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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Black Lightning Season 3 Episode 4: Lynn’s Ouroboros

October 29th, 2019 by Todd Black Comments

Black Lightning has been showing up the occupation of Freeland well so far in Season 3, but “Lynn’s Ouroboros” ratchets it up in a big way, but not exactly in a most even quality.

Seeing Jefferson return from his “stay” in The Pit only to return and find everything on its head was very poetic in some ways. And the subtle twists of the knife that were shown were clever. Anissa being Blackbird and having Grace know about it, Jennifer starting to believe Agent Odell’s lies, Lynn becoming more and more distant, it was nice, but the blow-up he had at Anissa felt very forced, and almost random. Other times this happened in past seasons it felt deserved, but not here.

Furthermore, some of Jennifer’s attitude toward what’s going on feels very off. Granted, her thinking that the Markovian’s killed Kalil’s mom was a powerful thing. But for her to go full-blown, “Pro-ASA”? Not so much, and her comment about how her father does everything to protect his kids felt very disingenuous.

Lynn’s descent into addiction was at first very weird but finding out that this was yet another layer in Agent Odell’s plan was a very brilliant move.

Just as brilliant was showing how the occupation is affecting everyone big and small. From people snitching on others and claiming that they’re metas just to get revenge for something small, Henderson continually being pushed to the edge, and a new group of insurgents using Blackbird as a symbol for their rebellion (“Rebel Scum”) was a nice touch as well. But, they’re walking a fine line, and it’ll be important to maintain that line as the season progresses.

The Kalil “Punisher” storyline was alright, but after last episode, and now this one, I hope his whole season arc isn’t to be the one-man Terminator only to be turned by Jennifer in the end. Especially with his current mental personality.

Despite its flaws, “Lynn’s Ouroboros” was solid enough, but let’s hope that they don’t push this occupation storyline so far that it breaks the “realness” that they are going for.

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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 (guardians-comic.com). He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!