In Review: Stargirl (S1 – E11) – Shining Knight

Courtney's life gets turned upside down when someone from her past arrives in Blue Valley.

Synopsis: Courtney’s life gets turned upside down when someone from her past arrives in Blue Valley. Meanwhile, Pat uncovers new information about the ISA’s plan and Jordan makes a surprising discovery at work.


The Story

Courtney’s activities as Stargirl get put on hold for this week as her Father turns up in Blue Valley, and he isn’t the hero that she had thought he was.

Meanwhile the school janitor Justin turns up at Pat’s garage in need of some help to remind him about his past as Shining Knight. Pat manages to help Justin remember, but he is still slightly wobbly about some of the details in regards to what happened in the past.

Elsewhere, Brainwave who is fresh from having murdered his son challenges Icicle over why he is not going after Stargirl and implies that his attraction to Barbara is likely holding him back.


The Acting

By far the best aspect of this episode for me was the reveal of Justin as Shining Knight and the production team struck gold when it came to casting Mark Ashworth who nailed it. The fact that Ashworth is not listed on IMDB for this episode is criminal given that it was his character that kept my interest. The scene where Justin goes to Pat for help was absolutely brilliant.

Brec Bassinger does well with what she gets given. The reveal that Courtney’s father is Sam Kurtis and not the hero she was hoping is played out well, but its not really a plot thread that we didn’t see coming. Bassinger plays the disappointment well and the scene where she tries to re-engage with the staff and it doesn’t respond due to mood was a pretty good set up for Stargirl’s metaphorical rebirth from the ashes of her relationship with her father.



A fairly average episode, which had more focus on character development than advancing the overall arc. I felt the stuff concerning Courtney’s father not being who she hoped he would be was fairly predictable. I also feel the writers milked the father and daughter stuff a little too much when all that was really needed was the dinar scene combined with her handing over her locket. The fact that Courtney’s father is Sam Kurtis does open up a few interesting possibilities though given that the character is associated with The Royal Flush Gang and his identity of Two of Clubs.

By contrast. I felt that we didn’t get enough time with Justin and him getting reacquainted with Pat. I’d have loved a few flashback scenes to Camelot in which we see Justin with King Arthur.

Overall. A fairly uneven episode that wobbles a little in not really going with the more interesting story element of Justin’s past as Shining Knight.

Stargirl (S1 - E11) - Shining Knight
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  • Acting
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  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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