'Young Justice: Outsiders' episode 4 delves deeper into the season’s central characters
While Nightwing tries to recruit more members to be in his team of 'Outsiders', we finally see what's become of Zantana and Zatara
'Young Justice' returned to the television with the third season earlier this month nearly six years after it was abruptly cancelled in 2013. The show is set to have greater depth of story with darker plot lines in the new season after it freed itself from the shackles of broadcast television and moved to DC's own streaming platform DC Universe.
Episode 4, which was released on Januray 11, brings us to Star City where we find that Roy Harper (a clone of the original Roy, now going by the name Will Harper) has acclimated to being a full-time family man while being the head of his own company 'Bow-Hunter Security'. We see that Artemis has brought home the Qurachi girl she'd saved from being buried alive, and we learn that her name is 'Halo' (one of the new characters introduced to the Young Justice roster), and Will's not too happy about the development.
The episode finds our heroes dealing with very real aspects of life as Artemis comes to terms with the passing of 'Wally West', a theme that continues through the fourth episode. The story also teases the possibility of Black Lightning and Dr. Jace developing a romantic relationship after she realizes that he's a single dad.
However, after the team's last mission, Nightwing and the team have a tough time getting a hold of the former 'Robin', and it's only because Nightwing is with the original Roy Harper (Arsenal) and Jim Harper (Guardian) at Will Harper's Security Company trying to convince him to join his new team. Will agrees to help him on a quid-pro-quo basis, where Nightwing and the other Harpers have to help him in a security detail which Nightwing promptly agrees to.
We also get to see the likes of Zatana, who is now the full-time host of 'Doctor Fate', and Zatara. The father and daughter get to share a tender moment onscreen to make up for the time they lost. As per the deal with Nabu, he only released his hold on Zatara to get a more powerful host — Zatana.
The deal allows the family members to meet only once a year for an hour — the voice acting in this section really humanizes the characters — and shows that, no matter how powerful a being is, it is hard to be away from your loved ones for extended periods of time.
We learn that Price Brion has taken up residence with Superboy and Miss Martian, who is accommodating, but voices her concern over the period of his stay.
With our heroes being pretty vocal about their breach of privacy, we can definitely see a new headquarters in the making. Nightwing and the other Harpers help Will Harper to see their mission through and are rewarded with three new members joining the Outsiders team.
I'm glad they decided to slow things down a bit with the new episode and I'm really looking forward to Halo's character development. It seems she's more powerful than we realized and is yet to discover the full extent of her powers.
I'm also happy to see that Black Lightning is slowly becoming one of the titular characters on the show, and you can see that he's getting back to his former self again.
Another take away from this episode is the brilliant voice-acting, which really helps you connect with the characters, and there's been many a show that's been spoiled by sub-par voice-acting.
On another note, it feels like the dialogue could use some work. Not that it's bad, but there are moments where it just falls flat.
This episode may not be the most action-packed or the most exciting episode but it does the job of character development, and that's really important when you have a whole list of heroes to display.
The next three episodes of 'Young Justice: Outsiders' air on Friday, January 11 on DC Universe. Be sure to catch them!