Black Lightning Season 2 Episode 3, “The Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowry,” brings a little more superhero action to the forefront. This season hasn’t been boring in any way, but it is a bit of a relief to see the main man back in action.
Even though he is mainly interrogating the criminals, it is still a step in the right direction. The show was starting to feel like an updated version of Heroes. This isn’t a bad thing per se, just a different vibe from when the show debuted.
Speaking of debuts, we finally get to see the man who is taking the place of Jefferson Pierce as principal. Unfortunately, all we get is a glimpse of Lowry before he rushes off the screen. It isn’t enough time to judge this character.
He comes off rude and judgmental to Jefferson Pierce, but that doesn’t mean he is completely a bad guy. After all, he is picking up the pieces that Jefferson has left behind. Plus, I’m sure he realizes the amount of scrutiny he is under.
This is enough to put anybody in a bad mood!
It will be interesting to see how this scenario plays out. Will Lowry be a constant thorn in Jefferson’s side? Hopefully, it won’t be so cut and dry.
I’m hoping they become more like frenemies — bringing the best out in each other. This will give a more interesting dynamic, as the show becomes more diverse.
We all work better together, than we ever will against each other.
The thing that strikes me odd about it all, is the choice to name the episode after the new character. With less than ten minutes onscreen, he makes very little impact on the episode.
Lowry’s position aside, we all know where Tobias and Painkiller stand.
These two seem to be forming a family of their own, as Tobias continues to groom Khalil to become Syonide’s replacement.
Whale structures himself as a father figure to the misguided Khalil, and he feels trapped into doing everything Whale says.
This is obviously a toxic relationship. It is a great contrast to the Pierce family dynamic. Although, not everything that Jefferson and Lynn do are always spot on — their love shines through with every effort.
Tobias however, really has no love for Khalil. He only wants to use him as a sidekick or bodyguard — something Jefferson would never do to his daughters.
Jefferson would rather not have his family by his side in the moment of danger. He only puts up with it, so that they aren’t doing it by themselves in the back alley. This is the true role of a father — to come alongside his children and help them find their own path.
Jefferson: This is not the life I want for you.
The path Anissa is currently taking, seems to be working well for her and the church. There is no way this is going to work long-term. Gambi foreshadows this in their discussion at the lair.
I really can’t imagine things going on much longer in this way. Something is going to break. Maybe a criminal will get a lucky shot, or Anissa will bite off more than she can chew.
Who am I kidding — she has already done that! I just hope that it isn’t the innocent churchgoers that have to pay the price for her actions.
Her sister’s actions are still under the watchful eyes of her parents.
Jennifer’s lax house arrest seems strange, knowing her rebellious streak. She likes the approval of her parents, but she doesn’t always need it the way Anissa seems to.
I wonder if it would be more intriguing, if Jen was the one playing Robin Hood, instead of Anissa.
This would help Jen discover herself, without being under her father’s thumb. It would also make for an exciting delve into the questionable morals this story arc creates.
Anissa always seems to take the moral high ground, so it seems to make more sense for Jen to meddle in the gray areas.
Sorry, just pondering.
I’m sure the direction they are headed will have an interesting outcome, nonetheless.
Just like the capture of Tobias, there is sure to be more going on than what it seems.
What did you think of this episode of Black Lightning? Do you like the parallels being drawn between all the characters? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Black Lightning airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.
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