Black Lightning Review: The Book of Revelations and The Book of Little Black Lies (Season 1 Episodes 8 and 9)

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On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 9 and 8, Anissa shows natural superhero talent as she gets into a superhero groove under the guidance of Jefferson. Gambi and Jefferson grow estranged after Gambi confesses his past mistakes, and Jennifer struggles with the reality that she also has superpowers in a family full of superheroes. 

On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 9 and 8, we get a greater focus on the characters and less focus on the villains holding the narrative down. The episodes flowed smoother and managed to do everything I’ve been asking for since I first noticed the villains were lackluster: focus on the personal lives of Gambi and the Pierce family. With stellar actors and interesting personalities, the show strikes gold every time they shift the focus to Jefferson, Anissa, Jennifer, Gambi, and Lynn.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: AKA I Want Your Cray Cray (Season 2 Episode 7)

Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 7
Jessica meets her mother. Trish proves she’s done this all before. Another kind of death defines Jessica. A horrible pop song ruins eardrums.

On Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 7, “AKA I Want Your Cray Cray,” the episode remains in a flashback, filling in the blanks of Jessica and Trish’s past in a way that further accentuates and fleshes out their present, and simultaneously filling in the actual blanks of Jessica’s mother slow recovery in the safety net of IGH and Dr. Karl. When a second tragedy befalls Jessica and helps to further define her life, it becomes the catalyst for her hostile meeting with her mother in the present. Past Trish proves that present her is on the same dangerous and deadly path.

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Legends of Tomorrow Review: Amazing Grace and Necromancing the Stone (Season 3 Episodes 14 and 15)

Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 15
When death strikes, the Legends go back in time to meet “the King” AKA Elvis Presley and figure out why his groovy tunes are bringing death to rock and roll.

On DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 14, “Amazing Grace,” the Legends set out to retrieve the death totem before the destruction of rock n’ roll, when the sixth totem ends up in Elvis Presley’s hands in Memphis. Meanwhile, on Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 15, “Necromancing the Stone,” Mallus takes control of Sara to acquire the death totem. He ultimately fights each of the Legends through their greatest fears, while Constantine, Ava, and Gary help the team fight Mallus in order to save their Captain.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: AKA Facetime (Season 2 Episode 6)

Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 6
At long last, Jessica finds out the truth. Trish becomes overly attached to her new drug. Jeri and Inez form a bond over Jeri’s sickness. Oscar and Malcolm try to make sense of the women in their lives.

On Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 6, “AKA Facetime,” Jessica realizes that she has to continue her pursuit of Dr. Karl in order to find the real answer behind the monster and, then ultimately, find the real answer behind her past itself. Alternatively, she puts herself on the line through her relationship with Oscar. Trish puts herself on the line by using and overusing the new inhaler drug and then puts Malcolm’s feelings on the line by taking advantage of them. Jeri comes to terms with that the illness she has been trying to hide from everyone might be her only saving grace on the IGH front.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: AKA The Octopus (Season 2 Episode 5)

Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 5
Jessica defines who she is. Oscar tells her not to smile. Trish becomes delusional in her dependence. Jeri investigates IGH for selfish reasons.

On Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 5, “AKA The Octopus,” Jessica is forced to revisit her past’s demons, redefining herself in her new world, as well as forcing herself to let go of past practices in order to move forward. Despite not having Trish, as she usually does, she has Jeri’s tough love and Oscar’s newfound appreciation, as well as Malcolm, who is still attempting to figure out how he fits into all of this himself. Trish is digging herself into a deeper hole, refusing to admit dependency even as she craves it. The monster has to leave something behind like the octopus.

