Black Lightning “The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Three: Angelitos Negros” Review
It’s time to get lit with Black Lightning again! I’m not going to lie, I’m glad that The CW decided to move this show to Monday nights. That is despite the disappointment that at the same time this still airs at 9PM behind another show. With that said, after the teaser I saw of the second half of this season? I couldn’t help but look forward to what is in store for us when as I said before, everything comes down to what you would do for someone you love, or for family.
Following the adventures of Khalil and Jennifer on the run has been better than I thought it would be. One would have assumed that these two would have brought too much teenage drama, but their recent experiences have forced them to grow out of a lot of the things that you could have once called troublesome. Obviously this was not going to be a thing forever, so I enjoyed when we got the idea put in our heads that they would try to take back their lives. Whether succumbing to their feelings or thinking about the future, the execution was was right on the mark. How these two got to a point where they decided that the time for running was over was also commendable for the fact that this did not happen the way that you would have pictured. Right now this story is keeping us guessing which is good considering all the ways that this could have gone predictably.
Even knowing ahead of time that in some way the fight would be taken to Tobias instead of running, that didn’t stop this episode from giving us one heck of a twist. Tobias proved how far he was willing to go to get Khalil out of the picture, and Cutter proved just how dangerous she could be given her reputation. It was one thing to see how she could handle herself facing two metas, but it was something else entirely to see what she could do against a force that leaves her genuinely outnumbered. Some pieces came together by the end of the episode, and it quite literally sends chills down your spine. You understand how a new hero will be born, and how a new war will also be waged.
The rest of the family’s search for Jennifer and Khalil was a roller coaster of emotions. In the midseason finale, the parts involving their search were what I was referring to when I said that in certain areas the story was a bit much. This is urgent for the family, but to some extent you still would hope that they would tackle this as the smart people they are. This stage in the search was an improvement with almost everyone on the same page about what needed to be done and how. I also have to say that the dialogue was much better here with even the way that Lynn has pulled herself together enough to pour her heart out in an attempt to reach Jennifer. This was what I meant by us needing to see what these people would do for the sake of family. That’s not to say that there were some reactions and responses over the top, but there could have been a lot worse. It could have been much worse and yet it wasn’t. There was just enough of a balance in tension and endearing conversation that separated this from other dramatic moments.
Where we go to next for Tobias and Todd Green was a point of interest for the context to what is brewing between them. This was the firs time that you heard the words black excellence used, and it is the most fitting two words to put together to sum up a lot of this show. Not in a bad way either. I enjoy every scene where Tobias is reciting some old saying, or referencing to something significant in black culture. It helped that now he was doing with someone who he wasn’t talking down to. All of this of course was small talk in the face of Tobias’ grand scheme. The information at his fingertips leads to so many possibilities for trouble that he can stir in Freeland. Till then, he first villainous act for this second half of the season was terrifying. Sometimes you forget how heartless he can really be, and we got our reminder.
Of all the DC/CW shows, Black Lightning so far has the strongest midseason return in my book. Black Lightning “The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Three: Angelitos Negros” was heartbreaking for everything that could go wrong in this fight for the heart of Freeland. Every superhero story is met with some hurdles. This episode gave us one of the most crushing to overcome. A new hero will be forged from this tragedy, and surely nothing will be the same moving forward.