DC’s Stargirl Season 2 Episode 5 hints at a major battle to come very soon, and gives some insanely awesome and colorful visuals.
Below is a recap and review of DC’s Stargirl Season 2 Episode 5. 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 4.
Warning: Spoilers for DC’s Stargirl Season 2 Episode 5.
The episode kicks off ten years ago with young Cindy having a nightmare. She says that in her dream her dad, the supervillain Dragon King, wants to find her and change her. Her mother reassures her that this will not happen. That he is far away and does not know where they are. But the second she leaves Cindy’s room, he shows up, and we hear her scream. It should be noted that he looks a bit ridiculous here, and even though his face is shielded by shadows, his appearance is a bit laughable.
Cut to Cindy all grown up and she is working on her Injustice Society of America recruiting, scoping out Cameron. However, his grandmother, Lily Mahkent, is there and she is not having it. She tells Cindy that her father was a monster, and so is she, to which Cindy fires back that Jordan Mahkent, her son, was a loser and got turned into ice cubes by a pickup truck. This causes Lily to breath some very cold air in Cindy’s direction, showing that she too has the powers her son did.
Courtney and Pat
Fans will remember that at the end of the previous episode, Courtney went out to find The Shade. When she returns home at the start of this one, Pat is waiting for her in her room. She immediately admits to being out looking for The Shade, but also that she did not find him. She explains that he is the one that told her about Eclipso killing Dr. Mid-Nite’s daughter, and that she is hurt a supervillain is more honest with her than her own stepfather.
Courtney says that she is planning to ask The Shade to team up against Eclipso, and that there is a difference between bad and evil — something The Shade explained to her. Pat is clearly feeling a little guilty, and so he tells her that the weather patterns can help them find the Black Diamond. He shows her a newspaper that says it is sunny in the whole state, except for Blue Valley. She asks him again if there is anything else he should tell her, and he says no, but it seems very obvious that he is lying.
Cameron was going to work on the mural of his father, but with the crazy weather and a big storm coming, he heads inside the school to use the art studio. He drops his notebook, which his filled with drawings of Courtney, and Mr. Deisinger says that she is his muse. Just then, Courtney and Yolanda are coming in to summer school, and they briefly say hi. The teacher suggests Cameron use his art to show her how he feels.
Waiting for him in the art room is Cindy, who is there to recruit him to the ISA. She starts by saying she is sorry about his dad, to which he immediately responds to her that she isn’t. It is clear he wants nothing to do with her, and that she will be unable to bring him on to her team. With her hand behind her back, one of her knives comes out, but they are interrupted by the Mr. Deisinger. Being upset by the teacher, she unleashes Eclipso on Mr. Deisinger.
Barbara and The Shade
Barbara is at work when she is startled by the arrival of The Shade, and she immediately tells him that she knows who he really is. He tells he sees where Courtney gets her bravado from, and that she reminds him of someone from long ago, someone who was family. This is quite possibly the person he lost to Eclipso.
He has come to warn Barbara that Courtney and the JSA should stop their searching for Eclipso and the Black Diamond. That he is ready to face the horrors within, but they are not. He suggests should they find it, they contact him to retrieve it, saying it is the safest course of action for their family.
Is Doctor Mid-Nite Back?
Beth explains to Pat and Rick that she heard Charles McNider — the REAL one — through the goggles. He didn’t know who she was because it wasn’t Chuck. Pat warns her to be careful. He says he really hopes it is him, but that it could be Eclipso so they need to be cautious. Eclipso has the power to make people see and hear what they want to, and what they fear.
Cameron and Courtney
Cameron gets the courage to show Courtney his drawings, and she seems to be quite impressed with his take on her. Due to the storm coming, they end up at his house, looking out over the yard that his mother loved. He explains that his grandparents want to move, and he says with everything going on, being an artist seems selfish. When Courtney says that denying the world of his talent seems selfish too, they share a look — and almost a kiss.
However, Courtney starts getting texts from Yolanda about the weather and that the JSA has found something. She says she needs to leave and Cameron tells her she always does this to him. She promises it will be the last time — classic superhero excuse.
