Black Lightning – Season 2 Episode 1

“The Book of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies” Black Lightning returns for a second season and begins by focusing on the consequences of what happened in last season’s finale. The best words to describe this episode are bleak and uncertain. Neither of those are a bad thing as the show once…

Black Lightning – Season 1 Episode 13

“Shadow of Death: The Book of War“ Black Lightning ends its first season with the Pierce family taking a collective stand against the A.S.A. and Tobias manoeuvring himself to the top of Freeland’s political food chain. Family has been a really strong theme in a thematically rich season of television. At the core of everything…

Black Lightning – Season 1 Episode 12

“The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain” Black Lightning prepares for the season finale with the return of Tobias and forward movement on what the A.S.A. has planned for Freeland. In many ways this episode is more of a recap in preparation for the season finale and the episode greatly suffers for this…

Black Lightning – Season 1 Episode 11

“Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion” Black Lightning deals with the inevitable risk of the authorities discovering the secret identity of a superhero when Jeff is arrested to investigate various suspicions. Pretty much every superhero story gets around to the authorities getting wind of the true identity of a superhero so this sort of plot…

Black Lightning – Season 1 Episode 10

“Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption” Black Lightning continues its build towards the the season finale by further fleshing out the history of Freeland and the backstories of the characters involved. All told this is an episode about the past coming back to haunt various characters. Gambi is at the mercy of the…

Black Lightning – Season 1 Episode 9

“The Book of Little Black Lies” Black Lightning once again focuses on family as Jennifer contemplates the implications of having powers and tries to find a way to move forward. This show should definitely be applauded for moving quickly in a way that doesn’t feel rushed. Jennifer only found out that she has powers last…

Black Lightning – Season 1 Episode 8

“The Book of Revelations” Black Lightning focuses on Anissa’s training as a number of long buried secrets that could change the Pierce family threaten to become known. It should be obvious by now that family is at the core of this show and will inform the bulk of every episode in some fundamental way. After…

Black Lightning – Season 1 Episode 7

“Equinox: The Book of Fate” Black Lightning reflects on the events of the previous episode and takes steps forward into the second half of the season. I was more critical of last week’s episode than I have been of some of the others because it focuses on the elements of the show that don’t quite…

Black Lightning – Season 1 Episode 6

“Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder” Black Lightning spends some time focusing on personal connections when Jeff learns that Tobias Whale is still alive and in town. This was definitely coming sooner or later and there’s a lot of emotional weight behind it thanks to the information that has been given about Jeff’s relationship with…