Stargirl: Icicle review S1 E3

Imagine if Luke Skywalker beat Darth Vader in their first fight in Cloud City or if the Avengers easily took care of Thanos in Wakanda. The eventual victories wouldn’t be nearly as sweet and memorable if they didn’t first come up short in their initial encounter with the big villain. The Stargirl writing team clearly understands that as Stargirl (and STRIPE) pay a fatal price in failing to stop Icicle.

This episode opens with a scene so close to the start of Guardians of the Galaxy that I half expected Yondu to fly over and grab the kid after his mother died. Jordan aka Icicle watched his wife die and went…what’s the ice version of nuclear? His young son didn’t run up the hill and leave his grandparents in this version.

The Wizard‘s home life is better than the rest of the Injustice Society as he loves his wife and son, Joey. I like the idea of a happy and content villain just fine playing politician in a small town. That’s really getting out of the game although I’m not sure if Wizard isn’t more of a crook as a politician than a supervillain…

Yolanda keeps getting slut shamed but she doesn’t want anything to do with Courtney as she thinks her attempts at helping are just going to make things worse. Fortunately, nice guy Cameron (Hunter Sansone) doesn’t care about consequences and paints flowers over her defaced locker…and several next to it. Hope they don’t mind. Comic experience was the big tip off here, but it didn’t seem like a big shock that Cameron was Jordan’s son.

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Pat doesn’t want Courtney going after Icicle, but does a little digging and learns Brain Wave got brought to the hospital in his lab coat so he knows some of his Injustice Society teammates are in Blue Valley. Not bad deductive reasoning Pat.

Neil Jackson definitely has made Icicle a captivating big bad just a few episodes into the season. Icicle seems to have a different stance than the normal villain as he’s under the impression that he and his crew are fighting Injustice and to rebuild America in a safe image. I wonder if this explains the lack of minorities in the group…

I’ve given him three episodes and have now decided Pat’s son, Mike, is a twerp that’s going to grow up and become an Internet troll.

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After Icicle basically calls her out with a big icy star in town, Courtney wants to go after him and talks Pat into rolling with her. I remain impressed at how nice the STRIPE suit looks. STRIPE is no match for Icicle, who quickly ices him up. Stargirl doesn’t have much better luck, but Pat shoots a robo fist to knock Icicle onto a bridge and right in the path of a group of Courtney’s fellow classmates in a bus. STRIPE makes the save while Stargirl blinds the kids from seeing the big metal robot. All except Joey.

He’s a loose end that Icicle takes care of by leading him onto an oncoming truck. That literally was cold and cruel. Wizard isn’t happy about this and goes for revenge although it’s not clear how he knew Icicle had anything to do with it. Icicle offers some token sympathy before freezing Wizard to death. You know what else is cold? Having his parents be his henchman to relocate the body and make it look like a heart attack.

Courtney is a mess grieving the first kid who was nice to her at school. Actually that was Beth, but OK sure.  Hoping to make the best use of the timing, Pat takes her to the Justice Society’s HQ to show her all of the JSA memorabilia including Green Lantern’s lantern, Dr. Fate’s helmet and Johnny Thunder’s pen. “Don’t touch the Thunderbolt!”

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Courtney naturally returns back to the apparently wide open and unlocked HQ and steals all the items to give to random people she deems worthy of being hew heroes.

My big concern with the final scene and potentially the future direction of the series is Courtney randomly assigning the heroic identities of the JSA onto her classmates. That sounds goofy and takes away so much from the source material of this second generation of heroes wanting to honor the old heroes who were their parents, mentors and role models.

I don’t think this could not come off as horribly contrived and takes the choice away from the JSA’s successors. And Pat’s point of this neophyte JSA doing what their more experienced counterparts couldn’t rings even truer now especially since they haven’t been working to be heroes on their own.

Stargirl has been a fun ride, but I’m a little worried now about how the show will handle ushering in the new JSA.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Photo Credit: The CW

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