The last few episodes of Black Lightning have been quite a ride.
Since the end of the first season, young, talented, and defiant Jennifer Pierce has been struggling with the revelation that she’s the daughter of the one and only Black Lightning himself, and dealing with all the additional complications that stem from that revelation. You know, like almost being murdered by the ASA, struggling not to light things on fire with her complicated energy-based powers, and learning that the boy she loved was actually a deadly henchman for Tobias Whale—the wealthy and conniving mastermind responsible for killing her grandfather and trying his damnedest to kill the whole Pierce family on school grounds. Since then, she’s been cooped up at home, kept away from those who may try to harm her family again.
Then, Khalil Payne, also known as the venom-slinging Painkiller, came to Jennifer’s window a few episodes back, expressing remorse for all he’s done and a sincerely desire to get out of the mess he’s found himself in. It’s Khalil’s refusal to kill Reverend Holt on Tobias’ command, and Jennifer’s own claustrophobic resentment at her parents’ decision to keep her hidden at home, that fuels “The Book of Rebellion,” the latest three-episode arc that opens with the two planning to leave Freeland once and for all in search of freedom.