Jordan Mahkent/Icicle (Neil Jackson) is the leader of the Injustice Society, the main antagonists of DC Universe’s Stargirl. Should the show get renewed for a second season, will Jackson be staying on?
Since the pilot episode of DC Universe’s Stargirl in May, the Injustice Society of America (ISA) have been established as the season 1 villains. At the helm is businessman Jordan Mahkent (played by Neil Jackson), who is secretly the supervillain known as Icicle. With Stargirl being set 10 years after Jordan and his allies murdered the Justice Society of America (JSA), he is now living a double life in Blue Valley, Nebraska – as Icicle and a widowed father to a teenage son, Cameron (played by Hunter Sansone).
Unusually for the DC Universe streaming service, Stargirl also airs its episodes on The CW, the day following its initial release. This decision places Stargirl in the same shared continuity as The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, among others, within the Arrowverse franchise.
Although there have been some exceptions, these superhero series usually end their seasons by having the villain (or ‘Big Bad’) being killed-off, destroyed or defeated by some other means. Jordan, by being leader of the ISA, is the de-facto primary antagonist of Stargirl. With this in mind, will he survive into a potential Season 2?
Actor Neil Jackson has previously worked with Stargirl creator Geoff Johns on Blade: The Series with the former playing “Marcus Van Sciver” and the latter serving as one of the show’s writers. With this long-time relationship, would Johns want his long time collaborator to leave early on? This is one angle to look at the possibility of Jackson leaving or staying.
Besides Stargirl, Jackson is also a regular on another series, AXN’s Absentia. He plays the role of “Jack Byrne”, older brother to main protagonist Emily (Castle alum Stana Katic). Absentia will return for its third season on July 17, 2020. However, Stargirl seems to have much shorter seasons than its counterparts on The CW, with a total of 13 compared to the 20-22 on The Flash and Supergirl.
Ultimately, the writers on Stargirl could decide to have the title character (Brec Bassinger) and her new team – Wildcat (Yvette Monreal), Dr Mid-Nite (Anjelika Washington) and Hourman (Cameron Gellman) defeat Jordan and the ISA by the end of the first season.
Alternatively, the villains’ identities could remain a mystery to the heroes even after the season finale and the same characters would be a recurring threat throughout Stargirl. This seems unlikely considering where the story has been going so far, with Courtney and her friends unearthing the truth in other areas.
As of writing, Stargirl still has seven episodes to air in its first season. The storyline could still go in any direction. For now, we will have to just wait and see what happens next in Blue Valley.
Stargirl airs on DC Universe (Monday) and The CW (Tuesday).
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