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Stargirl Pilot Recap

It's been almost over a year and a half since Stargirl was officially announced at San Diego Comic Con 2018 and our site was born! Since then we've written over one-hundred articles that have included news, spoilers, sneak peeks, behind the scenes images, theories and even advanced reviews. None of that lives up to this, being able to finally write this article where we can finally share with you the Stargirl experience! Because this show lives on two networks, we are going to post our episode recaps on the DC Universe schedule, but we will live tweet during The CW viewing. There was a lot to cover in the first episode, here's what stood out to us:

  1. The Demise of The Justice Society of America: We open on the Golden Age of superheroes ten years ago. Pat Dugan is driving his classic car heading to the JSA headquarters where the Injustice Society is basically killing all the members of the Justice Society! Wildcat is the first to fall being blow out of the building through the roof. Hourman is next being hit from behind by the Wizard. Dr. Midnite falls next when Starman shows up. He is attacked by Brainwave but Starman uses the staff to get the upper hand. Icicle then makes his attack stabbing Starman through the gut. Pat is able to get Starman in his car and escape. Starman dies in Pat's arms after swearing he will find a way to make the JSA live again! Talk about an incredible opening scene!!
  2. Young Courtney: The night Starman dies, a young Courtney is seen waiting to see her father. She has a gift for him but on Christmas eve her dad doesn't show. Barbara has to work a shift and Courtney stays with a family friend. We fast forward to current day Courtney packing up her room. She is moving with her mom and the Dugans to Blue Valley Nebraska. It's clear Courtney doesn't want to move and her relationship with Pat is a bit rocky. When they get to Nebraska, the moving folks are unpacking and the cosmic staff nearly falls out. Courtney gets suspicious. The night of the move-in, Pat heads to the basement to check on all his JSA stuff.We discover that Pat has been tracking the Injustice Society for yearrs but loses the trail in Blue Valley.
  3. Blue Valley High: Pat takes Courtney to school. It's clear Pat wants to have a good relationship with Courtney. He's trying to reach out to her but she's not that interested. Courtney enters the school clearly lost. She asks to join the gymnastics team but it's been disbanded. Cutting to Pat, we see where he sets up his mechanic shop. He is met with a local gym owner, Larry "Crusher" Crock who's interested in getting Pat signed up at the gym. Barbara starts her new job at "The American Dream", a company that invests back into Blue Valley. For the first time, Barbara gets an office. Back at school, Cindy shows up to welcome Courtney. Somehow Cindy already knows who Courtney is, has her number and asks her to join cheerleading. Courtney heads to lunch where she meets Beth Chapel. She explains that the table she's at is "The Singles" table, or the losers. When Henry King Jr. shows up to taunt Yolanda, he takes a swipe at Courtney's phone, she pushes him into the lunch lady where he get's spaghetti all over him. Courtney gets detention and Cindy calls her a Bitch for hitting her boyfriend.
  4. Courtney Finds the Staff: Courtney frustrated with the situation and is just looking to get away, heads to the basement. She kicks a box and breaks a picture frame of Pat holding up fish. She opens the frame and discovers a photo of the JSA! Pat's friends that he found "later in life" were the JSA! He was a superhero! Sorting through the JSA files, the staff calls out to Courtney. She opens the crate it's in and the staff quickly powers up! The staff kind of has a personality of its own. To teach Courtney how to use the staff, the staff drags Courtney outside and with her gymnastics training she is able to ride it and fly with it! Pat, taking the broken microwave down to the garage notices that Courtney found the staff. The staff takes Courtney to a drive-in where kids are hanging out. She sees Henry King Jr. bullying kids. Courtney has the idea of letting the air out of his car's tires. Using the staff the air is let out but she ends up getting caught. The bullies start to attack Courtney but with the staff she is quickly able to beat them up. She ends up using the staff and blows up their car. The staff laughs at this and she makes her escape!
  5. Pat and Courtney: Pat catches Courtney trying to return the staff. Pat comes clean with Courtney about who he is and the life he had before meeting Barbara. We learn the JSA died ten years ago saving the world on Christmas eve. Pat is terrified that Courtney knows now. Getting close to the JSA in any way puts you at risk. Courtney starts to think Starman was her father because the staff only works for Starman and now her. Courtney shares that her dad's name was Sam Curtis but she's never been able to find anything about him. She goes to ask Barbara about her dad. Ready to blow the secret on Pat, Courtney hears how her mom speaks of Pat. She decides not to tell.
  6. Brainwave: Henry King Jr. speaks to his dad about the car blowing up. Henry King Sr. is only interested in the description of the staff. Not seeing Starman actually die, they are worried he could be back. Using his powers, Brainwave unlocks a secret room where he keeps his supersuit. Courtney and Pat have a moment on the porch. Pat explains what an honor it was to be a sidekick for the JSA. Courtney tells Pat that she doesn't like that her mom doesn't know this. She says she'll keep his secret if he stays out of her way. Pat re-enforces that it is imperative to keep the secret so people will remain safe. Brainwave calls Jordan to get advice on the new staff wielder. He is advised not to do anything until Jordan gets back.The staff breaks out of its crate looking for Courtney. Kind of like a puppy, it wants to play. The Staff hasn't had a wielder in ten years and is too excited to get out again. This ends up being poor timing though as Brainwave, against Jordan's orders, is out investigating. He can read your mind, and he can move you or anything else just with his mind. He finds Courtney practicing and begins to interrogate her. Brainwave reads her mind but the Staff finally kicks in and Courtney is able to escape. She is met with STRIPE, Pat's answer to fight the ISA! He tells her that she wasn't supposed to touch the staff!

