Stargirl Season 3 Premiere Review – “The Murder” – IGN

Stargirl Season 3 airs Wednesday, August 31, on The CW. The review below discusses some plot details, but no spoilers.

Stargirl in DC is special. Its story, themes, and characters – all of which developed organically over the course of the first two seasons – base themselves on the idea that how we treat each other matters. Her playful energy and unwavering commitment to her innate innocence immediately distanced her from her sister shows. Now, with the Arrowverse-Next superhero series entering its third season, showrunner Geoff Johns and writers are pulling out all the stops to raise it even further.

The premiere titled “The Murder” brings The Gambler (Eric Goins) back into the fold. A criminal mastermind resembling Colonel Sanders returns to the Blue Valley determined to atone for his past lawbreakers… or is he? The Justice Society of America is hopelessly divided over whether or not reform is possible for former Injustice Society members. Courtney Whitmore’s school of thought insists that light can penetrate any darkness, and that a life of treacherous deeds does not make anyone a hopeless cause. Conversely, the Rick Tyler/Yolanda Montez approach to trust is more compatible with a “guilty until proven innocent” mentality. JSA testers as well are Cindy Burman (Meg DeLacy) and Crock’s arrogant parents (Joy Osmanski and Neil Hopkins), who all insist they have changed for the better.

However, even when Kourtney deals with these new problems, much is the same. Barbara Whitmore of Amy Smart is kind-hearted and more attentive than ever. Beth Chapel (Angelica Washington) remains a vital frustration for the JSA; Without her, Kourtney would be left to run her reckless co-workers on her own. On the fringes, Mike (Tri Romano) and Jacques (Alcoia Bronson) still struggle to make cases for themselves as champions. It’s a busy season for StargirlAnd the I wouldn’t get it any other way.

“The Murder” adopts the tone and structure of the criminal, setting up a season-extended murder mystery as the existing arcs continue to deepen and darken. We’ve been getting a lot of new insights into Gambler, who was so far a scripted villain who lost to the wind. Some of the gambling-focused plots seem a little predictable at first, but those of us who have been caught know that Johns and his writing team are biased towards surprises.

Stargirl has always been liberal – and adorable – with her curved balls, and this bouncy season opening sees the show at its most surprising of its kind. The closing minutes are worth the moments. Even the most savvy viewers of the comics won’t see the first twist coming.

But if there’s anything that separates Stargirl from other superhero games, it’s the tune. The soapy anxiety from other CW DC shows He’s mercifully low key here, only hinting at more pensive characters like Yolanda (Yvette Monreal), Rick (Cameron Gellman), and Cameron (Hunter Sansone). However, the melodrama is never overshadowed by other calculated emotions. Instead, the writers chose something more akin to The Breakfast Club than Days of Our Lives (Thank God for that).

If the premiere is anything to go by, the Stargirl/Starman dynamic is going to be a game-changer.


From Casting’s point of view, Stargirl couldn’t find a more perfect performer for her emotional and thematic anchor. Pat Duggan from Luke Wilson is a middle-class fictional character. A lively, breathable look for “This grass won’t mow itself.” The “Cheese by Day/ Sidekick by Night” routine is a perfect fit for Wilson, who is no stranger to everyone’s role. But Pat Duggan is so much more than your average suburban dad. Remember: is to choose This life after years of running with superheroes. Even then, though, he still had the phrase “I can teach you ten ways even on Sunday without you realizing it.” He can totally do too. The man is a wealth of wisdom, insight, and understanding, a model for stepfathers who has been a guiding source for Kourtney and her friends. ‘The Murder’ finds Pat doing double duty as mentor to both Kourtney And the Starman (Joel McHale). More specifically, he is forced to mediate when Kourtney and her idol realize they must share guardianship with the cosmic crew they use to fight crime.

If the premiere is anything to go by, the Stargirl/Starman dynamic is going to be a game-changer. For most of the series, Starman was a relic of the past, an icon Kourtney could learn from and a beacon of hope for her when she needed her most. Now that he’s alive and broke up with Whitmores, he’s become an unexpected – and unwilling – problem for Courtney and the JSA. Not much is clear yet, but it’s safe to say that Starman’s return will continue to complicate matters for Kourtney.

For starters, the staff is now attached to two people, cleverly spinning the phrase “Don’t meet your heroes.” Starman’s pride, temperament, and attachment to how things starkly contrast with the idealized version that occupies Kourtney’s imagination. Fortunately, McHale takes the challenge seriously and lends his character a melancholy illusion. The desired benevolence that attracts the employees to the owners is still directing it actively, but also its impulsiveness. He is a good man who has never created a life for himself outside of his superhero identity. The result is a person who does not know what true satisfaction looks or feels like.

McHale makes an abrupt act that marks the end of the mentor/intern relationship, but the back and forth works because Brec Bassinger has the pieces to keep up. She continues to impress with her lead performance which solidifies her pick as one of the best decisions DC has made in years. Her role as Courtney Whitmore is all that a character should be: gentle, fair, and kind… but she’s totally willing to kick in if trouble comes up. (Jones, who co-created the character Stargirl in 1999, has spoken publicly about how awesome Basinger’s experience was.) On top of that, her chemistry with co-stars Washington, Wilson, Delacy, and Monreal remains one of Stargirl’s greatest strengths. Some of the episode’s best moments happen at the Blue Valley High Cafe, where JSA members discuss super villains over colorless cliff trays.

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star girl It was always about seeing the good in others. Its big heart and keen sense of self make it one of the most self-fulfilling superhero adaptations of all time. With “The Murder,” the stage is set for what we hope will be a great season of superhero television.

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