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.