Recap: Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 13 – Season Finale – “Shadow of Death: The Book of War”

The Book of War is an apropos title as we see a number of wars or acts of war break out in this episode. We open with a flashback of young Jefferson Pierce (Kaden Washington Lewis) walking with his father, Alvin (Keith Arthur Bolden). It’s beautifully shot in black & white with the feel of […]

Recap: Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 12 – “The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain”

How apropos the title “The Book of Pain.” Whether emotionally or physically, the pain was on everyone’s menu tonight. We open on Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III) looking at himself in the mirror. His torso covered in partially healed third degree burns courtesy of his tango with Black Lightning (Cress Williams) a number of […]

Recap: Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 7 – “Equinox: The Book of Fate”

“All that talk about non-violence and Dr. King and Dad is Black Lightning!” Anissa Pierce (Nafessa Williams) said this to her mother, Lynn Pierce (Christine Adams), as Lynn patched her up from the super-powered smackdown Anissa had with her father Black Lightning/Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams). This costumed battle took place last episode so neither Jefferson […]

Recap: Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 6 – “Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder”

“Breathe, Jefferson, Breathe!” Those are words Peter Gambi (James Remar) shouted to the back of his van where our petulant superhero, Black Lightning (Cress Williams), lays inured. In the last episode, Black Lightning tracked down Joey Toledo (Eric Mendenhall) and while beating the stuffing out of him, had a seizure, then Toledo “Turned the Beating […]

Recap: Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 5 – “And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light”

“Daddy Issues” is what the episode should have been titled. The show delved into parental relationships and the effect of fathers (or lack thereof) on their children. This is a commonality whether you’re the hero or the villain. That is one of many things that this show does well is defining and exploring relationship dynamics […]

Recap: Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 4 – “Black Jesus”

Recap: Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 4 – “Black Jesus” “You Can’t Save Everyone.”      This is what Gambi (James Remar) told Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning (Cress Williams), but when your alter ego is Black Lightning, you will fight to save everyone you can by any means necessary. It all started with an electrifying opening […]

Recap: Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 3 – “Lawanda: The Book of Burial”

Recap: Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 3 – “Lawanda: The Book of Burial” “He is an answer to our prayers.” Reverend Jeremiah Holt (Clifton Powell) spoke these words of encouragement to a discouraged Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning (Cress Williams) after the funeral of Lawanda White. Lawanda was one of three casualties from the last episode. Reverend […]

Recap: Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 2 – “Lawanda: The Book of Hope”

“I’m not trying to save the city, I’m, trying to protect my family.” This is the mantra of Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning (Cress Williams). He exclaimed this quote to his partner, Peter Gambi (James Remar). There are many great quotes in this show. This makes it relatable, uplifting and inspirational on a number of levels across […]