'Black Lightning' Season 2: Of "consequences" and breaking stereotypes

Last season saw Anissa embracing her superpowers and Jennifer having trouble with hers. This season will see Jennifer growing "into being a superhero, and being more responsible".


                            'Black Lightning' Season 2: Of "consequences" and breaking stereotypes

The second season of the CW show 'Black Lightning' premieres on October 9 with the episode “The Book of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies.”

Unlike season 1, where individual episodes were titled after a particular book -- “The Book of Resurrection,” “The Book of Redemption,” “The Book of Hope” etc -- this season has a different mode of naming the episodes, with all the episodes being filed under one book -- "The Book of Consequences."

The last season revolved around the backstory of the old gen heroes like Jefferson Pierce, Lynn Stewart, and Peter Gambi, while giving us glimpses of the new gen's -- Anissa and Jennifer's-- origin.

It provided us an insight into their lives, their relationships and the strong bond that they share. While season 1 showed us the team of Pierce, Stewart, and Gambi, season 2 will deal with the fallout and the results of the events of season 1, reported Hypable



 

The official synopsis of “The Book of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies” reads:

"Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) and his family may have survived Tobias’s (Marvin Jones III) attack, but they’re not out of the woods yet. Concerned for the safety of Garfield’s students, the board considers a motion to shut down the school, forcing Jefferson to go to Napier Frank (guest star Robert Townsend) to sway the vote. Jennifer (China Anne McClain) struggles with her powers and her actions have unforeseen repercussions. Meanwhile, Anissa (Nafessa Williams) finds a new way to give back to Freeland. Lastly, Lynn (Christine Adams) continues her quest much to the dismay of Agent Odell (guest star Bill Duke)."

Though season two will be airing six months after the last season, for the residents of Freeland only a week's time has passed. Cress Williams, who plays Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning, told Digital Spy that the second season will be dealing with the aftermath of April's finale, "Shadow of Death: The Book of War."

"The things that happened in season one... we in a sense wake up [in season two] and try to proceed as normal, and are confronted with all the consequences and all the things that have changed," Williams hinted. "So there's a lot of repercussions to come."

Which makes us wonder about one of the repercussions: Deputy chief Henderson (Damon Gupton), finding out the reality of his good friend Jefferson. Gupton told Digital Spy, "He has to, at some point. Definitely. You can't pull that ruse too long." He added, "And when [Henderson] finds out his friend is Black Lightning, should that happen, he has nobody. No ally at all."

Jordan Calloway has become a regular in the series and will be seen as the super-villain Painkiller, which will complicate his other character's -- Khalil's -- relationship with Jennifer, played by China Anne McClain.

McClain said, "Part of her hates him, because he 'killed' her father, basically," referencing the events of episode 1x12, which saw Khalil strike Black Lightning in the chest and stop his heart. But Khalil doesn't know that Black Lightning's her father, he doesn't know she has superpowers, so a lot of these emotions that she's feeling, and this anger, he's confused about where it's even coming from." 

McClain added, "But deep in her heart, I feel like she does have time for him. They were friends before they got into a relationship, so... you're going to see more interaction between the two of them."



 

Last season focused on how Anissa (Nafeesa Williams) embraced her superpowers and how Jennifer couldn't handle hers. This season will see Jennifer growing "into being a superhero, and being more responsible".

According to showrunner Salim Akil, also the writer and director, this season on the whole will have "bridge-building" as a theme.

"One of the biggest stereotypes that is out there is that all white people are rich and doing great," Akil said. "This season, what we want to show is that it's one of the [most] hurtful stereotypes... aside from the stereotypes of African-Americans and Latinos, that is one of the worst stereotypes, because what it tends to do is divide us."

Akil added, "If we could find those common grounds and see that we're all suffering and dealing with the same shit: crack, opioids, 'I need a better job', 'I need a better school and better education'... so going into this new season, we're gonna debunk that stereotype."