DC's 'Young Justice: Outsiders' season 3: The teen heroes are in for a tough fight as the villainous forces step up their game

Our heroes have had some pretty big battles in the past, and the new season of 'Young Justice: Outsiders' may prove to be a difficult time for them.


                            DC's 'Young Justice: Outsiders' season 3:  The teen heroes are in for a tough fight as the villainous forces step up their game

With fans proclaiming their love for the 'previous two seasons of 'Young Justice', and even offering to crowdsource the new season, DC had no choice but to pick up the third season to sate their raving fans, and what a good decision they made. 'Young Justice' got canceled from Cartoon Network due to their contract running its course and there were whispers on the interweb of how the kid-friendly network wasn't too happy about the toy sales of 'Young Justice' since it wasn't bringing in the revenue they looked for. Thankfully, DC launched its own SVoD service, DC Universe, and now doesn't have to depend on any outside network to air their shows and proprietary labels.  

In season 2 things started getting more serious with the flow being light-hearted yet interspersed with the intermittent meddling of the villainous forces. However, issues like corrupt leaders, the exploitation and trafficking of children, shows us how our team of teenage superheroes is up against an enemy they cannot afford to take lightly. In the show we see three main antagonists working in tandem with each other, although they may not know it themselves, but two of them are actually working for one main villain, but more on that later. Let's first get to know Team villain well.

The Reach Ambassador with his mind control device in 'Young Justice'. (Source: IMDB)
The Reach Ambassador with his mind control device in 'Young Justice'. (Source: IMDB)

The Reach

The Reach is the name of an insectoid species of alien conquerors and their empire and had a made a treaty with the Guardians of the Universe to mend their conquering ways. But the Reach never felt obligated to follow the treaty, and this led them to release "Scarabs" into the world they want to conquer. The scarabs, being highly advanced alien tech are sent to find a host in a primitive world and the host (Scout) is mind-controlled into doing the Reach's bidding. The scarab is the armor which encases Blue Beetles' whole body, and is bonded to his central nervous system, where it sometimes makes lightning fast deductions and predictions, while also helping Blue Beetle strategize in battle.

Vandal Savage and The Light in 'Young Justice'.
(Source: IMDB)
Vandal Savage and The Light in 'Young Justice'.
(Source: IMDB)

The Light

The previous seasons of 'Young Justice' have seen our heroes battling The Light, which comprised of seven self-proclaimed enlightened members. Initially, when communicating with their agents or each other, they often appeared on separate screens obscured by bright white light. It is later revealed that there are some very familiar faces behind the white glow, namely, Vandal Savage, Lex Luthor, Queen Bee, Klarion The Witch Boy, Deathstroke, the Ultra Humanite, and Granny Goodness.

While the Light claims that all their members are equal, Vandal Savage usually plays a heavy hand in all their plans and is the founding member of this band of villains. The Light's purpose is to gain control over the Earth and help accelerate the evolution of humanity through the transformation of humans into meta-humans, and they're usually thwarted by the forces of good, in this case, the Outsiders' team.

Darkseid in 'Young Justice'.
(Source: IMDB)
Darkseid in 'Young Justice'.
(Source: IMDB)

The big, bad - Darkseid

While the previous two villains have known of each other's existence and for quite a while, it is only Vandal Savage and Granny Goodness who know of the true purpose of forming their alliances. Darkseid had actually invaded the Earth in the past but was quite impressed with Vandal and his two sons' prowess in battle, as well as their meta-human powers, and pushed his invasion to a later date when more meta-humans will arise through natural or unnatural evolution. Darkseid tends to take over Earth with the help of mind control, which is developed by the Light's lackeys. The Light and the Reach offer very easy access to everything Darkseid might need for such a plan and the Light has already gathered most of the resources and the Reach most of the tech (namely mind control tech) that Darkseid would need for his operation. Without the Light and the Reach, Darkseid would need to send his own people to infiltrate Earth's society, build up a network, and spend months or even years preparing to put his plans into motion. With the Light, all that is already taken care of for him.

These are supervillains we're talking about, so while Vandal Savage may at the moment be catering to Darkseid's whims, I smell a double cross in the near future, and obviously, none of the villains come out on top.

DC's 'Young Justice: Outsiders' has completed the first half of the two-part season 3, and the second half of the series is set to air in June of this year, but you can rewatch previous seasons of 'Young Justice' on www.dcuniverse.com