Maybe, but if it’s some sort of scheme, I think that’s just dramatically bad. It’s much more interesting if Courtney is legitimately having difficulty balancing superheroing and teenagering, and the whole first act was largely about that. It was even explicitly called out in the dialogue between her and Pat that she was up until 4 am studying the JSA files, and just waved off preparing for her history exam.
I think likely daughter. The mom said her dad “was on call” - Dr. Mid-Nite was actually a doctor, and not many other professions would be “on-call”. Not to mention, being “on-call” would be a pretty good cover story for super-heroing.
And before that, he was an occult detective, who both debunked fake supernatural occurrences and dealt with genuine supernatural mysteries. And since the movie is The Adventures of Mark Merlin, I suspect that’s the phase of his career the movie is about. Yet again, we see that the box office on Earth-2 is dominated by comic book movies, but not super-hero movies. We’ve seen weird war, western, political, and now occult detective movies featured. I’m betting we’re going to see Young Romance at some point. That’s just got to be in the background of a scene with Courtney and Cameron at some point.
I agree this episode managed to both seem a bit draggy and overly involved, but they’re setting up the plotlines for the coming season, so I was willing to bear with it.
I like that Wildcat II is still dealing with the trauma of killing Brainwave. In most shows, that one be a one-episode sub-plot, at most, and then never mentioned again.
Also, Rick Tyler is clearly tracking Solomon Grundy, who’s living in the woods. Did Rick leave the chicken out as a peace offering, or is he setting up a trap?