Lawanda: The Book of Hope
Black Lightning Season 1



Critic Ratings: 12
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Episode Info

As the community struggles with the violence surrounding them, a glimmer of hope appears: Is Black Lightning back? Lynn Stewart, noticing the changes in the community, is also left wondering. While Jefferson Pierce struggles with his decision, Gambi urges him to take up the mantle once more and return to life as Black Lightning. Anissa and Jennifer try to deal with the aftermath of their jolting experience.


Cress Williams
as Jefferson Pierce
Christine Adams
as Lynn Stewart
Nafessa Williams
as Anissa Pierce
China Anne McClain
as Jennifer Pierce
James Remar
as Peter Gambi
Damon Gupton
as Henderson
Marvin Jones III
as Tobias Whale
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Critic Reviews for Lawanda: The Book of Hope

It's Blaxploitation for the new millenium and I've ever seen anything quite like it.

Aug 27, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Only two episodes in and Black Lightning is already establishing itself as one of the best superhero shows on TV. Its unapologetic blackness both celebrates and lectures the culture while never losing sight of its comic book origins.

Aug 15, 2018 | Full Review…

If this episode taught us anything it's that the show is undeniably concerned with tug and pull of love and heroism.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

It's groundbreaking on every level. It's so rare to see women of color in this way.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

The writing continues to keep the story grounded in real-world scenarios and the methodical development of the supporting cast is also worthy of praise.

Mar 12, 2018 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

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

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

I am already loving the fact that Jefferson's best friend in real life is his enemy as a vigilante. Delicious comic book fun.

Mar 9, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode alone racked up quite a body count, but I'm most interested to see how Jefferson's dynamic with the police evolves now that he's fully back as Black Lightning.

Mar 12, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Lawanda: The Book of Hope was an encouraging second episode that shows Black Lightning's mature and complex look at family and responsibility. We need more of this please.

Mar 12, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

One of the things I love most about Black Lightning is its humor.

Mar 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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