence of the growing bond between Pat (Luke Wilson) and Courtney. In order to cover for Courtney’s injuries and not reveal her secret identity to the town, Pat stages a car accident. Unfortunately, this mean purposely crashing his beloved Buick. This episode also marked the first time we’ve gotten to see the members of the new Justice Society of America interact with one another independent of Courtney. Finally, we get to see a quirky interaction between Pat and Beth “Dr. Mid-Nite” Chapel (Anjelika Washington). This interaction was unexpected, but was probably my favorite scene in the entire episode.
Episode eight of Stargirl was kind of all over the place. It just tried to do too much, including expanding on older plotlines, concluding the second part of the two-part episode, and opening new plotlines. It was just a lot to try to squeeze into one episode. Luckily, the writer and director made sure to include plenty of quality character development and interaction. Plus, the fight scene in this episode, though short, was just as incredible as all the others have been. New episodes of Stargirl premiere every Monday of the DC Universe subscription service. Then a shortened version airs Tuesday nights on the CW.
Stargirl Episode 8