YOUNG JUSTICE S03E05 “Away Mission” review

Young Justice (DC Universe)

YOUNG JUSTICE S03E05 “Away Mission” review

Synopsis

A distant conflict sends the team on an away mission while the Happy Harbor gang decide what to do with Brion Markov and Halo.

Review

Up to this stage Young Justice: Outsiders has remained very much on Earth. Aside from the previous episode it has also very much happened at night. This is now the second episode in a row to inject some more colour to the series as it takes place both during the day on Earth and on the colourful planet of New Genesis.

“Away Mission” is a deep dive into Jack Kirby’s Fourth World. There’s a lot of info to take in regarding the New Gods and the Bugs who inhabit New Genesis. The episode is rather unforgiving for the uninitiated, blasting information and giving very little time for it to settle in. It’s a perfect slice of DC Comics deep dive action for fans in the know but I struggled to keep up a little bit.

The characters of New Genesis are all very intriguing. It would have been good to spend a little more time with the Bugs. Had we been able to see more of their hive lifestyle it would have increased the impact of Forager’s expulsion at the end of the episode.

The introduction of M’Gann’s brother M’kann made for a great twist to the episode. It will be interesting to see how he may factor in to future episodes in the season or if this was simply the opportunity to create some tension. M’Gann has been criminally underused so far this season. This episode finally gives her a chance to take the lead.

We know from the opening credits we’re building towards an appearance by Apokolips. This episode takes us a step towards it but I do feel that my overall takeaway from the episode is that I’ve been chastised for no knowing enough about the fourth world.

Back on Earth we get some amusing scenes with Halo and Brion. Seeing the two beginning to practice their newfound powers brings fourth some funny moments. It also continues Conner’s opportunity to be the father figure to the newbie characters.

After last weeks side mission with Dick and the Roy’s the humour is a little more low key. But it’s still great to see the series flexing its comedy muscles rather than focussing on the heavy hitting storylines of the first three episodes.

It’s a solid watch but not the best episode of the season so far.

Verdict

“Away Mission” brings Forager in to the mix and finally begins to round out the Outsiders team. It breaks from the metahuman trafficking story for a moment to instead refocus the story on some of its characters.

6/10

Young Justice stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Zehra Fazal, Troy Baker and Jason Spisak. The series is directed by Christopher Berkeley and Mel Zwyer and producers by Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.

The series premieres new episodes weekly via the DC Universe streaming service.


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YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS synopses and images for episodes 10, 11 and 12

It’s that time of the week again. Time to preview the next three episodes of Young Justice: Outsiders. This week see’s the debut of episodes 10, 11 and 12 and from the look of these galleries we have a lot to look forward to!

Episode 10 is titled “Exceptional Human Beings” and is described as:

The search for Tara Markov continues – but who’s doing the searching and where?!

Next up is episode 11, “Another Freak”. The synopsis from DC Universe reads:

It’s the first day of school for Violet Harper and Forager (JASON SPISAK). And the last day for a different freak…

Finally this week is the 12th episode of Young Justice: Outsiders, “Nightmare Monkeys”.

Garfield Logan (GREG CIPES) tests out a pair of Goode VR goggles. Then the goggles test him!

Young Justice stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Zehra Fazal, Troy Baker and Jason Spisak. The series is directed by Christopher Berkeley and Mel Zwyer and producers by Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.

The series premieres new episodes weekly via the DC Universe streaming service.


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First look at Cyborg in YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS

It’s no secret that the roster of heroes on Young Justice is constantly growing. The current series alone has seen the addition of The Outsiders as well as a number of other DC Universe heroes.

Now we’ve got our first look at Victor Stone, Cyborg, who will be joining the series in an upcoming episode of season 3.

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As you can see from this preview image the production team has created a sleeker look for the character. Instead of the robotic looking body they have opted to disguise his cybernetic implants. It’s in keeping with the series advanced tech and we are looking forward to seeing him in action soon!

Young Justice stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Zehra Fazal, Troy Baker and Jason Spisak. The series is directed by Christopher Berkeley and Mel Zwyer and producers by Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.

The series premieres new episodes weekly via the DC Universe streaming service.


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YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS releases images for episodes 7, 8 and 9

Overnight we’ve been gifted with the latest set of synopses and images for upcoming Young Justice: Outsiders episodes. This week episodes 7, 8 and 9 will premiere on the streaming service and we have all the details you need to know!

