Right now, Black Lightning is the show that just keeps on giving. Genuine character development, real problems, and real stakes which continues to grow with each passing episode. Especially now when things couldn’t be more tense in the city of Freeland as unrest begins to sit in among the people. Who would have thought that there was even more monsters creeping beneath the surface of the ASA beyond agent Odell? That was a question I was very eager to get the answer to after what happened last week.
The excitement this week was all about ‘The Battle of Franklin Terrace’. This had my attention the minute the title of the episode was released because this was the point where we would finally see the resistance fighting back against the ASA. Since the occupation began, this was the moment I was waiting for so long. When the scene came, I would say that our patience was rewarded when they didn’t waste this opportunity to show what would come from putting these characters where they needed to be, and mentally preparing them for what they had to do in order to fight back. This went double for Jefferson and Henderson. It sucked thinking that these two would remain at odds when you want to put your faith in both characters to rise to the occasion. All they needed was that one common goal, and it just so happened to be saving the homes of those who lived in the Franklin Terrace.
With Grey and Odell out of action, I was glad that they did not forget Williams. I almost forgot him, and it was probably for the best so that we could remember again when it mattered most why he might be more dangerous than the other two. After seeing what he could do many moons ago, it was worth the waiting seeing what would happen when he had to use his own powers to handle either Black Lightning or Thunder. The action was wholesome. There was shooting, there was solid fight choreography, and all of it was well paced out. We knew the ASA wasn’t going to walk out of this with a win, but they sure as hell didn’t make it a walk in the park.
With that said, I also found it very engaging how we were able to take this from the perspective of a resident whose life was really about to be uprooted by the ASA’s occupation. One of the most important elements to this story is how grounded they can take this. It mattered to have this one resident who had so much to lose, and enough so to motivate everyone to take their stand. Jefferson needed a true reminder of what it means to be a hero during the difficult times, and she helped him not to disappoint.
Like many viewers out there, I share in the same views of the way that Lynn has been written so far. This was a character doing so well, and then everything went out of the window once she became addicted to the green light. To an extent you can understand where this problem stems from. Addiction does the worst to anyone who succumbs to the self-destructive consequences that comes with it. In the case of Lynn, she was doing everything to separate herself from everyone else who was challenging the position she had herself in to not only save the kids, but keep her supply intact. Between the previous episode and this one, it made a huge difference that she has had someone like Tobias to work off of. That one character who she can’t push away, and that one character who had enough audacity to take her on in a battle of leverage.
While surely enough most of us are wondering how in the world Tobias has the connections he does in lock-up, it is hard to ignore the excitement that comes from Tobias when he is the one manipulating. The crazy part? He speaks so much truth that you really can’t tell where the sane guy ends, and the genius begins. You know they are doing well when you actually wan the villain to break free and shake things up on a larger scale.
Another paring which managed to catch you off guard was Jennifer and Brandon. Before this episode, I was feeling some sort reservations about what they were doing because they were definitely leaning hard into some teen cliche. I didn’t expect to feel so compelled by the story told with them. This actually turned into one of the more memorable scenes for this show when once again they took advantage of the chance to explore what it means for a meta to genuine come to an understanding of what they are. It helped that Jennifer could experience what it is like for others to struggle with their powers, and it went a long way to show that there are drawbacks to even the things that someone as powerful as Brandon can do. Still we are seeing better handling of meta situations than in The Flash.
Overall, the results of this episode are what happens when the time for talk passes, and the time for action sweeps over. Black Lightning “The Book of Resistance: Chapter Three: The Battle of Franklin Terrace” changed the game drastically when the people of Freeland find the strength to finally say enough is enough. The only question is how far the ASA will go to maintain their stronghold and control over this city.