Black Lightning Season 2 Episode 14 The Pierce Family Has a Day

first_imgRevenge is not the answer. #BlackLightning— Black Lightning (@blacklightning) March 5, 2019It turns out Earl’s death is a bit of a sore spot for Jefferson. Like Lala, he also suspects he’s somehow responsible for the kid’s death. With Jeff’s help, Lala puts things together. The 100 was coming up at the time. Not the force they are now, but coming up. They were hassling Earl, who came to Jefferson for advice. Jeff told him to go to the cops. We’ve known what bad advice that is in Freeland since Episode One. Sure, Henderson is a good cop, but there are plenty of racists in the Freeland PD, who hold a barely veiled contempt for the people they’re supposed to protect. The cops Earl went to did nothing, and Earl ended up dead.This episode was a little light on action, but the few fight scenes we did get got real weird. The first wasn’t so much a fight between Jefferson and Lala, as it was between Lala and his ghosts. He’s about to kill Jefferson, but LaWanda knocks the gun from his hand. Jeff grabs the gun and looks on in confusion as Lala yells at and starts kicking the air. He disassembles the weapon and shows Lala a photo of Earl. That brings all his memories flooding back. Earl was targeted by the Tobias because he was trying to go straight. Lala was trying to movie up in the underworld, and killed his best friend himself, on Tobias’ orders. He leaves Jeff alone, resolving to kill Tobias. Then, he thinks, he can finally gain redemption and die. We’ll see how that works out in the coming weeks. When he does confront Tobias, Earl will be with him. Accepting responsibility for Earl’s death made a new tattoo appear on Lala’s stomach. This episode reminded us just how interesting a character Lala really is. I’m glad we get to see more of him this season.James Remar as Gambi and China Anne McClain as Jennifer — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CWMeanwhile, Jenn, Anissa and Lynn are putting together Jenn’s super suit. At this point, she’s going to be rushing into battle to kill Tobias anyway. They need to make sure she’s safe. We get some great comedy early on with Jenn’s disappointment in her suit’s aesthetics. Along with some good-natured ribbing of their dad’s first suit. “George Clinton called and he wanted it back.” It’s an old joke, but it got a laugh out of me. It’s a welcome moment of levity in a show that can often get much too serious. Jenn does eventually come around to the safety over style argument, but only after a scare. Gambi shows her a prototype of a suit that looks good and will hopefully keep her safe. It fails hard in the test chamber, though. As Jenn shows off her moonwalking skills, she light some painful sparks beneath her feet. I guess that’s one way to teach a teenager patience. Lynn’s comment about liking Jenn’s change of heart has to sting a bit, though.As much fun as Anissa’s having helping Gambi design Jenn’s suit, she’s a little preoccupied with finding Grace. Jenn convinces her to go looking for her because she knows what it’s like to lose someone you love. Jenn doesn’t want anyone else in her family to go through that if they don’t have to. The family dynamic here, as it often does on this show, really makes the episode work. It ties all these disparate stories together, and adds emotional stakes to each one. With Gambi’s help, Anissa tracks down Grace’s last known location. Instead of the Grace she knows, she’s greeted by an old man instead. The man tells her to leave, warning her ther’ll be trouble if she doesn’t. When he closes the door, we see him turn into Grace. So Grace is a shapeshifter. That’s interesting.Nafessa Williams as Anissa and China Anne McClain as Jennifer — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CWAnissa doesn’t get to find that out just yet, though. She comes back in her Thunder suit and breaks in. There she finds a dead deer, and… I don’t even know what to say about that. All I know is we’d better get some kind of explanation for that next week, show. For now, we get our second super weird fight of the episode. Anissa fights Grace, who she thinks is an old man and who can withstand even her thunder blasts. The choreography is a lot of fun here, and leans into the weirdness. I didn’t expect to be watching a young woman and an old man throw couches at each other and run on walls, but here we are. Old Guy Grace manages to escape out the window though, allowing us to absorb whatever the hell it was we just watched.Even Lynn can’t escape what’s essentially just a really bad day for the entire family. She didn’t get hurt or injured like the rest of her family, but she was forced to watch it happen to someone else. The ASA’s ultimate goal for rehabilitating the pod kids becomes terrifyingly clear. As she’s testing one girl’s powers, Agent Odell admonishes her for going too slow. He makes it clear he plans to use these kids as weapons of war. Lynn is clearly horrified, and no amount of “keep the country safe” rhetoric is going to change her mind. Which is why she soon finds herself locked out of the testing chamber. She’s forced to watch as Odell nearly kills the girl as she begs him to stop. As much as Lynn wants to save these kids, it’s looking less likely that she’ll be able to with every episode. It’s been a crazy day for the entire Pierce family. Stream the latest #BlackLightning NOW:— Black Lightning (@blacklightning) March 5, 2019Each character had a short, complete and largely tragic story, but what really made this episode satisfying was how it brought everyone together at the end. They gather in the kitchen, each pouring themselves something to drink (except, of course, for the underage Jenn). As they all repeat to each other, it’s been a day. No one wants to go into specifics, but there’s a mutual understanding that they’ve all been through it. After all that, it feels so good to watch them sit around the table and laugh together. It’s a relief that they spend the evening eating pizza and taking selfies rather than discussing the exact events of their day. That’s probably a good thing, as they’re secretly being recorded. Odell installed secret cameras in the Pierce house to keep an eye on them. And he killed the engineers so no secrets would get out. What’s he really after here?We only have two episodes left in the season. Man, that went by fast. It’s a little strange to see so much introduced with only two hours left to make it pay off. Grace’s shapeshifting, Lala’s mission to kill Tobias and Agent Odell spying on the Pierces? That’s a lot. But hey, if there’s one thing we know Black Lightning can do, it’s pack a ton of action and story into a short amount of time.Black Lightning airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on The CW.Previously on Black Lightning:Black Lightning Season 2 Episode 12 RecapBlack Lightning Season 2 Episode 11 RecapBlack Lightning Season 2 Episode 10 Recap Sometimes these ensemble CW shows can get a bit too overstuffed. When each character has their own separate story going on, some episodes don’t give all of them enough time to be satisfying. Either they end up feeling like nothing happened, or they just stop on an unsatisfying note after teasing a major development. Last night’s Black Lightning could have ended up that way. By keeping things relatively simple, it avoided the problem of some stories not being given enough time. It also tied everything together at the end, giving us a roadmap for the rest of the season. This really was one particularly eventful day in the lives of each Pierce family member. (That’s saying something.)Lala’s back. It’s been a while since we checked in with this dude. He’s still carrying the tattoos of everyone he kills on his body. At the outset, it looks like Jefferson’s about to be next. Lala walks through the school carrying a gun after everyone but Jeff has left. They throw some quotes back and forth because as Lala points out, he was a good student. It’s just that Jeff wasn’t his only teacher. Lala shoots Jeff in the shoulder and starts demanding answers. He starts talking about a voice that keeps telling him to confront his past. That voice has Lala convinced that Jeff killed his old friend Earl. He wants to know why. The entire scene, apparitions of LaWanda and Will who play angel and devil respectively. Each try to convince him to either spare or kill Jefferson. Will is convinced, along with Lala, that Jefferson killed Earl. LaWanda wants him to find answers before blasting off. Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week’Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War Stay on targetlast_img read more

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