The superhero reveals on the CW have returned for 2021, and with them come all the same old cliches. Good guys combating unhealthy guys, a number of particular results, and, after all, the blatant liberal agenda. The Black Lightning season 4 premiere does all that with a scene that promotes the Black Lives Matter narrative and the return of the previous MAGA therapy. Specifically, that solely unhealthy guys ever need to make something “nice once more.”
The February 8 premiere “The E book of Reconstruction: Chapter One” begins roughly one 12 months after the earlier season finale. After each the militia takeover and the foreign invasion, the fictional metropolis of Freeland has seen higher days. Nonetheless, the residents quickly obtain assist from an surprising supply: former corrupt politician and Black Lightning’s enemy Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III).
Regardless of beforehand being apprehended by the federal government, Whale’s again to “make Freeland nice once more.” For sure, Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning (Cress Williams) and his household usually are not comfortable about it.
Reporter: In an unique interview by reporter John Webb, he talks with reclusive enterprise man Tobias Whale about his philanthropy and his dedication to serving to rebuild town of Freeland.
Tobias: John, I like Freeland. I all the time have. And no matter it is gonna take to get her again on her toes, I am gonna do it.
John: What does that imply, precisely?
Tobias: Effectively, to this point we have already began working with the mayor’s workplace and I’ve dedicated a considerable sum of money to assist restore and rebuild any public establishments that had been broken in the course of the warfare.
John: That is a giant dedication.
Tobias: For some.
Jeff: What the hell?
John: I am curious, what was the mayor’s response…
Lynn: I assumed he was lifeless?
Anissa:And also you assume it is a coincidence that he reveals up now?
Tobias:…However as soon as he noticed my funds, he knew that I used to be fully dedicated and ready to make Freeland nice once more.
Anissa: Pleased anniversary.
So many superhero shows have already pulled this dumb “’Make Blank Great Again’ is evil” nonsense. Heck, Black Lightning already did this shtick almost three years ago. It wasn’t intelligent then, and it’s solely dumber now that Trump is out of workplace. How for much longer lengthy should we actually cope with this?
Black Lightning hardly rises above that horrible reference in the remainder of the episode. Close to the start, Jeff comes throughout two white law enforcement officials (what else?) harassing a black teenager primarily for simply being black. It’s so excessive ridiculous, the teenager is even innocently carrying a violin and the cops pull out their weapons and level them at Jeff from throughout the intersection just because he will not get again in his automobile. Out of anger, he violently blasts the 2 males along with his powers.
Officer: Hey, the place’s the medicine? Hey! Come right here.
Boy: I did not do something!
Officer: Keep nonetheless, punk. Cease resisting! Empty your pockets!
Boy: I do not bought none.
Officer: Cease! Cease transferring.
Jeff: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hey, hey! Is all that essential?
Officer: Hey, get again in your automobile, sir.
Jeff: Look, I do know this child. He would not damage a fly. So, what did he do to deserve this?
Officer: That is your final warning, sir. Get again into your automobile. Now!
Officer 2: Get again in your automobile now!
Jeff: You gonna level a gun at me now?
Officer: I informed you to get again in your automobile.
Jeff: Do I look armed to you? I am so bored with this.
It’s onerous to imagine this man is meant to be the hero. The hero to Black Lives Matter towards cartoonishly unhealthy law enforcement officials, possibly, however not the general public. With this backwards view of justice, it appears like Black Lightning will finish its remaining season simply as political and spiteful as ever.