In Review: Black Lightning: 1×10: “Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption”

All the pieces are now in place for the final chapters.

Synopsis: SECRETS AND LIES – Black Lightning (Cress Williams) attempts to rescue several long-missing children reveals a secret he did not anticipate, and its resulting connections. Gambi (James Remar) struggles to stay strong while in a compromising position. Jefferson begins to view things differently. Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, Christine Adams, Marvin Jones III and Damon Gupton also star.

Review: With “Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption,” writer Pat Charles transitioned and escalated the story going into the last several episodes. This was the game changer.

First and foremost, Gambi faced the consequences of his deception. Watching James Remar perform in those torture scenes was truly difficult, as they were extremely visceral and realistic. The upside was that Jefferson and Gambi reconciled. The downside was that the A.S.A. discovered Jefferson was Black Lightning. Moreover, the A.S.A. have someone watching him.

Additionally, Anissa and Jefferson continued to track missing children. This led to the best fight sequence, yet, in which Anissa did a full flip through the air. But, my favorite character beat was before that fight when Anissa chose not to use her powers to avoid collateral damage.

With all that happening, Lynn ran tests on Jennifer and discovered that she doesn’t absorb electricity from her surroundings like her father. Jennifer actually generates it internally. Of course, she’s going to have to generate a lot of it to help her father out of his current jam before this is over.

The real beauty of the story, though, was that Charles balanced these heightened comic book elements with Jefferson’s continuing community outreach efforts and Lala’s straightforward efforts (despite still communing with the dead) to fill the power vacuum left by a still absent Tobias.

All the pieces are now in place for the final chapters. I have no doubt that the season will end as strong as it has been throughout.

Written by: Pat Charles

Directed by: Eric Laneuville

8.8
Black Lightning: 1x10:
  • Story
    8.5
  • Performances
    9.0
  • Music
    9.0

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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