Black Lightning – Season 1 Episode 5

“And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light“ Black Lightning dives into character back stories to develop Tobias Whale and explore the Pierce family history. World building isn’t one of this show’s problems. Most of the scenes so far have been instrumental in building Freeland as a well developed location that…

Black Lightning – Season 1 Episode 4

“Black Jesus” Black Lightning deals with the fallout of the previous episode as a dangerous new drug hits the streets and Tobias Whale becomes concerned about his reputation. Collateral damage is the name of the game in this episode. Jeff is still working on getting back into the costumed hero game and is a bit…

Black Lightning – Season 1 Episode 3

“LaWanda: The Book of Burial” Black Lightning continues to explore the consequences of Jeff’s return to the life of a costumed crime fighter and the people’s reaction to the gang violence. It should be clear by now that this is a very different show to the other shows based on DC heroes on the CW….

Black Lightning – Season 1 Episode 2

“LaWanda: The Book of Hope” Black Lightning picks up where the first episode left off by dealing with the fallout of Jeff’s daring rescue of his daughters. I applauded this show last week in both my review and the podcast for doing such a great job building its world and letting its characters inhabit that…

Black Lightning – Season 1 Episode 1

“The Resurrection” The CW delivers another dose of Superhero action in the form of new show Black Lightning; the story of a middle aged man who goes back to costumed crime fighting after a 9 year absence. Even though this show comes from the same producers as the other Arrowverse shows it doesn’t share that…

Gotham – Season 3 Episode 16

“Heroes Rise: These Delicate and Dark Obsessions” The rise of heroes in Gotham season 3’s final arc still seems more of a future promise than a present event. Certainly Bruce is moving into his training in earnest but it’s difficult to see how Jim’s upcoming dance with the Court of Owls will make him a…

Gotham – Season 3 Episode 15

“Heroes Rise: How the Riddler Got His Name” So Gotham is set to finish season 3 with a rising force of heroes to counter the preceding Rise of the Villains. But this would appear to be a promise at this stage, given that the latest episode focuses so much on The Riddler – unless Lucius…

Gotham – Season 3 Episode 14

“Mad City: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies” Gotham’s second mid-season finale this winter presents a villain-off between Jerome and Nygma. In a competition of scheming, both have emotional issues to resolve, Adam-West-era kill devices and an image to sell. All in all I thought this delivered a very good episode but almost entirely through Jerome, who…