The Pierce Family Falls Apart In A Look At Next Week’s Black Lightning

by Erik Amaya


With the crisis in South Freeland resolved, Black Lighting begins a new book, “The Book of Rebellion.” An appropriate title considering it begins with Jennifer (China Anne McClain) and Khalil (Jordan Calloway) leaving Freeland in defiance of her parents. Of course, there’s plenty of good reason for Khalil to find a new home; he’s running from Tobias’s (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III) abusive tendencies. Not that this will matter to Jefferson (Cress Williams), who appears to drive Anissa (Nafessa Williams) away in this preview of next week’s show.

And really, the tactics of the Pierce parents had to come under scrutiny eventually. Their attempts to protect Jennifer led directly to her letting Khalil back into her heart and a desire to flee from a house which had become a prison. It’s also why Anissa has rarely appeared as Thunder this season and is seeking another home dynamic with Grace (Chantal Thuy). The fallibility of parents is something these shows rarely tackle; except as simple one-episode plot points. Hopefully, Black Lightning will give the issue an entire book before allowing the Pierces to establish some sort of accord.

Black Lightning airs Tuesdays on The CW.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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