Despite the shock of the gestation and subsequent premiere and immediate cancellation of ‘Swamp Thing’, a series that should have received much more love from all those involved, ‘Doom Patrol’ made us happy last season with its self-confidence and wanting to party. While we wait for the return of the damned, HBO and DC present their new bet out of the comic: ‘Stargirl’.
The girl with the stars
Recovering part of the essence of the series for that universe that saw the light almost ten years ago with ‘Arrow’, the new creation of Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti returns to introduce us to charming families on both sides of good and evil faced in a dream place. Within the first arc of the episodes to which we have had access, which have been the first three, a series of virtues and defects are intuited, which, in both cases, are inherited by default from the narrative style that involves incorporating a new character into the DC Universe / Arrowverse.
And it is that, I insist, ‘Doom Patrol’ set the bar too high for a world where, in reality, all the series are doomed to be so similar that one could end up confusing this girl from the stars with ‘Supergirl’ as happens from Occasionally with the Green Archer or Scarlet Sprinter series. Yes, they are all quality products, but sometimes you can get lost in the post-‘Smallville ‘hero.
But let’s talk about the new girl in the city, in this case in the town of Blue Valley, where she will arrive after the move of her family with those few eagerness so characteristic of all American teenagers disenchanted by leaving the great Californian city and driving to Nebraska . Courtney Whitmore, our new heroine, will accompany her mother (played by Amy Smart) and her new father, Pat, played by the always charming Luke Wilson.
Of parents and children
The pilot episode of the new HBO series starts at full blast in the middle of a brutal battle between good and evil that will end ending the reign of the vigilantes who maintained order until then. This is how we will meet the Starman who will give up his throne after the shocking prologue and to whom he gives life (and the other) Joel McHale, who I suspect is already more pigeonholed than we would have liked to those who vibrate like never before when ‘Community’ arrived to our lives.
Having entered into current affairs, in the present, the disturbing community that inhabits the charming town where the story unfolds (and which is similar to all the towns where teen dramas take place) will begin to uncover a series of plots and secrets that increase the interest considerably. Because despite having a couple of action scenes per episode, neither are these especially memorable nor the series particularly fun. That is, ‘Stargirl’ will be sustained, at least in the short term, in the cruel relations between both sides. Between justice and injustice. Between parents and children.
That air of soap opera that DC has known how to handle so well in its television broadcast over the last decade is going to be the fundamental pillar of ‘Stargirl’, a series that still has a lot to offer (in fact, don’t expect to see too much of what’s on the header image) but that with each episode, with each tragic decision that we have seen so far, it is baking the emotions without mercy. Its plot is loading the atmosphere and providing some detail as striking as the frozen star or the appearances of a robotic helper from the old school. And we have a villain who seems memorable. We will continue in tune.