After the climactic events of “Shiv Part One” and the appropriately named “Shiv Part Two,” Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) and her step-dad Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson) are still reeling from the fights, and revelations of the past two episodes of DC’s Stargirl. And none may be bigger than the news that Dr. Shiro Ito, a.k.a. the deadly Dragon King (Nelson Lee) is not only alive — he’s taken up residence in Blue Valley, Nebraska. Oh, and turns out the last time Pat tangled with him, things went very badly for his original superhero team, as teased in Decider’s exclusive clip from this week’s “Brainwave.”
“I’m not sure it’s possible to kill Dr. Ito,” Pat explains to Courtney. “He experimented on himself, Court, until he evolved into something beyond human. Like Cindy, but much, much worse.”
That “Cindy” is Cindy Burman (Meg DeLacy), a.k.a. Shiv, who Courtney tangled with the past two episodes in her superhero Stargirl persona, before she was taken into a sewer by some of Ito’s goons. The twist? Ito is her Dad, so it looks like the supervillain in training is in for some serious grounding. Or undergrounding, if you will.
As Pat continues, though, he explains that he knows Ito is alive — while Beth Chapel‘s (Anjelika Washington) info offering goggles don’t — because he’s already tangled with him once, along with Pat’s old partner Sylvester Pemberton (Joel McHale), a.k.a. Starman. That was before they were part of the Justice Society of America, in a team taken straight from DC Comics named the Seven Soldiers of Victory.
Courtney seems appropriately confused by the pic Pat shows her of the team — “there’s Robin Hood, and a knight… And there were eight of you, Pat” — but he clarifies at least a few of the names: The Vigilante, Crimson Avenger, and Wing. Intrepid Stargirl fans may also recognize one other armored superhero who might have already shown up on the series, though that’s perhaps some future spoilers.
There have been plenty of variations on the Seven Soldiers team in the comics, but the original version was introduced in 1941’s “Leading Comics,” created by Mort Weisinger and Mort Meskin. Like the Justice Society and later the Justice League, the idea was to take some of the more popular characters in the publisher’s solo books, mix them together and see if magic happened. With Seven Soldiers, that magic didn’t quite strike; and it seems that was sort of the same deal in the continuity of Stargirl, as well.
“They were good men, trying their best, but each one of them had their struggles,” Pat continues. “Dr. Ito, he built a living weapon designed to eradicate New York. We destroyed it. Seven Soldiers never got the credit the Justice Society did… We saved lives, cities, even the world, once. I lost touch with all of them years ago. I wish I knew where they were.”
Hmmm… Sounds like Pat might want to look a little closer at the people around him, don’t you think? Check out the rest of the clip, and the full episode when it airs on The CW on Tuesday at 8/7c.
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