'Young Justice: Outsiders' season 3 episode 7 review: Evolution charts origins of the first Meta-human
For all Vandal Savage fans out there, this episode covers the backstory across history of how he became the immortal conqueror
While the first few episodes of the show this season may have been fast paced, by the time we come to episode 7 things have slowed down considerably, and for a reason.
This episode ('Evolution') takes us to Warworld, which is circling Earth, and is being controlled by Vandal Savage, who views an oncoming armada of alien spacecrafts as detrimental to his deal with Darkseid and proceeds to take action against them.
This is not before we get a glimpse of the immortal human's backstory, where we see a caveman-like Vandal killing a bear with nothing but a stone and his bare hands.
This development is important, as it gives Vandal the confidence and the curiosity to approach the "Skyfire" (a green meteor) without hesitation, even though he saw the level of destruction it brought along with it.
Before being able to touch this mysterious artifact, Vandal has an unfriendly encounter with first forms of man, the Neanderthals, who pierce a spear through him.
In this moment of trauma and stress, the Meta-human gene was activated within Vandal, and he went on to promptly kill the man who gutted him, thereby establishing him as the leader of this group of unevolved men, and to become the first Meta-human.
He went through history under various names, and whoever came across him would hail him as a god or demi-god because of his abilities to accelerate healing, and the fact that he can't die or age.
Vandal would be known by an extremely familiar name in the 13th century, ie Genghis Khan, and for all the kids he sired, two of them during this time period turned out to be Meta-humans as well. It was during his time as Genghis Khan, that Vandal was battling against an invading alien force, only to impress its leader, Darkseid, with his extraordinary abilities, and this was the start of a lasting pact they shared, for they both wanted to rule the Galaxy.
Despite all his shrewdness, Vandal knew that he couldn't thwart the incoming alien armada without help from his partner-in-crime, Darkseid, who on his part was aware that the Earth is going to play a bigger role in his plans for galaxy domination.
We also witness Savage later becoming a Demi-God of Babylon, Marduk, and with the help of his daughter, Ishtar, defeats an encroaching army of aliens and form 'The Light'.
Back on Earth, our heroes have finally got their new battle outfits, with the exception of Forager, who'd rather be naked instead. With the team training different maneuvers for the battles to come, we learn that Halo discovers a new power, an ability to form holograms of herself when she channels a green aura.
With our heroes in training, Vandal Savage plays the devil's advocate by saving Earth from an invasion, so that he and Darkseid can invade it at a later date.
We see a lot of plot development for this conqueror, and we may get to see whether his daughter, Cassandra Savage, who is now in control of Warworld, would develop Meta-human powers of her own.
This episode pays tribute to Miguel Ferrer, well-known for his roles in 'NCIS: Los Angeles' and 'Robocop', and most importantly, as Vandal Savage himself. While they may have fallen, they are not forgotten.
'Young Justice: Outsiders' can be streamed exclusively on www.dcuniverse.com, and you can view your favorite heroes, every Friday at 12 pm ET.