In my review of the previous episode I discussed how Agent Odell’s manipulations were detailed to the audience. Turns out I jumped the gun a bit with that, as this week’s episode reveals the shocking degree to which Odell is willing to go.
It’s a great moment, but it’s also a deadly spoiler, so I won’t say anything more about the awesome revelation towards the end of the episode.
But I will talk about another effect of Odell’s games with the Black Lightning family, the fact that he has created, or widened, rifts between them all.
Lynn (Christine Adams) has made the mistake of so many well meaning scientists, experimenting on herself in order to help her patients. This pulls her further away from her husband, and Black Lightning (Cress Williams) has no real understanding of what is happening to them.
He also winds up in a confrontation with his elder daughter, Anissa (Nafessa Williams), disagreeing about the proper way to deal with the military occupation of Freeland, although the pair do find some common ground.
Most distressing is seeing how Jennifer (China Anne McClain) has become a defender of Odell and the ASA, as he “benevolently” helps her understand the vast scope of her powers.
So yeah, it was another really good episode. Freeland began as a city having troubles, and over three seasons has devolved into nothing less than a war zone. It’s almost painful to see the determination of the main characters to improve things, while the overall situation continues to spiral downwards, despite their actions and sacrifices.
Khalil’s (Jordan Calloway) plot thread really emphasizes this. It’s hard to remember him as the optimistic young boyfriend of Jennifer that we met at the start of the series. He is now a virtually inhuman programmed assassin. Thinking back over the changes this character has gone through makes me really admire his acting range. Every step of the way he has been believable, and sometimes sympathetic. So now that he is more of a monster than ever before, I still find myself rooting for him, and wanting things to turn out well, as unlikely as that may be.