Insane in the Brain-Wave – Stargirl Episode 9 Review
Stargirl Episode 9 – Brainwave
Directed by Tamra Davis
Written by Colleen McGuinness
Full Episode Cast
Spoilers To Follow…
Episode 9 of Stargirl was all about answers. Henry King Jr. (Jake Austin Walker) get answers about his father’s past as the supervillain Brainwave (Christopher James Baker). The specifics of the Injustice Society’s mission are revealed and the viewer learns the real goal of Project New American. Meanwhile, astute DC fans get an answer to the identity of the school’s creepy janitor. Finally Barbara (Amy Smart) learns why her daughter and husband have been acting so strangely. We’ll have to wait until next we to see how she reacts to finding out that Courtney (Brec Bassinger) is Stargirl.
Courtney stumbles upon another answer as well. She learns the identity of one of the members of the Injustice Society, and it happens in the oddest way possible. Barbara invites her boss over to enjoy a family dinner. Unfortunately, her boss also happens to be the supervillain Icicle (Neil Jackson). An awkward dinner becomes even more awkward when, by complete chance, Courtney figures out Icicle’s secret identity. Further complicating matters, Icicle’s son is Courtney’s love interest. Another focus of the episode, in case you couldn’t guess from the title, was Henry Jr. and Brainwave. The audience is given the complete picture of Brainwave’s origin right alongside Henry Jr. After learning of Henry Jr’s psychic powers last episode, Courtney tries to recruit him to the Justice Society of America’s cause. She hopes he can use his abilities to identity more members of the Injustice Society. Henry Jr. reacts poorly to her offer, but Courtney leaves hoping he’ll change his mind. It will be interesting to see how things play out with both of the supervillains’ sons and Courtney as the story continues to progress.
There’s one thing that bugs me about this show. Namely, that the villains are more interesting than the heroes. The villains and their offspring get the meatier character development while the heroes mostly move the plot forward. Sportsmaster and Tigress were the highlight of the episode they were featured in. Icicle and Brainwave are each scary in their own unique ways. Even though she’s only featured in a short scene in this episode, Cindy “Shiv” Burman (Meg DeLacy) has officially become a more interesting character than Stargirl. Shiv is a fearsome fighter and a complex character. Plus her father is Dragon King (Nelson Lee) who has slowly been revealed to be as sinister as he is terrifying. I love colorful and fully fleshed out villains, but when they start to outshine the heroes, it makes me question a show’s writing to some extent. A quality villain is supposed to be a great foil for the hero they are pitted against, not the other way around. Especially when the show in question is named after a superhero. Even though I love the villains, I’m still on team Stargirl. The show is past the halfway point and beginning to ramp up its pace. It’ll be interesting to see how things build from here toward the eventual season finale.
Stargirl Episode 9