Stargirl season 3, episode 6 review: The Betrayal

DC’s Stargirl -- “Frenemies - Chapter Six: The Betrayal” -- Image Number: STG306g_0082r -- Pictured (L - R): Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore / Stargirl -- Photo: The CW -- © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
DC’s Stargirl -- “Frenemies - Chapter Six: The Betrayal” -- Image Number: STG306g_0082r -- Pictured (L - R): Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore / Stargirl -- Photo: The CW -- © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

“I’m not asking forgiveness for what I’ve done. I’m asking forgiveness for what I’m about to do.” Spoilers for Stargirl season 3, episode 6 follow.

Courtney continues to ignore being Stargirl and the JSA in order to help Cameron with his powers, but in reality, she should be paying attention to her team.

As every day goes by, the team begins to fall further and further into the Dragon King rabbit hole.

Here’s everything that happened in DC’s Stargirl season 3, episode 6 “Frenemies – Chapter Six: The Betrayal”.

Stargirl season 3, episode 6 review


After finding The Gambler’s laptop in Cindy’s bedroom, Yolanda now has enough reason to go after Cindy with a purpose. And because of that, the episode starts off with a really great scene between her and her Priest. Seeing and hearing the parallels between how she is acting toward Cindy and how her family acted toward her were genuinely great and hopefully will come back into play in some form later in the season.

But then, she obviously goes to Sylvester and the JSA and they begin to formulate a plan to take down Cindy for the murder of The Gambler. By stealing the laptop, she got her confirmation bias.

But of course this plan backfired immediately because of course Cindy knew that Yolanda was onto her. So, instead of listening to Cindy explain, like they should’ve been this entire time, this leads to a spectacular fight scene between Wildcat, Cindy, and Hourman. But luckily, before any real harm manages to come to any of them, Courtney comes in and saves the day. But she really doesn’t because every single relationship that has been built this season, or at least has been tried to be built, comes crashing down because of the secrets that are kept, from both Courtney and Cindy.

This is easily a scene that could’ve felt like forced tension that comes out of nowhere and very out of character for everyone involved, but it doesn’t simply because of everything that has happened so far this season. This drama and tension between the JSA feels earned.

And we also learn about Cindy’s condition which is that she is seemingly (and unwillingly) transforming into her father, which actually pretty horrifying when you think about it.

Young love

While the plans are being made though, Courtney continues to help Cameron control his powers and he truly begins to do so, albeit by making an ice statue of his father, which is pretty darkly humorous. And the fact that Courtney was using the lessons that Starman gave her to try and help Cameron is genuinely sweet too.

Worried about Courtney, Pat and Barbara go over to the Mahkents’ house to try and gauge Cameron’s powers and family and, well, this leads to some serious tension and a great scene between Barbara, Pat, and the Mahkents. Also, the fact that Grandma Mahkent was basically willing to just outright murder all of them shows that there’s so much left to do with this family which is exciting.

But Courtney’s infatuation with Cameron, well, that leads to a sort-of falling out with the rest of the JSA, because they’re right: Courtney should’ve have told them. And Brec Bassinger absolutely kills it in this scene, as well as the subsequent scene between Courtney and Sylvester. Trying to fight back her tears while keeping a smile on her face? It was heartwrenching. Brec has always been a great casting for Stargirl, but she really got to show off her acting chops in this episode. And Joel McHale really gets some time to shine when consoling Courtney and telling the story about his sister Mary. He brings so much more than “Jeff Winger” to this role and it’s wonderful to see.

Stargirl knocks it out of the park again and continues to show why it’s the best superhero series on television.

Stargirl season 3 airs on The CW on Wednesdays at 8/7c.

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