After an explosive encounter with the supervillain Brainwave at the end of the pilot, an injured and frightened Courtney stands before an Iron Giant-looking machine, she later dubs S.T.R.I.P.E. At the helm of S.T.R.I.P.E. is her stepdad, Pat Dugan, who arrives just in time to help the teenage hero escape. This moment is topped with a fantastic single shot from their take-off, with a pan downward that reveals Brainwave is alive and well after his battle with Courtney from a moment ago. This fight apparently was an enlightening one for Brainwave, as he leaves with some valuable information that bodes all sorts of bad for Courtney. What ensues is a search for Brainwave at the Blue Valley High School Open House night. The setup seems quite typical, but the dramatic story really pulls you in.
Luke Wilson’s Pat Dugan may come off as a goofball at times, but he is intentionally so due to his selflessness. His main concern was originally to find the Injustice Society of America, and make them pay for their detrimental actions against the heroes of the Justice Society of America. Now that he has a son, wife, and a stepdaughter with the ability to wield a cosmic staff in the same small town as Brainwave, his priorities have changed to protecting his family at all costs. Wilson, the seasoned actor, stirs your emotions in a sequence of scenes as Pat heads out for what he believes will be his end. Refusing to allow a now costumed and masked Courtney, calling herself Stargirl, to face Brainwave alone, Pat flies to the fight in his made-from-auto-parts iron giant, S.T.R.I.P.E. What goes on at this face-off I will leave for the show to tell you. Be sure to stick around for the post-fight action as an awesome, lengthy cliffhanger will play out.
In truth, I haven’t watched any of the DC live action television series at all. Great things have been said about several of them. Yet, I just haven’t had the desire to watch. Stargirl was an exception. She wasn’t a familiar character to me and the trailers for the series were really impressive. This coupled with the fact that I now subscribe to the DC Universe app really whet the appetite I had for a new and interesting series to get into. It is safe to say that Stargirl is a very watchable series for fans and non-fans alike. Come for the super effects, stay for the great storytelling. I’m also glad that the actors for the most part also take themselves very seriously. It is difficult to watch a show when you can tell the actors are uninterested in giving their best performance. My only wish is for Stargirl to have debuted all of the episodes at once. The cliffhangers make this a very binge-worthy show. Unfortunately, we will have to wait week to week and I’ll be ready, waiting to watch.
New episodes of Stargirl air Sundays on DC Universe, and Wednesdays on The CW. Episodes can also be seen on cwtv.com in the US.