[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Director: Eric Laneuville
Writer: Pat Charles
Starring: Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Ann McClain, Christine Adams, James Remar, Damon Gupton and Marvin Jones III
SECRETS AND LIES – Black Lightning attempts to rescue several long-missing children, revealing a secret he did not anticipate, and its resulting connections. Gambi struggles to stay strong while in a compromising position. Jefferson begins to view things differently.
In this episode, Anissa discovers suspended bodies of children that had been taken over the last 3 years, which are all the missing children the story has been talking about since the second episode. This is one of the best uses of real history blended with fiction, as it mirrors, in some ways, the child murders that happened in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. This episode shows that Lala has more demons than just LaWanda, he also has Will, who haunts his every move, reminding him of his past sins and becoming a tattoo much like LaWanda. He may be proving to be the more dangerous adversary to Black Lightning than Tobias Whale.
Jennifer also finds out just how powerful she is in this episde. And the last positive is Kara, Jefferson’s assistant principal, who is working for ASA, giving the shadow organization bodies for harvesting powers, mostly through Green Light.
The appearance of the character of Two-Bits in this episode proves that he is a character we should see more of, as the actor playing the part leads one to believe that Two-Bits is more than just comic relief.
The lack of Tobias Whale in this episode proves to be a giant hole, as Marvin Krondon Jones has already made a major impact on the show.
This episode ups the ante as the show readies itself for some major showdowns in the coming weeks.