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TV and movie audiences have proven time and again that they want more superhero stories. What’s not to love? There’s always plenty of action. The outfits are fabulous. Superpowers abound. These shows don’t usually take themselves too seriously, and often use humor effectively to lighten stories when they might otherwise get a little too heavy.
Plus, there’s often an element of an unlikely hero within the story which gives audiences a feeling of camaraderie with a superhero.
Now imagine that you’re a regular teenage girl (played by Brec Bassinger), unhappily stuck living in rural Nebraska. You’re bored and angry that you had to leave glamorous Los Angeles behind to make the move to flyover territory. One day you happen to find a magical staff in your stepdad’s possessions, and it chooses you as the one who can wield its powers. That would certainly be enough to turn your life upside down.
Add in the fact that your stepdad (Luke Wilson), who has definitely not been your favorite person, is suddenly your superhero sidekick, and you’ve got quite a story to tell.
That’s basically the setup for Stargirl, the TV series from executive producer Geoff Johns, on the CW. Courtney Whitmore is the unlikely hero who becomes the superhero Stargirl when a strange and powerful staff chooses her. Thankfully, as a blue belt in karate and agile gymnast, Courtney is already well equipped for the battle between good and evil,
The previous owner of the staff, a superhero known as Starman, fought evil as a member of the Justice Society of America (JSA) along with his sidekick S.T.R.I.P.E., who happens to be Courtney’s stepdad. The JSA heroes fought the evildoers who made up the Injustice Society. Unfortunately, Starman apparently died at the hands of Injustice Society villains, leaving S.T.R.I.P.E. understandably shaken. He is absolutely against allowing Courtney and her friends to take on superhero roles because of the danger. Of course, he does not succeed in stopping them, though he certainly tries.
Once Courtney accepts her new role as Stargirl, she is able to befriend and join forces with other young students from her school. These small-town kids may not seem like heroes, but with the right tools they have plenty of power. They are able to re-ignite the JSA fires and once again fight against evil. The former members of the Injustice Society are still around, still villains, and very unhappy to find that Courtney is stepping up to fill Starman’s shoes.
inspired by some favorite 1980s movies like “Back to the Future” and “Karate Kid”, thee nostalgic feel of this TV show and the fact that its lead character is a 15-year-old high school sophomore make it a great choice for family viewing. The story is not too adult for children to enjoy, and the action and interesting plotlines offer plenty for their parents to appreciate, as well.
The next season is anticipated sometime around Spring or Summer, so you might want to search out and enjoy the 13 episodes of Season 1 before Season 2 actually debuts.