Wednesday, August 5, 2020

What I’m Watching: Stargirl

Stargirl: Season 1, Episode 12 “Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. - Part One” (B)

I thought that there couldn’t be too much ground left to cover on this show now that the bad guys all know the secret identities of their enemies and have decided to take them out. I underestimated the tendency for comic book villains to gain delight out of their conquests and kills, and that proved to be the undoing for Sportsmaster and Tigress, who wanted to be artful in their approach to getting rid of Courtney’s entire family and failed as a result. They knew Courtney and Pat had some abilities and fighting experience, but it was Barbara and Mike who ended up surprising them and gaining the upper hand. It’s good to know that there’s a safehouse where they can all be together and regroup, even if they’re not exactly subtle, what with Justin showing up with snacks and Pat having his giant suit fly in by itself. Sportsmaster and Tigress might have gotten carried away and killed one of their own – the Fiddler – when she criticized their parenting skills, but the bad guys appear to still be out front and looking ready to wreak havoc on the world. Beth did seem startled by the humanitarian aims of their manifesto, but the idea that twenty-five million people would die because they couldn’t accept the brainwashing made it clear that this was indeed an evil plan. Trapping Barbara in a trance was disconcerting, but being able to control Pat and the suit was much more worrisome. This is an uphill battle our youthful team has ahead of them, which should make for an intense finale.

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