'Young Justice: Outsiders' season 3 episode 5 review: 'Away Mission' introduces us to New Genesis and its superior technology
With the Outsiders team slowly coming into fruition, we're joined by a member from New Genesis and the Forever People
This review contains spoilers
Following our team through their journey, we see sometimes when they refer to saving the world, they're not always referring to their own planet. And we're lucky to be taking this journey with them. We're introduced to the 'Bugs' (a race of humanoid-insects who live in colonies) at the very beginning of the episode, which takes place on New Genesis.
We see these Bugs are serving the New God, Orion, by providing him with precious minerals in exchange for currency. They get betrayed by him, making the Bugs deeply mistrust him. Orion is accompanied by two creatures with extraordinary abilities who easily defeat the Bugs and then calmly head back to 'Supertown'. With the introduction of New Genesis and Orion, it's a short matter of time before we see our favorite heroes having an all-out battle against Darkseid.
Back on Earth, a frustrated Prince Brion is desperately trying to get back to Markovia, but is let down by his brother's refusal of the same, stating he's safer in America instead. We see Prince Brion (Geo-Force), though having immense power, has as much control of it, as a six-year-old flying an airplane. This doesn't usually work out well for him, and his stubbornness and short-temper doesn't help his situation.
We also learn Halo (who has multiple abilities, the most important being her healing power) can see Brion is carrying a heavy burden which he's not able to share with the team yet. Big Bear visits the team on Earth for their help back on New Genesis and hints at the break-up of Dreamer and himself (which may get awkward when you live forever and together).
With the help of Miss Martian, who telepathically links them all together, it is revealed the creatures the Bugs fought on New Genesis were actually meta-humans who got transported to the planet via a Boom tube.
The Young Justice team, who are pretty familiar with the Forever People, decide to help and head to New Genesis where they plan to ambush Orion. But all is not what it seems when it is revealed Orion is actually an imposter, and surprise surprise, it's Miss Martian's brother (a white Martian, like herself). A physical battle ensues between the Young Justice team and the mind-controlled meta-humans, while Miss Martian has a psychic battle with her brother.
Miss Martian tries her best to convince her brother of doing the right thing but fails, and her brother goes on to kill the two meta-humans he was controlling while blaming it on Forager (who sadly is cast out from his clan, The Hive). With no place to go, our heroes take in Forager who reluctantly leaves New Genesis.
Episode 5 revolves around relationships, either making or breaking them (as is the continuous theme of the series so far). And we see a lot of new friendships developing now that the characters are getting to know each other better.
We also get to see New Genesis' technology being used liberally throughout the series, along with very advanced human technology (it's a pleasure to see Nightwing easily bypass any form of security systems with his gadgets). Not to mention, Forager has won our hearts with his adorable demeanor! Even though the character doesn't seem canonical, he's still a very interesting addition to the Outsiders team.
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