At the end of the series premiere of DC's Stargirl last week fans of the DC Universe/The CW series got a thrilling surprise with the arrival of Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson) in his massive robot. This week's episode, "S.T.R.I.P.E." picked up from that moment and gave audiences their first real look at the impressive creation in action, bringing to life not only an iconic element of the Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. comics on which the series is based, but impressing audiences with just how cool the huge mecha turned out. Now, fans are lighting up social media to share their thoughts about Stargirl's mechanical sidekick.
Warning: minor spoilers for Stargirl's second episode, "S.T.R.I.P.E." below.
As can be seen in the episode, that robot -- which Courtney names S.T.R.I.P.E. after deeming Stripesy to be just a bad name overall -- Pat's mechanical creation is an integral part of Courtney's super heroics. After all the Cosmic Staff chose her and she chose Pat and together they have their work cut out for them in taking down the Injustice Society. S.T.R.I.P.E. is such an important part of the Stargirl story that creator Geoff Johns recently told ComicBook.com being able to bring the robot to life in a real, believable way was always important to him -- so much so that while he always thought Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. would make a cool television show, he's glad it didn't happen until now.
"Since I wrote the comic way back when, I always thought, 'oh, this would be a cool TV show,'" Johns said. "It felt like it was small towns where super villains have infested it, teenage girl takes it up, it felt like it could be a cool TV show, but back then you could never do it. I remember someone asking me about it and I'm like 'well, how do you do it without the robot?' And so glad that it never happened until now because we can actually do it with the robot."
And based on the reaction from fans, that wait was worth it. Fans are loving the robot on Stargirl and you can read on to see for yourself just how big a hit S.T.R.I.P.E. is.
I legit couldn’t wipe the smile from my face. Seeing Stripe come to life also if you think that’s just a CG Model it’s not, they actually spent big bucks on a full functioning Giant Mech that u can climb into ❤️ #Stargirl https://t.co/99xtXqd8Oh— Richard A Maune / SaberKing (@RichardKenobi) May 26, 2020
I don't know that I think STARGIRL is very good, but it IS maybe the most comic-booky shits I've ever seen, and that robot suit is one of the BEST CGI mecha I've seen outside of PACIFIC RIM.
I don't hate this.
(DOOM PATROL is still the best DC show tho).— Derek Halliday (@DTHalliday) May 26, 2020
The special effects on this show are amazing. S.T.R.I.P.E. looks fantastic. #DCStargirl— CanadianGeek (@CraigRMacD) May 27, 2020
Gotta say, that robot is impressively realized! #DCStargirl— Infinite Whovian. Now with added energy! (@drwhofan19) May 27, 2020
Loved the 2nd episode of #DCStargirl today. Stripe is cool! Was great seeing Pat fixing the robot+flying with Courtney on the Robot's back. Also cool seeing her make her costume. The battle between brainwave and stripe/#Stargirl was great too. Another good cliffhanger ending— David Medina (@DavidMedina_) May 25, 2020