I have been consistently impressed with how this season of Black Lightning has been developing. Each of the four members of the Pierce family are now firmly in their own plot lines, although each of their stories pertain to the ASA’s occupation of Freeland. This provides a constant focus for the show, while at the same time allowing for a lot of independent development of the characters.
In the latest episode, Lynn (Christine Adams), who is now firmly addicted to Green Light, has to work with Tobias Whale (Marvin Jones III), even restoring his health and youth, in order to develop a vaccine for the kids who are being transformed by the drug. Her revulsion, and Whale’s delight in that, make for some very good scenes.
Black Lightning himself (Cress Williams) does a good job in this one, despite the episode highlighting some of the hypocrisy inherent in the character. He is willing to submit to assaults and humiliation in order to protect the children at the school, and yet refuses to pay attention to the critical needs of his daughter, Jennifer (China Anne McClain), despite the torment her new powers are giving her.
But it’s Anissa (Nafessa Williams), in her Blackbird identity, who gets more of the action this time around. The ASA are hot on her tail, and want to stop her underground railroad that is getting the metahumans out of Freeland and away from the organization’s clutches. This results in two excellent sequences. In one she is forced to battle Khalil (Jordan Calloway), and Agent Odell (Bill Duke) pays a very suspenseful visit to her apartment, intending to get proof that Anissa really is Blackbird.
As always, there is a sense of overwhelming odds against both the heroes and the ordinary people of Freeland, but some developments take place late in the episode that seem to indicate a turning point is being reached, and that the people are about to turn the tables on the ASA. Will this happen, or will things all take a turn for the worse yet again?