Black Lightning- Season II- Ep. 7 “The Book of Blood Chapter 3- The Sange”: A Review

Posted: 12/02/2018 in Uncategorized

— Pictured: Sofia Vassilieva as Looker — Photo: Quantrell Colbert/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

This was clean up week it would appear on Black Lightning. Surprisingly the Sange/Perdi arc seemed to get tidied up with more whimper than bang. Overall, a solid episode was delivered and some redefining moments fleshed things out, including one return to a status quo. My review follows below.

We return to find Black Lighting (Cress Williams) in the slowest foot chase of all time, following the trail of Looker’s (Sofia Vassilieva) element as it creeps back to her. BL comes upon her guards and proceeds to deal with them. His running out of juice allowed for an eventual takedown and face to face with Looker. Her being a straightforward racist was disappointing. Her advising him she took his example as inspiration to lead and represent her own people was telling however. His noting a flag on her wall,  now often associated with white supremacy, took a lot of strength from her argument. To me, it seems as if Looker was a lost opportunity.

On the other front, however, via the subplot with Khalil/Painkiller (Jordan Calloway) and Jennifer (China Ann McClain) an unexpected development occurred. Khalil struggles with his fear of Tobias (Marvin Jones III) and desire to do the right thing. When pushed by Jennifer, he admits he doesn’t want to kill Reverend Jeremiah Holt (Clifton Powerll). Another meeting between Khalil and Holt yields the same result. Tobias seeing his disciple fail opts to bring him in. What ensues could have played out as another massive fight but instead take a more logical, real world perspective. Khalil reacts as any normal person would in the face of a superior, insurmountable enemy- fearfully. This was a refreshing change in what would have played out as a potential elimination or breaking of a character.

The moments between Khalil and Jennifer were earnest and what I feared might have been a tide turning push against Jefferson Pearce/Black Lightning instead became a moment of genuine connection. Her outing her abilities while simultaneously helping him led the viewer in one direction and certainly not the one taken by the episode’s denouement. A journey of independence and discovery was expected for both characters but not in the manner in which anyone could expect. Jennifer’s counselor Peranna (Erika Alexander) helps her figure out what she wants even if she interprets her queries as simply adolescent curiosity initially. Her later counsel to Jefferson and Lynn (Christine Adams) regarding Jennifer is both cautionary and potentially hopeful considering the ending and redemptive arc teased.

The BL capture yields a deeper delve as to how his powers work and his glee at Looker’s attempt to electrocute him played very well. His later connecting with his daughter Anissa/Thunder (Nafessa Williams) with requisite examples of bad assery reminded us that at heart, this is still very much a superhero genre series. From his flight sequences to his exhibiting his abilities, it just never gets old. The throw down between Thunder/BL and Looker and her brood allowed for some cool visuals. The demonstration of Looker’s speed and ferocity pushed the notion that she is not afraid to get her hands dirty for what she wants. The end sequence was a bit anticlimactic except for BL’s comment about the ASA regarding her fate.

The family moments that frame this series are one of the element that set this show apart. Anissa’s returning both babies to their mother and then her family had due emotional oomph. No less so was the reunion between Gambi (James Remar) and Jefferson. This is a show with lots of heart as well as social commentary. I can only hope that fans will come around to the notion that not every episode has to be fight laden spectacle for the show to be good. BL Season II still stands as a superior DC/CW series.

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