At last, this was the “Stargirl” we’ve longed for all season.
The Justice Society faced off against the new Injustice Society – and there were casualties.
And the battle revealed just how far these young heroes have come.
In “Summer School: Chapter Six,” written by Paula Sevenbergen and directed by Walter Garcia, Cindy (Meg DeLacy) – the “Pom-Pom Psycho” (thanks, Mike!) – and her posse played head games with Yolanda and Beth and then went in for the hurt.
Isaac (Max Frantz) and Artemis (Stella Smith) brutally assaulted Pat (Luke Wilson).
Note to Pat: It is perfectly acceptable to hit a kid who is trying to kill you. You can even knock that kid clear to next Tuesday and we won’t object.
This was just a prelude to the main event: The JSA squared off against the ISA. Stargirl (Brec Bassinger) vs. Shiv, Hourman (Cameron Gellman) vs. Artemis, Wildcat (Yvette Monreal) vs. Fiddler. The battle tore apart the cafeteria and an adjacent bathroom and left nothing but debris. (Good luck explaining that to the principal!)
This was thrilling spectacle. The fight choreography also demonstrated how far the JSA has come. These heroes have clearly been training together and have each other’s backs. That teamwork separated them from the bad guys.
Hourman taunting Shiv: “And you call us losers?”
Dr. Midnite (Anjelika Washington) catching Artemis in a 3-D hologram of her parents’ mugshots. Now that was smart.
Fiddler’s sonic blasts.
Hourman and Artemis destroying every fixture in that bathroom.
Hourman launching Wildcat with a fastball special and hurling her at Shiv.
Mike (Trae Romano) bashing Shiv with a toaster. “Who’s useless now?”
Mike may now have set himself on a true path to joining the team. He told his father he wants his own robot.
Hourman obviously has some form of limited invulnerability while powered-up. He absorbed that explosion from Artemis with only a cracked rib.
Of course Eclipso (Nick E. Tarabay) is now loose in Blue Valley. He “inhaled” the Fiddler. (No encores for you, kid.) There’s no way Shiv is dead. “Stargirl” isn’t about to lose its main antagonist, not this quickly. There’s so much more story to tell, and this episode was a welcome jolt forward. Here’s hoping the second half of the season continues this momentum.