DC’s STARGIRL – Episode 13 “Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part Two” review – Justice Served

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At the end of part 1 of the STARGIRL season finale, our heroes breached the lair of the Injustice Society, only to realize that the ‘ticking clock’ was running a half an hour fast. As a result, the adults in the group were frozen by Dragon King’s Brainwave Enhancing Adult Brain Reprogramming Satellite Dish (unofficial title). Worse than being frozen, Brainwave was controlling Pat (Luke Wilson) and making him attack Stargirl (Brec Bassinger). Did the finale put a suitable cap on what has been a great season so far? Spoiler alert: Yes.

My review of the pilot noted that the story seemed not just be about Courtney’s evolution as Stargirl, but also her relationship with Pat. Along the way, new characters were introduced, and it became more of a team effort. With the finale, things come full circle. While each of the JSA has an important role to play, in many ways the episode revolves around Pat and Courtney.

Beyond relationships, everyone gets their time to shine. Like many prior episodes, the finale boast impressive fight sequences and deft choreography. Stargirl in particular has been given much better fight sequences as the season wore on. Each character, both villain and hero is given some time in the spotlight. The episode is full of the kind of crowd pleasing moments that pay off on a season’s worth of careful character development. As has been the case throughout the season, this is a show that strikes an interesting balance between lightheartedness and a willingness to kill people off. The episode also has some really nice twists.

As a season capping episode, the finale does a great job of balancing resolution and giving a hint of what might be coming in season 2. Note that there is a short stinger scene after the dedication screen at the end, so don’t turn off the episode too early. If you haven’t watched STARGIRL yet, don’t ruin the ride by watching the finale first. Start with episode one, as each installment built up to the satisfying conclusion. Overall, STARGIRL’s first season was a rousing success, making the show a great addition to the Arrowverse. All it needs now is the obligatory crossovers with Flash and The Legends of Tomorrow.

This episode will debut on Monday, August 10th


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