Review: ‘Young Justice: Outsiders’ Episode 17 – “First Impressions”

“First Impressions”
Writer: Mel Zwyer
Director: Brandon Vietti
Starring: Troy Baker (Brion Markov / Geo-Force / Patrick Maguire), Greg Cipes (Garfield Logan / Beast Boy), Zehra Fazal (Violet Harper / Halo / Lian Nguyen-Harper / Antonia ‘Big Words’ Rodriguez), Grey Griffin (Whisper A’Daire / Helga Jace / Gaby Gabrielli), Bryton James (Virgil Hawkins / Static), Stephanie Lemelin (Artemis Crock / Tigress), Eric Lopez (Jaime Reyes / Blue Beetle), Jason Marsden (Bart Allen / Kid Flash / Thomas Tompkins), Danica McKellar (M’gann M’orzz / Miss Martian), Khary Payton (Kaldur’ahm / Aquaman), Mae Whitman (Cassie Sandsmark / Wonder Girl / Tommi Tompkins)
Review by Kevin Gunn
EDITOR’S NOTE: Potential Spoilers Ahead!

“Well, I’ll Be Super Amalgamated!”

What’s not to like about Young Justice: Outsiders Episode 17? “First Impressions” contained so many Easter Eggs! It was like Scooby-Doo meets the Newsboy Legion, meets Spider-Man, meets a gender swap! I think that we get some insight into Brandon Vietti’s fan reach (pun unintended).

Kudos to James Marsden and Troy Baker for pulling off impersonations of J. K. Simmons and Patrick Warburton respectively. I had to check the cast listing a few times to confirm that it was them!

#WeAreAllOutsiders

Another welcome change was “The Team” emerging from out of the shadows to take the fight to the Light. So often the show deals with covert operations. It’s about time our heroes got some recognition. My only hope is that they’re seeking recognition for the right reasons.

I do have one request od DC Universe: Could we please get a comic-book accurate version of the team? I would love to see Batman and the Outsiders on a show called Young Justice: Outsiders. They can all be in the same frames for a few moments.

Conclusion

This episode is almost up there with “Private Security“… almost, and I found it thoroughly enjoyable. My only issue was that it seemed too staged. The late, great Aretha Franklin had a popular song in the ’80s called “Who’s Zooming Who?” Although Blue Beetle removed the mask from Whisper A’Daire, she wasn’t the only person wearing one.

We’ve seen Batman, Miss Martian, Nightwing, Aquaman, and (begrudgingly) Diana orchestrate team missions in secret. For those of you who have already seen the next few episodes, you know that there will be unwanted repercussions. I know that things are happening for a reason, but the formation of Garfield’s team seems to have been forced a little too fast.

I really enjoyed “First Impressions”, but this version of the Outsiders came too quickly. Still, it was a good episode.

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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