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Black Lightning Review: Shadow of Death (Season 1 Episode 13)

The season finale of Black Lightning explores Jefferson’s brush with death, the Pierce family bond, and what happens when you mess with the family.

On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 13, Anissa and Jefferson hold off Martin Proctor’s own Seal Team 6, while Gambi and, surprisingly, Lynn hold down the fort inside the cabin. Another welcome surprise in this episode comes from Jennifer’s change of heart about embracing her superhero genes. On the opposite spectrum of surprise, Tobias moves forward with his plan to kill Proctor sooner rather than later, using Lala as his pawn and turning Tobias into the new evil kingpin of Freeland. This episode started off pretty shaky leading into the anti-climactic moment surrounding Jefferson getting his powers back; however, this episode finished so strongly, it still lands high on the rating scale. Continue reading “Black Lightning Review: Shadow of Death (Season 1 Episode 13)”

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Black Lightning Review: The Book of Pain (Season 1 Episode 12)

On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 12, Khalil comes back into the fold as Tobias’s new minion. And to keep the school safe, Anissa fights the silent assassin and Black Lightning goes toe to toe with Tobias.

Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 12 gives us a Jefferson and Lynn reconciliation. It was so sweet to watch. We got to see one season-long arc finally come to fruition. Khalil’s realization as a villain, another arc that pays off, is not quite as satisfying because you can see how resistant he is to complete villainy, especially in the face of his old love, Jennifer. This episode was mostly dedicated to tying up the many loose ends the narrative created throughout the season… and I say it paid off well. Continue reading “Black Lightning Review: The Book of Pain (Season 1 Episode 12)”

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Black Lightning Review: Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion (Season 1 Episode 11)

On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 11, Jefferson gets arrested and Anissa and Gambi come up with a plan to free him. However, Inspector Henderson is the one who ultimately saves Jefferson and cleanses the police department of corruption.

On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 11, Inspector Henderson acts as God in the black jesus crucifixion metaphor. However, instead of Jefferson going through with his death, Henderson steps in and saves him. Jefferson finally jumps off of his paper maché high horse and forgives Gambi, but I’m a bit disappointed that Anissa didn’t have a bigger role in this episode. Overall, it was a good episode to represent the calm before the storm.

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Black Lightning Review: Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption (Season 1 Episode 10)

On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 10, “Sins of a Father,” Jefferson finally forgives Gambi. We get more details on Jennifer’s powers. And lastly, they reveal a character we’ve seen countless times before is actually working for the ASA.

Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 10, “Sins of a Father,” gives us the third well-executed episode in a row. Black Lightning finally gets into a groove. They’ve figured out the heart of their show is the Pierce family, and the only development their villains need right now are minor plot points. Cheers to that! Although, I can confidently say that I’m much more interested in Lala than the other previous villains due to his disappearing and reappearing tattoos. I just wish the series would slow down in pumping out villains for the series. The more villains they have, the less time we focus on the Pierce family, which (as I’ve come to find out) leads to uninteresting and slow-moving episodes. 

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

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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Black Lightning Review: Equinox: The Book of Fate (Season 1 Episode 7)

Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 7, “Equinox: The Book of Fate” shows Jefferson and Lynn coming to terms with Annisa’s new superhero role, more information regarding Gambi’s shadiness, and the death of the only villain I cared about, Lady Eve. 

On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 7, “Equinox: The Book of Fate,” we say goodbye to the queenpin shrouded in mystery, Lady Eve. This couldn’t be any more of a mistake, especially considering how slow the superhero storylines are going in the series so far. At this point, I can safely say I’m more interested in the regular lives of the Pierces than their superhero lives. I want more of Anissa and Grace, Jennifer and her coming of age story, and Jefferson and Lynn finding their way back to each other. Because, ironically, the superhero storyline is this show’s biggest villain right now. 

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Black Lightning Review: Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder (Season 1 Episode 6)

On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 6, “Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder,” Black Lightning and Anissa have a big showdown with Anissa holding her own until the last minute. Jennifer and Khalil’s relationship comes to a head, leaving Khalil to turn to Tobias in his time of depression. And in between all of this plot progression, we finally get some answers as to what the heck is up with Gambi.

Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 6 is a good episode, but it falls short of an angst-ridden, nail-biting midseason premiere that I expected. My favorite scene has to be when Anissa and Jefferson fight; although, Gambi and Lady Eve’s less physical confrontation is full of surprises, as well. What is the least surprising (and the least interesting) is the plot that involves Khalil. Due to the fault of the writer’s, I could care less about Khalil or his struggle. As horrible as that sounds, I simply can’t do the work the narrative requires of me to care one bit about what he does.

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Black Lightning Review: Aches and Pains (Season 1 Episode 5)

On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 5, “Aches and Pains,” we finally get information regarding Gambi’s suspect behavior. Anissa does some detective work to try and find the head of the drug and violence problem in Freeland, while Black Lightning almost kills himself trying to take out the tails, Tobias and Joey Toledo.

Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 5 does a great job of highlighting the differences between Jefferson and his daughter. Jefferson has only been focused on killing the henchmen who killed him. However, his daughter has always seen the bigger picture. This episode alludes to huge implications regarding this difference. Additionally, it seems Gambi has more to do with the root problem of Freeland than he has admitted to Jefferson and the audience. And it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out.

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Black Lightning Review: Black Jesus (Season 1 Episode 4)

Black Lightning patrols to find the supplier of a new harmful drug. Anissa realizes she might not be able to handle her powers without formal training. And we finally get more story for Jennifer and her boyfriend, Khalil.

Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 4 is the second best episode of the season, after the premiere. The writers balanced this episode pretty well, considering all of these stories and threads they’re trying to tie together. There are some parts of the of the story that still seem rushed to me. For example, Anissa and Grace bonded so quickly that it’s hard to follow. Additionally, the narrative already pushing Khalil to blame all his woes on Black Lightning screams forced. However, overall, I enjoyed the action and, as always, the acting this CW show has to offer.

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Black Lightning Review: Lawanda: The Book of Burial (Season 1 Episode 3)

On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 3, “Lawanda: The Book of Burial,” Anissa struggles with the knowledge of her new powers. Jefferson and Lynn finally come to an understanding, regarding Black Lightning. And lastly, Tobias calls for a lethal shot of Black Lightning that ends up in Khalil ‘s spine.

This episode feels like a dud compared to the previous two episodes. The only story I want to write home about lies in Anissa’s story with her new friend (and hopefully new love interest), Grace. Lynn comes around to acknowledging the importance of Black Lightning, but it didn’t really affect much in the narrative, regardless. And Jennifer and Khalil’s story seemed promising but it ended so anti-climatically, I feel robbed. The only reason why this episode earns three stars today stems directly from the amazing cast of Black Lightning. As usual, they brought their A games.

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