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'DC’s Stargirl' season 1 episode 12 recap: 'Stars and STRIPE Part One'

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‘DC’s Stargirl’ season 1 episode 12 recap: ‘Stars and STRIPE Part One’

After 11 episodes of build, Stargirl’s twelfth episode sets up what is sure to be an epic season finale with an action-packed episode.

Ten minutes into Stargirl episode twelve and we already have a better episode than we did last week. Crap hits the fan from the first second and it never stops. We finally see all the little pieces really come together.

Right off the bat we are treated to two fun action sequences as Sportsmaster attacks Pat and Mike at Pat’s Body Shop while his wife, Tigress, ambushes Barbra and Courtney at their family home. Once again, the choreography and special effects really shine here. This is the second time that we’ve seen the villainous duo in action and this second fight scene was just as entertaining as the first one.

Stargirl Barbara and Cosmic Staff

We even get a couple of really creative spots with Barbara and the cosmic staff that I wasn’t expecting. When you’ve seen as many comic book movies and shows as I have, fight scenes can start to feel generic and overly done. However, this is not the case here. I also have to give a shout out to Mike and Barbara who really (and surprisingly) hold their own here. Side-bar comment here though as Mike can’t receive all the credit. The verbal spat he gives Pat prior to being attacked would have got the taste slapped out of my mouth if I ever spoke to my parent that way. It was well done, but it definitely made my ears turn red for a second.

The producers of this show really put a lot attention into their fight sequences this season and is something that even causal viewers should be able to appreciate. We are not subjected to them in every episode so when we finally get an action sequence you really tend to enjoy what you see on your screen. Each fight scene of the series has been unique, paced very well, choreographed perfectly, and gives all of its participants the appropriate moments to shine. I only hope that when season two moves to The CW that they treat their fight scenes and CGI with the same amount of care that season one received.

'DC’s Stargirl' season 1 episode 12 recap: 'Stars and STRIPE Part One'

With as serious as the first half of the episode is, there are some genuinely funny moments thrown in here to help ease the tension. Janitor/Shining Knight Justin has one of the funniest one-liners of the series when he confidently announces that he is going to “clean the toilets” instead of helping Rick solve the code in his dad’s notebook. An honorable mention goes to Pat assigning the “most important job of them all”, AKA watching the dog, to Mike.

'DC’s Stargirl' season 1 episode 12 recap: 'Stars and STRIPE Part One'

Towards the end of the episode, the JSA lays out their plan of attack for taking down the Injustice Society and gives me something that I have been waiting for all season… The Justice Society actually working together! I felt like a proud parent watching all of the members listening to one another, supporting one another and actually looking like a well-oiled machine. I knew it had to happen eventually and it couldn’t have happened at a better time.

To say I am looking forward to next week’s season finale would be an understatement. Even though we did get a lot of answers the past few weeks, the events of this episode and the cliff-hanger ending create even more intrigue moving into next week. Is Principal Bowin really dead? Does her son have powers too? What will happen to Sportsmaster and Tigress if Bowin really isn’t dead? How will the JSA members rescue 100 million adults from becoming mental slaves to Icicle, Brainwave and the rest of the Injustice Society? And will we finally see Solomon Grundy escape to have his fight with Hourman? Even if we only get a couple of answers, next week’s episode is sure to be can’t miss.

Interested in watching Stargirl? You can catch it Mondays on DC Universe and Tuesdays on The CW.

'DC’s Stargirl' season 1 episode 12 recap: 'Stars and STRIPE Part One'
Stargirl S 1 E 12: 'Stars and STRIPE Part One'
The events of this episode and the cliff-hanger ending create even more intrigue moving into next week's season finale.
Impressive fight sequences (choreography and CGI).
All the little pieces from the season are all coming together.
Moments of humor.
Cliff-hanger ending.
Real sense of urgency.
Miscommunication between Injustice Society members.
Barbara and Mike being more than just side-characters.
The lack of a season-long build between Pat and Sportsmaster made their encounter not as strong as it could have been.
Icicle's apparent second-guessing of his plan.
The fact this wasn't a two-hour season finale and is split into two different episodes.
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