What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about the Black Lightning Season Four Premiere “The Book of Reconstruction: Chapter One”! While Black Lightning is one of my favorites, I wasn’t too sure about how I was going to feel about jumping into this new season. Mainly because this also doubles as the last season for Black Lightning. It felt like there is so much potential left for this story and these characters, and one season may not be enough to leave us satisfied.
Though that will be then, and this is now. As this final season kicked off they jumped right into the fallout from the events of season three. First off there was the mourning of Chief Henderson. This I enjoyed that they made consistent throughout the episode. This was a big loss last season, and it only made sense to show how things would be different moving forward without him. He was a close friend to Jefferson, he cared about the people, and he knew how to bring them together when it mattered. He even knew how to call bs within his department. From there we also could see how the removal of the Markovians once more created a power vacuum in Freeland. They also didn’t shy away from making sure we knew that the meta situation was not so quickly forgotten.
Which brings us to where we are now at with the Pierce family. This part right here hit hard because there was the way things ended last season, and then there’s where we find ourselves now with them. Just when you thought they were really coming together again, so quickly did things already fall apart. From one perspective you could understand why that tension exists between them, though from another perspective it was disappointing that after everything they have been through? It could be that easy for them to show such verbal hostility to one another. You get that this is drama, but at times you do expect more than what seems to be for the sake of it.
This includes the idea that when things get rough further down the series, Jefferson tends to duck and run. Quitting on people, quitting on himself, you hate to see it. Though if you were going to give him the benefit of the doubt, then it does make sense given his age and the years he has been a superhero. Meaning he has been there and experienced it all, well almost all of it. Though the key thing is the fact that he has been through the worst, and there’s only so many times you can keep dealing with it.
On a brighter note, it was cool to see how Thunder and Lightning came out of this. A more comfortable Jennifer with her powers, and an Anissa who is back to fighting crime in her Thunder suit is a great change. Couldn’t argue with that or the action they let us experience through them.
That said, I didn’t mind that they were quick to throw Tobias Whale back into the thick of it. He had his year away, and now he made his way to back to reclaim his seat of power. This time around he is definitely going to be the center of attention because you want to know where his endgame is. Whatever plan he has set into motion is going to be more ambitious than he ever has been before. Especially now that he has been able to fix whatever image problems he had before. It makes a big difference for characters like him to be able to work an angle with a clean slate.
It was nice to see that Gambi could find some better moments after what he went through in the previous season. Not acting as a dead man has opened up some new opportunities, and I do hope he gets more moments to do his own thing.
As for Lala, getting back to that power vacuum, it was obvious that he was going to be doing something, and that he was going to be up to no good. This time around there wasn’t anything too interesting going on with him because he is mostly serving as a plot device more than anything else. Didn’t see much from his struggling with his affliction either. You would think that for as bold as he gets, he would be walking on some eggshells not to add to the list of people who plague his mind when vulnerable.
Overall, I was impressed with the Black Lightning season four premiere. Some things did bother of course, but there’s a new world to step into given what Freeland survived in the Markovian war.