Black Lightning season 2 premieres next week, and we have five questions we need answered from the new season.
Black Lightning season 1 saw Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning come out of retirement to face the violence of The 100, a gang that had taken over the streets of his community of Freeland. Though Jefferson’s story was a rebirth of sorts, we also saw the start of his daughters’ origin story as heroes.
Anissa quickly embraced her powers and became a hero known as Thunder and took to the streets with her father. Jennifer was more resistant to her abilities but used them to help defend her family in the season finale.
The prevalence of the drug Green Light in Freeland was revealed to tie into a government conspiracy that gave birth to children with powers. These children were kidnapped and held in stasis. Meanwhile, gangster Tobias Whale, who murdered Jefferson’s father, pushed for a greater share of power in the criminal underground.
The synopsis for Black Lightning season 2 reads:
Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man with many faces. He is a former Olympic athlete, respected educator and a father of two. He is also Black Lightning, superpowered protector of Freeland with the ability to sense and harness electricity. Jefferson is not the only one with powers and multiple faces. His oldest daughter, Anissa Pierce (Nafessa Williams) is a medical student, part-time teacher and dedicated social activist. She is also the super hero known as Thunder who possesses the ability to drastically increase her density, giving her invulnerability and super strength for as long as she can hold her breath. Finally, Jefferson’s youngest daughter, Jennifer Pierce (China Anne McClain), is a fiery teen who inherited her father’s athletic gifts but not his desire to be an athlete. Jennifer also inherited super powers. Her body generates pure electrical energy and she possesses the potential to be more powerful than Anissa or Jefferson.
Lynn Stewart (Christine Adams) is Jefferson’s ex-wife but they are still very much in love in addition to sharing the load as co-parents. She’s also an accomplished medical researcher who is fast becoming an expert in metahuman medicine. Together, the Pierce family faces the challenges of the declined urban community that is the fictional city of Freeland, including corrupt officials and a menacing gang that calls itself The 100. Worse, Tobias Whale (Marvin Jones III), an infamous gangster, plagues this city and increasingly, metahumans with superpowers will prey upon the city, too. Fortunately, the family has allies in their fight, Jefferson’s surrogate father and a former covert superspy, Peter Gambi (James Remar), as well as Jefferson’s friend and neighbor, the committed and scrupulously honest Deputy Police Chief Henderson (Damon Gupton).
With that in mind, we have five burning questions we need answered in Black Lightning season 2:
What was in the briefcase?
At the end of season 1, Tobias recovered a briefcase from the ASA. He opened it and declared that he now has the means to be the king of Freeland. “My character is maniacal and very diabolical, so I think that this case is going to send him into an overdrive of those two traits and I look forward to it, to seeing it,” Marvin “Krondon” Jones III tells TVLine.
So, what was in the briefcase? Is it connected to Green Light? And how will it make Tobias even more dangerous than he already is?
What will happen to the kids in the pods?
In season 1, we discovered that the ASA was dosing kids in Freeland with Green Light, turning some into metahumans. The kids who showed abilities were kidnapped and placed in stasis pods; they’ve been held for all these years. With the death of Proctor, who was heading that project, Lynn declared that she knew someone who could help the kids.
So, what will happen to these kids? If they are revived, what will it mean for there to suddenly be a bunch of metahumans in Freeland?
Will Jennifer embrace her powers?
Jennifer was much less interested in embracing her abilities than Anissa in season 1, though she used them in the finale to revive her father’s stopped heart and fight off ASA agents when the family was in hiding. But just because she used her abilities that doesn’t mean she’s going to jump headfirst into using them in season 2.
In fact, Jennifer will be heading to therapy to work through everything in season 2. “I love that they’re tackling it from that perspective of getting her a therapist because as you can see in season 1, Jennifer had so many psychological issues with getting these powers,” China McClain tells ComicBook.com.
“She did not want them. She already felt like an outsider being a part of this amazing family, and living on the house on top of the hill, and so adding super powers on top of it just made things worse for her. So bringing the therapist in really is gonna help her control her powers. Because she’s so powerful — her cells create pure energy — so if she gets really pissed off, that’s not gonna be a good situation.”
So, what will Jennifer grappling with her powers mean for her and her family? How will her reluctance to use her powers affect her relationship with Anissa? And what will it mean for her and Khalil?
Will Anissa and Grace get together?
After breaking up with her girlfriend at the beginning of season 1, Anissa connected with bartender Grace Choi. Defending Grace from a group of homophobes pushed Anissa to embrace her powers and use them for good. However, we did not see Grace again after that, though Anissa left her a voicemail.
The relationship between Anissa and Grace is featured in the DC Comics, so will we see them together in season 2? And if so, what will that mean for Anissa’s nights as Thunder?
How will Jefferson and Lynn’s newly-reconciled relationship go?
One of my favorite aspects of Black Lightning season 1 was the messy but real and loving dynamic between ex-spouses Lynn and Jefferson. Lynn divorced Jefferson because the strain of having her husband and father of her children acting as a vigilante and coming home bloody was too much for her and their kids. Jefferson retired as Black Lightning, and the two remained friendly co-parents.
But when Jefferson came out of retirement, the dynamic that seemed to be moving toward reconciliation deteriorated as Lynn struggled with what she saw as Jefferson’s addiction to his powers. But with both her daughters exhibiting powers and threats coming to both Jefferson and the girls, she came to accept and forgive. By the end of the season, Lynn and Jefferson seemed to have reconciled.
The show has never shied away from the messiness of their relationship, though — because being in a relationship with a superhero should be messy! That’s not easy. With the added stress of powered kids, how will Jefferson and Lynn’s relationship weather everything coming at them?
Black Lightning season 2 premieres on Tuesday, October 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET on The CW.