Compared to the other DC/CW shows, its a good feeling knowing that the Crisis on Infinite Earths story holds no bearing on the progression of Black Lightning’s story. I think they would have done us a great disservice if anything got in the way of a story that is consistently pushing the boundaries in what is at stake for these people fighting for their home, and control of their lives.
After the trouble which Odell got himself into, the occupation of Freeland took a dramatic change with new leadership. When Odell was wounded in the A.S.A. shootout with Yuri Mosin and Instant, it was Sara Grey who becomes the acting director of operations. This changed the atmosphere in a big way. I loved that they were willing to give a boost to Katy M. O’Brien’s role. This is an actress I loved for the character she played in the last season of Z Nation. She works so well in the role of someone who commands attention. Th role of Major Grey worked because it was more of the same, yet at the same time a strong departure for the way she slips so well into the mindset of a villain. You always knew she was going to be trouble, but everything came down to her being given the room to actual act on those dark impulses o f hers. She made every interaction matter between what she had with the citizens, Black Lightning, and even Jennifer.
What actually stood out to me the most was the way she interacted with Jennifer because you could clearly see the void she was trying to fill as someone who might have no problem with taking over if Odell were not to return. It was entertaining because we could also see how Grey is going to find success very hard when she has to earn the same response as Odell. He had his own way of getting what he wanted. She had to work her own angles which did not come without challenges like that which Jennifer brought to the table. From there it was interesting to see how Jennifer and Brandon would continue to interact. I was just a bit thrown off by this because you could see how Jennifer was struggling to not keep people at a distance. I mean I do hope that
Seeing that this episode is called ‘Henderson’s Opus’, I continue to admire the writing for Henderson and the role he plays as a leading figure for the resistance. This week’s episode gave him his first direct act as such and did not disappoint when showing that he knows how to put a plan together for the sake of saving the kids. Though that’s not what catches your attention most. That would be what happens when he finds himself challenged by someone who he is supposed to be able to trust. That person being Jefferson as Black Lightning. I wasn’t prepared for the way that they wouldn’t be able to see eye-to-eye on how they handle the ASA, though this was the best time if they ever had to put these two in that situation again. Their approach was on point for how Henderson finds himself so pent up with aggression towards everything he is struggling to accomplish only to have a friend get in his way. Normally I would find it hard to see Henderson being right, but they did not waste the opportunity to show what it is like when he is the one you root for. Everyone has the potential to be a hero without doing things like Black Lightning.
The heart-to-heart which Anissa and Jefferson had was the standout scene of this episode. Some will say that this is because Anissa became the big person who owned up to needing help, but that’s not it. This isn’t a thing about being the bigger person, this is a moment where a hero like her had to show what true strength is. Anissa is strongly independent, and her power is to be the strongest person in the room, even the unmovable force. It made a bi difference when she is at her most vulnerable to be able to reach out and say that she needs help where she can’t give it herself. Even better when this is someone who she has been pushing away. Especially because Jefferson is still in that phase where he tends to think he only knows best as a father and hero.
With that said, what this led to next was a great change of pace for Jefferson. It was about time that he did something truly useful for the community since stepping back onto the streets. Helping escorting meta refugees out of the perimeter was going to be easier said than done, and they set the scene up perfectly with what was at stake for him getting this right. Whether it was who he was escorting, or the obstacles he faced. There was no better time than now to show us that Jefferson hadn’t grown that cold. Now what came after that was the true shocker. I don’t think anyone was prepared for the kind of actions he would take to get between the ASA and their intentions in this city. He played the best card he could, and so did Major Grey. I walked away from that scene very eager to see what this turns into next week.
All that aside, Gambi imploring Lynn to help get him access to the pit was a problematic scene for me. You just want to care about Lynn, and they make it so hard with each passing week. You get her struggles, but right now you can see where she is ultimately being set up for failure over anything else.
Everyone has their own battle, and their own role to play in doing so. Black Lightning “The Book of Resistance: Chapter Two: Henderson’s Opus” drew the line in the sand for everyone and the lengths they are willing to go in order to get the job done.