DC’s Stargirl Episode Thirteen: Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part Two Recap & Review


The epic battle we have all been waiting for arrives during DC’s Stargirl Episode Thirteen: Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part Two. 

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The first season of DC’s Stargirl has absolutely blown me away. It was one thousand times better than I ever could have imagined it would be. If you know me, you know I don’t know much about the DC shows — just never got into them. But this one, wow. I was hooked from the beginning. I found myself anxiously awaiting the next episode, and now I will be on the edge of my seat waiting for Stargirl season two!

The ending of the previous episode, Stargirl episode twelve left me with my jaw dropped and staring at the screen. To say that I was dying to watch the finale is an understatement. Did it live up to my expectations? One hundred percent. We finally get the epic battle between the Justice Society Of America and the Injustice Society Of America. It was everything I wanted, and more.

Warning: Spoilers for DC’s Stargirl Episode Thirteen, the season one finale.

Stargirl episode thirteen, the season one finale, opens up with the words “Three Minutes Earlier” and then cuts to a fight between a couple of kids on the football field at the High School. A teacher is breaking it up and I immediately knew that it was going to be the Principal’s son. He had hit the bully with his tuba, which is basically what his villain mother told him to do.

But right as the teacher is about to take him to see his mother, the football field opens up and out comes that machine. A giant satellite dish just ready to make the world listen to Brainwave’s thoughts. The kids are all fine, of course, but the teacher stares off into space. We then see this happening to adults all over the city. 

A poor confused little girl doesn’t know what is wrong with her father. Icicle talks to her though, and tells her that all the adults will wake up and become better people, good people. Then he just leaves her there.

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S.T.R.I.P.E. In A Trance

Remember how at the end of the last episode Brainwave took control of Pat, who is inside S.T.R.I.P.E.? Yeah, things aren’t looking too good for Courtney right now! She is stuck in a battle against her stepdad and of course, she does not want to hurt him. The Gambler is hacked into Beth’s glasses and explains how everyone is in a trance, but some will not wake up. 

If you remember from last episode they revealed those that fight too hard will go brain dead and collapse and die. Then they show that teacher that was breaking up the fight fall to the ground. WOW. They are not messing around in this finale.

Courtney is willing to do anything to get Pat to wake up and then the sweetest thing ever happens. As she is fighting him, she yells “It’s me. It’s Courtney. Your daughter.” Yup, yup, yup. Cue the waterworks. She has never admitted to Pat that is how she feels about him. At this moment you can see Pat stop. He is fighting Brainwave as hard as he can. This had me terrified that he would end up dead. His ears start bleeding and I was basically yelling at my screen that he better not die.

Why Isn’t The ISA Effected?

If every adult is effected by Brainwave’s broadcast, why is the ISA immune to it? Beth asks her goggles this question and he assumes there is some kind of earpiece they are wearing to block the signal. Then Beth really shows her worth by realizing that when they were in the tunnels before, she couldn’t hear them. She asks for a scan of the tunnels to see if there are any signal blocking systems and SCORE! Yes, there are!

They are currently turned off because the ISA knows that they are in the tunnels. But if they can be turned back on, Pat and Justin would be safe, at least. The Gambler is really good at what he does, so even though they are trying to bring the firewalls down to boot up the frequency blockers, they are having a difficult time doing it. But then Dr. Mid-Nite decides to target what The Gambler cares most about — his money.

Beth starts donating his money to all sorts of charities and he is watching his bank accounts drain right before his eyes. As he tries to stop his money from being spent, Dr. Mid-Nite is able to turn the frequency blockers back on. He doesn’t think he can keep them on long, but hopes that a momentary interruption in the signal will disconnect Pat and Justin from Brainwave. He is right and they all head after Brainwave.

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Now that everyone is back under their own control, the JSA is off to take on Brainwave and stop the ISA. I have been waiting all season for an all out battle between good and evil and just knew we were about to get it. As the JSA heads toward the machine Icicle, Sportsmaster, Tigress, and Dragon King show up to stop them. 

There is literally a slow motion, run at each other with their weapons drawn moment and I got goosebumps. Yes, I backed it up and watched it at least ten times in a row. I thought there was no way this battle could get anymore amazing. But then Solomon Grundy is let out of his cage to join the fight. Oh AND Cindy is accidentally released from her prison room. The first thing on her agenda? Kill her father. yeah, the Dragon King. Like right then. She stabs him. It was that easy. MIND BLOWN.

The JSA kicks some serious butt and has every ISA member pinned. Then Solomon comes into the room. This is our first real full look at him and he is amazing. Of course Rick rushes at him because he killed his parents — and he just tosses him aside like a rag doll.

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The JSA Splits Up

The JSA splits up to take on the new threats — Courtney vs. Cindy, S.T.R.I.P.E. vs. Solomon, and Yolanda vs. a pack of those mindless zombies we have seen before. Yolanda makes short work of them and is about to take out the last one when he pulls off his hood. And it is Henry. I mean, at this moment my mind was blown. Is this real? Is it a trick? What exactly is going on here? 

