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Young Justice Season 3 Episode 21 Review: Unknown Factors

Andy Sanders



This Young Justice: Outsiders overview comprises spoilers.

Young Justice Season 3 Episode 21

For a few weeks now, Young Justice: Outsiders has felt like they have been attempting to do an excessive amount of however getting away with it. That’s not the case with “Unknown Factors.” This episode is the place they cease getting away with it.

Weirdly sufficient, we’re operating fewer plots than regular this week. After final episode’s revelation about Granny Goodness being a part of the conflict in area, Nightwing and Black Lightning carry their loaner motherbox and go to her penthouse to test it out. They get captured, and Aquaman and Wynnd, his companion, head in to attempt to spring them.

In Hollywood on the Titans Tower Outsiders Oubliette or no matter we’re calling Beast Boy’s west coast headquarters, the crew is operating missions and gaining in reputation, however Brion and Violet nonetheless have not reconciled. And Cyborg has come to phrases together with his father. They’re performing like there was barely ever any friction to start with. That is the primary pink flag for the episode: you do not construct up 16 years of rage and resentment towards a mother or father and have it slip away in a puff of Fourth World smoke as a result of he insisted on placing you in a medical coma. There would nonetheless be some uncooked feelings, and on the very least awkwardness as they work out the right way to stay collectively as individuals who love and respect one another, relatively than individuals who loathed and tolerated. However the present does not actually have time to enter this in nice element, in order that they’re simply positive now.

Lastly, for some motive we’re handled to prolonged sequences the place Mal Duncan and Karen Beecher (Vox and Bumblebee) are on their strategy to Ivy City Hospital so Karen can ship her child. We have seen Karen’s being pregnant earlier than this season, however there are two huge issues right here:

-The 5 month hole between the back and front halves of the season is doing nobody any favors. We bought a complete season of like, three exhibits simply through the break, simply on this streaming service. I am outdated and my outdated man mind is beginning to overlook issues.

-I’m pretty positive we have not been requested to care about Karen and Mal’s child for six and a half months actual time (“House Fires” got here out on January 20th).

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Karen going into her child’s coronary heart for some quickie neonatal superscience after which shrinking additional to futz together with her child’s DNA is the sort of factor that ought to actually be seeded additional out, proper?

This has been occurring a bit these days, because the present begins to move downhill in the direction of its season finale. They’re operating out of time and area to tie off unfastened ends within the story, and although we now know that they have been renewed for Season 4, they nonetheless want to complete a bunch of story this season for it to achieve success. And as a lot because it pains me to carry this up, plot-relevant non sequiturs aren’t the one method the present’s been skimping.

If I wished to look at a movement comedian, I might dig out the outdated CD-ROM drifting clipart that I’ve mendacity round someplace and watch a movement comedian. That is two weeks in a row that Young Justice has resorted to frozen figures itemizing throughout a background to inform its story, and I don’t look after it. It simply feels lazy and low cost, like they did not have the time or the cash to complete animating the entire episode in order that they mailed off some Shrinky Dinks to the South Park folks to knock it out fast. I sincerely hope that is the final time we see it.

In any other case the episode has just a few fairly huge story beats – Brion and Violet make up simply in time for Aqualad and Wynnd save brainwashed Black Lightning and Nightwing from the X-Pit. Overlord tries to kill their Motherbox, which triggers one thing in Cyborg and Halo, and the crew booms over to Granny’s chalet. Violet makes use of her purple aura (and the “phrases of the Outdated Gods” based on Granny) to repair motherbox and the heroes. Everybody escapes, and we see Dr. Jace reporting again to her “mentor” – the Extremely Humanite. And Granny does the identical together with her boss – Darkseid – as she tells him within the put up credit scene that she’s discovered the Anti-Life Equation.

“Unknown Factors” strikes plot ahead, however with not one of the magnificence or character work that has in any other case made this season so terrific.


– Props to Justin Carter (@GigawattConduit on Twitter) for locating this, however when you have a look at the primary letter of each episode title, we are actually as much as P R E P A R E T H E A N T I L I F E E Q U. So what with that Halo or Cyborg revelation, that is actual good timing.

– Additionally, huge thanks to commenter Urizen61 for flagging that Kaldur’s companion’s identify is Wynnd and never off-model Garth. Thanks!

– Acrostic apart, they need to have simply referred to as this episode “Mister Miracle #2 by Jack Kirby,” as a result of it is all about Kirby creations. Granny as a Fourth Worlder is apparent, however Overlord is straight out of that problem, as Granny’s murderous laptop pet and overseer of the X-Pit. And the clear elevator down into the X-Pit is straight out of that problem, too.

– Mal and Karen finally did have meta powers within the comics, however initially, each have been science primarily based as they’re right here. I can not discover who their daughter is or what powers she’ll finally develop, however chunks of this storyline appear to be they have been borrowed from Titans Hunt, the Rebirth sequence about discovering Outdated 52 Wally West.

– Condiment King was created for Batman: The Animated Sequence by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, earlier than he migrated to the comics, the place he bought his ass kicked a bunch, then died and was resurrected by Rebirth.

– “Has anybody ever heard of Infinity Integrated?” Nicely sure I’ve, Prince Brion! Infinity, Inc. was initially a superteam comprised of the second technology of Justice Society heroes – Huntress, Energy Lady, Obsidian and Jade, Metal, and so forth. Put up-Disaster, they shifted away from that, and in 52, they have been principally Lex Luthor’s Ultimen.

– To my information, that is the primary time the present has used an actual post-credits scene. It was price it although!

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