DC's 'Young Justice, Outsiders': Here's why episode 8 plays a pivotal role in defining the paths of these unsung heroes
In this episode, we find a more mature story arc, along with our team's first real mission together and even the villains have evolved a few tricks up their sleeve
With the release of episode 8, 'Young Justice: Outsiders' reached the mid-point of season 3, and delved even further into character storylines. Each new episode has introduced at least one "new" villain or hero so far, and the spotlight keeps shifting, always keeping viewers on their toes, covering as much ground as they can in each episode.
As mentioned in previous articles, the new 'Young Justice' is meant for a more mature audience, and it's reinforced by the presence of many hilarious double entendres in this episode. A classic example is mentioned below:
Shade: "It's larger than I was led to believe."
Livewire: "I thought size doesn't matter?"
With the script maturing, it's no surprise we find Black Lightning and Dr. Rita hooking up (after they finish knocking boots, of course), which is rarely shown in the DC universe. The team's relationships also come into fruition, and Superboy and Miss Martian are not seen throughout the episode, as they're taking some well-deserved time off to reconcile and reignite the flames of their old relationship.
The team is now divided into six different factions including the 'Justice League', 'Young Justice' and the 'Outsiders' team, and Wonder Woman shows her concern about the superhero teams splitting up. As the saying goes, "Together we stand, divided we fall", and functioning as separate teams at a crucial point in the whole Meta-human trafficking scheme is another important turning point of this series.
But just like the team, unbeknownst to our heroes, the 'Reach', 'The Light' and 'The League of Shadows', all our baddies, are also working in tandem, although they might not know they're in it together. On the other side of the world, Red Robin's team of Spoiler, Arrowette, and Orphan are keeping a close eye on the Mad Hatter, who's out on bail and missing his signature hat.
They discovered their suspicions are right, and the Mad Hatter has perfected a mind-control, nanobot serum, which when injected, gives the user complete control of a victim, without any external protuberances.
It is revealed Hatter is working for Stagg Industries, and needed control over Shade, in order to steal a particularly important piece of 'Reach' tech. This machine could definitely turn the tables on our heroes in the end, as the inscription translated as "Meta-human Failsafe", which will obviously play its role if all else fails to stop our superheroes.
The nanobot serum is a key factor in this war, and both good and bad guys are targeted through the use of this serum. The plot is particularly focused on the kidnapping and mind-control of Meta-humans, whether good or evil, it doesn't matter (because, mind-control, baby!) and we see Mist and Livewire are also under the Reach's control.
We already know Mist will ally with the good side (through her apprehension of not wanting to hurt Nightwing even while being under mind-control), and Livewire will move to the darkness (through the sheer joy she got in hurting our heroes).
We also see Cheshire is not changing anytime soon, still being the neglectful mother she is, she doesn't plan to return to her daughter and poor Will Harper (Red Arrow) anytime soon, so, that's comforting. But we do see a pain in the assassin's eyes when leaving her daughter, which may ultimately result in Cheshire shifting to the side of good, knowing that a life of crime is no way to influence your kid.
The episode shows us Halo has a lot of unexpected powers, which tend to show up in her moments of extreme anger or joy, and with new powers popping up in later episodes, this leads us to believe we may see a "Rainbow Halo" in the future. Episode 8 is chock-full of twists and turns for our heroes, and we totally acknowledge this episode as being a turning point in the 'Young Justice' universe.
'Young Justice: Outsiders', is available for streaming on www.dcuniverse.com.