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Subj: Ep 8 & 9 "Shiv Part Two" & "Brainwave"
Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 at 07:38:16 pm EDT (Viewed 372 times)
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Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 at 08:23:55 pm EDT (Viewed 704 times)
With these two episodes I'm all caught up and I'll have to review these one per week for the rest of the season.
S01E08 "Shiv Part Two"
Either Pat or Sir Justin delivered Courtney to the hospital. Pat covers for it by saying they got in a car crash in his classic car. He says they needed a police report to cover the story. Did he drag Court to the scene of the crash so they could discover her there? Why did he have to hit a tree going 90? That car has no air bags or even shoulder belts, he could have been much more hurt. What if he passed out from the crash and the cops had discovered him alone, then he couldn't have used it as an excuse for her injuries. Maybe he should have crashed at 30 or 40. Maybe I think too much.
Cindy visits Courtney and it's kind of a nice scene where maybe Cindy doesn't know Court is Stargirl and is trying to be friends in the only way an awkward kid raised by a homicidal war criminal can, or maybe she knows Court's secret and is toying with her. Nicely handled.
Meanwhile Rick, Beth and Yolanda go to Cindy's house to snoop around. Pat runs interference with the clueless mom and it's pretty weak. Beth stumbles on a secret tunnel to the evil lair and you assume she'll find something incriminating and barely get out, or not get out. Instead she finds nothing and heads to Cindy's room where she finds something incriminating. So what was the point of the tunnel red herring?
Cindy and Courtney are about to fight in the street but Henry Jr. shows up and his mind powers start to kick in and he breaks it up.
Not too much happened this episode but I'm starting to think that a show about Cindy being raised by a homicidal lunatic lizard-man pretending to fit into normal life in the suburbs would be more interesting.
We see young Henry Sr. when he first starts experimenting on himself and getting telepathic powers. Back at King Manor, Henry Jr. discovers dad's VHS diary and starts learning about him.
Courtney asks Pat if they should recruit the janitor who saved her. Pat tells her that they served on another team before the JSA, the Seven Soldiers of Victory. That's a deep cut. I didn't think they would bother to mention them. It's even the original group which includes Green Arrow and Speedy, instead of the retcon group with the Spider or Stuff. Color me surprised. Unfortunately that means they also have to address the elephant in the room that there are eight members of the Seven Soldiers but Wing didn't count because he was Chinese. Oof.
Courtney goes against the team's wishes and tries to recruit Brainwave Jr. but he's not ready to join, he has too much affection for his abusive father. Yolanda tries to kill him because he published her sext photo which seems like an overreaction and he probably didn't even do it, right? It was probably Cindy.
Henry also finds out that Cindy was only dating him to keep an eye on him for the Dragon King. Henry's got a lot of anger and takes it out on some lawyer, right before dad wakes up.
Barbara also invites Icicle and his family over for family dinner night at the Dugan's. She doesn't know he's a villain but Court starts to figure it out. But then Barb walks in on Court and Pat superheroing in the basement for a cliffhanger ending. They really should have told her the first day.
I think Henry, like Cindy, is almost a more interesting character than any of the JSA kids. Raised by a villain, trying to fit into a normal world.