Episode 7 is entitled “Evolution” and is described as:

Aliens once again threaten the Earth, but with the Justice League split and scattered, only Earth’s first and greatest hero can save us!

Here are the images from the episode:

Episode 8 is called “Triptych” and the streaming service describes the episode as:

As Meta-Human trafficking spreads across the United States, three very different teams of heroes seek to put a stop to it!

Here are the promo images:

Finally this week will also see the premiere of episode 9 “Homes Fires”:

The Light has hired an intergalactic assassin, but who is the intended target?!

Here’s the episode gallery:

Young Justice stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Zehra Fazal, Troy Baker and Jason Spisak. The series is directed by Christopher Berkeley and Mel Zwyer and producers by Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.

The series premieres new episodes weekly via the DC Universe streaming service.


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YOUNG JUSTICE OUTSIDERS “Private Security” review

Synopsis

While Jefferson, Connor and Artemis find homes for their Markovian strays, Dick assembles a new squad and hits the road – but may not survive the trip.

Review

With this episode Young Justice: Outsiders is taking a leaf out of the Titans book. It steps away from the overall story arc of the season (slightly) to focus on a character who has had little screen time so far this season. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

It’s only now that I’m realising just how subtly this show is bringing together the Outsiders. With Halo and Brion now under the care of the squad this episode spends some time focussing on their adjustment to life outside Markovia.

Meanwhile Dick heads off to see not one, not two but three Roy Harpers. The original, now going by the name of Will, plus his two clones.

It all adds up to a much lighter episode in tone and visuals. Unlike the previous episodes much of “Private Security” takes place during the day where previous episodes have been mainly set at night. Even the action featuring Dick and the clones is all set during the day. It’s a great step away from the norm and I welcomed seeing something a little more light hearted.

Even the scenes of Brion struggling with his powers and Halo struggling with her own lack of self are more easy to digest. We get to see both Artemis and Superboy acting as mentors to their new friends. It’s a welcome departure for both characters which helps flesh them both out overall.

We’re continuing to see the revived Young Justice put an emphasis on the growth of its core cast. Whilst other characters pass through the episodes as one-offs or guest spots the core team are showing serious growth when compared to, for instance, the pilot episode.

The new additions to the show are having to play catchup but the writers are affording them the time to develop. Halo in particular has gone through quite the change over the space of these four episodes following her ‘death’.

It’s understandable why DC Universe has chosen to release three episodes at a time for this season. Whilst “Private Security” adds some character moments to the show it doesn’t forward the narrative enough to make it worthwhile as a standalone watch.

I found myself immediately jumping in to the next episode purely to following the action. But I was also still satisfied by the humour of Dick’s side adventure with the clones.

It’s a mixed bag of an episode but not one which I found at all unenjoyable.

Verdict

“Private Security” brings some levity to Young Justice for the first time this season. Although it deviates from the main narrative for a period it’s a welcome break from the weighty metahuman trafficking storyline.

6.5/10

Young Justice stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Zehra Fazal, Troy Baker and Jason Spisak. The series is directed by Christopher Berkeley and Mel Zwyer and producers by Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.

The series premieres new episodes weekly via the DC Universe streaming service.


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YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS “Eminent Threat” review

Synopsis

Conner Kent and Prince Brion Markov are in the clutches of Count Vertigo, leaving Dick Grayson, Artemis Crock and an emotionally damaged Jefferson Pierce to save them and put an end to the Bedlam Syndicate.

Review

After two episodes of setup it was time for Young Justice: Outsiders to get down to the nitty gritty of its story. I’m not knocking the previous episodes, both worked their magic on revitalising the series for 2019. But with audiences more fickle than ever it needed to grab us and get down to business.

Once again we get an episode which focusses mostly on the team in Markovia forsaking the rest of the huge cast of characters. Seeing the preview images from the next few episodes it seems they’ll all be back soon though.

“Eminent Threat” features by far the most action of these first three episodes. There’s a mix of small scale and larger fight scenes which play to the strengths of the episodes cast but also the animation style of the show. The scenes on the beach also ramp up the new edgier side of Young Justice. It’s the first time I’ve ever watched this show and grimaced at the sight of charred corpse.

