In Review: Stargirl (S1 – Ep13) – Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part 2

As the Injustice Society of America comes closer to accomplishing its mission, Courtney and the JSA face off against Icicle and the villains of the ISA.

Synopsis: As the Injustice Society of America comes closer to accomplishing its mission, Courtney and the JSA face off against Icicle and the villains of the ISA.


The Story

With all the adults in the process of being reprogrammed by Brainwaves machine, it’s down to the kids of the JSA to try and work things out themselves. A process, which is complicated by the fact that Pat aka Stripesy is under the influence of the Brainwave machine and is attacking Stargirl. The teams only hope to get Pat back into the fight falls on the shoulders of Beth and her Doctor Mid-Nite to find a way to out hack the Gambler and knock out the signal that is being sent to Pat.

As the story progresses we see lots of great action sequences and some great moments as JSA starts rising to the challenge and actually work together as a team.


The Acting

This week was full of great dramatic performances from both JSA and ISA members. The interplay between Icycle (Neil Jackson) and Barbara (Amy Smart) towards the close of the episode was compelling viewing. Jackson’s portrayal of an obsessed Jordan Mahkent aka Icycle delivered on just about every level imaginable. You totally believed him when he said he was going to kill Pat and Courtney and continue to try and make his idealized version of America. Smart also delivered a fairly compelling performance as she tried to stand up to Mahkent in order to buy time for Stargirl to swoop in.


Solomon Grundy gets a pounding from Hourman


We also get solid performances from Cameron Gellman as Rick aka Hourman. This story pretty much allows Rick’s character to come full circle insofar as his revenge story arc goes. Which sees him wallop Soloman Grundy into next week and then some. This translates to us seeing a far more likable Rick by the close of the episode.

Both Brec Bassinger and Luke Wilson put on a great show as Stargirl/Courtney becomes a lot closer to Pat, which leaves us with a sweet moment in the closing minutes where Courtney presents him with a mug, which somewhat predictably reads ‘Worlds Greatest Dad’. This scene is further emphasized by a nice shot of Stargirl and Pat in his Stripe Robot Suit sitting on top of a water tower overlooking a vista of pine trees.

We also got a surprise appearance from Joel McHale who plays Sylvester Pemberton the original Starman.



This was a fantastic season one finale, which sadly killed off some really compelling villains, but ultimately leaves the ISA in the same ruined state that the JSA was at the start. This means that the second season will likely focus on Cindy Burman AKA Shiv and The Gambler as they look to rebuild the ISA.

The episode had an epic feel to it and every dollar was on the screen. We saw some fantastic fight choreography as Stargirl showed off some gymnastic athleticism during the fight with Sportsmaster, Tigress, Icycle, and Dragon King as they tried to stop Stargirl and her friends from getting to Brainwaves machine. We also got to see some fairly decent CGI as we saw Soloman Grundy do battle with Pat and then get stomped by a rather ticked off Hourman whose hour had obviously cometh.

Overall. With an obvious return in the works for Starman in some shape or form on the cards and with Gambler and Shiv in the wind. It looks like the CW has a whole set of new toys to play with for season two of ‘Stargirl’. Let’s just hope they don’t mess it up.

Stargirl (S1 - Ep13) - Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part 2
  • Story
  • Acting
  • CGI & Stunts
  • 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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