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Subj: Ep 2 & 3 "S.T.R.I.P.E." & "Icicle"
Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 at 04:58:42 am EDT (Viewed 564 times)
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This episode picks right up from the pilot and completes the two-parter. Pat shows up in the S.T.R.I.P.E. suit to save Courtney from Brainwave. They go back home and decide not to tell Court's mom or Pat's son about their superhero life.
Somehow Pat gets up early the next morning and does a whole montage of testing S.T.R.I.P.E. and taking it back to the shop for repairs and then out to the field for more tests and back and forth four or five times before the family has breakfast in the morning.
Not much to say about the plot, they decide to go confront Brainwave and they do. It ends with Courtney touching the Cosmic Staff to his head and putting him in a vegetative state. Hmm.
I didn't really track who all was said to be in the JSA/ISA in the last episode, so I went back to check. The JSA had Wildcat, Hourman, Dr. Mid-Nite, Starman (Pemberton), and we saw Flash (Garrick)'s helmet and Sandman, and were told they are all dead. Pat tells us that Hourman actually survived that night and died later. Okay. Presumably all the other JSAers like Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Spectre, Dr. Fate, Green Lantern, Johnny Thunder, Atom are dead too? But we didn't see their bodies. The ISA consisted of Huntress/Tigress (Paula Brooks), the Wizard, Sportsmaster, Brainwave, Icicle, Solomon Grundy, and some kind of giant black shadow-hand that I assume belonged to Ian Karkull but they'll probably make it an evil Obsidian or something.
Brainwave's son, Hank King Jr. is somewhat abused by his dad but also has beef with Courtney for blowing up his car and shaming him for bullying. With Courtney putting his dad in a coma I assume he will become a villain. Odd since he began as a hero in the comics and only became evil later. Which I think was probably done by this show's creator, Geoff Johns, in the "JSA" title. I'll have to check. Does this show also know that he is Sylvester Pemberton's nephew?
I don't like how they reduced Stripesy to "just a sidekick." In the comics he went on all the adventures with Sylvester. He was bigger and stronger, they were both good fighters and equally brave. He also was actually a member of the JSA in the comics (and the Seven Soldiers of Victory and Infinity Inc.) Syl was kind of a child prodigy so probably smarter than Pat, although Pat was an engineering genius who built the Star Rocket Racer and S.T.R.I.P.E. suit among other things. Here he's the guy who kept Syl's suit clean, like a butler?
Who is that janitor guy at the school anyway? They keep lingering on him. It's been a while since I read "Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E." but I think that might be Courtney's real bio-dad.
Why does Pat take Courtney to the mothballed JSA headquarters and show her a bunch of cool stuff only to tell her "let's never be a part of this?" Why is the HQ in Blue Valley, Nebraska? Why did he leave the Thunderbolt pen right where anyone could take it? Shouldn't he have given it to someone who could protect it or at least bury it somewhere?
We find out Icicle is the real leader of the Injustice Society, he apparently has a plan to battle social injustice and maybe that's where they got the name? He did kill Pemberton so it makes sense that he's the big bad but they sure made it seem like Brainwave was the main baddie in the first two episodes.
Icicle kills Wizard's son and then when the Wizard comes armed with his magic wand to ask him about it, kills the Wizard and steals the wand. That's cold. Good thing he didn't come in shooting. Good thing ice can render the wand useless. Icicle's parents and son are down with murder, I guess. Creepy.
Courtney breaks back into the JSA HQ and steals all their power artifacts (or costumes) and plans to recruit new kids to become the new JSA. Is she going to blind Beth so she can be the new Dr. Mid-Night? Will she train Yolanda to box since she never met Ted Knight?
So many questions, this show. I'm not the hugest fans of Geoff Johns' comic book writing but this stuff feels much, much sillier. I guess because it's aimed at the young-adult crowd on the CW?
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