This Black Lightning assessment incorporates spoilers.
Black Lightning Season Three Episode 10
Agent Odell is again on his bullshit. After Williams short-circuited himself by making an attempt to beat Black Lightning at his personal sport, Odell needed to come up out of restoration and collect his sorry ass crew. He is nonetheless making an attempt to stabilize metas, however with out Lynn, it is not taking place for them. I hate Odell, however I am glad to have him again. Each of his replacements, Grey and Williams, had been their very own sort of drawback, and I discovered myself lacking Odell’s explicit model of menace. Invoice Duke does what he got here to do.
Talking of doing what they got here to do, Jennifer reappears on Earth-Prime (which seems to now be the one true Earth of the Arrowverse after the occasions of Disaster on Infinite Earths) able to murk Odell. All season I have been ready for her to search out some sense, and whereas her expertise along with her alternate-universe selves gave her some a lot wanted perspective, she nonetheless has some looking to do. She got here again from the house/time void with the teachings she realized from her good and evil multiverse dopplegangers, and what she took from that was… Odell gotta die.
Final season, Jennifer was this near killing Tobias and Jefferson needed to pull her again from doing one thing she would possibly remorse. However this season, neither her dad or her sister have been guiding her, and below Odell’s tutelage, she has turn into a extra ruthless individual. She and Brandon escape the A.S.A., who tracked her to his condo and took them each. As an alternative of going the hell dwelling, she waits for Odell, and when he pulls up on her his blacked out SUV, she lights him up. She most likely would’ve taken him out, had he not been a hologram.
I’m usually on the aspect of “do what must be executed,” however I hate that it is Jennifer who makes that decision. I’ve talked about it earlier than, however Jefferson has rules that he sticks to to even when his enemies haven’t any such code or moral mandate. He is at all times combating with a handicap, as a result of his enemies are at all times prepared to go additional than him. Jennifer and Anissa do not appear to have these hang-ups, and I am unsure whether or not that is an excellent or unhealthy factor.
Anissa, who was nicknamed Harriet nicely earlier than her participation within the meta underground railroad, has at all times been about that life. Even earlier than her powers manifested, she was unafraid to problem the institution and has the mugshots to show it. She completely does what wants doing and it would battle along with her dad’s code, however Jefferson follows her lead this episode and so they, together with the resistance, liberate meta youngsters from the A.S.A. Anissa is not at all times proper, and I am sure her therapy of the Perdi could have repercussions, however she is prepared to Go There and that is the sort of vitality Freeland wants proper now.
The A.S.A. has no qualms about something they do. They lock up youngsters on the mere suspicion of being metas, they detain, and torture, and experiment on folks. They haven’t any line. They’ve but to even justify their presence in Freeland. Why are they there? They’re the one perceptible risk as a result of — I ask for the upteenth time — the place are the Markovians? What are they as much as? Are they nicely? This episode is titled, “The E book of Markovia: Chapter One” and but I’ve seen nary a one Markovian.
I am nonetheless not satisfied that Markovia is a legit risk. If not for my (admittedly restricted) data of its existence in different media, I’d argue it’s a full fabrication of the A.S.A. who used the specter of overseas invasion to leap the bureaucratic line of their agenda to weaponize metahumans. I could also be unsuitable, it is neither right here nor there, I’m simply very over the fixed name-drop, when imprecise teams of white males have appeared possibly thrice thus far.
Earlier, I wrote about my disappointment with Black Lightning’s inclusion within the crossover occasion, and I largely really feel the identical despite the fact that I am content material to maneuver on. The tip of Disaster on Infinite Earths did convey Black Lightning into the Arrowverse correct, and that is one thing I am glad about despite the fact that I do not anticipate any of the opposite heroes to make a go to to Freeland any time quickly. Perhaps individuals who have not given this present an opportunity, or did not really feel compelled to observe in the course of the crossover (as a result of it wasn’t obligatory, however I digress) will take a while to get to know these characters and turn into invested on this world.
I’m ecstatic that the universe reset didn’t magically repair Freeland or make any modifications that drastically affected characters or undermined their growth on-screen. I do anticipate a reveal that one thing has modified, like possibly Lala by no means existed on this timeline. (The place did he go?) One little tweak I’d not have minded is Lynn having not gotten hooked on Inexperienced Gentle. It is simply… Why? I do not take pleasure in this explicit thread and it feels superfluous, even whether it is giving Christine Adams a chance to go locations she hardly ever goes on this present.
Lynn is cool, calm, collected, and even below strain, she is usually measured. She might increase her voice a bit, particularly when Jefferson does vigilante issues towards her express needs, however she’s largely agency. Lynn below the affect of Inexperienced Gentle is just not measured, and an uncontrolled Lynn is a wildcard. On this very episode, she tells Jefferson, she’s saving the world. She is totally satisfied, and absolute conviction might be harmful, particularly with a thoughts like hers.
Save for the habit storyline, and the unseen risk, I’m glad with the place this season goes. The writers appear to have a agency grasp on the story they’re making an attempt to inform and the writing for every character feels targeted. I do know who everyone seems to be, what they need, and there’s no query the place they stand. I believe the query of whether or not there’s a line and whether or not it’s a necessity to cross it will likely be a giant a part of the story going ahead. It will be attention-grabbing to see whether or not Jefferson softens his arduous stance or convinces his ladies to undertake his code.
If the season continues at this stage, it’ll simply be the very best season of Black Lightning thus far.
Extra ideas: now that Freeland is on the identical Earth as Star Metropolis and Central Metropolis, will A.R.G.U.S. be coming to gather their people? I really feel like they will get Odell and them up outta there. What about J’onn over there in Nationwide Metropolis? Certainly the D.E.O. is increased on the hierarchy. Come *clap* accumulate *clap* your *clap* folks *clap*