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Stargirl – DC Universe – Episode 1 Review

by Conor O'Brien

The first episode of Stargirl has premiered on DC Universe. Read to find out Courageous Nerd‘s initial thoughts on the series.

Two weeks. After no less than a fortnight, I finally caught up to the rest of the world and watched the Stargirl pilot.

For those uninitiated, Stargirl is the newest superhero show based on a DC Comics property. It airs on DC Universe and The CW.

As a fan of Arrowverse television and less versed in the world of comics, I didn’t know what to expect, going into this series. How would Stargirl compare to the likes of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl?

Prior to the pilot episode, Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) had actually cameoed in the Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover. However, this was the first experience of the character leading her own show.

As someone familiar with Bassinger from her days on Nickelodeon, it was both refreshing and exciting to see her in this role.

On one hand, it was a face I recognised which helped familiarise the show quicker than it may have been otherwise. From another perspective, this is not Bella and the Bulldogs. As expected, it’s a completely different tone/vibe.

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Another major cast member in the series is Luke Wilson, who plays Pat Dugan. He fills the role of both Courtney’s step-father in the present day while in the past, he was the sidekick to superhero Starman (Joel McHale).

Wilson, as Pat, is the first character seen on screen for the whole series. After initially not recognising him, Pat stumbles into an impressive-looking fight scene between the Justice Society of America and the Injustice Society. I mean, considering this is a television budget, the graphics are top notch.

Pat provides key expository dialogue that informs the viewers of each hero’s individual name. Starman also gives an insight into Pat’s personality, by calling him a good friend. Overall, this was a good start in establishing the character.

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Stargirl has a large ensemble cast, most of whom can be split into three separate story arcs of how their character fits into the show.

Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect) plays Barbara Whitmore, Courtney’s mother. While she is not featured prominently in the pilot, presuamably the role becomes bigger. As of now, she’s filling the ‘blissful/unaware mom/wife’ trope.

Additionally, young actor Trae Romano stars as Mike Dugan, Pat’s son and Courtney’s step-brother. He’s a funny kid with a few good lines but I would guess he’ll mostly feature in the family storylines.

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Following countless teen dramas before it, Stargirl does briefly focus on Courtney’s high school drama, struggling to fit in.

We are also introduced to who will likely become Courtney’s friend group, even if somewhat unconventionally; Yolanda (Yvette Monreal), Rick (Cameron Gellman) and Beth (Anjelika Washington).

While previously released have revealed that these three will also don superhero attire, it doesn’t seem to be heading in that direction, as of now.

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Then, we have the villains. Namely, Brainwave (Christopher James Baker) and Icicle (Neil Jenkins). Both are shown sparingly although they were making sinister plots in the background.

Brainwave’s son, Henry King Jr. (Jake Austin Walker) is also introduced and seems to be the stereotypical, arrogant jock that has been showcased on television before.

In all honesty, this would be incredibly lazy writing. Not every high school drama needs such a character. However, his comic book history suggests he may be heading down a different road.

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Overall, I really enjoyed this episode of Staegirl and look forward to watching its successor in the near future.

I would recommend anyone who is a fan of superheroes in any medium to give the show a try, as it is not like anything else of the genre.

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