The purpose of a season finale is to wrap up the events over the course of the season while leaving just enough of a tease to want the viewers to tune in to the next season. I am happy to say that not only did Stargirl wrap an entire season up almost perfectly, it also had not one, not two, but three cliff hangers that will no doubt make the wait for season two seem like an eternity.
Prior to watching the season finale of Stargirl, I had dozens of scenarios playing in my head as to how the events of this episode were going to play out and not a single one of them were right. We saw one of the most epic fight scenes in the extended DC Universe play out on our screens. If you thought the original JSA vs ISA fight scene from the season premiere was good, just wait till you watch this scene. It was epic.
We saw some great pair-ups that have been teased throughout the season. We saw Tigress and Wildcat square off again, Janitor “Shining Knight” Justin go sword-to-sword against Dragon King, Pat vs Justin and we finally saw Solomon Grundy get involved and fight Rick. The Grundy/Rick sequence was everything I wanted it to be and I wasn’t disappointed in the least.
I’ve talked briefly about the budget of this show here and there in a couple of write-ups throughout the season, but the CGI and special effects in those episodes (except maybe the series premiere) had nothing on the season finale. Not only did we get that awesome Grundy reveal, but we got some nasty explosions and other effects throughout the episode, including one awesome shot at the end.
This fight scene, that has been teased since earlier in the season, had so much going for it, but it was much more than that. By the end the battle, both Rick and Yolanda were forced to grow up in entirely different ways, which will be interesting to see how the growth plays out in the development of season two. I’m trying not to give a whole lot of spoilers here, but pay extra close attention to Rick and Yolanda’s interaction before the fight started and to how each handles their own respective foes.
Speaking of character growth and development, one of the strengths of this show since episode one had been the relationship between Pat and Courtney. I would be remiss if I did not comment about the Christmas scene towards the end. This scene was maybe thirty seconds long, but when Pat opened his “world’s greatest dad” coffee mug from Courtney, I couldn’t help but wipe a small tear from my eye. Neither Pat nor Courtney needed to say a word; their embrace said it all.
Jordan (Icicle) has been one of the most compelling elements of this show since he first showed up at the end of the first episode. As the season continued and you started to see more and more of his character, you almost couldn’t help but feel that he was justified in his actions. Part of this was no matter the situation, Jordan always appeared to be so calm, cool, and collected (pun not intended).
Which makes Jordan’s spiral into insanity over the course of this episode almost jarring to watch. The villain who was so cool to watch and who was so believable as a person turned into somebody that was as crazy deep down as all the other bad guys in the series. His whole appearance and mentality changed almost in a blink of an eye. This change proved to be the ultimate chink in his armor, causing his impending downfall. You never really want to see a villain as good as that go down, so here’s hoping Jordan makes another appearance in season 2.
Overall, I enjoyed the season finale of Stargirl just like I have enjoyed every episode of the series as a whole. This show balanced teenage drama and comic book material expertly. There is enough in this show to attract casual viewers and die-hard comic book fans alike while providing enough Easter eggs, action, and believable performances to make people wanting to come back.
The season finale wrapped everything up perfectly while leaving more than enough in the three cliff hangers to bring people back for season two. (Can you say The Shade and Eclipso anyone?!) I know as a fan of this show, it is going to be a tremendously long wait for the second season to air. I only hope that as the series moves from DC Universe to The CW that we do not lose the magic that made us fall in love with this show in the first place.
I will leave you with this… If you haven’t had the chance to catch Stargirl, you need to go out of your way to do so. This has been one of the most enjoyable weekly episodic television series that I have watched in years. I highly, highly recommend giving this series a shot!
Interested in watching Stargirl? You can watch the whole first season now on DC Universe and repeat episodes on the CW.