Previously on Black Lightning, “Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion”
Not to beat a dead mortician/drug dealer, but Black Lightning continues to shine when its villains are under pressure. This week, Tobias Whale’s alliance with the ASA is on shaky ground; he’s ready to fill Lady Eve’s shoes, but first he needs to bring Black Lightning to Martin Proctor — alive. Proctor figured out that Black Lightning must be a product of their vaccine; one who has not only survived, but learned to use his powers. The ASA wants to study the superhero and they can’t do that if he’s dead. Tobias, who very much wants Black Lightning dead, has to table his vengeance to get the job done. He has help in the form of the newly walking, newly loc’d Khalil, back from an ASA makeover.
It seems everyone keeps tippy-toe’ing around the fact that Jefferson Pierce high school principal is also Black Lightning. I thought Tobias had figured it out when he tasks Khalil with going to the school to start trouble, but Tobias only understood that if there’s one sure way to draw Black Lightning it’s to threaten the kids. Feeling some type of way from his tension-filled reunion with Jennifer, Khalil stomps around the school, blasting kids with ASA tech until Black Lighting and Thunder sashay to the rescue.
This leads to the Cyanide/Thunder face-off I didn’t know I wanted. Anissa put.in.work. Despite Cyanide figuring out it’s best to strike when Anissa is in between breaths, Anissa whupped that ass. Black Lightning holds his own against Tobias, until Khalil comes in for an assist and kills him. Thankfully, Jenn’s own lightning powers come in handy in resurrecting her father, and the sisters are able to get him out of the school safely and without blowing his cover.
Speaking of resurrections: It turns out that the person pulling Lala’s strings is none other than Tobias Whale. He activates his minion with a single phrase delivered over the phone, and keeps him in line with another. Lala seems to be struggling against the mind control so how long this will last is anyone’s guess.
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Black Lightning S1E12 Review Score
"The Resurrection and The Light: The Book of Pain"
Black Lightning – S1E12 – “The Resurrection and The Light: The Book of Pain” | 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