‘Black Lightning’s back’ proclaims the shows theme tune, and indeed it is, and with a vengeance. Black Lightning is the first DC show for me so far, to have a first episode of a season that instantly gripped me. Compared to the start of the latest Flash season, which another member of our team will be reviewing, Black Lightning continued straight on from last season and I was instantly hooked.
The real selling point of Black Lightning to a lot of people is that it deals with issues that are happening in our own lives, drugs, family, gangs, crime and more.
So far we aren’t clear where this season could be heading, the children from the pod are a big feature, as is green-light, but there is also some name calling of people with powers as being ‘weird’ and ‘freaks’. Another real-world issue is bullying and ignorance to people that are different to ourselves, and this seems to be picking up on those issues perfectly.
Black Lightning — “The Book Of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies” — Image BLK201a_0351b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): China Anne McClain as Jennifer and Cress Williams as Jefferson — Photo: Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW — ÃÂ© 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
Jennifer is dealing with problems such as knowing her father is Black Lightning, her sister is Thunder and that members of her family have been lying to her and killing people. She is also dealing with the small issue of having powers that, at the moment, she can’t control. She has started to float in her sleep and currently can’t regulate her powers, which we saw when she attacked her Mom by accident. Inevitably this is where ‘Lightning’ is coming into the show, but it is going to be interesting to watch how her character grows and deals with her personal issues.
Meanwhile Bill has realised that Jefferson is Black Lightning, causing a rift in their friendship. This has also given us another avenue to look forward to, how Bill and Jefferson will deal with this secret.
We did also get a brief sighting of Tobias Whale, arguably one of the best villains across CW’s DC shows, and it’s exciting to know that he’s going to be continuing on in Season 2. Too often the CW shows have a villain per season, so it’s nice to see characters like Tobias carrying on into the next season.
Overall, i’m excited to see where Black Lightning goes – it’s my favourite CW show because of the very reason I mentioned above, it’s not afraid to deal with real life issues. Black Lightning has a promising future and it’s exciting to see where things go from here!