Thursday, June 18, 2020

What I’m Watching: Stargirl

Stargirl: Season 1, Episode 5 “Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite” (B)

This episode introduced us to two new heroes, though we had a good idea that Beth was going to take on some mantle already. It’s frustrating just how little Courtney and Yolanda are taking her seriously or even paying her any attention, since they should realize that her role as an outcast makes her a fantastic fit for their new team. She was also much more open than Yolanda to understanding what her capabilities were with Dr. Mid-Nite’s goggles, and she asked the right questions that then elicited extremely helpful answers for everyone. I’d hope that Courtney can see her value now and that she takes proactive steps to act on it before Beth feels totally ignored. Rick wasn’t at all into the mantle of hero, preferring instead to punch his adoptive father’s car and motivated by revenge, which at least will enable him to join the team and soften his heart later. Pat has a lot of catching up to do, and it’s time that he stepped in as a mentor to warn them of the potential shortfalls and advise them rather than trying to keep Courtney from prying and pushing ahead to form a new team. He also isn’t taking her observations seriously, since we saw that the principal is definitely working with Barbara’s suspicious boss, who appears to have powers of his own. Identifying the villains in this town shouldn’t be too difficult, and looking at those hiding in plain sight is absolutely the first place for the man who’s encountered all of them before to start.

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