I’m on the road at the moment and scary bizzy with things other than fangirling (dammit), but I am going to suggest that you freaking run, don’t walk, and tune in to Black Lightning, the new superhero series (DC Comics) on the CW that debuted a couple weeks ago. Episodes 1 and 2 have already aired, but you can catch them streaming on the CW.
Here’s the trailer:
Major POC rep. The show also addresses current issues and issues that are hard to unpack. And Black Lightning’s daughter (who appears to be coming into her own superpowers) has a girlfriend and her parents don’t think anything of it. It just IS. So we’ve got queer rep, and it appears to be reasonably healthy. *fingers crossed that stays the case*
I know we’re only two episodes in, but DAMN. The writing and music of this show are off the chain. Let’s hope it can keep that pace.
The original Black Lightning is a DC Comics character who made his debut in 1977. He’s able to manipulate electricity and though originally he was depicted as being able to do that through a “power belt” he wore, he later was depicted as having absorbed the belt’s powers through a metagene. Eventually, he was depicted as being metahuman with this ability.
Black Lightning was DC Comics’ first African American superhero and the first black superhero to lead his own comic. Development on the TV series began in 2016. Fox passed on it but the CW picked it up and if the first two episodes are any indication of what we’re in for, sign me up for this ride.
ALSO, have a look at The Alienist, which just debuted on Monday on TBS/TNT.
It’s 1896 NYC, and the debut episode introduces us to the possibility that there is a serial killer on the loose. The show also addresses police corruption, anti-Semitism, racism, gender identity, sexism, and the nascent fields of forensic analysis and criminal psychology. The limited series is based on the 1994 novel of the same title by Caleb Carr (reprinted in 2006). Think of it as a “True Detective” in the 19th century.
The first episode sucked me right in within 5 minutes. The grim but rich historical details and the tension hovering at the edge of the screen as we realize this is a serial killer we’re dealing with are harrowing but absorbing. I’ll be watching this regularly, too.
So there you go. Something to keep you busy for a bit while I’m out gallivanting around. 🙂
Happy Friday and may the odds be ever in our favor.