As Stargirl begins to grow the team, culminating in a final showdown at the end of the season, the show continues to play on its strengths, albeit alongside the unavoidable CW drama. This has allowed the show to play off as one of the stronger DC live action adaptations from CW as well, with arguably better writing and storytelling then Batgirl, Supergirl and a number of seasons of Arrow. The stark contrast in how the story is told and characters get introduced are one of the stronger aspects of the series.
Within the first few episodes, the show manages to introduce us to most of the important cast of characters, while giving some insight into the characters that become members of the new JSA. What the series doesn’t give away, and something that we could end up seeing is the recurrence of Icicle’s son and the chance that he’ll become the new Jakeem, using the djinn in the pen to help the JSA. This would impact the series a lot and make for a big storyline if it is the case, because a large aspect of their character driven narrative is focusing on characters who play a major role.
We’ve seen Brainwave’s son start to gain his father’s powers, so it isn’t a stretch to assume that either Icicle’s son will also get his father’s powers, or he’ll be swayed by Stargirl and the pen that snuck away will find itself in his hands. The changing of team dynamics is going to play an important role.
Icicle already killed off The Magician and his son, so Icicles son could find out what his dad has done and in turn, fight against his dad. That’d work as the counter to ho his dad dealt with the death of his mom. Whereas his dad formed the IJSA, seeing the son join the JSA would be integral to the already clear cut storyline that this show has.
We’ve seen Wildcat presented and got an episode focused on her, same with Dr. Midnight and the rest of the team, and now that Pat has agreed to train the team, we should expect to see the group grow before they take on the villains and win.
These ongoing plot points that last for multiple episodes rather than delivering a more standalone episode, similar to the majority of CW DC shows, gives a better written series. DCU already had a similar formula with Doom Patrol, so the involvement of the writers to learn from that, instead of focusing more on an individual, makes it more compelling.
When Arrow started training more members, the showrunners failed to focus in the right areas and the seasons felt weaker as a whole. Meanwhile, earlier seasons of Flash showed off stronger episodes earlier on because it had a campy feel and focused mainly on the main character. When a show stretches itself too thin and only spends small amounts of time on what end up being minor plot elements, it adds to the weaker side of the show. Arrow failed in a majority of its seasons, to focus on what made it the flagship CW DC series. Nowadays it’s great to see what CW shows can be and with the intro of Artemis Crock, Tigress and Sportsmaster in the latest episode; Stargirl has begun to find its place and outshine some of the CW’s staple DC series.