After a side trip for a backdoor pilot for a potential spin-off series, Black Lightning continues with what is unfortunately the final season. Tobias Whale is pulling out all the stops in his bid for power in Freeland and his war against Jefferson Pierce.
The last season of Black Lightning hasn’t exactly been an uplifting one. Despite them ending the third season with a big win, there were losses along the way and those shadows are looming large over the characters. This isn’t helped by many of them spending most of this season making one bad decision after another.
The beginning of Black Lightning’s final season was a surprise in many ways. None of the characters seem to be doing particularly well, dealing with the aftermath of the Markovian attack. The status quo has definitely been changed for just about everyone.
The Resistance is seriously outgunned, but has the specialized help of Black Lighting and Thunder/Blackbird. Meanwhile, Lightning is focused to the point of obsession with her new self-appointed mission, and Lynn’s problems are becoming more obvious.
Of all the hero shows, it seems the least changed in the new world. Crisis is referred to in the “previously on” recap, but that’s close to it, and there are no substantial changes noted. While I love the team up concept, I almost think they should have left “Earth BL” or whatever we’re calling that one off on its own.
Sometimes ignorance is most definitely NOT bliss, and what you don’t know CAN hurt you. The Crisis on Infinite Earths has been sweeping through the multiverse. Black Lightning and company, to this point, have been unaware of all of that until now. Things get strange, then ugly, then deadly during Black Lightning’s “Earth Crisis.”
Things are coming to a head with the ASA’s occupation of Freeland. They’ve been thugs, throwing their weight around, acting like the worst examples of authoritarian figures I can think of. I don’t think they quite stooped to randomly shooting people in the streets, but they’ve done just about everything else wrong you can.
Everyone is having a rough time of it on Black Lightning’s third season. The ASA is acting like the Empire in the Star Wars movies, the resistance is nowhere near as organized as the Rebel Alliance, and our main family is coming apart. I’m really at a loss to explain some of the main characters’ actions this episode.
The occupation of Freeland seems like it’s been going on forever, and now the various other forces are getting together to do something about it. An alliance is being formed, even as a death is mourned, someone fights for their life, and a relationship takes a nose dive.
Black Lightning’s third season has been a grim one so far, with the ASA infesting the streets of Freeland like a conquering army. There are times I’m starting to wonder if Agent Odell is either completely making up, or at least greatly exaggerating, the Markovian threat. If it wasn’t for the one scene with them…