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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Black Lightning Season 01 Episode 06: Three Sevens: The Book Of Thunder

February 28th, 2018 by Todd Black Comments

Six episodes into its first season and Black Lightning brought some major plotpoints to a head, all the while deepening the mystery on others.

First off, with Jefferson now fully aware as to Tobias Whale’s existence in Freeland, he set out on a mission to kill him. Though not the strongest part of the episode, I did appreciate how they built up why he was willing to kill him, as he experienced Tobias kill his father right in front of him when he was a child. I also appreciated that both Gambi and Lynn had to get involved in order to stop him.

I do wish we found out what happened to the doctor he asked for help from though. Did he just do the checkup? Did Tobias kill him for suspecting something was off? The guy definitely wouldn’t have played it cool under pressure, that’s why I ask.

Meanwhile, Anissa took another step in her journey, but with one heck of a twist. She went to reveal who she was to her mother, only to stop her from attackers, and then fought her own father who didn’t realize it was her! The fight was actually really cool, and a great way to end the episode as Jefferson revealed who he was to her. Thunder is about to get an upgrade no doubt. But, it came at the cost of her reverting to her “Harriet Tubman” ways, when we hadn’t seen her do that since she realized her powers. It felt like two steps forward and one step back.

Jennifer meanwhile had to deal with hate from both her classmates and her now former boyfriend Kalil. This storyline felt forced, especially the Kalil aspect of it. Hopefully she’ll get a storyline worthy of the character soon. For Lightning needs to join the Thunder.

And then…there’s Gambi, who took another big twist today when it was revealed he was the one who trained Lady Eve…who worked with him in the Agency. What’s more, his deal with Lady Eve apparently also helped him conceal some “dirty laundry”, which makes me wonder what he doesn’t want the world to know.

There was some weird pacing issues here, and some storylines didn’t really mesh with all that was going on. The ending ten minutes was great, but the rest felt inconsistent.

Still, “Three Sevens: The Book Of Thunder” was still alright. It’s still the weakest of the season, but in a first season, it was bound to happen. And as you’ll see, just because it’s the weakest, doesn’t mean it was bad.

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians ( He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!

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