Synopsis: An unexpected phone call spurs on a long lost need for Jefferson to investigate the murder of his father. Meanwhile, Annisa wrestles with the fact that her actions have dire consequences. Lastly, Jennifer learns the importance of controlling her temper – in all situations.
Review: This was another fantastic episode in which all three leads got some advancement in their story arcs and we also get a few more hints about Gambi’s past.
Creating a fair bit of trouble though is the fact that Jefferson is beginning to have some issues when it comes to using his powers. Especially when he is wearing the Black Lightning suit. In short, he is beginning to have head pain and is passing out. Especially when he is on the verge of losing his temper, which seems to be a theme in this episode.
When it comes to Tobias Whale we get a glimpse of his backstory and find out that he was the victim of a lot of abuse from his father Eldridge who consider his son’s white albino complexion to be freakish and unnatural. Tobias is talked into visiting some revenge on his father for these past transgressions by his younger sister who was introduced in last weeks episode to help Tobias take back control of the 100 and move up the criminal ladder.
Jennifer gets into an altercation with two girls and pretty much comes out unscathed, but breaks one of the girl’s wrist, which is cause for concern when the parents of that girl pay Jefferson and Lynn a visit to complain and hopefully see Jennifer made accountable for her action. This leads to a really nice father-daughter moment where Jefferson tells Jennifer about the importance of regulating your anger and emotions in all situations and adds that sometimes you just have to walk away.
Black Lightning although somewhat diminished due to the problems that Jefferson is having with regulating his powers finds a lead that reveals the who behind the new drug Green Light. It turns out to be the same person that murdered his father.
Elsewhere Anissa has begun to investigate an old news story that her grandfather was working on before he was killed. The story concerns kids with unbelievable powers simply disappearing and never being heard from again.
Overall. A fun episode, which packs a hell of a lot of stories into just 45 minutes. The episode had some incredibly dramatic moments mixed in with some fun comedy beats. I particularly enjoyed the moment where Black Lightning tosses a mobile phone to Detective Henderson and says, “You can consider this The Black Signal.” I also enjoyed the moment in the clothes store where Anissa is trying to figure out her superhero costume.
The few questions we are left with concern what is going wrong with Black Lightning who is not looking too great by time the episode closes. We also have to wonder what Gambi is hiding. In the comics, it is known that he was involved in the death of Jefferson’s father and raised Jefferson as his own in hopes that it would redeem his crimes somewhat, but there seems to be a little more to this version of Gambi, but what could it be?
Finally. I continue to love the soundtrack for this series, which continues to be a great mix of new and old school. Actually found myself picking up the guitar at one stage jamming along to some the James Brown stuff, but failing miserably, but you just got to try:)
- Incidental Music10