Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Lawanda: The Book of Hope

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Black Lightning is back. 

On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 2, Jefferson continued to try and keep the mean streets of Freeland safe from The 100, and it paved the way for him to suit up once again. 

A Tense Moment - Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 2

This time, however, he has the intention of doing so again. You can't blame the man for wanting to use his abilities for the greater good. It's not like anyone else is stepping up to the challenge and saving anyone. 

I was shocked to the core when Lawanda was killed. She was poised to be reunited with her daughter, but Black Lightning seems intent on playing with expectations. 

Maybe I'm putting comparing it too much to the lighter DC fare on The CW, and that's why I'm finding it to be such a fresh and exciting approach to the superhero genre. 

It is not a show in which the killer is brought to justice at the end of the episode. While Lala may have gotten his comeuppance, he was killed off brutally -- after he was arrested. 

I Surrender! - Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 2

It seems that Tobias Whale has people all around town he can turn to in a time of need. Lala was a loose end for him, and with Will already taken care of, he knew taking out Lala was the best foot forward. 

For much of the hour, however, Lala was all about tying up his own loose ends. It was inevitable that Jennifer and Anissa were going to be the last loose ends to tie up when everyone else got killed. 

That's why Jefferson had to suit up. The death of Lawanda weighed heavy on him and proved what a great person he is. He was in denial that Black Lightning was only back for a short-term gig. 

I Care - Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 2

Deep down, it's evident Lynn cares deeply for Jefferson, but at the same time, she knows she cannot be with him when he's out fighting crime. As she so perfectly put it on Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 1, he was addicted to saving people. 

He would help people at the drop of a hat and fail to think of the repercussions for himself. If you watch Black Lightning online, you already know that Jefferson finds himself in some crazy states after suiting up. 

I don't see any scenario in which Lynn gets back into a relationship with her ex while he still has the aspirations of cleaning up Freeland. 

I enjoyed Lynn's debate with Gambi. The two are never going to agree because they are both stubborn. Lynn wants Jefferson to stay safe, while Gambi wants Jefferson to do what he does best: Help people. 

A Graduation Photo - Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 2

Lynn storming out is not going to change Jefferson's mind. He's tired of letting people get murdered because he does not want to hurt his nearest and dearest by suiting up. 

Anissa had much less material during "Lawanda: The Book of Hope," but we got a much better insight into her character. Her girlfriend, Chenoa seems intent on helping Anissa work through whatever is going on with her. 

Anissa knows something is going on with her, and I was surprised at just how soon she revealed all about the incident with the sink. While the scene with the drug store was predictable, it's cool that she's harnessing her powers. 

That said, the video of her throwing the robber across the pharmacy is likely going to go viral. That's not going to go down well with those closest to her when it appears on the news. 

Bonding - Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 2

Then there's Jennifer, who was struggling to put the past behind her. She was placed in an unimaginable situation, so it makes perfect sense that she would struggle to get over it. 

The addition of Jordan Calloway as Khalil was welcome. The character is the polar opposite of the one he plays on Riverdale, and it's apparent he is ready to leave Freeland behind. 

He and Jennifer became a thing, and he was quick off the mark to point out that drinking alcohol in school was wrong. Will he be able to keep her out of trouble, or is this just the beginning of more troubling times for the teenager?

"Lawanda: The Book of Hope" was a stellar follow-up to the show's successful series premiere. It's still fresh, exciting and shocking. 

Other tidbits from the episode:

  • Did Henderson already know that Jefferson was Black Lightning? There was a distinct look he gave at the motel that made it seem as though he knew the truth. 
  • Is Kara trying to be too friendly with Jefferson? It seems like she may have some feelings for him. 
  • That kid who shot the blood on Jennifer needs to go. 
  • Lawanda recording her own murder was sad, but it made sense. She knew the odds and used them to her advantage. 

Over to you, Black Lightning Fanatics. What did you think of the episode? Should Jefferson take Lynn's concerns on board or not? Will Anisa reveal all about her powers to the family?

On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 3, Jefferson will continue to question whether Freeland needs a hero while Anissa's powers will continue to grow stronger. 

Have a look at the full teaser below. 

Black Lightning continues Tuesdays on The CW!

Lawanda: The Book of Hope Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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