This Black Lightning assessment comprises main spoilers for Season 4.
Jennifer Pierce flew into the ionosphere and absorbed a lot vitality, she exploded. This is how “The Book of Reconstruction: Chapter Four” ends, with particles that was Jen dispersing into area. For one week we sat with the likelihood that Jen might be useless. And with China Anne McClain having introduced an early departure, it didn’t appear out of the realm of risk that Jen wouldn’t return in any type. But, in “The Book of Ruin: Chapter One,” Jefferson is ready to soak up the particles that make up Jennifer’s essence and put them right into a hadron particle condenser. And after days, the machine 3D prints Jennifer, who survives the complete ordeal… Except she comes out of the machine totally different. She has a completely new look and is now portrayed by newcomer Laura Kariuki.
It would’ve been all too straightforward for Black Lightning to let Jennifer Pierce die. Death is an inevitability in narratives that heart powered folks and much more so when these persons are at odds with one another. And this being the final season of Black Lightning implies that nobody is off limits as a possible character demise. The writers might’ve taken Jennifer off the board, destabilizing Jefferson and Lynn even additional. They might’ve fridged Jen, and used her demise as a approach to inspire Jefferson… Or Khalil. But demise is a straightforward approach to introduce battle, and although there’s narrative worth in exploring the ensuing grief, the selection to maintain Jennifer within the story is considered one of my favorites of the complete sequence.
Black Lightning is a superhero present that offers very closely in real-world politics and depicts violence in opposition to Black characters that mirrors the real-life violence in opposition to Black folks. Because it so precisely displays the truth of anti-Blackness and systemic racism, it isn’t all the time a straightforward or snug viewing expertise. Watching characters we love get profiled and harassed by regulation enforcement can hit too near dwelling, and people emotions are solely amplified when these characters are put up in opposition to folks and organizations that don’t worth their lives in any respect. Triumphs for Black Lightning are greater than wins for the present’s hero, however typically, they’re wins for the majority-Black inhabitants of Freeland—and by proxy, wins for all those that discover a sense of familiarity with the fictional metropolis.