What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Black Lightning “The Book of Markovia: Chapter Three: Motherless ID”. After last week’s episode which had a lot more going for it, this was the most anxious any of us could have been towards what comes next. Just when you thought that things could begin getting better? All it took was one move on behalf of the enemy who no one was paying attention to to shake things up once more.It made a big difference that no matter how these characters proceeded, the battle was still very much personal.
The big thing this week was what would come from Jefferson and Anissa joining forces with the ASA to save Lynn. This was a crazy development because surely enough I would have thought this ended up the other way around. The Markovians played such a small part as the enemy, that it wasn’t hard at all to think that they might team up to take down the ASA. With that not being the case, this meant the two who have been clashing all of this time are now forced to work on the same side. Even if both sides are not fighting for the same reasons. How this all played out was a great change in direction since now both Black Lightning and Black Bird find themselves in the driver’s seat. A position of control that they went through a lot to obtain. It was that much sweeter when there was not one character who didn’t fail to take advantage of the very things they could say to the people who caused them nothing but grief throughout this occupation of Freeland.
It also goes without saying that there would obviously come a conversation about Lynn’s addiction. This was handled excellently as a topic of conversation that is never easy. Someone will always try to blame themself for not seeing the signs, for not doing something more. However, how they tackled this was brilliant since even at a time like this we were seeing this family act like what they are.
Speaking of family, the most heartwarming part of this episode was following every member of the family as they picked up someone for this team that would accompany them into battle. This was an excellent time to really give some viewers what they wanted in other characters stepping up to rise to the occasion.
When it came to rescuing Khalil from the chip in his head, his caught me off guard because I had so many concerns about what was coming next for Jennifer. After last week’s episode she quickly became that erratic teen again, and almost borderline reckless too. A combination that sucks to see from her at this stage. Particularly when she has come so far in recognizing the kind of person she needs to be to fight for those she cares about most. At the start of this episode those feelings were still there, but slowly they eased us back into a version of her who knows how to better channel her emotions. What made this part of the episode cool is the way it integrated everyone on the think tank part of the team. TC specifically got his time in the spotlight and shined well. It was welcomed being able to visually journey with him inside of something he connects to. The chip in Khalil’s head led us all through some horrors that was a refreshing change of pace. It benefited going through this with someone who actually made you believe that he didn’t have the proper social ability to go the length.
I actually admired the writing for Brandon just as much because there was also the concern of them trying to force a love triangle with Khalil being the primary focus of Jennifer’s attention. This could have easily been the point where he began falling to the background, and yet room was still found for him to show that there is always much more to offer from him than being a love interest. He has his own reasons for joining the fight, trusting Jennifer, and helping her see that there are depths to her powers hat she should take notice of.
Now how this all ended was quite heartbreaking, but I can’t argue with it either. This is not to say hat the outcome wasn’t favorable. It was, and things could have been a whole lot worse if things went any other way. For where we are in the story right now, this was a great time to give Jennifer what she wants without allowing her to get swept away into something which keeps her from continuing down the road she has taken towards becoming a proper hero.
Experiencing captivity with Lynn and Jace was intense. Like last week, I appreciated the effort they have put into Lynn having a greater purpose that takes away from most of her character flaws. There was no better time than now for them to actually find a way for Lynn to confront her addiction in some way, because there was on way moving forward without her taking some steps to realize where she has gone wrong in spite of her successes. With that said, it took me by surprise that it was actually Jace who grabbed your attention most for the fact that from her perspective we were finally coming to an understanding of where that line is drawn in the sand between who you should root for, and who you should not. Up to this point there was too little we knew of the Markovians. We didn’t know enough about their motivations, or how far they would go to achieve them. Now we know
Overall, Black Lightning “The Book of Markovia: Chapter Three: Motherless ID” was another thrilling hour of these heroes claiming the control over a situation that they clawed for. Not everything was a complete victory, but it was endearing and entertaining which counts for a lot this far in the story.