When the villains are under pressure, the bad guys feel the heat. Lala pressuring Will led to the kidnapping of the Pierce sisters. Lady Eve threatening Tobias led to the shooting of Khalil. Now that Proctor has informed ASA spotter (posing as Garfield High’s vice principal) Kara Fowdy (Skye P. Marshall) that Black Lightning has been right under her nose the entire time, she has something to prove and that doesn’t bode well for Jefferson Pierce.
Fowdy (a.k.a VP Thristy) cannot allow herself to believe Jeff is Black Lightning, and her plan to disprove (or prove) Proctor’s claims involves framing her co-worker for drug possession. She pays Deputy Chief Cayman (Anthony Reynolds) and Detective Glennon (Faron Salisbury) to plant a massive amount of Green Light in Jeff’s car and fast-track a search warrant. Jeff is arrested for selling drugs in front of the entire study body, including his daughters.
This leaves the people without superpowers to step up to prove his innocence. Jenn and Anissa have to resist the urge to power their way into freeing their father; doing so would not only put them at risk as well, but confirm to the ASA that Jeff is Black Lightning. Gambi uses a Black Lightning hologram running through the streets of Freeland to trigger Jeff’s release, but it takes Henderson (Damon Gupton) outing the corrupt cops in his department to get the job done.
Solid episode this week. Even without “I see dead people” Lala there were plenty of laughs. I’m not always a fan of Nafessa Willaims’ acting, but she certainly embraces her Thunder persona and it’s always fun to see her strut in the costume and kick ass.
There’s always an episode or so two in a superhero show where the non-powered characters have to step up and prove there are other ways to solve problems, and it typically cements their roles within the team. Gambi has always been full of tech and tricks, but it was nice to see Henderson finally take on the corruption within the department by employing their own tricks against them. Though, now that he’s got a promotion, I worry for his safety.
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Black Lightning – S1E11 – “Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion” | Starring: Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin ‘Krondon’ Jones III, Damon Gupton, James Remar, William Catlett, Gregg Henry, Jill Scott, Chantal Thuy, Skye P. Marshall