What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Black Lightning “The Book of Markovia: Chapter Two: Lynn’s Addiction”. The return of Black Lightning was both refreshing and action-packed. I looked forward to what this next episode had in store for us because with a situation like this? Things are always going to get worse before they get any better. The only question is how bad things will get, and what it will take for the Pierce family to truly rise to the occasion.
Things went in a lot of different directions this week. It was hard to say if I liked this when the episodes we have gotten up to this point were much more focused on just a couple storylines at time. This time around we had a bunch more thrown in which had us jumping all over the place. Normally this would be very problematic. However, I would give credit where it is due that much of what unfolded this week somehow connected by the end of the episode. Sometimes that is all you can really ask for, and for the most part it is understood why this is the route they have chosen when again we are moving through the second half of this season. That means more effort is going to be put into finding an end for most of these subplots they began in the first half of the season.
One thing we did have to look forward to more than anything else was the next big clash with the ASA. It was only a matter of time before Jefferson, Anissa and Jennifer found themselves in a situation where the ASA is now hunting the entire Pierce family. This was a high point for the fact that transitioning into this chapter the Pierce family was still on the same page about their common enemy. Maybe there was n issue had with how they deal with Odell and the ASA, but there was no better time than now for our trio of heroes to have the opportunity to spring into action on the same side. The battle which unfolded was a thrill for the way that Black lightning, Black Bird, and Thunder each found their way to stand out. The choreography was simple, yet on point. The only letdown was what occurred once that scene finally hit where Jennifer was hit with the realization that Painkiller was still alive. If you thought she was going to be done disappointing you, then there was at least one more time for her to make the only kind of mistake someone her age could.
Now what managed to catch me off guard more than anything else was feeling like I could care about Lynn again. I don’t think it could ever be to the same degree as before, but it was good to see that there is still some hope for her yet. Addiction a *****, and clearly that was poisoning her mind, but at the same time it never controls the source of all the hateful things you say to push people away. That said, it helped that she could get back to a place where her own battle was in making a difference instead of getting in her own way. She definitely did the impossible too. What she managed to pull off in a pinch was a true gamechanger in this corner of the Arrowverse.
The way Tobias weaved into her story again was a big plus. So far this season these two have worked off of each other better than most characters in the series. It makes a difference that they share the same determination, strong mind, and stubbornness. All of which made their next move exciting when it mattered most.
Where the Pierce family have their ups and their downs, you could at least count on Gambi to have something genuine going for him. Like last week’s episode, it was endearing to see the lengths he will go in order to correct the wrongs he has made in the past. Not to mention it continues to be endearing having that one character who simply reaches out and connects with other people just because it is the right thing to do.
Despite what I said above, I was still happy to see Lala again. The ASA and Markovia are big problems without a doubt, but that should never allow us to forget that this is a city which has issues with crime. At some point we were going to have to take a step back and see what the criminal world is up to with Lala in control of things once again. Throwing Lala back into the mix was cool as well because he has found himself in a place where for the most part it is him upstairs. This is no to say that the voices which keep manifesting in his head weren’t intriguing, though this was without a doubt more of an obstacle which kept us from really getting anywhere with this character. Speaking of Lala, one big takeaway from this episode was seeing how the once dead people in those boxes would at this point be rejuvenated. This brought back an enemy who we honestly never got to see enough of for someone who really gave Tobias a run for his money when he was on top.
Compared to the return episode last week, Black Lightning “The Book of Markovia: Chapter Two: Lynn’s Addiction” had a lot more going for it. Bolder moves made, bigger revelations struck, and a return to subplots which could have easily been forgotten for the war with the ASA.