Black Lightning “The Book of Secrets: Chapter Two: Just and Unjust” Review


Black Lightning — “The Book of Secrets: Chapter Two: Just and Unjust” — Image BLK212a_0013b2.jpg — Pictured (L-R): China Anne McClain as Jennifer, Nafessa Williams as Anissa and Christine Adams as Lynn — Photo: Annette Brown/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

After such an emotional episode, you know exactly what this kind of malicious act sets up. If these heroes weren’t motivated enough to take down Tobias? Surely enough they have found new steam with one extra hand. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see Jennifer (China Anne McClain) seek out her revenge against Tobias Whale (Marvin Jones III) to bring him and his evil empire down once and for all? There might be some bumps in the road like Anissa, but this is a point worth getting to.

Despite everything going on with Jennifer, the world still turns. There was plenty of ways that we could have gone back to Jennifer watched like a hawk, but progress does not come without some changes. Where you admire a show like Black Lightning is the fact that family comes before everything. They fight, but fighting doesn’t define every interaction. They comfort each other, listen, and that is the kind of world you can connect with. With that said, I was impressed by the way they decided to set up this next chapter. Everything going pretty normal, and then boom! This family was hit with the right level of danger to shake things up. This clearly wouldn’t mean that they actually give Jennifer the space she needs, but they now have just as many worries to keep everyone on their toes. Last night’s episode pulled us in a lot of directions, but all of it connected in a way that for now was manageable.

The great thing about the plot for this episode is Tobias having very little to do with it. The trouble that came to Freeland this time around was different and an inevitable development. When a certain character is now involved in Lynn’s world again, it was hard to ignore where things could possibly go wrong, and still go wrong. This plot was actually a quick wrap-up, but it makes a big difference to show that situations can start and end without taking up too much space.

When it comes to Anissa, it has been a while coming where she found herself the focus of a storyline. It may not be as big as other things ongoing, but it is always important to show that she still has a life outside of the family or being Thunder. Without the Reverend, I would dare to say that Anissa is the best character who helps keep one foot on the ground. In other words the best character to take advantage of to connect us with the community. Whether this was as herself, or as her masked persona in black, it was quite a day in the life of Anissa. One thing we did have to look forward to was an action scene that was thrilling for the chance again to see what Anissa can do against overwhelming numbers. That aside, it was also a good time to press forward with her love life. This has been a touch and go subject, though great to know that they aren’t sidelining what that could lead to. Particularly when there’s a secret to her girlfriend.

Black Lightning — “The Book of Secrets: Chapter Two: Just and Unjust” — Image BLK212b_0315b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Nafessa Williams as Anissa, Christine Adams as Lynn, China Anne McClain as Jennifer, Yolanda T. Ross as Nichelle Payne and Cress Williams as Jefferson — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

Where this week took Jennifer was a big one. Vengeance is on her brain and that is a different kind of upstart from the rest of the family. We have all awaited this moment where Jennifer would finally start owning what she has become, but who would have guessed that her first steps would be to take down Tobias? Not that she doesn’t have the power, though you know that a drive like this will come with some trouble. Nonetheless, this is still a moment that we would have to work up to. Right now the main focus which they are nailing is Jennifer figuring out what kind of change she wants to make. I was over the moon with the form that this took. Sure, there was some rebellion thrown into the mix, but it was with a level of self-awareness that you can’t help but appreciate for someone her age. Not to mention we have finally gotten around to addressing some of the problematic changes that the school went through when Jefferson stepped down. How Jefferson himself weaved into this was very engaging for the kind of argument that he was bound to get into from the start.

The funeral scene was touching when the time came. Great speech, the music was fitting, and it was the moment you were waiting for when Jennifer would finally decide what she’s ready to do with these emotions.

Black Lightning “The Book of Secrets: Chapter Two: Just and Unjust” was moving for all the ways that this episode makes you feel sentimental towards recent events. Heartbreaking is what it looks like when regular people grieve and it all comes naturally. There was so many ways that this episode could have been cliche or just like any other show when handling the death of a major character. Fortunate for us that Black Lightning always aims to break the mold with real characters and situations. They don’t do overly dramatized which is never something to overlook.

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