‘Stargirl’: S01.E01. “Pilot”

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Screen Capture: Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore / Stargirl in “Stargirl”



The much anticipated premiere of Stargirl, the latest Arrowverse live-action series, doesn’t pull its punches. The premiere episode features an opening sequence worthy of a major Arrowever crossover. The budget for this series must be huge. Courtney Whitmore / Stargirl (Brec Bassinger), with the rest of Team Stargirl, momentarily showed up in the Arrowverse crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths.

It’s hilarious Barbara Whitmore (Amy Smart) states the decision to move from California to Nebraska was one they all made. Something tells me, because of Barbara’s new job, neither Courtney and Mike Dugan (Trae Romano) got much of a say in whether they relocated. Mike, definitely being a city-kid, clearly doesn’t like the idea of moving to small-town-America. Courtney isn’t initially thrilled by the move, either. There is something seriously off about this town that defies words.

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The series premiere gives us a great introduction to the title character. In many ways, something people will immediately pick up on, this new addition to the Arrowverse is essentially the first true teen-drama within the franchise. Consequently, because of this, it could be considered a significant departure from what we’ve previously seen in other Arrowverse series. It feels like Dawson’s Creek meets Smallville.

The series opens with the Justice Society of America being taken out by the Injustice Society. Rex Tyler / Hourman (Lou Ferrigno Jr.), Ted Grant / Wildcat (Brian Stapf), and Charles McNider / Doctor Mid-Nite (Henry Thomas) are all killed in an attack on the JSA’s headquarters. Pat Dugan / S.T.R.I.P.E. (Luke Wilson), having ignored Sylvester Pemberton / Starman (Joel McHale), manages to get his friend out of the building. Unfortunately, not that we should be surprised, he doesn’t survive the night.

The photograph Courtney has of her father in the locket she wears looks a lot like Starman. The Christmas Eve night Courtney’s father vanished without a trace is the same night the Injustice Society took out the JSA. Is this a coincidence? Starman being Courtney’s father could explain why it is she can use the Cosmic Staff.

When Courtney crosses paths with Henry King Jr (Jake Austin Walker), noting how he’s Brainwave’s son, we should have known there would be trouble ahead. Courtney’s first day at the new school ends with her being in detention. Whilst there is something that can be said for making a name for yourself on your first day, this isn’t it. The only reason Courtney was in detention is that she had defended a girl that was seated at the same dining room table.

The scene where Courtney accidentally blows up Henry’s car is spectacular. This is essentially what you get for being a bad guy and Henry is every bit as rotten as his father. It’s obvious, by the way he acts when he’s with his pals, that apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

Injustice Society members Lawrence “Crusher” Crock / Sportsmaster (Neil Hopkins), Henry King Sr. / Brainwave (Christopher James Baker), and Jordan Mahkent / Icicle (Neil Jackson), after the Whitmore-Dugan family relocate to Nebraska, show up.

Crusher, owning his own gym, is the stereotypical sports enthusiast. Physical fitness is definitely his thing. Courtney’s first Injustice Society encounter is with Brainwave. It’s not a huge success for either Courtney or Brainwave. Whilst Courtney has not yet mastered using the Cosmic Staff, mainly because of dumb luck, she manages to fight off Brainwave. Brainwave having seen Courtney’s face should be cause for concern. It’s only a matter of time before Courtney and her stepfather release that the time has come to reestablish a Justice Society of America.

Will the new Arrowverse stand on its own or will it need help from The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Black Lightning?