What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about DC’s Stargirl “Shiv Part Two”! I’ll say this right now, Stargirl is a must-watch from DC Universe. Just when you think they couldn’t keep striking gold with these series, they continue to prove you wrong. “Shiv Part One” was intense because they pulled no punches showing what can go wrong when recklessness meets up and coming heroes and villains. Courtney and Cindy were the perfect examples of what can go wrong because not only was one put out of commission, they did some serious damage to the school in the process. I couldn’t help but want to see what came next.
What came next was enough to get your heart racing because this is the one scenario you fear more than anything else. Courtney has been hurt, and enough so that she required medical attention. In some cases this wouldn’t be so bad because the kid hero would usually just keep to themselves and keep their head down till they recovered. However, that is not the case for a hero whose parent is aware. They jumped right into the sense of panic this stirs up. Pat could have easily dodged the hospital, but what kind of parent would that make him? Pat’s story has been a slowcrawl, but one worth investing in for the problems that come with being the adult. He has more responsibility than anyone is willing to give him credit for. Overall, this didn’t make him any less hesitant about taking on the ISA, but this week is a good start towards waking him up to what is going on around him.
Now a big thing this week was exploring the relationship between Courtney and Cindy. Normally when you have altercations like what they had, the very next thing that you expect is that one person confronts the other over the discovery of who they were. Yet the writers here took a clever approach towards what came next for them. I actually found this part chilling since they haven’t failed to let you know what kind of teen Cindy is. The kind who does not forget when someone betrays her, let’s her down, or even holds a secret. For everything that should be so unpredictable about a girl like her,
With that said, finally did seem like the right choice of words when it came to Yolanda, Beth, and Rick doing something themselves. Even if there was some tension between them last week, there was no way that one of them could be attacked and nothing be done about it. There was only one thing you knew was going to hit immediately, and that was Rick’s rage with the ISA. How this was calmed took me by surprise. I’m sure that at this point he has been a great concern for what he represents on the team. I mean, how do you work with someone so combustible and prone to acting on emotion over everything else? It made a big difference that between Beth and Yolanda this week, there was someone who could stand up and handle a problem that at any point could be too much if they didn’t continued letting it slide. Episodes like this ultimately proved that they were willing to find the time to give these three to grow. They should be allowed to do this without being overshadowed by Courtney.
Which brings us to Beth in particular. For most of this show’s run so far, it always bothered me seeing how viewers act towards Beth. Let’s be real for a second, Beth can be annoying. Though that is part of the way she has been characterized. Beth is a kid whose only real friends were only ever her parents. That does something to you, and I don’t think enough have been put in that position where they understand how that affects the way you connect with others. You are going to struggle investing too much in someone who engages with you, you also aren’t going to get social queues which others get naturally. You look at this person a certain way, and forget that it is you who at the same time creates said person.
So like I was saying, it was Yolanda, Beth, and Rick‘s time to shine as they lead an investigation into one of their own classmates. Obviously, it didn’t take a genius to guess who they were ready to investigate before the episode even aired. Though this did make you anxious for how this was going to turn out. You know what this classmate is capable of, yet still ready to journey into the belly of the beast? It was bold, but I found myself humored for how it turned out. It was only fitting that Beth was the one who did most of the legwork here, having the goggles, and she kept things entertaining for everything that should have gone wrong, and did not. This was a big moment for her considering if anything went wrong, Beth does not have the training to get herself out of trouble. That is why Pat’s involvement in their investigation was also welcomed for the actual work he put into helping figure things out.
If there was one thing which caught me off guard, it was that we were treated to one more action scene. I gotta say, I was prepared for a lot of things, but the very last thing was the idea that anyone would see action. There was always the impression since the start of the episode that this would be more of these characters figuring out what to do next, rather than actually jumping into it. Not that you’ll catch me arguing with what we got, because once more they nailed the moment. Excellent choreography, the effects were on point, and the action came with real stakes.
The other thing I did not expect was that they would actually push this thing between Barbara and Jordan. I know they were throwing some hints here and there that he may have a thing for her, but with everything else going on in this story, it never felt like something they would keep pushing the way that they have. It’s an interesting situation because you do wonder what it means for someone like Pat if Jordan has a thing for Barbara. Would he kill Pat like he did the guy who was in the way of his departed wife? I certainly wouldn’t put it past him. Speaking of Barbara, I didn’t mind seeing them push a bit deeper with Mike. It only made sense that knowing what kind of show this is, that they wouldn’t be too quickly to stirring a sibling rivalry for the sake of drama.
Aside from this, I didn’t mind them taking the time to flesh things out with Henry. His story has been refreshing for the fact that there is no one else here who has had to deal with their powers on their own. His situation is unique, and one that I do hope they continue allowing to unfold naturally. These tend to be the defining moments for someone who comes into new powers.
At the end of the day, DC’s Stargirl “Shiv Part Two” was as much of a thrill as the first part.