I’m really impressed by how this latest season has been able to ramp up the emotional stakes as well as the action. Moving away from being part-funded by toy companies has really done wonders for the show.

A strong example of how the show understands the emotions of its characters is in the scenes between Superboy and Brion. With the latter experience their metahuman powers for the first time he was drastically in need of guidance.

With Black Lightning on the team it would be easy to put Jefferson in to this role. As an educator and mentor to other heroes he was best placed to guide the newly powered prince. Instead the show chooses to mirror the experience of Superboy in the opening episodes of season one. It allows the two to share an emotional connection which ties back to Conner’s first experiences having been liberated from Cadmus.

We’re very quietly seeing the formation of the Outsiders. We’ve now met Halo, Geoforce and Black Lightning but we’ve also seen Batman and Katanna. The team is there but they’re yet to come together. It’s been done in such a subtle way that if you weren’t familiar it is completely imperceptible.

We’ve hit our stride now and I cannot wait to see where the season goes from here.

Verdict

“Eminent Threat” is a quintessential episode of Young Justice. It’s packed with story and strong action sequences. But at its core it’s still driven by compelling characters.

After two very solid episodes “Eminent Threat” cements Young Justice as the crown of the modern DC animated era.

8/10

Young Justice stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Zehra Fazal, Troy Baker and Jason Spisak. The series is directed by Christopher Berkeley and Mel Zwyer and producers by Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.

The series premieres new episodes weekly via the DC Universe streaming service.


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DC Universe releases photos for this week’s YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS episodes

For the next few weeks DC Universe will be releasing three episode of Young Justice: Outsiders each Friday. You can already read our reviews of episodes one and two with episode three’s review due tomorrow.

In readiness for the next batch of episodes the streaming service has released the plot synopses and episode gallery for episodes four, five and six. You can check them all out below.

Here’s the synopsis and gallery for episode 4 “Private Security”:

While Jefferson, Conner and Artemis find homes for their Markovian strays, Dick assembles a new squad and hits the road – but may not survive the trip.

Following on from “Private Security” will be an episode entitled Away Mission. Here is that episodes synopsis and gallery.

A distant conflict sends the team on an away mission, while the Happy Harbor gang decides what to do with Brion Markov and Halo (ZEHRA FAZAL).

The final episode premiering this week is entitled “Rescue Op”. DC Universe describes the episode as:

Brion Markov is determined to rescue his missing sister – even if it means throwing down against the entire League of Shadows.

Here are the photos released from the episode so far.

Young Justice stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Zehra Fazal, Troy Baker and Jason Spisak. The series is directed by Christopher Berkeley and Mel Zwyer and producers by Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.

The series premieres new episodes weekly via the DC Universe streaming service.


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YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS “Royal We” review

Synopsis

Dick Grayson, Artemis Crock, Conner Kent and Jefferson Pierce go undercover in Markovia to stop the Bedlam Syndicate’s meta-human trafficking cartel – before it claims another victim.

Review

Following on from the excellent “Princes All” (reviewed here) Young Justice: Outsiders returning with a mythology widening second episode. Centered around the teams mission to Markovia it gives us a much better insight in to this seasons overall storyline.

Where the previous episode very much set the scene for this season, this episode is far more business as usual.

The Justice League announces the resignation of several key members via the U.N. The situation triggers Baron DeLamb to ban heroes from entering Markovia. Unbeknownst to him Dick and his undercover team enter the country at the same time.

There’s an excellent sequence with Dick and Artemis (must get in the habit of calling her Tigress) going undercover at the pre-coronation party. As they attempt to mingle, with a little help from Oracle, Superboy and Black Lightning going underground in search of the metahuman traffickers base of operations.

There’s some great action in this episode both visually and emotionally in the episode. When it is revealed that Count Vertigo is working with the traffickers and has his own Plasmus in tow things go south for the team. The fight sequence is impressive and ends with Black Lightning washing up on the beach and Superboy being held captive.

There are some excellent political undertones to the episode. There’s obviously going to be a power struggle to take over Markovia. I for one do not trust Baron DeLamb. All will become apparent in the next episode I’m sure.

With the eipisode focussing on Markovia many of the main cast are absent from this episode. It shows a narrative focus which the newly reborn series could easily have abandoned to instead focus on large-scale spectacle.

