Friday, June 26, 2020

What I’m Watching: Stargirl

Stargirl: Season 1, Episode 6 “The Justice Society” (B)

Now things are kicking into high gear, with our first official faceoff between the new costumed team and a set of villains intent more on teaching them a lesson than actually trying to kill him. I do appreciate this show’s expository style, introducing new characters at the start of each episode as they become relevant to the story. Lawrence and Paula were intimidating enough just cheering from the stands for their athlete daughter, and learning that they’ve disposed of numerous coaches they didn’t feel were appropriately featuring her shows that they make their voices heard (to dead people, but you get the point). As Crusher and Tigress, they were formidable and seemed even to enjoy showing the young JSA members that they’re not nearly as equipped for combat as they might have thought. It did take Rick some time to come around to the notion that he should be a hero and join the team, while Beth was once again entirely underappreciated to the detriment of those around her. Pat showed up at exactly the right moment to serve as the cavalry and encourage Crusher and Tigress to retreat, though they also knew their work was done since the Gambler finished his hacking. I’d think that Mike would be a great choice to join the team, but for now Courtney is probably going to start listening to Pat while Jordan gets the Injustice Society to figure out who their pesky new foes are. They may not have Dr. Mid-Nite’s encyclopedia goggles, but this isn’t a big town and those costumes only disguise so much.

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