It's easy to understand why fans of the Arrowverse want to see the CW's newest team of live-action DC superheroes team up with Teams Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. But sorry, folks, because the fact of the matter is that Black Lightning is really, really, really set in its own universe.
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Though death and loss have been big parts of Black Lightning since the beginning of the series, the past few episodes were full of enough hope and optimism to almost convince you that Jefferson Pierce might be able to get a handle on the crime wave sweeping Freeland. But the reality of the situation is that between his responsibilities as a father, a principal and a superhero, Black Lightning's bring stretched thin, all while the 100 gang continues to metastasise like a cancer that's quite literally killing the city.
Campy TV is good. You know this if you've ever watched the '60s Batman, Xena or a Ryan Murphy show. There's no need to label it a "guilty pleasure". Really good camp TV balances the goofy side of camp with something that is often thrilling and sometimes even emotionally affecting. It can walk that fine line with precision that should make the best writers and filmmakers envious. And even when it missteps, as The CW's Supergirl did a few times this week, it can be one of the best ways you can spend an hour of your time.
Billie Holiday's rendition of "Strange Fruit" and the sounds of lightning and thunder are the very first things you hear as Black Lightning's pilot episode opens. The haunting cacophony is an ominous warning about the storm coming Jefferson Pierce's way, but it's also a promise of what Black Lightning has in store this season.
Everybody poops. I don't care how rarely you hydrate. You poop. It is a fundamental aspect of human biology. And since the aliens we've seen in the Arrowverse seem to consume matter, we can assume they poop too. In fact, the only people on Earth who do not appear to poop are the CW set designers responsible for the extrajudicial prisons on Arrow, Supergirl, and The Flash.
During San Diego Comic-Con, the CW's upcoming animated series Freedom Fighters: The Ray gave us our very first look at the Arrowverse's Earth-X. The series was supposed to have premiered a few months back, but then something kind of big got in the way: the CW's Crisis On Earth-X crossover.
If you haven't been watching Legends of Tomorrow this season, you need to know: The big goofy show is bigger and goofier than ever, with fun homages to E.T. and a whole slew of dystopic scifi properties. But last night's episode ended with maybe the most memorable Easter egg ever dropped on an Arrowverse show.
Supergirl returned from summer hiatus a darker and more brooding character. With her boyfriend gone -- she presumes dead but we presume living in the 30th century with fun heroes like Saturn Girl -- Kara Danvers is left with a void in her life and a turn at the corner of her mouth. This chick is positively grim, and my knee-jerk reaction was to accuse the show of ruining what we love: Supergirl's sunny disposition in the face of enormous setbacks.