DC’s STARGIRL is a series that hasn’t shied away from focusing on the villains. While Shiv Part 2 was a mild step down from the prior episode, STARGIRL returns to form with this episode, which focuses on the origins of the first bad guy Stargirl faced – Brainwave. While Brainwave is in a Stargirl induced coma, his son Henry has been showing signs of having abilities of his own, manifesting in the Shiv-Stargirl fight at the end of Shiv Part 2. This episode toggles between Brainwave’s origins (complete with mice with glowing domes on their heads) and Henry’s exploration of his powers.
Henry has been a bit of a cipher so far. He clearly has elements of the ‘high school jock jerk’ stereotype, picking on people and playing a role in Wildcat’s (Yvette Monreal) nude pictures being exposed (though I’m getting a feeling we will get a backstory that absolves him of this). He also has been given some signs that he is not altogether a bad guy, grieving for his comatose dad. The fact that he’s kind of broken sets him up as a perfect candidate for Courtney’s (Brec Bassigner) new JSA…except for the whole, naked picture distribution thing, which leads to some heated debate on the team as to whether to recruit him.
In addition to the main storyline, we get a glimpse of what happened to Cindy/Shiv (Meg DeLacy) to remind us she’s not off the table and an introduction to another DC comic team, the Seven Soldiers of Victory (but there’s eight of them). STARGIRL continues to strike a great balance between super-heroics and comedy.
Amy Smart update: My friends, it is quite possible my one man quest to give Amy Smart’s Barbara something to do is nearing an end. She plays a bigger supporting role in this episode, and I have some confidence her role will grow in episode ten. I will therefore forego any Amy Smart trivia this week. Don’t let me down STARGIRL!
What I love about this series is, while it is called STARGIRL, it has set up a rich universe filled with heroes and villains, all of whom get their time to shine in the spotlight. DC fans in particular will love the deep cut comic book references, but anyone can enjoy this show.
This episode will debut on Monday, July 12th
Check back next week for my thoughts on the 10th episode of the series.
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