Seeing the initial information for The CW’s newest DC comic series, Black Lightning, I was a little skeptical. I’m a big fan of Cress Williams’ previous work (Friday Night Lights, Living Single, ER), but seeing him in the glowing super suit wasn’t really reassuring. Damn, was I wrong? The pilot episode of Black Lightning seemed like the CW took everything they learned from the success of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and crafted a nice 42-minute episode that was both action-packed and moving. The acting is topnotch, and the story was grounded in reality, keeping this superpowered hero on the street level without feeling unrelatable.
There’s a lot that could’ve gone wrong, being a show based in an African American microcosm. In the current social/political climate, it would be more than easy to go over the top and overdose on drugs, thugs, and police bashing. But the showrunners do a good job of presenting the current struggle in African American communities.. mainly showing how the people inside these communities are dealing with the aspects of drugs and violence and not just having a Black man in a costume swooping in and unrealistically cleaning up the streets.
Don’t get me wrong, this show is not perfect. No pilot is. There’s a lot they needed to fit into less than an hour of content. Establishing characters, plot, and leading the audience to tune in the following week. What I see is a very ground story about a former hero who’s trying to live his life, raise his family, but at the same time be a force for justice in his community. Saying Black Lightning is a take on The Dark Knight Returns can be argued. It’s going to be interesting seeing where the series is by the end of Season 1.
Who would’ve thought that Star Trek Discovery, the sixth official Trek television series would be so intriguing it’s first mid-season finale. The show that was initially mired in controversy and rumors from the moment it was announced, has turned out to be a quality show with an interesting premise. With its timeline sandwiched 100 years after Start Trek Enterprise and 10 years before the original Trek series, most Trek fans have been a little curious about what universe the series takes place in. Technology-wise, the show seems to suspiciously resemble J.J. Abrams Kelvin rebooted timeline in the current film franchise. Yet, the creators say that the show exists in the original Kirk timeline. The fact that CBS only has the rights to the tv franchise supports their answer. Paramount Studios has the rights to the movie franchise, so it would be interesting to find out if both media companies are allowed to play in each other’s sandbox.
As the series comes out of its mid-season finale, we find the U.S.S. Discovery, due to n apparent sabotage by the Captain, in the Mirror Universe. The alternate timeline where The Federation is known as the xenophobic warmongering Terran Empire has been a Trek tradition for most of its series (excluding TOS and Voyager). For a show that seemed to be a retconned tale of the Federation/Klingon War, this Universe jumping curveball has brought up some interesting ideas. Could the Discovery be from the original timeline, yet found a way to alter it, similar to Abram’s Kelvin Timeline? Even though there’s a 100-year gap, this has some ties to Star Trek Enterprise’s trip to the Mirror Universe? U.S.S. Defiant, the Constitution-Class ship from the original timeline that probably gave the Terran Empire it’s dominance, seems to be a focus of this adventure. We know in the future the resistance conquers the Terran Empire and becomes just as currupt. Could Discovery be the turning point of the Mirror War? All I know is I’m totally onboard with this show.
It’s not as good as the last two trailers, but it’s still slick enough to make you spend $10 on a ticket. A lot of riding on this movie. It’s the Wonder Woman of 2018 with a lot of Black people praying this predominant African superhero is given the same treatment as the others in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.