- Series Title: Black Lightning
- Season: Season 2
- Episodes: 16
- Discs: 3 (DVD)
- Network: CW
- Cast: Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, Christine Adams, James Remar, Damon Gupton
- Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC, R1
This review contains spoilers for Season 2 of Black Lightning.
Season 2 picks up where Season 1 of Black Lightning left off, with the death of Proctor and the exposure of Green Light as a Rogue Operation. Lynn gets a job working with the “pod kids”, some of whom have been in stasis since the original vaccine experiment from the 1980s and others who are recent kids exposed to Green Light. Agent Odell of the ASA is now in charge of the pods. Meanwhile, Jefferson loses his job as principal of Garfield High and returns to teaching. Inspector Henderson has figured out Jefferson is Black Lightning and Anissa is Thunder.
Lynn and Odell do not see eye to eye about the pod kids. Whereas Lynn is concerned about the children’s’ well-being and wants to care for them, Odell views them as weapons and tools. He even seems to believe the US is in a “meta-human arms race” with Markovia. However, even though Lynn and Odell do not agree, Odell cannot exclude Lynn entirely because he needs her expertise. However, he does force her to work with Dr. Jace another expert in Meta-humans who is also completely ruthless and uncaring.
Jennifer learns to come to terms with her powers throughout the season. She starts not wanting her powers and wanting nothing to do with being different. But when Anissa blurts out that she is Thunder and their father is Black Lightning at first Jennifer is hurt – she even runs away with her boyfriend. But eventually, Jennifer learns to accept herself and her powers. She even gets a suit by the end of the season. Jennifer’s boyfriend, Khalil returns and continues to text Jennifer and drop by to see her. At first, Jennifer pushes him away, but after finding out about Jefferson and Anissa – she and Khalil run away. Tobias Whale had pushed Khalil to kill the preacher, Rev. Holt because he was standing in the way of one of Whale’s business deals. But Khalil can’t kill an unarmed holy man. He warns Holt, who t first takes it as a threat. But Khalil, to his credit, explains that Whale wants Holt dead – not him, so he better leave. Because Khalil refused to execute the hit – Whale puts a price on his head. Khalil and Jennifer go on the run. Whale sends another assassin after them, named Cutter. Jennifer is forced to reveal her powers to Khalil which brings them closer together. Eventually, the two realize they can’t run forever – and they return to the Pierce household. Jefferson and Lynn convince Khalil to turn himself in and Inspector Henderson arranges for witness protection. Unfortunately, Cutter stops the caravan, kills everyone, and takes Khalil to Tobias Whale. Whale rips out Khalil’s artificial spine. A few episodes later Khalil dies.
Tobias Whale is back, and has a brief relationship with Cutter, his assassin – though, by the end of the season, he kicks her out. He also takes on a young hacker to get into Proctor’s briefcase. The hacker breaks the briefcase’s firewalls and eventually gets into the real information on the briefcase – four criminal metahumans, the Masters of Disaster, are stored in pods and hidden under Rev. Holt’s Free Clinic. The Hacker finds the location and then Tobias Whale breaks in and takes them. He also hires Dr. Jace, who by this point has gotten thrown off of Odell’s team. Jace helps Whale get the Masters of Disaster out of the pods. Whale, Jace, and Cutter also organize a raid on the ASA’s holding facility and steal as many of the pod kids as they can. When the Hacker is at the end of his usefulness – Whale has Cutter kill him.
Anissa also develops a secondary vigilante/hero persona, Blackbird, who steals from area drug dealers and other criminals and gives the money to Rev. Holt at the church for good causes such as fending off bids to buy the Free Clinic. Anissa also returns to her girlfriend, Grace, who suddenly disappears. Anissa spends the rest of the season looking for Grace. Unknown to her, Grace is some sort of metahuman, but we don’t know the exact details of her powers.
By the end of the season, Jefferson has torpedoed the opportunity to get his principal job back. Lynn has finally walked out of her job working with Odell since there are no kids left. Tobias is as powerful as ever. Jennifer is accepting her powers. And Anissa is balancing two superhero personas and her personal life (she’s still a med student too).
Read my Review of Black Lightning Season 1.