'Young Justice: Outsiders' episode 13: 'True Heroes' sees the team face betrayal as they hunt for Tara Markov
Finding the lost princess of Markovia was one of the many side missions of the 'Young Justice Team', but was it really worth the trouble?
Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
Since the start of the new 'Young Justice' season, we're taken through many story arcs, and one of them, in particular, is the Markovberg story arc, which is the base for the development of their entire season's plotline.
Markovberg, while being a prestigious city, is the hub of meta-human trafficking, where young children were kidnapped and tested for the meta-gene, those who did not show a positive response to the meta-gene test were "discarded", while those that were successful, were used as mind-controlled slaves used to do The Light's (one of the antagonist's) bidding.
Two years prior to the events in the 'Young Justice: Outsiders', where the previous season left us, we find that the daughter of King Victor Markov has been kidnapped without a trace, and this leads his younger son, Brion Markov to start obsessing over their loss. Fast forward to two years later, and this obsession leads Brion to go through the Tar Protocol, a process by which humans are turned into meta-humans after being engulfed in a tar-like substance. Brion gets his wish fulfilled and became Geo-Force, but at the cost of banishment from the kingdom, only to be readily recruited and looked after by our young team of heroes, 'The Outsiders'.
There hasn't been an episode where we don't see Brion bringing up the topic of his sister's kidnapping and her retrieval, after all, he only went through the Tar Protocol in order to be strong enough to save his sister. Not being the first meta-human in his family (his uncle Baron Bedlam was the first to show powers of geological manipulation), Brion and the team strongly suspected that little Tara Markov was kidnapped in the first place for her geo-kinetic powers. While they find out that she's still alive, and well, they know all too well of The Light's use of mind control on meta-humans.
The team sets off on their mission to save Tara from a meta-human trafficking depot in Greater Bialya, only to discover that it's actually a meta-human fight club, with Tara now going by the name of Terra. The team rescues Terra, along with other meta-human teens and Terra is introduced to the Team as a part of The Outsiders.
But all is not well for our protagonists, as the end of the episode has Terra sending a message to Deathstroke, saying "I'm in".
All I can say is, poor Prince Brion, all he wanted to do was save his sister from getting brainwashed, but we now know that Terra is a traitor. While the Terra of comic lore is the illegitimate daughter of King Victor Markov, it looks like DC may use this further in the series to justify Terra's betrayal.
But her character in the series rings true to her character in the comics, where she often shifts between the roles of hero and anti-hero, and this little surprise ending is most welcome to us 'Young Justice' fans. The more twists the better I say!
'Young Justice: Outsiders' is available for streaming every Friday, exclusively on www.dcuniverse.com