TV Review: Black Lightning (Season 1, Episode 13)
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This finale may have been somewhat disappointing, but at least it was cathartic. The first half of ‘Shadow of Death: The Book of War’ was exposition-heavy and clumsy, which is unusual for a finale. By contrast, the latter half was way too fast, and struggled to land any meaningful conclusions. Despite compelling character moments and some badass fight scenes, this season finale was just kind of a mess. Even the great character-driven moments throughout this hour feel somewhat off, most likely because so much had to be fitted into this last episode. For instance, Jefferson’s season-long arc wrestling with his identity as a superhero, and balancing Black Lightning against the cost to his family and himself. When he wakes after being brought back to life, he has lost his powers, and in that moment, the decision he has been grappling with for so long is taken away from him. It was a big moment that would have benefitted from being explored further, perhaps as its own arc in season two. Instead, Jennifer arrives and gives him a jumpstart, generator-to-battery, and he’s back on his way to fight the bad guys.
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