The show is definitely riding a wave of nostalgia. It may have only been half a decade since the show last aired but the joy the production team has at being back is palpable.

But make no mistake Young Justice is not resting on its laurels. This episode continues all of the positive steps the show took in its previous episode to show exactly what it can do given the freedom of being on an in-house streaming platform.

Verdict

“Royal We” moves the story of Young Justice: Outsiders forward in new and interesting ways. It ramps up the action whilst setting the stakes for the remainder of this batch of episodes.

It also ends on the kind of cliffhanger which will make you glad the next episode is immediately available!

7.5/10

Young Justice stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Zehra Fazal, Troy Baker and Jason Spisak. The series is directed by Christopher Berkeley and Mel Zwyer and producers by Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.

The series premieres new episodes weekly via the DC Universe streaming service.


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YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS “Princes All” review

Synopsis

A continuation of the second season; the team faces the difficulty of meta-human trafficking and a new intergalactic threat.

Review

Remember when you first watched Young Justice? All your hopes and dreams for what the should could grow to be in the future. Then the heartbreak of hearing that the show had been cancelled.

Well now it’s back and has the freedom of being a DC Universe exclusive show. This newfound freedom allows episodes like “Princes  All” to veer towards more adult territory but without entirely foresaking what made the show great to begin with.

A short scene overlapping with the previous season quickly catches us up with the status quo of Outsiders. It’s a clever idea and helps tie up a couple of loose ends from Invasion’s storyline.

Jumping ahead to two years later we’re introduced to our brand new storyline: meta human trafficking. It’s a little more grown up than what we’ve seen before but it fits the tone of this edgier version of the show.

Jumping ahead allows the writers and producers to age the characters up a little. As they did between seasons 1 and 2. It keeps the show fresh for all involved and once gain it works well for the story.

The core characters are still hurting following the death of Wally/Kid Flash and we get a few moments to see how it has effected each of them.

There are some exciting developments between Superboy and Miss Martian which will please long time fans. Likewise it seems Artemis is slowly beginning to move on from her tragic loss.

There are hints that sometime between seasons 2 and 3 the events of The Killing Joke have taken place. Batgirl is seen during the opening flashback in costume. Following the time jump Nightwing regularly interacts with someone named Oracle who we can safely assume is Babs.

I hope this is addressed later in the season.

All of the story beats in “Princes All” serves a specific purpose: to remind the audience that Young Justice has grown up, much like its audience. But that’s not to say that Nightwing is suddenly going to drop an f-bomb in a Titans style.

What producers Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti have done is just push the envelope on pre-existing aspects of the show. For instance fight scenes might now feature a little blood. If somebody is killed we might see more (or all) of the body.

It’s not just the visuals which have matured either. Early in this episode Black Lightning, confronted by a huge meta human creature, zaps it with his powers only for the creature to drop down dead.

Upon analysis its discovered the creature is in fact a 14 year-old girl glimpsed earlier in the episode. Her metahuman genes now activated. When it dawns on Black Lightning that he has, in a round about way, taken a human life the emotional impact ways on him hugely. That impact also resonates through the following two episodes.

Young Justice has never shied away from heavier subject matter than other DC Comics cartoons. It’s just that now it’s able to explore those subject matters in a more direct way and the show feels more human for it.

“Princes All” is really only a snippet of what Young Justice circa. 2019 has to show. It’s a re-pilot episode which ensures audiences know the show is back and means business.

Verdict

“Princes All” marks a triumphant return for the much loved series. It recontextualises the whole show for a new (and returning) audience. It kicks off an exciting new chapter and shows the series flexing its new found streaming service muscles.

7/10

Young Justice stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Zehra Fazal, Troy Baker and Jason Spisak. The series is directed by Christopher Berkeley and Mel Zwyer and producers by Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.

The series premieres new episodes weekly via the DC Universe streaming service.


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YOUNG JUSTICE returns today!

Today is the day that many fans have been waiting for. After six years Young Justice returns with its third season Outsiders via DC Universe!

The first three episodes of Young Justice: Outsiders will drop early this afternoon UK time via the streaming service. Three episodes of the first chunk of season 3 will drop each week before taking a break when Doom Patrol premieres.

The second block of episodes will then drop over the summer months. Here’s the latest trailer for the Outsiders season to get you hyped!

Young Justice: Outsiders premieres on DC Universe on January 4, 2019!


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