Stargirl: Shiv Part One
June 30, 2020 7:36 PM - Season 1, Episode 7 - Subscribe

As Pat teaches Courtney, Yolanda, Beth and Rick the importance of teamwork, the ISA converge to figure out who is trying to take them down. Elsewhere, as the school prepares for homecoming, Cindy lashes out against her father's strict rules, while Barbara accepts an offer from Jordan.
posted by oh yeah! (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Every single outfit on this show is cool except for Stargirl's.
posted by demiurge at 10:20 PM on June 30, 2020

Someday it will emerge that Barbara is a super. I here so predict.
posted by amtho at 10:59 PM on July 1, 2020 [1 favorite]

It's a little on-the-nose that Cindy turns out to be a self-aware villain's child, and that somehow makes her super bitchy to everyone, even within the ISA. I sensed that they might do a redemption arc for her though. But yes, that's a pretty sweet costume.
posted by numaner at 6:47 AM on July 2, 2020

Fun episode directed by Lea Thompson.

Do Courtney and Cindy now know each other's secret identity? Will getting hurt finally make Courtney realize she needs to be better prepared and to work with a team?

There might actually be more to Mike than irritating comic relief!

My only complaint is that Barbara keeps getting pushed to the background. Her interactions with Jordan have been so underdeveloped, especially from her perspective. I have to agree though that she will someday be revealed as a super.
posted by plastic_animals at 3:03 PM on July 3, 2020

Ooh, pretty cars! And none of them got wrecked. I'm very happy. Now, if we can just get some equally pretty horsepower of the four-legged (and two-winged) kind, my satisfaction level with the show will rise exponentially. (Actually, I wasn't expecting the show to go there, and I'm still not, but that calendar and Justin the janitor's reaction to it is a nasty tease.)

Beyond all the set dressing, however, I was pretty disappointed in the show. Courtney's characterization seemed to not only not progress but actually regress. Last episode she was bemoaning the fact to Pat that the team didn't listen to her, leading her to come to the realization that she wasn't listening to Pat. Now, she has forgotten those feelings, doesn't care about the team working together and isn't listening to Pat as he tries to bring the rest of the inexperienced and untrained team up to speed.

I did, however like the interaction between Mike and Courtney. That was very nicely done.

I understand from a character identification and a character-building point of view why the costumers are dressing Courtney in those graphic t-shirts, but they feel really out of place to me and not something that a teenage girl would wear on a regular (everyday) basis. They really stand out as a piece of costuming that an adult would put on a teenager. I was also surprised that Cindy and her step-mother shared such a similar sense of style. You'd think style queen Cindy wouldn't want to be caught dead wearing anything remotely similar to her glorified babysitter.
posted by sardonyx at 9:19 PM on July 3, 2020

They really stand out as a piece of costuming that an adult would put on a teenager.

This is a show that has had Hanson and Everclear on its soundtrack as music representing its teen characters. No one involved with any aspect of it seems to have any idea what contemporary teenagers are like; at this point I wouldn't be shocked if Beth asked her goggles to update her Friendster profile.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 11:55 PM on July 3, 2020 [2 favorites]

My only complaint is that Barbara keeps getting pushed to the background.

Amy Smart has been pretty much wasted so far, IMO. She's capable of a lot more than 30 sec per episode of "harried working mom."

Like, one of the reasons I'm still kinda "meh" about the show is that Smart's got serious comic chops, and her + Wilson + teen supers seems like the perfect set up for a really good action-comedy series, and I remain disappointed that the show spends so much time in grimdark or Berlanti-soap territory.
posted by soundguy99 at 6:57 PM on July 9, 2020

The show does not really need a mom or a stepbrother.

I disagree on the outfits, Beth's is terrible.

I almost feel sorry for Cindy with a shitty dad who experimented on her and a robot stepmother, but mostly she's just a tantrum-thrower. Blech.
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:55 PM on November 5, 2020

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