DC’s Stargirl Season 2 Episode 4 shines some light on what The Shade is up to — and quite a bit about Eclipso’s past.
DC’s Stargirl season 2 is getting underway and seriously setting up for what is likely to be a big battle between the young JSA and the young ISA. Cindy is working hard to recruit members of her villain team, and Courtney’s team may all be dealing with issues of their own, but they are still determined to figure out what The Shade is up to. Fans will be excited because Stargirl Season 2 Episode 4 not only sheds some light on The Shade’s plans, but also on Eclipso’s past with the JSA.
Below is a recap and review of DC’s Stargirl Season 2 Episode 4. Be warned, there will be spoilers. So if you have not yet seen the episode and want to remain in the dark about it, come back later. Check out this recap and review of DC’s Stargirl Season Season 2 Episode 3.
Warning: Spoilers for DC’s Stargirl Season 2 Episode 4.
This episode starts off with Artemis Crock visiting both of her parents in jail. She tells them that her foster family is not giving her the right kinds of foods that will help her with her sports. She also mentions that a recruiter is coming to Blue Valley to watch her football practice soon, which causes them to break out of prison. However, they are only breaking out so that they can watch their daughter play and see how it goes with the recruiter. What good parents, right?
Back in the first episode of the season, viewers saw the list of people Cindy was looking to recruit for her ISA team. That includes Artemis and it is clear this episode is going to focus heavily on that. Not just from the way it starts off, but the fact that it is a very Artemis-centric episode as it goes on.
The first time we see Beth this episode, she is yet again trying to get her goggles to work and learn more from Chuck. At the end of the previous episode, he broke through and warned her about Eclipso, but she is trying to get more information — unsuccessfully.
She briefly talks to her mom, urging her to go on a date with her dad to Blue Valley Putt Putt, where they used to go when they were first dating. Her mother says they are both very busy with work, but that Beth should go with her friends. They are still avoiding the divorce subject, but it is likely this is going to all come out at some point this season.
Atermis’ parents don’t know where else to turn once they break out, so they go to Pat. They threaten to tell everyone about S.T.R.I.P.E. unless he helps them lay low until they can watch Artemis’ practice. He reluctantly agrees, and takes them to his home. Barbara is, of course, not too happy either considering the last time she saw them they tried to kill her.
Surprisingly, Barbara and Paula bond over their frustrations with raising teenage girls who refuse to listen to them. Even Pat and Crusher have a decent conversation as well. It seems they really never did like being a part of the ISA. Pat probes Crusher about The Shade, but it is very obvious he is not a fan of his either.
While researching the Black Diamond and trying to learn more about Eclipso, Courtney goes into an old bookstore where she is met by The Shade. He explains to her that he is not looking for the diamond so he can team up with Eclipso, but rather so he can throw it into the darkest part of the ocean where no one will ever find it.
He also tells her that Eclipso killed the 10 year old daughter of Charles McNider, AKA Dr. Mid-Nite. Viewers actually saw this happen in a flashback already, but now everyone knows about it. It turns out that Pat did too, and Courtney is quite upset with him for not telling her. She asks him what else he knows, which it seems there is something there, but he won’t say. Because of this, at the end of the episode she flies off to meet with The Shade, to see if he will tell her.
At Artemis’ practice, she is being watched by a recruiter and is totally in her head — until she spots her parents in the stand. This makes her gain her confidence back, and she does a fantastic job, really impressing him. Unfortunately for her, Cindy shows up with the Black Diamond and is ready to do whatever it takes to recruit her to the ISA instead of a college football team.
Earlier in the episode viewers learn that Eclipso can cause people to see things that aren’t there, and make them do really bad things. Courtney is looking up at Pat and Artemis’ parents, however the diamond changes her reality, making Artemis believe that Courtney, as well as a football player, are SWAT team officers there to take her parents back to jail. Because of this she has an outburst, attacking them both.
Before her parents head back to jail, they confess to Artemis that they are guilty. They also let her know that they do not want to stand in the way of her greatness, and are extremely proud of her. Because of her temper though, which was caused by the visions Eclipso gave her, the recruiter tells her they cannot have her representing their school. She crushes her phone in anger, and surprise, here comes Cindy with an offer of another team she can join — the ISA.
Other Notable Events
Cindy successfully recruits Isaac to her ISA team, telling him that his parents were once a part of it as well. She gives him the fiddle, and tells him that he will learn to play over time.
The final moments of the episode reveal that the voice talking to Beth through the goggles is not Chuck, but the real Charles McNider who has been trapped in the shadow realm all this time.
Stargirl Season 2 Episode 4 Review
While there was certainly some light shed on what The Shade is going in Blue Valley, it seems like he is hiding something. Having lived for so many years and seen so many things, it stands to reason that Eclipso might have hurt someone close to him. There has to be a reason why The Shade wants him gone so badly.
Pat and Barbara keeping secrets is only going to bite them in the butt. Not just with Courtney not trusting them anymore, but also with Mike. He is already on Cindy’s recruitment list, and this is certainly one way to push him into her arms. He so badly wants to be a part of the JSA and yet they all keep pushing him away.
Cindy’s team is growing, and it is only a matter of time before they butt heads with the JSA. Fingers crossed that by midseason there will be at least a small encounter between the two teams, with something larger and more explosive at the end of the season.
As per the norm for this season, this episode jumps all over the place in telling the story. It goes back and forth between characters, and then drops a big reveal/cliffhanger at the end, that sucks viewers back in right when they about to lose them.
About DC’s Stargirl Season 2 Episode 4
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.
Stargirl Season 2 airs on CW every Tuesday, starting on August 10th.
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