The CW has released the official synopsis for "Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part One", the penultimate episode of DC's Stargirl's first season. The episode is set to debut on DC Universe on Monday, August 3rd and on The CW on Tuesday, August 4th. DC Comics fans will recognize the episode's title as being a reference to Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E., the 15-issue comic book series written by Geoff Johns with art from Lee Moder published between July 1999 and December 2000 -- the series in which Courtney Whitmore made her comic book debut.
The episode appears to be the first part of a two-part season finale and will see the new Justice Society of America preparing for a showdown with the Injustice Society. While a showdown between the two groups is something that the show has been building toward since Courtney (Brec Bassinger) first picked up the Cosmic Staff in the series pilot, this upcoming confrontation is one that seems like it will have much higher stakes. In this week's "Brainwave", the reality of what the ISA's Project New America was revealed to viewers: the mind control of everyone in a six-state radius using an amplifier and Brainwave's powers, thus forcing people into the ISA's perfect version of America.
On top of that, Courtney's mom, Barbara (Amy Smart) is now aware of Courtney being Stargirl. Barbara discovered Courtney holding the Cosmic Staff this week as well and while there are still a few episodes between now and "Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part One", previews for next week's "Brainwave, Jr." make it seem like she's none too thrilled when the truth does come out.
As for the rest of the JSA, the synopsis indicates that Rick/Hourman (Cameron Gellman) makes a breakthrough of sorts. Since discovering the truth about his father, Rick has been trying to decode his dad's journal. It's possible that his big break will be related to that journal. If that's the case, it will be interesting to see how that breakthrough impacts not only Rick, but the team. Rick has notably been a bit of a loose cannon on the team thus far as a result of his own pain and anger over his parents' death, though series creator Johns told ComicBook.com previously that he now has the opportunity to embrace his father's legacy, albeit it won't be as bright and shiny as the way Courtney has embraced her role as Stargirl.
"And now he gets a chance to not only discover the truth behind his parents and embrace the legacy of his father and as he says to Courtney, 'I want revenge.' He knows the difference between justice and revenge and there's a look that Courtney gives Yolanda and Beth at the end of that when Rick says it and they both, it basically is telling you, 'Uh oh, what'd we just do?' and this is not going to be as clean and simple as Courtney thinks," Johns said.
You can check out the synopsis for "Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part One" below.0comments
AND SO IT BEGINS — With the ISA on their trail, Courtney (Brec Bassinger), Pat (Luke Wilson) and the team regroup to figure out their next steps. Meanwhile, Rick (Cameron Gellman) makes a breakthrough, and the team prepares for a showdown with the ISA. Amy Smart, Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington, Trae Romano, Meg DeLacy, Neil Jackson and Christopher James Baker also star. Toa Fraser directed the episode written by Melissa Carter.
DC's Stargirl airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW. New episodes of the series debut Mondays on DC Universe. "Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part One" debuts Monday, August 3rd on DC Universe and Tuesday, August 4th on The CW.