'Black Lightning's' China Anne McClain explains what could be next for Jennifer
At some point in the season, Jennifer might visit metahuman therapist Perenna, played by Erika Alexander. Could she be soon suiting up as her comic counterpart, Lightning?
Season two of 'Black Lightning' premiered on October 9 and we saw Jennifer Pierce, played by China Anne McClain, trying to deal with her powers.
In the last episode, Jennifer addressed the fallout of her using her powers in the season finale, along with the recent social unrest due to the "Green Light Babies". As the episode proceeds, Jennifer gets more conflicted with her emotions and powers, amid which she ends up hurting her mother Lynn, played by Christine Adams.
While this was going on, Keisha, played by Kyanna Simone Simpson, said something negative about the Green Light Babies, which set Jennifer off. Jennifer then locked herself in her room, with an aura of orange energy surrounding her. In this state of confusion, Jennifer explains to her father, Jefferson, played by Cress Williams, that she doesn't know how to turn the energy off, though it's not hurting her.
This is a very powerful moment in the episode, which reflects upon the growth of McClain's character over the course of the series. McClain had explained to reporters during a recent set visit, the manifestation of her powers represents a pretty major emotional moment for her.
"[It] kind of strains her relationship with everybody who doesn't know what she's going through," McClain revealed. "You know what I'm saying? It strains her relationship with her family, let alone all of the people that she can't tell what's going on with her. There's just a really big disconnect. And in true friendships and in a sisterhood like that, part of it is being able to tell them things and to reveal things to them. But that's just something that you can't. You have to keep it to yourself. At least, that's how Jennifer feels, because she feels like, 'They might think I'm a freak.' Kiesha might run away from me and never come back, and she doesn't want that. She doesn't want that for Kiesha, she doesn't want that for Khalil," added McClain as reported by Comicbook.
At some point in the season, Jennifer might visit metahuman therapist Perenna, played by Erika Alexander, who could she be soon suiting up as her comic counterpart, Lightning?
"Part of her feels like she should step up, but that's also why she's so mad that she has powers," McClain explained. "'Cause she's like, "I shouldn't feel like this. I shouldn't feel forced to step up because my sister has fully accepted it... I shouldn't feel like this. I'm sixteen.' But I definitely think that part of her feels that way. She feels the responsibility to step up, put her suit on, and get her butt out there and help. And she will, eventually," clarified McClain.
We might have to gear up to know what's exactly going down in Freeland in the next few episodes.