And just like that! Episode one concludes! We are now on a brand new adventure and if this first episode is any indication, we are on one wild ride! We can't wait to hear your thoughts on the new Stargirl! Let us know what you think in the comments below and in the forum! Follow us on Twitter to get breaking news! 

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+1 #11 RE: Stargirl Pilot RecapLibertyPrime 2020-05-22 10:11
Quoting George Phillies:
Apparently the first-couple three episodes were substantially shortened for the CW. There seemed to be a lot of enthusiasm here, not to mention a lead actress with considerable damage resistance.

A friend told me the scene in the hallway with Cindy explained how Courney got on the outs with the "in crowd." Hope there's a DVD/BluRay release so I can get the full versions. :-)
#10 Stunt DensityGeorge Phillies 2020-05-22 08:55
The writers certainly did a fine job of keeping the actress (or her stunt double) busy. I infer that the gymnastic moves on the immovable Cosmic Staff were the actress herself.
+1 #9 RE: Stargirl Pilot RecapGeorge Phillies 2020-05-21 20:08
Apparently the first-couple three episodes were substantially shortened for the CW. There seemed to be a lot of enthusiasm here, not to mention a lead actress with considerable damage resistance.

Quoting LibertyPrime:
Quick question before I gush-- I saw the CW premiere, and I don't remember a couple of minor scenes referenced in the recap. Are the DCU episodes cut for time and maybe content for CW?

I had such a great time watching this. The tone, performances, music, even the color palette reminded me of the great family friendly adventures of the 1980s, like Back to the Future.

Much was made of Geoff Johns' personal connection with the project. The whole production had the feeling it was made with love, enthusiasm, and pride. I wish more television and film was made with that level of passion. When it exists, it really shines through.

I certainly identify with and cheer for Courtney, but Pat might be my favorite character out of the gate.

Looking forward to a good run!
+1 #8 RE: Stargirl Pilot Recapmuckle9999 2020-05-20 15:14
Quoting LibertyPrime:
Quoting Stewart:
I loved the Pilot episode, of course - it reminded me of the original teenage Supergirl of the 60s Action Comics I grew up with (and also the Midvale episode of the Supergirl TV sereies). But speaking as a public-school teacher, there's one thing that really didn't ring true, at least to me. I realize that we're not dealing with the real world here. But in what alternate reality does the pretty new blonde girl get relegated to the "losers table" in the cafeteria on her first day? :-)

I wondered about that as well. :D Maybe they just sensed Courtney didn't really want to be there and took that as a snobby attitude?

