(Minor Spoilers: Read at your own discretion)
CW's Black Lightning is off to an electrifying start since it's premier.
And the second episode left many viewers shook as Black Lightning establishes itself as a cut above many of the CW's cookiecutter shows.
In it's raw and unapologetic portrayal of the reality that is the lives of many Black people today, this is one series that keeps you hooked with plenty of jawdropping moments.
Following the heart-racing rescue of his two daughters, it's very obvious that the safety of his family and the city weigh heavily upon the mind of Jefferson Pierce (aka, Black Lightning). As a father, he is conflicted with risking the safety of his family against doing something to save the city he loves.
This causes contempt between Jefferson, and his intelligent and beautiful wife, Lynn; both of whom seek to reconcile, however Lynn is understandably terrified of letting him (and his family) return to such a life.
However, more and more people cry out that Black Lightning is needed; and one voice screams that she will take matters into her own hands, by rescuing her daughter from the clutches of the criminal organization The Hundred.
However, cruel and merciless head hancho, La-La seeks to silence Jefferson and his daughters for their roles in the kidnapping central to the pilot episode; something that doesn't sit too well with our hero. In a glaringly poor show of almost offensive bad judgement, Jefferson chooses to confront La-La on his own turf during a motorbike show.
It goes as well as to be expected for Jefferson who refuses to use his powers.
Unfortunately for La-La, the real BAMF in running the show, Tobias, is very displeased with how La-La has been running things. The guillotine comes down full speed on La-La, upon learning there are some acts of cruelty that even Tobias himself won't stand for.
Viewers see how the trauma of the kidnapping affects the physical, mental, and emotional health of Jefferson's daughters, Jennifer and Anissa.
It's unfair for anyone to feel annoyance or anger towards Jennifer's acting out with her constant daydrinking and smoking habit; she's she's simply traumatized and turning to some very unhealthy coping mechanisms to help her deal with what's she been through.
It's a moment that screams volumes in accurately portraying the progression of every "angry Black woman" who are simply unheard victims of the trauma they have endured in life.
Anissa's experiences (among other matters) are shown to affect not only her romantic relationship, but her ability to sleep and focus.
And while it's strongly hinted at in the pilot episode that Jefferson might not be the only one in the family with powers; it's fully confirmed by episode two's end we're about to see a major shift in Anissa's role come future episodes.
Black Lightning appears on the CW every Tuesday at 9|8 central