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Subj: Ep 6 & 7 "The Justice Society" & "Shiv Part One"
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S01E06 "The Justice Society"
Pat finally learns that Courtney has stolen the JSA costumes and power artifacts to hand out willy-nilly to a bunch of teens she just met days before, and isn't too happy about it. Finally a scene where the characters act somewhat realistically. It won't last.
Courtney tries to get the swag back from Yolanda, Beth and Rick but they won't give it up, it's too important to them now, and they make a decent case for it. And the show makes a decent case for a teenage JSA since the Injustice Society is finally on the move and all those power artifacts are just sitting around collecting dust; somebody should put them to use. Maybe it would have been better if Pat had found some responsible adults instead of teens to become new heroes but that's water under the bridge.
We finally see the semi-friendly Larry "Crusher" Crock in full on beast mode, with his wife Paula, murdering the high school football coach after he benched their daughter for bad sportsmanship. Soon they are called back into action by the ISA and we get to see Sportsmaster and Tigress in all their glory. I'm curious to hear what today's teens think of a villain called Sportsmaster who uses sporting goods as weapons, I always thought it was pretty cheesy in a good way.
Basically Beth's magic Mid-Nite goggles warn them that an evil hacker, the Gambler, is trying to do something nasty on the internet so they ought to go stop him. Stargirl, Wildcat, Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite finally team up in costume to put a stop to some evil hacking. Sportsmaster and Tigress show up to defend the Gambler and kill the kids. At least Courtney has a super Staff that can do anything like a Green Lantern ring practically, Yolanda was already a trained boxer, and Rick is just a tough kid with a chip on his shoulder; but then there's Beth who is more of a frail computer nerd who seems terribly out of place in a fight scene. I guess that's why they amped up her gimmick with an AI that can think its way out of any situation.
This kind of begs a couple of questions: First, if the original JSA were so powerful, experienced and skilled, then how did the ISA manage to kill them all in one night? And if they did, how will an untrained, inexperienced new JSA hope to beat them?
I was wrong before, the title card at the beginning of episode one made me think the JSA had only been active for a decade, and then was killed a decade ago, so they were only active from 2000-2010. But it did say 'decades' plural and we see that McNider was born in 1914, I think it said, making him almost 100 years old during the 2010 fight scene, so they may very well have fought in WWII still. Which must mean the old JSA did indeed have some of that Ian-Karkull-granted 'added vitality' or a CW equivalent since they all looked to be in their 40s. I wonder if Pat and Sylvester fought the Nebula Man in the 1940s and were brought to this time period like in the comics? But if superheroes have been active for that long on this world, shouldn't the whole town be swarming with metas?
Another question is that once the original JSA were out of the way, why didn't the Injustice Society take over the world right then? Or whatever they're planning to do. I guess the 'New America' plan required them to all set up fake identities in Blue Valley, Nebraska and hang out for 10 years before they could pull the trigger on their plan. The pilot episode showed us that Pat pulled up roots in California to move the family out to Blue Valley probably because he discovered the ISA were there. But then why did the JSA HQ also just happen to be there?
S01E07 “Shiv Part One”
After an unsuccessful training session, the team splits apart for the day. We find out that Mike is jealous of all the time Courtney is spending with his Dad. Henry King Jr. is hearing peoples’ thoughts the way his dad used to and can’t handle going to prom with Cindy, the bully girl with the skunk-streak. Cindy gets partnered up with Courtney in science class and for a second, they might become friends. But then Courtney blows off her after-school invite because she gets asked to prom by some guy.
We follow an increasingly angry Cindy back to her strange home life with a stepmom who seems like a captive and her dad, the Dragon King, running evil experiments in his lair. She eyeballs a supersuit that belonged to her bio-mom but dad says she’s not ready for it. Mad at dad, she steals it anyway.
It all leads to Stargirl fighting Cindy and burning her face off with the Cosmic Staff! Luckily Cindy has a Wolverine healing-factor (or does that attribute belong to the suit?) She ends up stabbing Stargirl and leaving her for dead (holy cliffhanger!) That shifty-looking school janitor comes out with a sword and scares Cindy away and we realize (or maybe realized last episode) that he’s Sir Justin, The Shining Knight (former teammate of Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy in the Seven Soldiers of Victory, let’s see if they make that reference!)
Barbara gets a promotion or a project at least, so now she’ll be working directly for Icicle in his shell company, hopefully she’ll get something to do.
I didn’t realize until just now that James Dale Robinson who has been credited on this series is the same James Robinson from DC Comics who wrote a long run on “Starman” in the 1990s with Jack Knight, invented the Cosmic Staff (based on the older Cosmic Rod and belt) and of course tied all Starmen past and present into one lineage: Ted Knight, Batman/Starman 1951, Mikaal Tomas, Prince Gavyn, Will Payton, Jack Knight, Thom Kallor, and finally Courtney Whitmore. He’s also the one who put Ted Knight in a mental asylum back in "The Golden Age." Thanks, James.
And of course Robinson and Johns were the ones who started the modern JSA comic in 1999 so they bring a lot of comics’ knowledge to this series, let’s hope it pays off!
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