Black Lightning (The CW) – Premieres 16th January
After retiring from the superhero lifestyle and spending the last 9 years focusing on fathering his daughters and his job as principal of the local school, Jefferson Pierce it roped back into becoming Black Lightning again after the local gang, The 100, force his hand.
The show kicks off with Jefferson having to take a detour from traveling to an award ceremony in his honour with his youngest daughter Jennifer, to pick up his eldest daughter Anissa, who is being held in the local police station after she was arrested at a protest.
After getting to the ceremony, Jennifer sneaks of to a nightclub with her friend where she hooks up with a fella. She then finds out that he is a low level dealer for the 100 associate LaLa, and he owes him a fair amount of cash. When Jefferson finds out about this he gets to the club and unleashes some lightning based fury to rescue her.
The next day the lad that tried to hook up with Jennifer rocks up to the school and pulls a gun, breaking the agreement the gangs had to keep the school off limits. This leads Jefferson to confront LaLa to keep his men in line, though the message doesn’t go through clearly and the lad kidnaps both Anissa and Jennifer.
After meeting with his old associate Gambi, he finds out that he has updated the Black Lightning outfit, and Jefferson dons it to free his daughters from their captive. While Jefferson is adamant that that is the last time he will use his powers, the news of Black Lightning returning gets back to the leader of the 100, who was under the impression that he killed him nine years ago, and is intent to make sure that he won’t been a threat to him in the future.
For a DC show the set up isn’t a baddy of the week deal, but more in line with the structure of the Netflix Marvel shows like Luke Cage. It’s a solid opening episode.