S3:E10 — “Exceptional Human Beings”: The search for Tara Markov continues – but who’s doing the searching and where?!
S3:E11 — “Another Freak”: It’s the first day of school for Violet Harper and Forager (JASON SPISAK). And the last day for a different freak…
S3:E12 — “Nightmare Monkeys”: Garfield Logan (GREG CIPES) tests out a pair of Goode VR goggles. Then the goggles test him!
S3:E13 — “True Heroes”: Grayson’s operatives attempt to stop an auction of enslaved meta-teens.
So, apparently the show is going on a break? This is news to me, but the second half of the season won’t air until June. It’s not entirely troubling, as this happens on TV all the time. Yes, I’m aware I’m late getting this out, but since they’re not rushing to finish the season, I’m not.
EXCEPTIONAL HUMAN BEINGS
The first of our four episodes is a really interesting one, in light of what we saw last week. We have Batman, Katana and Metamorpho on a dark op on Santa Prisca Island. When we were last aware of Santa Prisca, it was in reference to the League of Shadows and the possible whereabouts of Tara Markov, Brion’s sister. I can’t remember the first two seasons all that well, but I’m fairly certain this is the first appearance of both Metamorpho and Katana and the thing that sticks out the most about their appearance here is how well they work with Batman, as if they’ve been a team for a while. We don’t have a true answer on this, and perhaps they were on the Justice League in the time between Seasons 2 and 3, but it makes me giddy to see the other Outsiders.
Meanwhile, Victor Stone is about to have destiny hit him in the face, and reminds his dad about his football game.
What I appreciate about this interaction is that it’s more in line with what the comics gave us in light of Silas Stone, as opposed to how he was portrayed in the JUSTICE LEAGUE film. Silas was always a bit disconnected, and a huge asshole. In the movie, he was portrayed (by the great Joe Morton) as sympathetic and apologetic for what happened to Vic. Here, he’s a cold, aloof dickhead.
Nightwing’s team is training…again, but I appreciate Geo-Force voicing my frustration (as his own) that all the team ever seems to do is train. Eventually, we have a six-man tag match with Batman, Katana and Metamorpho vs Bane, Lady Shiva and Deathstroke.
The other freak being Vic, as the accident that claims his “normal” life happens and he is transformed into Cyborg. It’s a really graphic (for a cartoon) accident. After a huge argument with Silas, Vic is more or less eviscerated when a Father Box (not a Mother Box, which was used in the JUSTICE LEAGUE movie) explodes and leaves him with a huge gaping hole in his chest, a missing arm and half his skull exposed.
The episode is unremarkable, but one cool thing happens within; we are introduced to Violet and Fred Bugg (with two G’s) meet classmate, Harper Row (aka, Bluebird from Scott Snyder’s BATMAN run).
Get ready, everybody, for the episode that is the biggest turning point in the series and may very well be the clue to the bigger picture of the series. We focus on Gar Logan, the former Beast Boy, whom we’ve seen sporadically throughout these first twelve episodes. He’s now starring on a show-within-the-show, SPACE TREK 3016, the biggest show on the Goode World Studios network. We have seen Gretchen Goode previously, who has been given the nickname “Granny Goodness” by G. Gordon Godfrey (aka, Glorious Godfrey).
We even get a HELLO MEGAN episode, which, if you read the prequel comics (also on the DC Universe App), you’d know this is a constant theme (seems everyone needs to have a psychotic episode within the world of HM to understand something in the real world). At the end of it all, with a mental breakthrough behind him, Gar quits his acting career for Goode Studios and is back to superheroics.
In Happy Harbor, we have a meeting of all the Outsiders (not Katana and Metamorpho) and Cyborg, but it all starts coming together, plotwise. Forager reveals that Halo opened a Boom Tube, and it seems that the soul of the Mother Box (which is a living thing, remember) merged with the soul of Gabrielle Daou (which I’m just realizing is a play on her name in the comics, Gabrielle Doe!) when she was murdered by Baron Bedlam. Bad blood rises when the Supercycle comes face to face with Cyborg, the man with the golden Father Box.
Halo calms everyone down by suppressing the Father Box inside of Vic and everyone assumes that it’s time to train.
It’s Halloween in Happy Harbor! But no tricks or treats as the team is off to Greater Bialya to find Tara Markov. The team makes the connection between the Goode Goggles, Granny Goodness and the Light’s meta trafficking operation. Upon arrival in Bialya, we are privy to an Eyes Wide Shut meets the Court of Owls auction for the teens, and first on the auction block is Terra.
As she faces off against a teen code named Holocaust (who, tastelessly, has fire powers), Dick, Brion and Artemis sneak in. The trio make the winning bid for the girl and brother and sister are reunited and the entire team extracts more of the kids in a well choreographed fighting montage. It’s almost like all that training paid off!
Back at home, Dr. Jace, Cyborg and Halo are all chilling (as much as hysterical Halo can). Wolf finally gets off his hindquarters and lunges at Cyborg, who then seemingly kills Dr. Jace and fights a now-depowered Halo (seems her teenage hormones and emotions do not compute with the soul of the Mother Box).
Father Box-influenced Cyborg takes over. The play it out like a horror movie, with Cyborg in full demonic possession mode. In the end, Halo permanently cleanses Vic of Father Box’s influence and all seems right with the world.
Until Tara texts Deathstroke two words:
PS – Wolf is fine.
Will you watch next week’s episodes?
EXTRA POINTS & NIT PICKS:
- Khary Payton is the show’s voice cast MVP. He’s running Black Lightning, Aqualad/Aquaman, Robotman, Brick, Black Manta, random other voices (like a kid on Vic’s football team)…and yet, NOT Cyborg (he does, however, voice Silas Stone).
- I’m wondering if they’re going to somehow tie Halo’s spectrum to the Lantern spectrum somehow.
- Holy God, the voice acting for Cyborg (Zeno Robinson) was oh-ver-the-top.
- I do love how Gar and Steve Dayton greet each other like Jerry and Newman.
- Ugh, I’m tired of the phrase, “I’m a freak, but that’s a good thing.”
- We also got a Wilhelm scream!
COMING SOON: THE DOOM PATROL Season One!
Vito Delsante is a comic book writer, graphic novelist, editor, letterer, and the co-creator/writer of STRAY with Sean Izaakse, and THE PURPLE HEART with Dean Haspiel and artist, Ricardo Venâncio. He’s written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, AdHouse Books, and Simon & Schuster, among others, and his stories have been reprinted in other countries. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Michelle, his daughter, Sadie, his son, James, and his pitbull, Kirby. You can find him online at incogvito.com and you can follow him on Twitter @incogvito