Based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce. He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter, Jennifer hellbent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning. Cress Williams, Nefessa Williams, China Anne McClain and Christine Adams star.
I watch every, and I mean every superhero show. Even if it is mediocre (like this was in season 1) I still hang on for dear life hoping it will get better and fortunately, this did get much better in season 2. Now here I am in the first episode of season 3 and I found myself wondering if they have gone back to mediocrity. Fingers crossed.
Poor acting especially by black lighting and the wife, poor scripts. If they retired those two to Florida and rewrote the show for the daughter as the super hero it might be better. At least it seems like she can act a bet better.
Season 1: I have to admit, this started off rough. I didn't like the show at all at first. Too preachy, too heavy-handed with its themes. I agree that there's not enough good black-focused TV in the mainstream, but that doesn't mean that viewers are too stupid to understand it and need everything spoon-fed to them.
The dialogue was hammy, the acting was wooden, the action was corny. I'm really not sure why I stuck with it other than it's availability. But I'm glad I did. So what changed? When the show begins to focus more on the daughters and less on the parents, it also stopped treating its black characters like objects to push a message and started treating them like subjects with depth and emotion. A necessary change, and one that hooked me.
Season 2: A solid start. Dialogue and focus continue from the better half of Season 1: They're still spending a lot of time with the daughters, and it's great for them to be looking at the mental and emotional toll of being superheroes. The biggest boost so far in season 2 comes from better, more detailed action scenes. The daughters are riveting, and tensions and struggles are hard-hitting. This is quickly becoming a show I have to watch the moment it releases.
I'm glad this show was renewed, because I had a bad feeling about it. Black Lightning is a solid and dependable show. Superheroes with families are not all that common, and a superhero family is a whole other thing.
Sadly, I also found the show to be slow, and a little boring at times. Hopefully, they will have found their sea legs by season 2
I really wanted to like this show...but just couldn't. Characters are one-dimensional, story not all that compelling and there are way too many cliches. Forced myself through to ep 8 and thought it was finally going to get better, but no.....it reverted back to the same old cliches. I struggled to get through the last few eps. Disappointing.
S1: I will continue to watch because I like super hero shows. But among the marvel ones, this is my least favorite. Don't have a reason, other than sick and tired of drug lords and the sound track is annoying if it counts.
I cannot imagine a more perfect cast for this show. While it is definitely high tech (thinking Kingsman crossed with Batman but with less of a budget) it sticks to its roots with the location, the plot, and the Nikes he wears when he's kicking ass and taking names. Four episodes in, and it's proving to be a well thought out, well executed series that I hope to see more of.
Oh, and the superheroes are gorgeous and BLACK!