Review: Black Lightning 1×08 – “The Book of Revelations”

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Director: Tanya Hamilton

Writers: Jan Nash

Starring: Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Ann McClain, Christine Adams, James Remar, Damon Gupton and Marvin Jones III



Jefferson works with Anissa to help find information to clear Black Lightning’s name. Jennifer begins interning for Lynn. Meanwhile, Gambi finds himself in a precarious situation.


In this episode, Jefferson begins training Anissa, which plays out as a cool montage. He starts to pass on his knowledge of how to be a superhero as she is determined to head back out on the streets using her powers. This is a rather different scenario from what we’ve seen played out on television before, as in most cases, the seasoned superhero is usually overbearing, but Black Lightning is actually teaching Anissa.

We also get to see more of the revived Lala with Lawanda imprinted in his mind and body, as she provides an inner monologue to Lala’s troubled mind, one I feel is going to play out once Tobias catches wind of his reappearance. In another scene, Jennifer finds out from a friend who almost gets into an accident, that she also has powers, as she sears a poster and leave burn marks on her cell phone. This is another exciting development for the show as we will soon see the three members of the Pierce family become who we know them to be in the comics and cartoons.

The last positive, and probably the most paramount to the entire show, is Gambi’s and Jefferson’s talk about who Gambi really is, and what brought him to Freeland in the first place. This leaves the two compatriots at a crossroads going forward that may not be able to be resolved.


The pacing seems a bit off in this particular episode, as the fact-finding mission that Jefferson and Anissa go on drag for a bit.



This episode gives the audience more questions, and looks to give much bigger surprises. Definitely give this show a watch if you haven’t already started.