The women of 'Black Lightning' are raring to go as they talk of embracing their powers and creating their own stories in season 2
Following Jefferson's footsteps the women in 'Black Lightning' season 2 are setting out on their own paths to help solve the Green Light babies case.
The Pierce women are back to take up their responsibilities as they follow the footsteps of Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning, to find their own path. Season 2 of the CW comic-book show 'Black Lightning' has already hit the screens and as Jefferson struggles to maintain a balance between his family and the ongoing case of the Green Light babies, the women of the Pierce family are coming forward to play their respective roles in the time of crisis.
Season 1 had left all three women in quite vulnerable states. Lynn, played by Christine Adams, was initially cynical about her ex-husband, Jefferson getting back to the world with his powers. However, although she eventually did let go of the thought, she remained protective of her daughters, Anissa (played by Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (played by China Anne McClain) who have recently gained their own superpowers as Thunder and Blue Lightning. After committing a murder towards the end of Season 1, Lynn cannot trace her steps back and as a doctor but she is now determined to help the children who have succumbed to the Green Light drug.
Adams is pretty excited about her character finally breaking the stereotypical shackles of women being cast as the housewives to superheroes, and she explained that Lynn is setting out on an incredible journey where she will discover various aspects of herself. "I’ve always said, all of our characters are three-dimensional. I think everyone's journeys are interesting. While Lynn serves the purpose of being the caretaker, she is so much more. That's a credit to Salim [Akil, creator, and showrunner] because he unpacked where we could take her and what is she capable of. She's pretty much capable of anything. I think that's an interesting twist."
While Lynn is ready to join forces with her two daughters and former husband, her elder daughter Anissa who had quite easily adapted herself to her skills as Thunder will strive to strike a balance between her world as the savior and as the rescued. Being an activist she did resort to some untamed acts such as stealing from the drug lords to raise money for the campaign for the protection of her people. However, with her newly gained powers, Anissa has realized that she can do much better than stealing stuff. Nafessa explained, "She knows exactly what she wants, which is to save her community and walk in her purpose. She's doing that -- there's no question about that."
Nafessa continued to explain that in spite of being a smarter superhero, Anissa is someone who simply cannot avoid risks. "Anissa truly believes that her abilities are a gift, so she's just trying to get her sister on board. This season, I think meant to learn to balance it all, to not to be so caught up in just the superhero world and remember that she needs to have a life. She needs to find balance." However, unlike her sister, Lynn and Jeff's younger daughter, Jennifer found it hard to come to terms with her powers. As her powers grew out of her control, she resorted to complete seclusion worrying that society might turn against her if they knew that she is subhuman.
However, with Erika Alexander's character, Perenna (a therapist with telepathic abilities), coming in Season 2, Jennifer will get some help to deal with her powers and bring them under her control. McClain mentioned, "I really like the storyline and the fact that they are handling Jennifer's powers from the inside. They really dove in and worked on parts of her mind to make sure that she was level on the inside so that she would be able to control her powers. Jen has some pretty powerful abilities. At the beginning of Season 2, she is really upset because she went from having all of this freedom —she would go out with friends and go hang out with her boyfriend and stuff, and now she can't do any of that. Jefferson doesn't even want her at school."
'Black Lightning' returns to the CW network on October 30.