G-man, on 20 May 2020 - 07:35 AM, said:
I caught the episode last night, and, oh boy, do I have questions about this one:
According, the JSA was wiped out 10 years ago (2010) ending the “Golden Age of Heroes”. How does this jibe with the pre- (or post) Crisis Arrowverse?
It's not in the Arrowverse. It was developed for a separate network, after all, so it wasn't meant to take place in the same universe as the CW shows. The closing montage of Crisis on Infinite Earths
showed a brief preview clip establishing Stargirl
as taking place on Earth-2 -- which seems to be the replacement for the pre-Crisis Earth-2 that was the first universe wiped out in CoIE, since it doesn't seem to have anything in common with that Earth-2. Although the name makes sense metatextually, because the show is heavily based on the pre-Crisis Earth-2 comics All-Star Squadron
and Infinity Inc
., both written by Roy Thomas in the '80s and reviving the continuity of the 1940s DC comics (in what had been retroactively labeled Earth-2), with Squadron
telling Justice Society of America stories set in the '40s and overlapping with their original comics adventures, while Infinity Inc.
featured the JSA's children becoming superheroes in the '80s.
And I confess a woeful unfamiliarity with the Injustice Society … the only name I recognized was Solomon Grundy; would someone please give me a rundown of the rest of the characters?
I'm not that familiar with them except from their appearances on the Young Justice
animated series.The main villain here, Brainwave, is new to me, although he was a character in the Earth-2 comics I mentioned, an Injustice Society member whose son became a hero in Infinity Inc. The others are Wizard, a sorceror; Icicle, who's your basic ice-powered villain; and the husband-wife team of Sportsmaster and Tigress (who are the parents of Young Justice
's Artemis Crock).
Anyway, I was planning to subscribe to DC Universe anyway so I could finish my Patreon review series of the 1990 The Flash
(my box set turned out to be defective and the second layers on the 2-layer discs won't play, and of course the libraries are closed), and things aligned just right that I was able to afford to do so starting now, so I was able to see the full, uncut episode. It's definitely more cinematic in its production values than the Arrowverse, but in a Spielbergian way that I'm not really crazy about. It's pretty hokey at times, and I wonder if the excessive friendliness of the Blue Valleyites masks some dark secret that explains what so many supervillains are doing there. (When Pat said he came there because he was "looking for something," it was clearly them he was seeking, based on the files and maps in that trunk, though I don't know if that part was included in the cut-down version.)
Initially it was hard to like Courtney, since she was so sullen and detached -- although she's really, really pretty, so that held my interest, at least. She got more appealing later on once she opened up some. I think she's pretty likeable. And I like the idea of a superheroine with a gymnastics-based style. (I wonder how Sportsmaster will react to that. Will he appreciate it, or resent it because sports-based fighting is his trademark?) I'm surprised they didn't get her in costume by the end of the first episode.
Edited by Christopher, 20 May 2020 - 10:25 AM.