Review: ‘Young Justice: Outsiders’ Episode 10 – “Exceptional Human Beings”

“Exceptional Human Beings”

Writer: Francisco Paredes

Director: Christopher Berkeley

Starring: Troy Baker, Zehra Fazel, Crispin Freeman, Bruce Greenwood, Grey Griffin, Kelly Hu, Stephanie Lemelin, Jesse McCartney, Danica McKellar, Masasa Moyo, Nolan North, Khary Payton, Zeno Robinson, Jason Spisak, Alyson Stoner, Fred Tatasciore, Danny Trejo, Jacob Vargas, and Gwendoline Yeo

EDITOR’S NOTE: Potential Spoilers Ahead!

Batman, Katana, and Metamorpho run an intel mission on Santa Prisca to learn more about the missing Tara Markov.

The Original Outsiders

Anytime that we are graced with Batman’s presence is a treat! The character is nothing short of amazing, but Bruce Greenwood is a favorite of mine. He delivers just enough gruff to distinguish between the Dark Knight and Bruce Wayne, and, as a fan of not just Young Justice, but also of the original Batman and the Outsiders comic, it was also a thrill to see original Outsiders in this episode.

I know that it’s not uncommon for voice actors to play more than one role on a show, but Khary Payton has knocked it out of the park. Payton played Dr. Silas Stone, Jefferson Pierce and a teammate of Victor’s. The latter was fun because he sounded like Cyborg from Teen Titans and Teen Titans: Go! The episode itself seemed to pay homage to Payton’s portrayal while passing the torch to newcomer Zeno Robinson.

L: Cyborg from ‘Young Justice.’ R: Lee Thompson Young as Cyborg from ‘Smallville.’

Cyborgs In Hoodies

Storyboard artists never get enough credit. I have to comment again on the scenery of this episode. Anissa Espinosa, Diana Ling, Carl Peterson, Allison Smith, Whitney Tang, Jose Andres Velasco do an amazing job. Speaking of art, Phil Bourassa’s design of Cyborg is quite unique. It calls back to the late Lee Thompson Young’s portrayal of Victor Stone on Smallville.

Conclusion

I hope there will be a rematch between Batman, Katana, Metamorpho and Bane, Lady Shiva, and Deathstroke in a future episode. I’m also hoping that we will eventually see Katana, Metamorpho, Black Lightning, Geo-Force, Halo, and Batman on a mission or two. “Exceptional Human Beings” has a similar vibe to “Princes All” because both episodes are setting up events for future stories. I want more!



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Kevin Gunn

Kevin is married with 5 children and 4 grandchildren. He loves all things related to DC Comics, even those movies that get a bad rep like "Batman & Robin" and "Catwoman." He has a degree in Communication and has a Masters degree in Public Administration. His favorite DC hero and villain are Black Lightning (though Batman is a close second) and Black Manta respectively. Kevin tries to exemplify being a hero every day by helping others. Something interesting about him: he was a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune." Follow Kevin on Twitter - @captsigma