In Review: Stargirl (S3 -EP1) Frenemies – Chapter One: The Murder

Starman has returned from the dead and her former supervillain enemies vowing to reform, Courtney is hopeful that there will finally be peace in Blue Valley.
The Murder

Synopsis: In The Murder, Starman has returned from the dead and her former supervillain enemies vowing to reform, Courtney is hopeful that there will finally be peace in Blue Valley. But when The Gambler arrives in town looking to make his own amends, the team finds themselves at odds over whether he can be trusted.

 

The Story

This third season kicks off several months after events seen in the last series. Several supervillains including Cindy Burman, but it seems that they are all struggling to adapt to a life of breaking good. Things get somewhat tense when The Gambler returns and claims that he too is trying to turn over a new leaf and is looking for his daughter. Meanwhile, Stargirl is struggling to deal with the fact that Starman is back. The question of who should wield the staff is up in the air, but Stargirl may have a compromise. 

When the Gambler’s old gang comes to town it kicks off a chain of events that ends with a murder and it is Cindy Burman who is holding the gun.

 

The Acting

Brec Bassinger makes a return as Stargirl and is as upbeat and optimistic as ever. She has some good scenes in this opening episode, which look to set things up for this year’s story arc. The return of Starman causes a bit of a stir and Bassinger gets a great scene with Joel McHale’s Sylvester Pemberton as the question of who should carry the staff is talked over. McHale also has some fun scenes with Luke Wilson as Pat and Sylvester go off on a little adventure, which lands them in a situation where they get to play heroes. 

Meg DeLacy returns as a Cindy Burman who is trying to reform her ways but is having issues with how Stargirl and the JSA do things. Added to this, Cindy’s inclusion in the JSA is causing some friction with Yolanda (Yvette Monreal) who still harbors some harsh feelings toward her.

 

Overall

Much like last year. This third series gets off to a slow start as the focus is on the character drama between Courtney’s original JSA team and its newer member. We also see some fallout from the return of Sylvester aka Starman and where that leaves Courtney and her team. This is soon wrapped up when Sylvester offers to train her, but I can’t help but feel that this is something that will likely pop up again should a situation be too much for Courtney to manage.

The episode ends with a murder that much like the first season takes out one of the main villains. But who or what is responsible for this kill? I’m sure that we’ll find out sooner or later as this seems to be the event that will trigger this year’s main story.

9.4
Stargirl (S3 -EP1) Frenemies - Chapter One: The Murder
  • Story
    8.6
  • Acting
    9.7
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.5
  • Incidental Music
    9.6

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