WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for "Influence," Episode 14 of Young Justice: Outsiders, streaming now on DC Universe.
When Young Justice: Outsiders debuted at the beginning of the year on DC Universe, it introduced a completely new team of young heroes. Along with familiar faces like Kid Flash (Bart Allen), Blue Beetle, Static, Robin (Tim Drake) and Wonder Girl, the animated series added newcomers like Spoiler and Arrowette to the unit simply known as "The Team."
One thing The Team is known for is constant turnover, with characters moving on to new responsibilities, or even graduating to become full-time members of the Justice League. Now, with the second half of Season 3 under way, four of the characters who play a major part in its opening story arc can officially be added to The Team's loaded roster of heroes.
Today Is The Day
Much of the focus of Young Justice: Outsiders centers on an underground metahuman trafficking ring, with the first crop of episodes taking place in Markovia. The investigation into the crime introduces a number of characters who will be familiar to longtime DC fans: Geo-Force, Halo, Forager, Terra and Cyborg. With the help of The Team, each individual is able to get out of a precarious situation to get a new lease on life. The only question is how will each person use this second chance?
The answer comes at the remains of Mount Justice, the former base of operations for The Team. Nightwing, Artemis and Superboy bring together Geo-Force, Halo, Forager and Terra to offer an official invitation to join the Justice League's covert operations team. While Cyborg has his own decision to make regarding how his life has changed after the accident that left him bonded to a Father Box, the other four characters now have a choice to make: fight together as heroes, or go their separate ways.
The veterans remind the newbies that being a hero isn't for everyone, and it's a choice they have to make individually. Of course, whatever their decision is, it is also not set in stone. Artemis uses herself as an example of someone who retired from being a superhero with Wally West. They went to college and got an apartment together. However, the story doesn't have a happy ending, as Wally sacrificed himself in the Season 2 finale.
When Halo asks Nightwing if today is the day they make a decision, the former Robin responds by saying, "Today is the day," which is a callback to the very first episode of Young Justice, titled "Independence Day." In that episode, Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad and Speedy were led to believe they were being offered membership in the Justice League. Unfortunately, they soon discovered all they would be given was access to the Hall of Justice, resulting in Speedy changing his name to Red Arrow and working alone.
This invitation turns out to be legit, and the four heroes head to the Watchtower to be welcomed in by Miss Martian, the new Team leader. They join the existing members Wonder Girl, Blue Beetle, Kid Flash, Static and Thirteen. The only thing that could cause a problem down the road is where Terra's true allegiances lie. Much like her comic book counterpart, Terra is secretly working with Deathstroke to spy on The Team and the Justice League. It may seem like a happy period after seeing The Team's roster expand, but the joyous occasion may be shortlived.
New episodes of Young Justice: Outsiders premiere Tuesdays throughout the summer on DC Universe.