An old friend seeks Courtney’s help as the JSA addresses the mysterious cameras spying on them in “Chapter Seven: Infinity Inc. Part One.”
Despite the falling out between Courtney (Brec Bassinger) and the Justice Society of America (JSA) at the end of “Chapter Six: The Betrayal,” there’s little time to dwell on it. The group must work together to deal with the mysterious cameras in “Chapter Seven: Infinity Inc. Part One.” Most notably, this episode features the return of Jennie (Ysa Penarejo) and the introduction of her brother Todd (Tim Gabriel).
As Jennie activates her own abilities with her father’s Green Lantern ring, as originally shown last season, Todd simultaneously feels similar effects. Todd’s darkness-based powers manifest as his boyfriend plans a dinner for his birthday. It’s great to finally see canon queer representation in the series, and hopefully, the show expands more on it in the future. Soon after, Todd ends up at the Helix institute, where Nurse Love (Lynne Ashe) and Mr. Bones (Keith David) hold him captive.
Under Sylvester’s (Joel McHale) guidance, Beth (Anjelika Washington) executes a plan to deal with the cameras. She has each member of the group film “stock footage” to play over the camera feeds, including the Whitmore-Dugan family having an attempt at an ordinary family dinner and Rick (Cameron Gellman) and Jakeem (Alkoya Brunson) playing board games with Zeek (King Orba). Despite Sylvester’s voice guiding the operation, it’s awesome to watch Beth take control of the situation and lead the group.
The second part of the plan has Beth cutting off Blue Valley’s power as the group works to find and disable the cameras around town. Beth and Rick work together at the school, and Rick attempts to impress Beth by showing off his extended strength abilities. Though it’s great to see Rick and Beth working together, it’s concerning that Rick seems to be enjoying his limitless power a little too much.
Yolanda’s (Yvette Monreal) part of the plan is impeded by her mother Maria (Kikey Castillo). Maria demands to know where Yolanda has been sneaking off to and demands to see her phone. Yolanda refuses and calls out her mother for not trusting her. Maria gives Yolanda an ultimatum, hand over her phone or leave her house. Yolanda’s mother has always been horrible to her, and it’s awful to see her continue to treat her daughter poorly.
As Courtney and Pat (Luke Wilson) search for the cameras in their basement, the Shade (Jonathan Cake) appears and demands that Courtney come with him. Pat follows along as he whisks Courtney away, and they discover that Jennie and the Shade have been linked by the remnant of darkness that infected Jennie’s Green Lantern ring last season. The two are unable to use their abilities without hurting the other, and Jennie reveals that they are currently at the Helix Institute. It’s great to see both Jennie and the Shade again, and their antagonistic exchanges are amusing.
Courtney suggests that rescuing Todd will help fix the situation, and the Shade begrudgingly agrees. The group makes their way to where Todd is being tested on, and they attempt to break Todd out. Doing so unleashes his powers, sending Pat and the Shade to the Shadowlands. Courtney’s trip to the Shadowlands last season was exciting, and it will be interesting to see how Pat and the Shade fare as they work together to escape.
Another great moment in the episode involves Zeek mentoring Jakeem on how to properly utilize Thunderbolt (Seth Green). It has felt like Jakeem hasn’t gotten to do much this season besides being Mike’s (Trae Romano) sidekick, and Zeek has surprisingly helpful advice for someone who isn’t from the world of superheroes.
In another highlight of the episode, Barbara comforts Yolanda as she turns up at her house with a bag. As a huge fan of the Courtney and Yolanda dynamic, It’s nice that Yolanda chooses to go to the Whitmore-Dugan house first when she is kicked out. Likewise, I liked Pat comforting Courtney over her fallout with Yolanda and the JSA earlier in the episode. Though I haven’t enjoyed the fighting between Courtney and the rest of the JSA this season, it’s comforting to see clues that reconciliation is possible and very likely by the season’s end.
Though I’ve liked some of what the show has been doing with Sylvester, Cindy, and Cameron, it was nice to have more focus on the primary members of the JSA. Even with the enjoyable returns of Jennie and the Shade, “Chapter Seven: Infinity Inc. Part One” still felt more balanced than previous episodes this season. Though I’ve liked much of this season, this episode felt like a return to what I loved about the show in the first place. Hopefully, the balance in focus will continue going forward.
Author: Jessica Wolff
Jessica Wolff is a graduate of Drexel University with a BS in Film/Video. She has a passion for entertainment and representation in entertainment. She currently resides outside of Washington, DC.
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