Black Lightning “The Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowry” Review
Right now this is the show you want to anticipate most each week if you want to see things that the other shows aren’t doing. Metas aren’t just people you beat up, kill, or toss in a jail cell to be ignored. Villains don’t think small sale in terms of stealing or gunning after one hero. And the problems are more grounded to family and the community they live in. If you are looking for a superhero show where the world truly matters? Black Lightning has you covered.
The very first scene of this episode I loved because it was just as I said above. When a meta goes rampant, or in general someone with powers who is out of control, there’s never a reason to jump straight to the punching and lock-up. How BL handles these situations, and even how the cops did was a welcomed change. There’s always different ways to handle things, and they did just that. It was even better when we could see them taking a step further to show the difference with someone who deserves to be taken down.
Whether it was the school or the pod lab, I found the exploration of these two worlds captivating for the obstacles they create for Jefferson and Lynn. For Jefferson, there was the inevitable wave of changes that was coming for the school now that the board finally took control from him. It was crushing to see everything he didn’t have the power to save from this new principal, and from the very first introduction he made it known that he was not on the side of the students or faculty as one would fear. As for Lynn, it was chilling to always have that reminder of the lives now in her hands. She took this job and the responsibility that everything is on her if things go wrong. Not to mention she is working with someone who doesn’t seem too bothered by the way the job gets done or how these kids could be used. Certainly not for the help he has decided to send her way. If you wanted to capture a woman in a powerful position, then Lynn fits the bill when the game she is playing is high stakes.
Now with this episode, there was a better understanding of the role that Painkiller is meant to play. He may not have the respect of the others who were in Tobias’ inner circle, but he’s still the guy Tobias has left to work by his side. The situation isn’t as black and white as it seemed before, yet that still doesn’t take away from the abusive style of teaching that Tobias has taken preference to. With that said, it was also about time that we could see Painkiller finally owning up to who he is. Since becoming this new person, he has been hesitant in every action he took for Tobias. It was only a matter of time before he could find even a moment to show some growth. If not, this would become a character who grows stagnate quickly.
Anissa continuing to play Robin Hood by stealing from one of the most powerful crime syndicates in Freeland was a point of interest. Her story is a slow crawl, but as I said last week, you want to see where her actions will catch up with her. I think we all have a good idea as to what will come her way or the people who she has helped. The only question is what form that trouble will come in. Not to mention how she will learn from this newfound ambition. Jennifer’s story showed a bit more progress when it came to controlling her powers. It was a unique approach taken towards what it would take for someone with her level of power and emotional trauma. She may have certain cliche things about being her age, but what she represents as someone with new powers has been a cool take so far.
Something to continue appreciating about this show is how the family interacts. Sometimes we get too used to dysfunctional families that struggle to communicate or fixed burned bridges. Black Lightning gives us the best of both worlds. The Pierce family has their problems, and they argue quite a bit because of these powers and secrets, but at the end of the day they find a way to turn that around. Toxic is toxic, but when you really care for one another? This is the kind of interacting you expect when that isn’t enough to turn everyone against each other for episodes at a time, or till it gets dull. Even the lighter moments are something to enjoy. When everything is off the table, it is important to address that these are just people trying to get by like everyone else.
Black Lightning “The Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowry” was a solid episode for a lot of the character moments and story development that was taken advantage of from the previous week. Things slowed down a bit, but the quality of the storytelling did not suffer from that either. There was a balance to the substance and style put into this episode that keeps you looking forward to the next.