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A CONDUIT FOR CHANGE (Ep1-3)


3 Episode Review

Black Lightning (season 1)

THREE!

3 episodes is all you get.

Every couch locked weekend binge warrior will testify to this truth.

You say your show is 1 hour long?

The first two episodes better inspire at least a social media post.

Well Black Lightning delivers on all fronts and then some!

The pilot episode was nothing less than iconic.

Bold statement you say?

The show’s intro establishes its 3 main character’s disposition with poignant dialogue and spot on shot selection to capture what seem like candid moments.

Translation?

I was engulfed instantly hearing Nina Simone in the opening scene, and ready to tackle a Land Rover by minute 3.

I love the strength and diversity of each character’s personalities, this coupled with multiple layers of depth that defines superhero quirkiness.

The chemistry of this trio is truly dynamic!

The storyline?

Beyond legit.

The villains?

Real deal scary!

Romance?

Check.

Drama?

Tons of women will learn their BF has a sensitive side.

You know what else!?

I heard Batman was throwing mad shade on BL’s powers and suit at a party last weekend ...

“I guess War Machine and Storm had a baby...”

Batman is a jerk when he’s high.

I digress.

Watch episode 1, Black Lightning will harpoon your ass into his universe!

Episode 2.

More awesome sauce.

The bad guys get sloppy and the price to pay for failure will be rendered.

The character development of our hero’s continues as the plot starts to get thicker than auntie’s Christmas gravy.

Jefferson Pierce, stoic.

If a tree hugger could turn their favorite oak into a human, JP would manifest.

Anissa is quintessentially the girl who beat up your childhood bully for giving you wedgies, I promise if she asks to speak to your manager, there will be blood.

Jenn-Dawg.

Gangstalicious.

Episode 2 projects each character’s arc masterfully while not divulging too much info to set off any spoiler alerts.

In case the theme went over your head in episodes 1 and 2, episode 3 slaps the viewer with its definitive truth, this is a show for and about black people.

Black Lightning’s unapologetic approach at addressing past and present issues in black America is not only refreshing, it’s timeliness is heroic within itself. A reverend, a principle, and a police chief exchange controversial banter regarding the logistical ills of fighting for the black community. It’s introspective scenes like these that push the envelope by literally providing color to a patina that’s been jaded with grey areas of rhetoric.

Black Lightning is not only a symbol of hope in the series, but also a potential representation of black pride that has never been portrayed like this on the silver screen.

The attempt alone is worthy of praise, the actual excellence of executing this feet defines ‘cultural responsibility’.

Overall the first 3 episodes deliver with cinematic precision, super strong acting, and all of the other stuff you just read.

Black Lightning’s ratings may determine its longevity, but its cultural relevance has already struck a chord in television history.

This show will entertain you while simultaneously challenging any dissonance by being a conduit for change and enlightenment.

Episode 4 review will definitely be worthy of it's own separate analysis, get ready for your weekend read!