Black Lightning:

The Complete First Season                 review by Bobby Blakey

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DC has not only been knocking it out of the park with their animated films, but also with their TV shows including Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. This past season they unleashed a new hero on the CW Network with Black Lightning starring Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nefasa Williams, James Remar, and Marvin ‘Krondon’ Jones III. Could this new addition to the DC small screen Universe stand tall along the others or will it short circuit before it gets started?

Black Lightning follows Jefferson Pierce, a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him, but with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community. I was never a big fan of the character so wasn’t sure if I was going to connect to the show much, but have to admit once again they have delivered.

Currently this series stands on its own away from the other shows on the CW which is a good thing as it allowed it to set the tone and create its own world. It still works well enough to easily blend with the others which I am sure will happen eventually, but even if it doesn’t still works. The idea of the story kicking off with him already retired from being the character is a great fresh direction for the genre here and lets you get deeper into the character to learn about his past and current life. They have injected a family dynamic to make him have more to lose as the character now and make no mistake they are fully involved in every way possible. This is the only part that gets old about these shows where everyone either gets powers or knows about them all. I would like to see just one of these superhero shows where they don’t reveal themselves to so many people or everyone has powers, but of course then who would they fight.

This show not only offers up all the superhero fun and action you could want it deals with some very real topics that most avoid. The effects for the powers are well done and they use them in some creative ways that makes it stand out more than I thought it would. It took me a couple of episodes to really get invested, but by the end I was all in and really dig this new addition to the DC line up. This release not only includes all 13 episodes of the first season, but also bonus content including a gag reel, deleted scenes, Georgia PSAs and featurettes taking you behind bringing this show to life.

Grab your copy of Black Lightning: The Complete First Season when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 26th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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