Even knowing the damage it did to the team’s spirit and how it could’ve ultimately led to their downfall against the ISA, I’m not sure I can think of any other outcome that would’ve worked. Given the powerhouses that went up against Eclipso and failed, the team really didn’t seem to have any other option. We’ve already seen how dangerous Eclipso can be, so it’s easy to imagine exactly how bad the odds seemed for the JSA and just how desperate they would’ve been in that moment. And while I get that Pat and Jay were advocating for finding another way, you have to figure they probably already exhausted every other option they had. We obviously know the negative consequences making this move had on the team in the long run, but I feel like things would’ve been even worse for them if they hadn’t made this horrible decision. It was a terrible situation they were in, and so no decision was going to be objectively good, but I still maintain that at least this one ended w/ the least amount of death by far
John Wesley Shipp is a fantastic actor and I’m always happy to see him back Jay in any capacity, as it really feels like the kind of role he was born to play. He always has such a warm presence about him, and that really came across effectively here. It was great to see him stand up for Pat and try to help them understand that he’s just as much a part of the team as they are, even if that’s really something Sylvester should be doing
That said, I will admit that I probably got my hopes up a bit too much that this appearance would have some sort of direct connection to Earth-Prime beyond just the similar casting. I certainly knew that the more likely outcome is that Shipp would only be playing Earth-2 Jay, but I guess I’m desperate enough for there to be some sort of crossover between Stargirl and the main Arrowverse that I let myself believe this could lead to that for a little too long. I still believe a crossover will be coming at some point, maybe even in next month’s “Armageddon,” but I shouldn’t let the fact that there wasn’t one here sully my enjoyment of seeing Jay on the show. I still hope he can appear more next season (and hopefully beyond that) and that this could lead to the appearance of more classic JSA members like Alan Scott, the Hawks, Dr. Fate, Spectre, Sandman, etc.
As frustrating as it’s been to see Alex go about a season and a half w/ absolutely no progress on this arc, I can at least be happy that the writers didn’t completely forget about it and are fulfilling it in a way that I wouldn’t have expected, but that still feels fitting. I had been imagining that if/when Alex became a mom, it’d be to a newborn or at least very young baby since that’d allow her to go through the entirety of motherhood, so this definitely throws a wrench into those expectations, but in a good way. The fact that Esme is just old enough to have already bonded w/ Kelly already puts her relationship w/ her future moms off to a good start. Additionally, there’s really no couple more suited to care for a superpowered child than Alex and Kelly. While they obviously don’t have powers themselves, they have more than enough experience dealing w/ people who do to ensure they’ll have a good handle on whatever Esme’s exact abilities are. Plus she’ll have a bunch of new aunts and uncles who do have powers that’ll be able to help out even more as she gets older. And above all else, Esme is just the absolute cutest and I really wanna see her interacting w/ everyone as she starts to become a part of the family. Between all of that and seeing Alex finally get to realize her dream of becoming a mom, I’m 100% in favor of this move
While I certainly wouldn’t want to see all of the team members’ secret identities exposed or anything, as that’d be catastrophic to their safety, I otherwise did agree w/ this move. It does feel odd at 1st since we’re really not used to seeing any of the main teams from the other shows have this level of public exposure, but as has been brought up several times before, it’s important to let the people know more about what the team is doing to help keep them safe. Not only are they the ones being protected, but doing so allows them to weigh in on certain matters and make sure they’re being heard. And since the public now knows about Nyxly and her quest for the totems, they can better anticipate future dangerous situations involving her instead of just being completely surprised whenever something big happens. Having this sort of dynamic between the Super Friends and the public is something that could really continue making for interesting storylines, which again makes it a shame that we only have 6 more episodes left before the show ends