DC Universe / CW
May 18, 2020
Episode 1 – Pilot
Starman and the rest of the Justice Society of America (JSA) are doing fierce battle against the Injustice Society, with Brainwave leading the pack in damage. Starman’s right hand, Stripesy (Luke Wilson) races toward the battle house in a special souped-up car.
As he arrives, Starman takes a piece of metal to the chest and is bleeding out. He gets Starman into the car and they take off … literally when a button is pressed the car flies away to safety in the woods.
Fast forward 10 years into the future and Courtney Whitmore is introduced as the disappointed teen who has to move away from those she knows and likes, her school, her friends, with her mom and boyfriend, Pat (Stripesy!). Courtney goes to the new school and doesn’t fit in and this all is giving me very Karate Kid vibes. Courtney blames Pat for the move, although her mom says it was her idea.
She heads into the basement and finds pictures of Starman, including his outfit and most importantly, his magical, super-powered staff.
When Courtney touches the staff, it powers up and the real fun begins.
The staff has a life and personality all its own. The staff leads her out on an adventure to a drive-in for a little sweet revenge on some high school bullies. Then she returns home and Pat discusses the origin of the staff.
Pat explains that Starman’s staff should only work for those with his power. Courtney thinks Starman might be her father who left their family when she was a baby, but her mother says, no, the only person that has been there for them has been Pat.
Courtney’s mini staff adventure raises the attention of Brainwave, as it was his son that was injured in the drive-in. He explains to his dad who was behind the attack.
Courtney works to patch up her relationship with Pat/Stripesy and learn more of the backstory behind Starman and Stripesy, the sidekick.
That evening, the staff takes her out on another adventure at a tire warehouse, where she learns even more about how to use the staff and the battle, this time, is for real.
You’ll need to tune in and watch to see how that turns out.
The staff steals the show in the first episode! Especially when it goes off on those high school boy bullies. Courtney (Brec Bassinger) comes off a bit unlikable and whiny at first, but when she gets in the groove with the staff, her likability improves. Exciting seeing Luke Wilson, an established actor in his own right, as a co-star in this show and the mechanic and sidekick.
The exposition rolls in a bit heavy in this first episode, but so does the action. Any superhero TV show that starts out with an epic battle scene is worth watching at least a few more episodes. The effects are by and large cinema-quality, which is another plus.
A good, interesting, entertaining introduction to Stargirl — although she hasn’t put on the outfit yet — and her sidekick Stripesy as well as Injustice Society’s Brainwave as the villain.
Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️