TV SERIES Review: Stargirl S1E3 – Icicle ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E face off against Icicle with a school bus hanging in the balance!

Season 1
DC Universe / CW
May 31, 2020 @ 9:00pm PT (GMT-8)

Episode 2 – Icicle

Every Sunday night on the west coast in the United States at 9pm PT, a new episode of Stargirl!

Starts with Icicle backstory. His wife is dying of cancer and has him make a promise to hold others responsible that did this to her. He will spend his time tracking down those behind chemical plants and punishing them.

Present day and Icicle wants to know who took out Brainwave. He meets with an politician with a magician son and learns about the young girl who carried the magic staff.

Courtney and Pat talking about what happened to Brainwave and rooting out more of the Injustice Society. Pat wants Court to lay low, but she has another idea:

“I have a three point plan. Find them, surprise them, kick their asses!”

Courtney goes to school and notices a girl being slut-shamed. She tries to help her from a mean girls group. The magician boy shows her a card trick.

Icicle leaves a star in ice and Courtney comes across it when walking home. Court convinces Pat to fire up S.T.R.I.P.E and they head into an icy battle with Icicle.

Little do they know that a school bus is going to caught up in the action (top most picture). But there’s more than saving the bus, it’s the kids on board, too.

The magician and his dad are part of an Icicle side story … hey, watch out!

So, what exactly is Icicle up to? What is the deal with the magician and his politician dad side story and how does that fit? Barbara, Courtney’s mom, encounters Icicle’s non-villain regular persona disguise and seems to be buddying up to him. What’s the deal with that?

Summary

Icicle is the leader of the Injustice League. For those who are up on the Stargirl comics, which I mentioned in the episode 2 review, you may have a bit of an advantage, according to Geoff Johns, the creator. There are also easter eggs galore being planted:

I mean, you should pay attention to everybody. There’s characters in there that are that will seem minor that aren’t. And there’s items! People are like, “There’s so many Easter eggs,” and I was like, “Absolutely,” because this is being made by people who are neck-deep in the lore. Like, we love the JSA and Stargirl, and everyone working on it really delved in, from production to writers — everybody.

Stargirl: Geoff Johns Breaks Down First Episodes, Teases What’s Next

This was a good, not great, episode. Seems like we’re still in setup mode and characters being introduced. Icicle’s backstory makes him not all bad, which is a nice touch. Not sure why we needed the brainwave hospital bed scene or Mike, Pat’s son getting into trouble and being assigned a paper route. That has … what to deal with the story? Maybe later on it does. I liked the magician part, although something more magical with that could have been done.

All in all, entertaining, interesting and recommended.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

TV SERIES Review: Stargirl S1E2 – S.T.R.I.P.E ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1
DC Universe / CW
May 24, 2020 @ 9:00pm PT (GMT-5)

Episode 2 – S.T.R.I.P.E

At the end of the first episode, Pat/Stripesy shows up inside a mech robot, following Courtney’s interrogation by Brainwave. He flies Courtney out of the situation and home.

Pat explains to Courtney how he searched all around for the Injustice League of America (ILA) and that they moved to Blue Valley because he thought they’d be safe there from them there.

Brainwave talks to his son, Henry, again about the fight at the drive-in. He wanted to know if it was a girl that beat up his friends and blew up their car? He replied that it was too dark and he couldn’t see.

Day #2 at Blue Valley High School and Courtney is trying to fit in. She took the Starman uniform and makes sewing alterations. She wants to have her own uniform to protect her true identity.

Pat visits Ripped City, a fitness gym to build his muscles. Nice use of music from Karate Kid (“Your the best!”). Starting to wonder if the creators are Karate Kid fans.

Open House at Blue Valley and Brainwave is trying to track down Courtney’s identity based upon an ID badge that was burned at the tire factory. He finds her and wonders if he is Starman’s daughter. “You keep thinking of him, over and over.” She tells him, “You’ll pay what you did to the JSA and my father.” Brainwave tells her that she’s going to bring him the cosmic staff at midnight. He threatens to kill her mother if she doesn’t comply.

Courtney tells Pat what happened and he tells Courtney to protect her mother. That if he doesn’t return after that night’s battle, to take her mom out of the city and somewhere where she can be safe from the Injustice League. Pat heads to his garage, planning to fight Brainwave as the mech robot known as S.T.R.I.P.E outside Blue Valley Tire.

Brainwave rather easily disables S.T.R.I.P.E and is about to destroy him when Stargirl flies in on the staff.

Brainwave attacks throwing all kinds of debris with his mind. Stargirl is trapped by the bumper of the car and Brainwave moves in, about to crush her with his mind …

Check out the second episode to see if Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E escape Brainwave’s attack. What about the rest of the Injustice Society? Is Stargirl’s mother safe?

Summary

Another solid episode, this one also written by Geoff Johns, co-creator of Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. Perhaps this is normal for superhero TV shows but there is a bit of an air of corniness. Some of the dialogue, in particular, just sounds a bit cheesy. Yeah, yeah, I know it’s a comic book adaptation, but at times it doesn’t sound like something people would say. Sure, they might say these things in comic books, but not in a live action show.

We now have enough origin backstory and see how Courtney Whitmore becomes Stargirl and Stripesy becomes S.T.R.I.P.E, we also know a few of the villains of the Injustice League. There is a real sense that another epic battle is brewing.

For those catching this show on DC Universe, they offer a bunch of comic books providing the history of Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. in a dedicated section called: Get To Know Stargirl here: https://www.dcuniverse.com/collections/gtk-stargirl

As a benefit to DC Universe subscribers, there are thousands of comic books, including STARS & S.T.R.I.P.E (1999-) which detail the adventures of Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E

This show is acting as a good gateway, similar to Harley Quinn the adult animated show, encouraging viewers to deep-dive the comics and learn more. I haven’t read any of these comic books, but am getting more interested. It’s working.

An entertaining start for the series, I’m definitely looking forward to more episodes.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

TV SERIES Review: Stargirl S1E1 – Pilot ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
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.

Summary

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: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

FIRST LOOK: Stargirl (TV Series) – DC Universe/CW

Wasn’t sure if I’d get into this or not, but the pilot easily dug its hooks into me.

Stargirl, starring Luke Wilson as the Stripey/Pat and Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl season one has arrived on DC Universe and CW and new episodes are being dropped weekly.

Wilson explained why he was interested in the project.

“To think that I’ve got 25 years of acting and I’m getting to do something I’ve never done before — a superhero project,” he tells EW with a laugh. “My brother Owen’s two sons who are about 5 and 8, and my brother Andrew’s daughter is 10. I showed them a few of these scenes, and it was just so funny to see them get quiet and really concentrate and then start asking me questions like, ‘So you operate the robot?!’ They very rarely show interest in anything that I’m up to! It was funny to see them get immediately hooked in by the show.”

Luke Wilson explains why he joined DC’s Stargirl | EW.com

Stargirl is a reluctant teen named Courtney Whitmore who learns how to use this totally cool staff she discovers in a case in the basement. The staff has a personality all its own and can fight, fly and more. In the wielding hands of Stargirl, the daughter of Starman, it’s a fearsome weapon.

I’ll be reviewing new episodes on Mondays of Stargirl just like we do with Harley Quinn, also on DC Universe. With 22,000+ comic books to read, and new ones being added, these two original shows, this makes a compelling niche service to subscribe to.

Stargirl season one episodes are released every Monday on DC Universe and an edited version with commercials on CW on Tuesday as of May 18, 2020.