Young Justice: Outsiders - 14 Big Questions From Episodes 7-9

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5. Who is running the League of Shadows?

In episode 8, Artemis confronts her sister, Cheshire, with the same question she asked Ra's Al Ghul two episodes earlier in "Rescue Op" - Who is running the League of Shadows? Cheshire claims to have no idea who is leading the world's most infamous assassins now and says she holds no sense of loyalty to them. She does give Artemis one useful piece of information - they are now operating out of the island nation of Santa Prisca. Comics readers will instantly recognize this as the birthplace of the villain Bane, which the villain recently turned into his own private stronghold in the Batman comics. Could the Young Justice version of Bane have done the same thing?

4. What is the "Metahuman Fail-safe"?

Young Justice Outsiders Metahuman Failsafe Device and The Mist

Part of the story of Young Justice: Outsiders episode 8 centered upon the Outsiders stopping a group of villains led by Cheshire from robbing STAR Labs' facility in Detroit. The target of the mission was a large piece of technology, created by The Breach, whose exact purpose was unknown. Blue Beetle had translated the writing on the side of the device as "Metahuman Fail-Safe." Cheshire's employer, Simon Stagg, apparently wanted the device, fearing that someone might try and use weaponized metahumans like the ones he was creating against him someday and wanted to be prepared.

Given that this technology was developed by the aliens at the heart of the second season, Young Justice: Invasion, it seems likely that this doomsday device might be based on the secret weapon utilized by the aliens in the original Invasion storyline from the comics. Here, a rogue member of the aliens known as the Dominators attempted to kill Earth's superheroes with a Gene Bomb that would cause every human with a metagene to lose control of their powers, presumably killing themselves in the process. Doubtless this Chekhov's Gun will return to haunt our heroes later in the season.

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3. Why do DC Comics shows keep killing Simon Stagg?

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The events of "Tryptich" reveal that corrupt businessman Simon Stagg was behind one of the metahuman trafficking operations in the United States. The chief nemesis of Metamorpho in the comics, Simon Stagg is one of comics' creepiest characters. His one positive trait is his love for his daughter, Sapphire, yet even that love is hardly enough to redeem Stagg. His desire to see his daughter get the best of everything in life drove him to try and kill her boyfriend, adventurer Rex Mason, whom Stagg saw as beneath her. Even after Mason was transformed into the elemental man Metamorpho, Stagg did all he could to end their relationship, fearful Mason might convince his little girl to abandon him.

It is suggested near the end of "Tryptich" that Shade - one of the villains Stagg took control of using the Mad Hatter's technology - broke into prison to kill Stagg after being freed from his control. Strangely enough, Stagg also died on The Flash, where he was murdered in the series' second episode after Stagg announced his intentions to track down and exploit the super-fast man who saved his life to Eobard Thawne, who stabbed Stagg to save Barry Allen for his own sinister schemes. Though Stagg has always been best utilized as a foil for Metamorpho, it seems oddly wasteful to keep killing the character off after only a single appearance in his media adaptations.

2. What’s the deal with Lobo’s language?

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A scene near the start of Young Justice: Outsiders episode 9 has a clever Easter Egg for fans of the original Lobo comics. In this scene, The Main Man is approached by a contract robot with a job to hunt down and kill Forager. The scene sees Lobo and the droid conversing in Lobo's native language, with the meaning of their words translated through subtitles. Those who listen to Lobo's language will catch snatches of the fictional curse words Lobo frequently used in the comics. The phrase "Earther Bastich Frag," for instance, is translated as "Some peon Earthling is going to die."

1. Who is Gretchen Goode?

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Young Justice: Outsiders episode 9 introduces a new character named Gretchen Goode, whom we first see as a guest on the G. Gordon Godfrey show. Founder of the family entertainment company Goode World Studios, who also manufacture the augmented reality Goode Goggles that have been seen throughout the earlier episodes of Young Justice: Outsiders, Gretchen is more popularly known to the public by the name Granny Goodness. By the episode's end, it is revealed that Gretchen Goode is one of the new members of The Light.

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Granny Goodness will be instantly recognizable to fans of Jack Kirby's New Gods. One of Darkseid's chief followers, Granny oversees the training of child soldiers on Apokolips, molding them into ideal shock-troops for Darkseid's armies through brainwashing and torture. The best of these are recruited into special elite units, such as Granny's own Female Furies. It seems likely that the Goode Goggles - reportedly the hottest electronic gadget of the season - are a means towards this end, and that we'll see Granny using them to reach and control the masses before Young Justice: Outsiders reaches its conclusion.

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