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Young Justice: Outsiders Blu-ray Review

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“Young Justice: Outsiders” is strictly for fans of the series.

After a 6 year break, “Young Justice” returned with a 26 episode season 3 on DC Universe. To say this season is packed with story is an understatement. Fans of the animated series can expect plots about metahuman trafficking spreading through galaxy via a criminal group known as Bedlam, metas being kidnapped, exploited and being used as weapons, a King and Queen of Markovia being assassinated, a Markovia conspiracy, the U.N. putting restrictions on the Justice League, Batman forming his own vigilante group (Batman Inc.), a missing Princess (AKA Terra) possibly linked to the League of Shadows, New Genesis, the Savage family, the villainous group The Light, a traitor, Mother and Father boxes, Task Force X/Suicide Squad, Atlantis, Anti-Life Equation, and Infinity Inc.

“Young Justice” developed a devoted fanbase over the years which is, I’m sure, why the series was ultimately brought back. For those fans out there, this season has everything you could possibly want and then some. The show dives right back into the thick of things which might leave the uninitiated in the dark. I’m not joking when I say there is about 3 seasons worth of show here. It’s jam packed with subplots, characters, villains (namely Lex Luthor and Granny Goodness), and hero cameos. Fan favorites like Robin, Nightwing, Tigress, Superboy, Miss Martian, and Oracle all appear here, but the season dedicates a considerable amount of time to new characters like Halo, Geo-Force, Forager, and Artemis. For some this may be a disappointment as it means less screentime for beloved main characters.

Speaking of which, not only does season 3 juggle a boatload of characters, it also lacks focus, contains too many convoluted subplots, and is loaded with numerous factions. The Young Justice team isn’t even the main focus here for the most part as the Outsiders, Batman Inc., Justice League, Infinity Inc., The Light, among others all have major plotlines. Sure, it’s never boring and is often dark and intense but it’s all over the place structurally. The show is constantly jumping around from Markovia, Mettropolis, the Watchtower, Happy Harbor and so forth. Slowing down was apparently not in the vocabulary of making this series.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect sharp transfers of every episode.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the action to the voice work, this is a solid 5.1 track. 

Extras: A 5 part feature titled “Bringing Back Young Justice With Whitney Moore” that explores the writer’s room, the animation process, voice over recordings, post production, and “Doom Patrol Go!” Expect a ton of interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, art, and much more.

January 4, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , ,

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