Watched Black Lightning last night, 2×06 so that’s one episode behind I think.
I called it (the whole world called it) and so they didn’t even make it a thing, just bam Gambi was back. Second major mysteries batman, like what is going on???
aaaaand that is my one criticism. I think this show is incredible. I adored how season 2 started with the theme of consequences and actually addressed the fallout from the end of season 1. Most shows just brush it under the carpet and move on but they didn’t.
BUT they have introduced so many new angles, everyone is separated and ugh I know that’s probably the point but dammit it makes my heart hurt.
Lynn is hurting desperately, Jefferson should be with her. Everyone seems to be ignoring Jennifer and I predict that’s going to blow up soon. Anissa is constantly going off on her own and I applaud what she’s doing but dammit I much prefer when characters talk to one another! Gambi well … if he has access to an armed drone, surely he could drop a note to Jefferson?
Plus with all the new angles there isn’t the time in the episodes. Like when did we last see Garfield school? Jefferson was demoted, those kids in the hallway who were fighting were suspended/expelled, there were issues and then dropped because of this element metal in South Freeland new thing. It feels like they are trying to pack too much in, like each episode should be twice as long or something because there’s not enough time to do everything justice.
Also am I the only one slightly disappointed that Grace is a meta/tied to this South Freeland story somehow? I was really hoping that they would take Anissa and Grace and sort of echo Jefferson and Lynn, one powered, one not and explore that dynamic. It would have been a learning experience for everyone because Anissa and Grace aren’t Jefferson and Lynn. So Anissa and Grace would react differently but at the same time, would history wind up repeating itself?
I guess they felt that Grace had to be tied to the plot somehow because they hadn’t brought her into the storyline enough otherwise. It’s a shame, I think they should have. Grace could have represented the perspective that is lacking – of someone on the outside. Henderson could have been that but he’s barely a guest star at this point. So Grace could have been like a mirror, letting the Pierce family see how Black Lighting/Thunder etc. are seen by those who don’t know the truth.
Then you know tropes aren’t bad. There could have been the cliche secret identity issues, with Anissa making bad excuses and then my personal favourite resolution, where finally Anissa decides to come clean and Grace could have just rolled her eyes “I figured it out ages ago, took you long enough to tell me”.
Also I haven’t forgotten that whole “bringing people back from the dead” plus the tattoos of the dead storyline in season 1 – what was up with that? Can we get some resolution please?