Henry confesses to her that he wasn’t killed and he has been hiding in that clothing since the cave in. He tells her they need to escape. That he knows where his father is and how to stop him. I knew this was shady from the beginning but Yolanda picks up on it when Henry says “Where are your friends?“. She slices his throat and adds in a GREAT line “They were Henry’s friends too.” Henry’s face fades away to Brainwave’s, who has left his machine on auto so he could take care of the JSA himself – ha, cocky guy. So he was clearly just pretending to be his son.

That’s Not The End Of It

You would think that would be a happy ending but with half of the episode still left, I knew it wouldn’t be. Courtney and Yolanda find the satellites and Courtney takes them out. Pretty easily actually. Icicle has now shown up to confront Barbara, who has been released from Brainwave’s spell along with all the other adults. Beth is still in the room with her and he freezes her goggles. Poor Beth has to listen to Dr. Mid-Nite beg for help as he freezes, cracks, and shatters because there is nothing she can do. Icicle knocks Beth out and grabs Barbara. 

Pat rushes out of the tunnels as fast as he can to go save his wife. Without his S.T.R.I.P.E. robot. Icicle takes Barbara to the top of the city building to show her what good he has done for it. He wants to show her that he wants to help people. Prove to her this was all for the right reason. He wants Barbara and Courtney’s help. He says he will protect them from the rest of the ISA.

It is clear that he is in love with her and wants a relationship with her. She rejects him and he swears to her that he will kill her daughter and husband — and then tries to throw her off the roof. But Pat shows up just in time to confront him. And so does Courtney. A massive battle ensues.

There are now two major battles going on because Rick is also about to kill Solomon Grundy. But Solomon won’t fight back. Instead, he cowers. That is when Rick realizes he was just doing what he was trained to do, and that he is more of an animal than anything else. He lets him go. Yes, this warmed my heart and might be my favorite part of Stargirl episode thirteen. Might be.

Scratch that. My favorite part of Stargirl episode thirteen is after Icicle and Courtney fall off the roof. Yolanda saves Courtney and Icicle seems fine. He is partly frozen into ice and is about to come after them when — Mike drives the truck into Icicle and shatters him. In true Mike fashion, he asks if this means he gets to be in the JSA. But don’t worry, he didn’t shirk on his responsibilities, the dog was with him.

The Aftermath

Things don’t just go back to normal after something like this though. At least not for those who were so deeply involved. The JSA is looking out over the football field saying they can’t believe it looks like nothing happened. Beth is sad over Chuck, and everyone promises her they will fix the goggles and get him up and running again.

Justin tells everyone that Star Man would be proud of them if he could see what they had done. He packs up and says he is off to find his horse, and other soldiers. Could he be bringing in some new JSA members for season two? That would be pretty amazing.

Cut to a news report and we see that the government is saying there was an Earthquake that caused a weather satellite to malfunction. Zoom out and this is being watched in the ISA tunnels. But by who? Just a moment later we discover that this is The Shade, an ISA member that can manipulate darkness at his will. He is sure to be the big bad in season two with the others gone.

Cindy is still alive as well so I know we haven’t seen the last of her. In fact, at the end of this episode we see her digging around in some boxes. She pulls out a small diamond shape and says “I see you in there. Eclipso.”  Looks like we are getting a handful of new villains that I need to read up on before Stargirl season two starts!

Six month later we see the members of the JSA celebrating Christmas with the Whitmores at their home. That present that Courtney has been holding on to since she was a little girl? We see her give it to Pat. A World’s Greatest Dad mug and I’m not crying, you’re crying.

What would a season be without a cliffhanger? North Hollywood, California comes across the screen and we see a man looking for Pat. I would recognize that voice anywhere — Joel McHale! Looks like somehow, Star Man is alive and well. Cannot wait to see how he is brought into season two!

DC’s Stargirl Episode Thirteen: Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part Two

As the Injustice Society of America come one step closer to accomplishing their mission, Courtney and the JSA face off against Icicle and the villains of the ISA in the season one finale.

Have you read my DC’s Stargirl reviews for the other episodes?

About DC’s Stargirl

DC’s STARGIRL follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. This new drama reimagines Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in an unpredictable series.

The project focuses on the character that started executive producer Geoff Johns’ career as a comic book writer when he created her in 1999, lovingly inspired by his late sister, who was killed in a 1996 plane explosion.

1 Comment

  1. Then Solomon comes into the room. This is our first real full look at him and he is amazing.

    If by “amazing” you mean “a cheap Hulk knockoff, complete with a low-budget Hulkbuster fight,” then sure. That part of the episode left me really underwhelmed; the only truly interesting thing that happened with Grundy was his fight with Rick and the way it got resolved. Rick definitely made the best decision for himself; only time will tell if letting Grundy go turns out to be a good idea overall, though…

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