As a policy, I strive to not include spoilers of the current episode I'm reviewing. On that note, this will be a very brief review as there is too much new information being presented in "Brainwave Jr." that simply cannot be discussed at this time. Don't worry, we'll gasp from shock together next week. It is truly a pity that Stargirl is a weekly episodic rather than a full season of a series being premiered on the DC Universe app. Had it been the latter, Stargirl would truly be a hit series as it would maintain a steady viewership. The CW ratings have, for the most part, decreased from its 1.2M and 1.1M viewers for the first two episodes, presently sitting at 0.8M as of last week's episode. Thankfully, the decline hasn't been drastic enough to jeopardize the green light for Season 2, though greater effort should be made to promote the show. Nevertheless, those who continue to watch television should laser in on this fantastic series, as it just gets better with each episode, and as the title of this review states, "Brainwave Jr." is the absolute best so far. (The series is not going to continue on the DC Universe app for its second season).
Last week's episode "Brainwave" ended with Courtney's mom, Barbara, happening upon Courtney, Pat, and the Cosmic Staff afloat and alight. "Brainwave Jr." answers the question of how exactly Pat and Barb met in Blue Valley just two years ago from the start, but the kismet moment is soured by what is happening in the present. Barbara is truly upset with all of the dishonesty taking place, it is no wonder she makes the decision she does. Any mother who truly cares for her child would do the same. Yet Courtney is going crazy trying to find a way to get her mother to understand what is really happening in Blue Valley. Pat realizes he must face the consequences of his misdeeds, and they not only affect him, but his son Mike as well. Mike, who is consistently left out of what is happening and feels this in his heart, is just barely developed as a character in the series. Hopefully, we get to see more from him as time goes on.
As Courtney is in the midst of her efforts, Henry reaches out to her for help, a stark turn from his past interaction with her in Brainwave's hospital room. Not only are Henry's powers getting stronger, but he's also learned new information about his family's past. Together, they embark on a journey with emotionally unexpected results. "Brainwave Jr." is a very fast paced episode that requires you to keep your phone out of your hands for the duration of it. Trust me, the lack of distraction is paramount to fully absorb the gravitas of what happens. With three episodes left to this first season, I am truly on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens in next week's episode "Shining Knight." Have I mentioned how happy I am that Stargirl was renewed for a second season?
New episodes of Stargirl air Sunday nights at 12a.m. EDT on DC Universe and Tuesdays at 8p.m. EDT on The CW. Episodes can also be seen on cwtv.com in the U.S. shortly after it airs on the channel.