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    Black Lighting, Ep # 1.11: "Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion"

    Loved it, hated it? What did you think?

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    This is one of those times where they now use the superhero trope of using body doubles and the like to fool people into thinking that Jefferson Pierce and Black Lighting is two separate people.
    Cliche as that trope was, they managed to put their own spin on it.

    It starts out with Black Lighting and Thunder wrecking the hell out of ASA-owned buildings, while they're looking for the missing kids. Of course they don't find the kids but while they're looking for them the Kara launches her own anti-Black Lightning scheme. She instructs Deputy Chief Cayman, the corrupt mustachioed white guy at the top of Freeland PD, to plant Green Light on Jefferson Pierce and arrest him. It doesnít take long for the plan to go into action. The Pierce daughters finally return to Garfield High, but the day gets ruined for them when cops swarm the campus to turn Jeffersonís car and office inside out. Caymanís white detective sidekick plants Green Light in Jeffersonís car and then suddenly ďdiscoversĒ it shortly after; itíd be laughable if it wasnít so similar to some real-life stories of interactions with the police. The students of Garfield certainly recognize Jeffersonís set-up for what it is. They donít know about the superhero or government conspiracy angle; they just see white police dragging away another one of their fathers and community leaders. Like Jesus telling his disciples to put down the swords they drew in his defense, Jefferson spends his perp walk imploring students (including the superpowered Jennifer) to stay calm and protect themselves.

    Inspector Henderson can also tell somethingís fishy when Cayman and his crew bring Jefferson to police headquarters.He knows firsthand that Cayman is corrupt, having photographed him doing weird arms deals with ASA operatives, but he canít prove it yet. He and Cayman exchange a few looks that clarify they each see the other as an enemy.

    Gambi knows that a superpowered breakout would just make things worse, so he comes up with a different plan. With the help of a self-driving truck and some fancy new technology, he and Anissa are able to construct a realistic hologram of Black Lightning. First, Thunder draws a bunch of attention by walking down the street. Then, with all eyes on her, she breaks into a chase while the holographic Black Lightning materializes beside her. Now everyone in Freeland attests they saw Black Lightning in public while Jefferson Pierce was in prison. Even Kara is convinced. Kara and ASA cancels the planned trip to a black site, and calls off their interest in Jefferson Pierce for now.


    This gives Henderson the opportunity he needs. The inspector has been looking into corruption among his co-workers and finally has Caymanís sidekick dead to rights for taking massive bribes. Henderson gets him to admit planting the evidence, which means Jefferson is free to go. When Cayman protests, Hendersonís true plan becomes apparent. He slams Cayman against the wall, using the same aggressive force Cayman likes to deploy on all the poor people who end up in his custody. Thereís nothing like good karma.
    Cayman is arrested, jailed, and stripped of his badge, while Henderson becomes the new deputy chief of Freeland PD and promises an end to over-policing and corruption. Thatís a big promise, but after this episode, I am all in on Team Henderson. Letís hope he and Black Lightning can work together, Batman and Commissioner Gordon style, to make Freeland a safe place for all its citizens.

    My rating: 10/10
    Last edited by Aurora Moon; 04-04-2018 at 04:21 PM.

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