Monday, June 29, 2020

Stargirl - Shiv (Part One)

The first half of Stargirl's first two-part episode offers a closer look at the life of mean girl Cindy Burman (Meg DeLacy), the daughter of the Dragon King (Nelson Lee). Revealed to be even more of a terror than the previous episodes had foreshadowed, "Shiv Part One" introduces us to the first super-villain of the younger generation. While different in a number of other ways, the episode exposes one common similarity between both Cindy and Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) in their impatience at being asked to slow down and wait by their father figures. An order both ignore, leading Stargirl to discover the hidden pathways within the school and have a run-in with a villain her own age for a change.

Courtney's reckless leap before you look attitude has served her well but gets her into all kinds of trouble here as Cindy's first time in costume nearly ends Stargirl's career for good. Courtney rushing through Pat's (Luke Wilson) attempt to train her friends also does nothing to endear her to either her stepfather or her teammates. Even at home, Courtney takes some licks in as Mike (Trae Romano) lashes out at the amount of time she's spending with Pat. On the plus side, Cameron Mahkent (Hunter Sansone) does invite Courtney to the Homecoming Dance, but given her beating (and possible parental consequences) will she be able to attend?

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