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S01E11 “Shining Knight”

Some of the others here on the board talked about decompression, and boy I sure felt it this episode.

We start off with a tease of learning about Justin, the Shining Knight, but he has amnesia so he can't tell us much. We wait for him to meet up with Stripesy, the one person he remembers, so that he can get his memories back. When he does meet Stripesy, the memories do not come back, at least not much. We get no origin of Justin at least not in flashback form, like we got with Brainwave. Instead Justin just says King Arthur was done with Excalibur so he gave it to me. Okay. I was hoping to see Justin suit up as a hero, maybe as the final shot of the episode leading into the two-part season finale. But no, they are saving that for later. If ever.

Rick, Beth, and Yolanda do basically nothing in this episode. No sign of Sportsmaster, Tigress, Dragon King or Cindy (Shiv). Brainwave confronts Icicle about the New America project. Mostly he says he knows Stargirl's identity so they should kill her; after all, Brainwave killed his own wife and son to be part of the ISA. Icicle says no, and Brainwave says … we'll talk about it later. Always later. Got to pad out this already short season?

Courtney can't get the Cosmic Staff to light up anymore and she decides that's happening because it found out she's not Starman's daughter, although it started that behavior before it found out? She only finds out when her bio-dad shows up and they spend most of the episode skipping school to have some bonding time. After spending about half the episode building up what a nice dad he could be, he turns out to only be visiting to wring some money out of poor Court. The only real value of this red-herring story is that Pat gets to knock the guy out (should have taken the locket back) and Court gets her confidence back, which she wouldn't have lost, if Dad hadn't showed up? Making this a pointless filler episode.

If anyone binges this show, this is one skippable episode.

I felt like they were trying so hard to squeeze in some scenes directly from the comics that they forgot to tell the story.


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