'Young Justice: Outsiders' use of alien tech in the storyline has elevated the DC series
Although the technology the citizens of the DC Universe use is akin to our own, our heroes and villains seem to be lightyears ahead with their technological progress.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
The New God technology (a sentient form of technology) was introduced in the 'Young Justice' universe way back in 2010, and soon it became ubiquitous and popular through regular use by our heroes and villains alike.
One of the first forms of this technology was New Genesphere, affectionately known as Sphere. Sphere is a living metal technology, which is capable of transforming itself into almost any mode of transport the 'Young Justice' team requires.
Sphere is highly resilient and is able to withstand physical and energy attacks from even the baddest of the bad, and possesses a mind of its own, often having a soft corner for Superboy.
The 'Young Justice' team had the good fortune of meeting the Forever People of New Genesis, who'd taken a liking to the team, and as a show of diplomacy, shared their technology with our Earth heroes.
One of the most important pieces of technology that the New Genesians shared with the Young Justice team was a Motherbox, another sentient form of technology, which among other powers, is capable of opening portals for instant transportation anywhere in the known universe.
In the Justice League Movie, we learn that the technology was used for transforming Victor Stone after his accident, into Cyborg, the metal hero we know and love today.
However, 'Young Justice: Outsiders' puts a different spin on the origins of Cyborg, wherein he comes to life with the help of Motherbox's evil counterpart, a Fatherbox.
Silas Stone had seen the tech capabilities of Fatherbox in healing his half-machine, half-alien army, and after an accident which rendered 90 per cent of his son Victor's body useless, he decided to use the Fatherbox to save his son.
The plan worked all right, but Cyborg was now permeated with all of Fatherbox's evil intentions, and was only stopped when Halo appeared through a Boom Tube to cleanse him.
We also later learn that Halo is actually a living, breathing, organic Motherbox, who is using Halo as a host to help the team with all the powers she has so far.
While Cyborg too has the tech capabilities of opening Boom Tubes, he's still discovering his powers and seems to be in a self-hating mode at the moment.
But let's not forget that even without alien tech to help them, our heroes still have technology well beyond the capability of normal humans inhabiting the DC universe, and we see this in the second episode, where Nightwing is able to bypass any security systems by just holding up what looks like a holographic computer.
The team is also equipped with computerized contact lenses which can scan their surrounding area, relay information back to the headquarters, and also give advice on the situation at hand, along with providing night vision and infrared.
While the technology our team uses is not sentient, it seems to be near-sentient, even mocking the relationship between Nightwing and Oracle (formerly Batgirl).
The introduction of alien tech has only improved the quality of the show and provides detail on even the most fanciful of events in the comics, thus offering a far easier explanation on how some of our heroes manage to do what they do.
DC's Young Justice: Outsiders airs every Friday exclusively on www.dcuniverse.com