This Black Lightning article comprises spoilers by way of Season 4, Episode 10.
If it’s one factor the Pierces gone do, it’s survive. On final week’s episode of Black Lightning, Tobias switched on a meta-power nullifier whereas Black Lightning, Thunder, and Lightning have been every in compromising positions: JJ was flying when her powers ceased to work, so she went right into a freefall. She was prevented from turning into one with the pavement by a power subject bubble Gambi added to her swimsuit as a failsafe. Anissa was leaving the home of her colleague Darius, who she discovered lifeless, when somebody drove immediately towards her. Her powers stopped working earlier than she might cease the automobile, so Grace needed to deal with her out of the way in which to security. Jefferson misplaced his energy within the center of his combat with Ishmael, however he held his personal, and even managed to guard the police within the course of. Tobias could have slowed them down, however the Pierces can’t appear to lose.
It’s laborious to inform whether or not Black Lightning writers are getting ready us for an underwhelming finale, or lulling right into a false sense of safety by conserving the Pierces comparatively protected up thus far. But week after week, they persist. And week after week, their win feels increasingly assured. Lynn is instantly bailed out of jail by an legal professional, Keith, who’s—inexplicably—her ex. Jennifer blew up(!) then got here again—albeit altered—and has fallen from the sky so many occasions, it has develop into commonplace. I don’t need her to really fall to her loss of life, however I need the hazard to be actual. I need the heroes to win, however I need their victory to be hard-won. Putting the protagonists in disadvantageous conditions, solely to right away pull them out undermines them and cheats us. The Pierces shedding their meta talents ought to really feel like a devastating blow, not a minor inconvenience.
They all made do with out their powers, however they’re hell bent on getting them again. JJ electrocutes herself, which does efficiently reactivate her energy, then she foolishly decides to go to the ionosphere to cost up. She goes too excessive and virtually overcharges, once more, however TC is ready to information her again to security. But, a number of of her particles are left floating up there… ominously. Jennifer’s teenaged impetuousness has been irksome prior to now, however her habits this season seems like a regression. She frequently makes choices which have dangerous penalties and nonetheless refuses to make higher choices. That mentioned, I perceive why it’s so vital for her to get her powers again. Lightning is the one half of her that didn’t change, its intrinsic to her identification.