Focusing on the character that started creator Geoff Johns’ career in comic books, when he created her, lovingly inspired by his late sister who was killed in a plane explosion, new DC drama series, DC’s Stargirl follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to take up the legacy of a long-lost Super Hero team – The Justice Society of America – and stop the Super-Villains of the past.
Please Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
The debut season of DC’s ‘Stargirl’ introduces us to high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Bassinger) as she along with her mother, stepfather and stepbrother move back to her mother’s old hometown, a quiet yet warmly welcoming small town on the surface, with more than enough dark secrets to spare under the kindhearted surface. Initially struggling to fit in, Courtney begins to find her place after discovering a magical staff that once belonged to Starman, a hero from the JSA. After learning that her stepfather was the hero’s sidekick and the staff appears to choose her as its next partner, Courtney sets out as Stargirl to try and uncover the dark secrets that plague their quiet town. But upon realizing that various members of a dangerous supervillain team are controlling many of the town’s actions she will need to recruit her own group of heroes if she is to stand a chance at thwarting these deadly villains.
Season one of DC’s ‘Stargirl’ is an impressive debut that won’t take long to have you falling for this great series which comes out of the gate at full speed and never loses its steam, building into a marvelous first season that quickly proves that this show is aiming for the stars. Even more impressive is just how competently it pulls it off, only becoming more exciting, tense and addicting each subsequent episode. After an unforgettable and pulse-pounding opening that will immediately pull you in, the series wisely opts for taking a little time to properly introduce its characters while still getting things moving along quite promptly nonetheless. Before long it settles into a perfect balance of tension, action-packed excitement and a heartfelt look at one teenager and her family’s struggle to find their place in a new town, and in an unexpected new heroic role. The result is one outstanding television series that only manages to become more impressive every step of the way.
The television series itself is based upon the character from comic creator Geoff Johns’ own series which was touchingly inspired by his late sister; with the show also created by Johns. Combined with a well selected cast at the forefront including Brec Bassinger, Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington, Luke Wilson, Amy Smart and a number more, ‘Stargirl’ quickly proves itself to be something truly special. It only exceeds expectations and delivers one of the most exciting and beautifully crafted superhero shows in recent memory and one that any fans of the material (or just of the DC Comics universe in general) will definitely want to make a point of checking out whenever possible, or at least before the second season debuts next year.
Overall, the first season of ‘Stargirl’ serves as a magnificent introduction to the character while also crafting an intense, touching and exciting, while occasionally also quite dark tale of one teenager struggling to find her way as the hero she knows her city needs. It’s an incredibly promising start for what’s already proving one of the best superhero shows in recent memory and it’s absolutely worth checking out. As far as the technical merits of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s 3-disc Blu-ray release for ‘Stargirl: The Complete First Season’ are concerned, it may be absent of any bonus content yet fans should be absolutely thrilled with the magnificent high definition video and audio presentations. With all thirteen episodes wisely spread between three discs to allow for a nice bitrate on each it results in flawless presentations for every episode which never even come close to disappointing. The release is highly recommended for anyone already thinking about a purchase.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Stargirl: The Complete First Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the show’s original 2.20:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the debut season’s episodes. The video presentations look magnificent in every way and deliver smooth, clean and richly detailed presentations on every episode sporting bright, vibrant colors. They hold up beautifully even during the numerous darkly lit, fast moving and heavily populated sequences which are quite frequent throughout the series, never allowing anything onscreen to become negatively affected, let alone rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are fantastic high definition video presentations that should easily thrill fans and first time viewers alike.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 13 Season One episodes. These multichannel soundtracks are equally wonderful and offer clean, crisp and hard hitting audio presentations on each episode. They repeatedly take full advantage of all five available channels in order to send music, action and nature effects, along with plenty more regularly whipping throughout the various speakers and never causing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible along the way. Overall, these are great 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtracks that more than deliver in every way required of them while constantly contributing some additional fun to the viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Stargirl: The Complete First Season’ does not include any bonus content.
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Disc Rating: 7/10
‘Stargirl: The Complete First Season’ is Now Available to Own on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from DC Entertainment & Warner Bros Home Entertainment