Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The Best and Worst of CW's Stargirl

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

Stargirl is a sci-fi superhero show produced by Geoff Johns. This somewhat campy and comical show has received mixed reviews throughout its first season. Here is a look at some of the best-reviewed and worst-reviewed episodes.


The Worst Episodes

Although none of the episodes are truly bad, some low points need to be mentioned in this groundbreaking coming-of-age story.

The Pilot

The pilot episode of this series was rated as one of the lowest-performing. This is not a surprise considering what the showrunners were attempting to do. Stargirl is not a well-known DC character. Until recently, people saw her as more of a sidekick than a full-blown heroine.

The popular consensus is that the first episode tried to cram the entire origin story into a single episode. Unfortunately, many viewers report they thought it moved too fast As a result, they found no opportunity to bond with the characters. Unlike most other pilots, which are teasers for the series that follows, the Stargirl pilot jumped right into it. Other viewers, however, considered it a great beginning, if not a great episode.

Episode Two: S.T.R.I.P.E.S

Episode Two is also poorly reviewed and for many of the same reasons that the pilot was. Writers and producers tried to make up for what did not fit into the pilot in this episode. The overall theme of this episode was background information.

In order to understand why Stargirl became a superhero, writers felt the audience needed to know about the Justice League of America. So they dedicated an entire episode to fill in the gaps between the previous Justice League and the new one.

In this episode, you get your first look at some of the upcoming villains and the origins of the Justice League. It was not that this episode was unnecessary or bad themselves. It just wasn’t what many viewers were expecting.



The Best Episodes

The good episodes far outweigh the bad ones, but there are two that stand out in particular. It was not until later in the series that Stargirl started to shine.

Episode Ten: Brainwave

This is the highest-rated episode of the first season. Not only is it an emotional ride, but it also features one of the best Stargirl-versus-villain battles. It has all the hallmarks of great drama, including character death and sacrifice. Although this is not the first death of the season, it sets a tone for Season Two even though it is not the season finale.

It also demonstrates that not all of the heroes in this story wear masks and capes.

Episodes Twelve and Thirteen, Parts 1 and 2

Yes, technically, this is two episodes, but they work well as one really good-but-long episode. With the season drawing to a close, writers needed to wrap up some storylines and introduce others. It also features the season's most beloved villain, Brainwave. The first season wraps up with a cliffhanger preparing for another exciting season everyone can look forward to watching.

Fans old and new had strong opinions about Stargirl and what direction future seasons should take. Despite its rocky start, most viewers enjoyed this lighthearted depiction of a classic DC heroine.

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