When we are kids we are told that everything will be so much better when we get older. We will be in charge of ourselves, stay up late, eat whatever we want, and become what we want to be. When you are a supercharged hero, that can come with some hard truths. Yes, Black Lightning is strong, electrified, and smooth as suede, but when the suit comes off, that is when the real fight for survival happens.
I really like the approach of this show. The hero is not infallible, invulnerable, or all-knowing by any stretch of the imagination.
He feels every punch that his aging body takes and he pays for every decision he makes as Black Lightning when he re-enters the real world. But he is willing to do it for the sake of his city. Too bad for him his ultimate sacrifice also sacrifices his relationship with his ex.
I find it interesting that she demonizes his nightly activities by pronouncing his actions as an addiction. It was a beautiful flip when his tailor told her that she was the addict. Cool take on this whole dynamic. Is he addicted to the action or is he driven by his conscience to do what he knows he can do?
Our hero is not the only one who is dealing with growing pains. His eldest is struggling to make sense of her emerging powers. It’s moments like this that we as the audience get to shout at the screen and tell our hero that maybe once his daughters got to a certain age, he should have clued them into his powers. Not so much so they could exploit their knowledge and get him to beat up their ex-boyfriends or school rivals. But, so they could be on the lookout for signs of their own powers that could emerge due to the fact that their genetic make-up has elements of his own super-charged DNA.
I was glad to see La La go down, but I did not see it coming when Tobias waltzed into the station and took him out so easily. It was no surprise that La La would go down. He was getting pretty sloppy. It illustrated that Tobias is willing to do his own dirty work. It also shows us just how far Tobias’ reach truly is.
Watching the two young girls relationships emerge we also get a great look at how an upbringing in a fractured home has affected them. The youngest is always trying to be older and prove herself and the other avoids the idea of commitment so she does not have to feel destroyed if/when the relationship crumbles. Great way to depict the voices of reason in their significant others too. The new boyfriend wants Jennifer to actually grow up and take the world seriously instead of avoiding it with the false veneer that she paints.
Anissa’s girlfriend wants her to grow up and let her in to be more a part of her life.
Episode two kept up with the drama and the action while building a complex home life that keeps getting messier. Let’s see how everyone’s growth spurt ends up as Black Lightning continues to take back his town, one lightning infused punch at a time.
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