I think everyone thought Black Lightning was going to be cheesy. It was the suit. A character in the story comments that the Black Lightning looks like a member of Parliament and that was it.
So Jefferson Pierce, former Olympic gold medalist, who returned home and became a high school principal only after he was marked by police as a vigilante as he fought street crime and hasn't used his powers in 9 years. Raising two daughters and hopeful that his absence from crime fighting will woo his wife back to him.
In episode one, The Resurrection, I knew it was a wrap when we hit quotes by MLK, Fannie Lou Hamer a Harriet Tubman reference and a black man dressed in a suit, driving a nice car being pulled over by the police and all of that was before the first commercial break!
The use of the gang, The 100, is meh. How many gang stories will we have to endure? Though, I let this one pass because the gang gets us to Tobias Whale, who I for one am soooo fascinated by. He is played masterfully by Marvin "Krondon" Jones III. That's a bold claim after just a few uttered words, but his performance in those few moments was delicious.
Speaking of delicious, it's good to see Cress Williams aka Scooter! It's not his first foray into the genre and with so much of the story on his shoulders (until his daughters take more of the lead) it was a phenomenal pilot. Another cast member whose no stranger to the genre is Christine Adams who plays Jefferson's estranged wife Lynn. She's one of my favorite brit actresses and alum of my loves, Pushing Daisies and Doctor Who. She's a marvelous actor and I'm even more confident that the show will be great with her inclusion.
I'm anxious to see what they do with the story. It was such a strong opening and so much chocolate! Episode #2 is tomorrow...we shall see if it lives up to the anticipation brought on by the pilot.
A lot was revealed in Episode 12: Vaulting Ambition. One that changes everything I thought about the show. I always liked it, knowing that I was in the minority, but now I love it. Things were revealed that changed everything I thought I knew about the one character in particular and the realization that there were bread crumbs and Easter eggs beginning in episode 2 is an scintillating betrayal.
I've said from the beginning that I liked the show and its new approach to telling a Star Trek story. Typically, Star Trek is very episodic, with new stories alongside a cast of developing characters. Discovery is a serial in story and character development and both are very well written. The deception is so well laid throughout the series that I'm tempted to start the series over!
Stamets' story was interesting. I kept waiting for mirrored Stamets to shoot or attack Federaton Stamets. I enjoyed seeing Dr. Culber again, though its always awkward to see (spoiler) people come back from the dead. And though I feel bad for Lt. Tyler, I love his Klingon accent. Is he the same actor who played Voq in the beginning? I guess so! Now, that's impressive.
There are only three episodes left and a few places that this story can go from here. Here are some non-spoilery questions...Will they make it home? Can people change? Can they change even after a fascinating medical procedure (that I only barely understand)? Which captain will prevail? Will Michael want to go home? I'm definitely excited to see where it goes and hopeful that season two will be able to be just as well written and unpredictable.
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In 2005, film maker and director Reginald Hudlin, wrote and with John Romita Jr. (penciler) produced Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther, for Marvel. In 2011, BET brought Black Panther the animated series...and we got this amazing theme song. OH, and Storm, we got Storm.