In Review: Stargirl (S1 – Ep2) – S.T.R.I.P.E.

Courtney seeks justice for the death of Starman

Synopsis: After Courtney has an unexpected run-in with a member of the Injustice Society of America, Pat reveals the truth to her about their history.


The Story

Having barely escaped her encounter with Brainwave in last week’s episode. Courtney is looking for answers and gets into a rather heated discussion with Pat about it all while he tries to give her a sense of the history of Brainwave and the danger that she is wanting to put herself in.  Pat is set on trying to go after Brainwave on his own and has built a protective and heavily armed robot suit for that very purpose.

When a school function comes up. Both Pat and Courtney use it as a means to try and find Brainwave, but it seems Brainwave has the same idea and is looking for Courtney too.


The Acting

Both Brec Bassinger and Luke Wilson build on the chemistry that they established last week as Courtney and Pat aka Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. and the moment that Stargirl calls S.T.R.I.P.E. her sidekick toward the end of the episode establishes what looks to be the way of things as the show moves forward. While Pat is trying to be the responsible and protective adult and perhaps a tad overly cautious. It is apparent that Courtney has the blind faith of youth on her side as she seems to be extremely curious about the history of the JSA as well as impetuous in her decision making.

Also really good and channeling his inner supervillain is Christopher James Baker who comes over as frighteningly intense as Brainwave. The scenes where he is looking for Courtney in the school are something else. It’s almost a shame he has been taken out of play so early in the series. At least for the time being.



While not quite matching up to last week’s premiere episode. This second outing for the series does a solid job of building on the seeds that were planted last week. We get some fun action beats, which include Pat testing his robot suit and the visit to the Gym, and we also get a few more tidbits about the JSA when it comes to the origins of the cosmic staff, which promises us a story that will be revealed in a future episode.

Overall. A fairly solid second episode, which sees one villain off for the time being in order to set up a few other members of Injustice Society. Namely Icicle and The Wizard. There’s enough here to keep fans going until next week. Much like Courtney. I think a lot of fans are wanting to see the show delve more into the original JSA.

Stargirl (S1 - Ep2) - S.T.R.I.P.E.
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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:
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