Black Lightning: Season 1 Reviews

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July 31, 2019
Through a good story, a great tapestry is offered to talk about all kinds of social issues. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 27, 2018
The need to get what I will refer to as "the message" out took away from what could have been an awesome pilot.
August 10, 2018
This episode was really a showcase for Williams. The sequence featuring his arrest and incarceration ran the gamut of emotions without being obvious or over the top.
June 26, 2018
The '70s Incredible Hulk TV show established a formula wherein the Hulk was guaranteed to show up twice per episode; the best superhero shows stick to some version of that. And Black Lightning is surely among the best.
May 11, 2018
Jefferson is still Black Lightning, but he is also Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Sandra Bland and every single black person who has ever known the fear of being black and confronted by the police for something you haven't done.
March 10, 2018
... it's already managed to distinguish itself not only from the Arrowverse (which includes shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl), but also from Marvel's Luke Cage, the series that's usually mentioned in the same breath.
February 23, 2018
The earnestness of the family-values messaging is often endearing, as expressed in fleet lines and long pauses...the violence does not rank as gratuitous because, as an action show, Black Lightning very much needs it.
February 20, 2018
It had that nice balance of being a super hero show, it was able to hit some current day issues, but it never got to the point of being too preachy.
February 14, 2018
It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it's refreshing to see this level of positive representation in the world of superheroes - not just for the hero himself, but for his family and the community he speaks for.
January 24, 2018
Just when you start to think the superhero genre has squeezed every last drop of magic juice from its countless movies, TV series and spinoffs, along comes Black Lightning...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2018
The escapism is augmented by a sincere attempt to tap into the social tensions convulsing the United States.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2018
For now, Black Lightning remains a welcome bright spot in the doldrums of January and an intriguing attempt to recharge superhero TV.
January 18, 2018
Black Lightning situates itself in the real world and acknowledges that America and all its social mores are still happening at all times, whether or not you're choosing to look. Like Luke Cage, but in a less preachy way than Luke Cage.
January 17, 2018
Black Lightning alters and even elevates the television superhero landscape in a welcome and necessary way.
January 17, 2018
Take a deeper look and you'll see a show that doesn't get lost in the fantasy of superhero television and takes the responsibility of portraying being black in America seriously.
January 17, 2018
Just as we were reaching superhero saturation on the big and small screens, here comes a highlight. worth rallying around.
January 17, 2018
Cress Williams is superb in the lead role, as Jefferson's power, like his anger, bubbles underneath the surface.
January 17, 2018
Black Lightning puts an emphasis on his community, making the show a welcome addition to The CW lineup specifically, and to superhero television as a whole.
January 17, 2018
Right now, Black Lightning is not only the most important superhero television show on the air, its already one of the most enjoyable, and I encourage fans who love the other CW comic book shows to do themselves a favor and check it out.
January 17, 2018
Black Lighting already seems to have a stronger sense of identity in one episode than some of the other CW superhero shows managed their freshman seasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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