Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Stargirl - Summer School: Chapter Seven

The week after the defeat of Cindy's (Meg DeLacy) short-lived Injustice Society sequel, and Eclipso's escape from the Black Diamond, Stargirl turns its attention back to the growing unrest of Yolanda (Yvette Monreal) whose guilt over Brainwave's death has gotten steadily worse since Eclipso's arrival in Blue Valley. Although we don't get the larger version of the character seen in the last episode, we are offered the return of the creepy kid version of the villain (Milo Stein) lurking and toying with his prey. The episode is written in such a way it's hard to separate what events were caused by Yolanda's own guilt, Eclipso's influence, or (as we see in her hallucinations) some leftover mental parasite of Brainwave.

The other members of the JSA don't offer much in the way of comfort here, pushing Yolanda to make a life-altering decision (although I'm not so sure we've seen the last of Wildcat just yet). There's more than a little truth in Yolanda's words to her friends while their silence speaks volumes to a young woman in pain. Although Cindy was defeated and swallowed up by Eclipso, the villain seems to be following the plan the pair of them came up with together. First attacking Courtney's friends (the episode suggests who is next on the villain's hit list), before turning his attention to the town's biggest hero. Will Yolanda only be the first to fall?

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