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The Fosters Review: Just Say Yes and Many Roads (Season 5 Episode 18 and 19)

The Fosters Season 5 Episode 18 and 19
Alas, the widely advertised two-hour, 100th episode finally makes a landing, bearing the love, the struggles, the tears, the laughter, the grief, the triumphs, the lessons, the music, and all the cinematic processes that have manifested in the emotional rollercoaster known as The Fosters

For every memorable journey, an equally memorable destination is completely expected, which is what The Fosters brings to the table in this grueling, thrilling, intriguing whirlwind, a night of TV that reflects a carefully thought-out plan to pacify the fans of the show, while maintaining the realistic elements that make the show totally relatable. Frankly, however, the buzz outshines the content, and a very lengthy screen time is devoted to the events that lead to Grace’s demise. The Fosters Season 5 Episode 18 and 19, simultaneously dubbed the 100th episode, are a combination of past events and an unexpected time jump into the future, which is both a natural progression and a likely introduction into the spin-off coming up in the foreseeable future. Stef finally combats her self-loathing and reconnects with Lena, Grace takes a terminal bow, Stef works to rest her feud with Detective Gray, Jude reconnects with his old self and there is a fast forward to the kids graduating high school and moving to college.

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The Flash Review: Run, Iris, Run (Season 4 Episode 16)

The Flash Season 4 Episode 16
Team Flash confronts a new bus meta, Matthew AKA Melting Pot (guest star Leonardo Nam), with the ability to swap people’s DNA. During a battle with Team Flash, Harold transfers Barry’s (Grant Gustin) super speed to Iris (Candice Patton). Now, with a new threat unleashed on Central City, Barry must act as the team leader while Iris takes on the mantle of superhero speedster in order to defeat their new foe.

The Flash Season 4 Episode 16, “Run, Iris, Run,” saw Barry’s powers get transferred over to Iris, making her Central City’s new speedster, while the rest of the team tried to figure out how to reverse the switch. While it didn’t reach the highs of last week’s episode, Iris’ hero’s journey told a rather entertaining and intriguing story.

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Life Sentence Review: Re-Inventing the Abbotts (Season 1 Episode 2)

Life Sentence Season 1 Episode 2
After being cured of cancer and beginning her post-cancer life sentence, Stella continues to struggle with the aftermath of the last eight years. Most notably, the difference in opinion between her parents about what to do with their childhood home.

On Life Sentence Season 1 Episode 2, otherwise titled “Yikes” (which I said about twenty times during the episode), Stella and Wes deal with an immigration officer policing their marriage after Wes is threatened with deportation because of their quickie marriage and the misfiling of paperwork. Meanwhile, Ida and Paul are at war over whether to sell the house, sending Stella into the lion’s den with her mother.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: AKA God Help the Hobo (Season 2 Episode 4)

Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 4
Jessica confronts her past. Jeri looks back on her own history to realize what she wants and, more importantly, what she doesn’t want. Trish uses a tactic from Simpson to find her own power. Pryce’s last attempt to outshine Jessica ends in bloodshed. 

On Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 4, “AKA God Help the Hobo,” Jessica learns that the new villain, the monster, might be hiding more than just a face. Jessica has to realize, within herself, that her anger issues are a part of her but they don’t make her who this monster seems to be. Jeri comes to a realization of her own and that is that she can’t do this alone. A vague family reference is made about Malcolm, which causes him to realize he isn’t all that happy where he is, and that he might not be where he wants to be. Trish makes a quick decision without realizing she is ill-prepared for the fallout.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: AKA Sole Survivor (Season 2 Episode 3)

Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 3
Jessica starts to dig through her history. Trish uses her platform. Jeri admits she needs help. Dr. Hansen rears her head. Foggy appears!

On Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 3, “AKA Sole Survivor,” Trish gets her life controlled in the hopes of protecting her by almost every person in her life, while Jessica realizes that the experimentation done to her might not necessarily mean what she originally thought. Jeri’s illness finally debilitates her abilities at work and she has to reach out to Jessica, their solitary aligning them in solidarity as they both attempt to keep their names in the adrift world. A woman claiming to be Dr. Hansen tells Jessica story about her past, as well as singing a different song about IGH.

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