TV Review: Black Lightning (Season 1, Episode 10)
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‘Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption’ gives us a third wonderfully-executed episode in a row, a relief after a few shakier episodes. Black Lightning has found its groove, and it is a joy to witness. The show swung between genres for a few weeks without hitting true, as though uncertain of its own identity. Where it began as an effectively gritty, urban crime series full of social commentary, it suddenly changed into a more fantastic show with unexplainable powers and people coming back from the dead. With the last few episodes, this week most of all, the writers have skilfully woven both aspects of the show into one cohesive style. While remaining close to the superhero action and costumes, ‘Sins of the Father’ also stays close to interpersonal relationships between its characters, sees Black Lightning struggle with his reputation in the neighbourhood, deal with the problems of Green Light on the streets and Jefferson being a mentor to his young student. The ASA is closing in on Black Lightning, and if the preview to next week is any indication, things are about to go far south for Jefferson. When Anissa and Jefferson investigate Gambi’s tip about the warehouse full of the inanimate bodies of kids kidnapped thirty years ago, they walk right into an ambush, one that leads the ASA to realise Gambi is not only a traitor, but that he knows the identity of Black Lightning. Another major development is that (spoiler!) Vice Principal Kara is the ASA’s ‘spotter’, the person identifying metahuman students and relaying the information to the organisation. Yes it’s surprising, but it doesn’t feel like an impactful betrayal since the audience barely knows anything about her beyond her job at the school. Plot-wise however, it does give the bad guys an incredible inside advantage, and it will be exciting to see what the writers do with this new player.
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