Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Stargirl - Summer School: Chapter Eleven

Trapped in the Shadowlands, Courtney (Brec Bassinger) runs into nightmarish versions of people and places from her past making up the hellish purgatory where Eclipso was born and where his victims are tortured for his amusement. The setting allows the show to bring back a few departed former cast members as well as have Courtney run into a couple of other souls trapped in the Shadowlands in both her old frenemy Cindy Burman (Meg DeLacy) and the not-so-dead Charles McNider (Alex Collins) who are both haunted by their own demons. Cindy's visions allow the strongly-hinted at past to be explored a bit more confirming the tragedy of her mother and monstrous nature of her father.

The black-and-white rendering of the Shadowlands allows for an interesting visual experience, although mixed with the old-style main street of the town  you do end up with some not necessarily planned Pleasantville vibes. Back in the real world, the despondent heroes search for the Shade (Jonathan Cake) who they realize may be the only one who call pull Courtney out of the darkness. The Shade is able to bring back the heroes, to great cost (although there is the question of the other Shade signal showing up in the city... has part of him survived?), setting up the final two episodes of the series and offering Courtney an unlikely ally to help take down the creature who put them both through hell.

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