Stargirl: Brainwave Jr.
July 21, 2020 8:39 PM - Season 1, Episode 10 - Subscribe

As Henry Jr. hones his newfound skills, uncovered secrets from his family's past force him to make a difficult decision. Meanwhile, Courtney, Yolanda, Beth, and Rick's latest plan brings them face to face with a member of the ISA.
posted by oh yeah! (10 comments total)
Thank heavens that Pat was there to insist on coming clean to Barbara. I couldn't have coped with Barbara buying into stupid comic book identity-protection lies, even if they are a classic device in the medium.

Good on Mike for telling Courtney off.

The house has new appliances (according to the for sale sign) but you bought a blue fridge and green stove. Why?

Why would Barbara send an e-mail to Courtney's dad from the work computer (with, presumably, her work e-mail address) when she was packing up her things to quit? Does she really think she'll have access to the IT systems after handing in her notice?

This Solomon Grundy is much more growly and much less chatty than the one I recall.

Yeah, the Buick is getting better!

Cindy screaming for her chance to get another shot at Courtney was fun.

I'm not buying that Junior is dead, even after that whole Darth Vader, come to the dark side segment.

I know it's too much to ask of this show and these characters, but I was really hoping that Courtney had asked Junior for a hair sample or something to submit to one of those find-my-family, DNA analysis companies.

They are trying so hard to shoehorn in the Golden Age/1950s era nods in this show, but they always come off feeling so artificial (see splitting a banana split). Also, I doubt that a '50s era diner would have had a poster up for a Fred Astaire movie. That would have been too old and uncool. So why there was one up at the Blue Valley diner leaves me questioning what message the prop department is trying to send with the set decoration.
posted by sardonyx at 9:26 PM on July 21 [1 favorite]

Therapy time.
posted by amtho at 2:27 AM on July 22

Fred Astaire is from Nebraska! Aside from that, a poster of him in a ‘50s diner set in the 2010s fits in with the show’s “Many time periods at once” aesthetic.

I could watch the Pat and Courtney comedy hour.
posted by plastic_animals at 3:10 PM on July 22 [1 favorite]

I never knew that about Astaire. Okay, I'll give them that one.
posted by sardonyx at 5:02 PM on July 22

I'm sure it was just a coincidence that the set decorator choose an Astaire poster for the '50s diner. But, given that it doesn't have many people, Nebraska does like to lay claim to every famous person with a connection to the state. Astaire, Malcolm X, and Gerald Ford are all touted as Omaha natives but they all left as little kids. I mean, Ford was only a couple of weeks old when his mother left his father, but it seemed like literally every news story involving Ford when I lived there in the '80s would refer to him as "Nebraska native Gerald Ford".
posted by plastic_animals at 5:33 PM on July 22

Okay, I an see that. Lots of places overhype their local celebrities (however tenuous the person's connection is to the locale in question). Still, Royal Wedding was the one they chose? Not Top Hat or Easter Parade or The Gay Divorcee or Funny Girl or Swing Time or Silk Stockings or any of his other better-known movies? Heck, I'd say more people have seen him (or likeness) in Santa Claus is Coming to Town than have watched Royal Wedding.

(Now back to your regularly scheduled super hero TV show discussion...)
posted by sardonyx at 7:53 PM on July 22

Perhaps because Royal Wedding is in the public domain after MGM failed to renew copyright?

Barbara, that was clever to record the Norwegians, so you should have been smart enough to lock your computer!
posted by plastic_animals at 8:01 PM on July 22 [4 favorites]

Again, I've learned something new. Cool!
posted by sardonyx at 8:16 PM on July 22

Not just lock your computer, Barbara. Don't research secret identities on the office computer! Bad hygiene! OpSec is for Everyone!

And I might have missed a scene; who was she emailing? "If this is you..." implies foreknowledge (all I had was this address) we weren't previously aware of?
posted by bartleby at 12:59 AM on July 25

She was e-mailing Courtney's dad, who has a name that doesn't correspond to Starman's given name (i.e. the name Pat knows).
posted by sardonyx at 8:46 AM on July 25

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