Under the control of Eclipso, Mr. Deisinger starts to throw up paint splatters. Eclipso says that he is his new muse now, and encourages him to “see” some beautiful art, and he immediately starts working on it.
The JSA shows up at the school as they are tracking where the storm is originating from. When they notice Mr. Deisinger’s car there, they rush into the school thinking he could be in trouble. When they get to the art room it is a complete mess, which paint and supplies everywhere.
Yolanda picks up a painting with Brainwave on it and immediately hears his voice, which gives her a splitting headache. Eclipso is forcing her to keep seeing him, and says he is dead because of her. Something that has been haunting Yolanda since it happened.
As for Rick, he is forced to see Solomon Grundy and himself, while being asked who is the real monster? For Beth, of course she sees her parents and her perfect life being ripped apart. Courtney is doing all that she can to get their attention and stop them from their states of fear and anger. A colorful smoke like creature is crawling through the halls of the school, and she lifts up the Cosmic Staff in order to take it on. It works, and it whimpers and runs away — turns out it is Mr. Deisinger!
He is fighting back and says he sees nothing, only darkness. She says she needs to show him the light, and uses the staff to cast light at him, telling him to grab onto it. When he does, light comes out of his eyes, nose and mouth, and the monster like thing recedes off of him. The paintings in the hallway that the JSA were traumatized by disappear.
Because Mr. Deisinger did not have the Black Diamond on him, Pat says this is a sign that Eclipso’s powers are getting stronger, and are now able to spread past the Black Diamond.
More Notable Moments
Rick is still bringing large amounts of food to Solomon Grundy.
Barbara and Pat mention that Thunderbolt said Mike is lonely, and that they need to be careful. He is at the dump and trying to buy a car as a getaway car for the team. He says that he understands his frustration of not being able to help, and that they should find a JSA project they can work on together. It is clear that Mike loves this idea, as he perks up after hearing it, seemingly being the most excited he has been in a long time.
Beth confronts her parents about the divorce papers that she found. They admit it is a mutual decision and they haven’t decided if they will go through with it or not. They also say this doesn’t change how much they love her. Her mother has to go to work, but says they should talk as a family that evening.
Cindy, Artemis, and Isaac are in the in the ISA lair toward the end of the episode making plans. Artemis says she thought it was going to be a four on four match, and Cindy says to forget about Cameron, they don’t need him, especially with the Black Diamond in their possession. She pulls out a picture of Mike, saying that is the final little piece of the puzzle.
While painting, Cameron’s hand cramps up and he drops his paintbrush, which immediately freezes.
Stargirl Season 2 Episode 5 Review
Stargirl Season 2 Episode 5 is one of the best of the season for several reasons. Several of the previous episodes have felt very scattered with the way they bounce around the characters and storyline, but this episode seems to reel that in a little bit. Not completely, but enough to make the episode that much more enjoyable.
Fans also get to see a lot more of Eclipso’s powers in this one, and learn that he is getting really, really strong. Because of how easily he is able to manipulate the JSA without the Black Diamond even being near them, there is sure to be an insane big battle between them all at some point. However, they better start training because he is a force to be reckoned with.
The visuals in this episode, particularly during the entire art room/school fight, are insane. Something that could have looked cheesy, is actually pretty well done. The way that Eclipso’s victims eyes gloss over when they are under his manipulations is a nice addition.
Seeing the ISA come together, and learn that they plan to take on the JSA sooner than later, is exciting because this makes viewers hopeful for a big fight sooner than later. Perhaps even in the next episode. How will things fair for Mike though? Will he end up working with the ISA, or against them?
About DC’s Stargirl Season 2 Episode 5
STORMY WEATHER OVER BLUE VALLEY — As Pat (Luke Wilson) and Courtney (Brec Bassinger) clash over their next steps in their search for Eclipso, ominous weather conditions in Blue Valley hint that he may be near. Meanwhile, Cindy’s (Meg DeLacy) plan to recruit another student takes an unexpected turn, and Cameron (Hunter Sansone) opens up to Courtney. Amy Smart, Yvette Monreal, Cameron Gellman, Anjelika Washington and Trae Romano also star. Sheelin Choksey directed the episode written by Steve Harper (#205).
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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