Or maybe the lovely Courtney has bad breath. 8) Anyway, I hope that every episode has a loser table scene in it and as the season rolls along, she converts it into the winners table. :P
+1 #7 RE: Stargirl Pilot RecapLibertyPrime 2020-05-20 14:03
Quoting Stewart:
I loved the Pilot episode, of course - it reminded me of the original teenage Supergirl of the 60s Action Comics I grew up with (and also the Midvale episode of the Supergirl TV sereies). But speaking as a public-school teacher, there's one thing that really didn't ring true, at least to me. I realize that we're not dealing with the real world here. But in what alternate reality does the pretty new blonde girl get relegated to the "losers table" in the cafeteria on her first day? :-)

I wondered about that as well. :D Maybe they just sensed Courtney didn't really want to be there and took that as a snobby attitude?
+1 #6 RE: Stargirl Pilot RecapStewart 2020-05-20 11:48
I loved the Pilot episode, of course - it reminded me of the original teenage Supergirl of the 60s Action Comics I grew up with (and also the Midvale episode of the Supergirl TV sereies). But speaking as a public-school teacher, there's one thing that really didn't ring true, at least to me. I realize that we're not dealing with the real world here. But in what alternate reality does the pretty new blonde girl get relegated to the "losers table" in the cafeteria on her first day? :-)
+2 #5 Well worth the wait!LibertyPrime 2020-05-20 05:52
Quick question before I gush-- I saw the CW premiere, and I don't remember a couple of minor scenes referenced in the recap. Are the DCU episodes cut for time and maybe content for CW?

I had such a great time watching this. The tone, performances, music, even the color palette reminded me of the great family friendly adventures of the 1980s, like Back to the Future.

Much was made of Geoff Johns' personal connection with the project. The whole production had the feeling it was made with love, enthusiasm, and pride. I wish more television and film was made with that level of passion. When it exists, it really shines through.

I certainly identify with and cheer for Courtney, but Pat might be my favorite character out of the gate.

Looking forward to a good run!
+2 #4 RE: Stargirl Pilot Recapmuckle9999 2020-05-20 05:33
Quoting CatPat:
I liked the feel of the show. It was modern but still had a reteo sensibility. The first episode was really good for a set up story. This will be a fun summer series.

I agree and feel that this show will be a Hit. I look forward to see how the different personalities of the characters develop into pure fun and entertainment. I love Pat's car and his new get up displayed at the end.
+2 #3 RE: Stargirl Pilot RecapCatPat 2020-05-19 18:34
I liked the feel of the show. It was modern but still had a reteo sensibility. The first episode was really good for a set up story. This will be a fun summer series.
+1 #2 I have one requestRobertAnthony 2020-05-19 11:53
There are some of us, your humble correspondent among them, who do not subscribe to DC Universe and who prefer to watch Stargirl on the CW. Would it be possible to hold off on things until the end of Tuesday night's CW airing? Asking for a friend.

Saw the episode...I got Supergirl and The Flash season 1 vibes...this is one hour of fun. I was a crying for young Courtney and feeling the same things I felt in school though I have lived in the same town for 43 of my 46 years of life and not moved. Blue Valley is smalltown USA, what the entertainment industry should allow into society and not just mock it as flyover country.. Brainwave is a very sinister villain. and yes I saw in the credits Lou Ferrigno, jr. in the credits...WOW the Hulk's son working for DC.

And I loved the music used throughout, including the oldie Who Put The Bomp by Barry Mann was used. Incredible for it to start on XMAS first with The Boss's Santa Claus is Coming to Town and then Darlene Love's underrated All Alone on Christmas.

By the way, this will re-air on the CW this Sunday at 8:00 next to a rerun of Supergirl.

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