Black Lightning is an American superhero television series. It was developed by Salim Akil and produced by Robert West. The series premiered on The CW on the 16th of January 2018. The series ended on the 24th of May 2021, with its fourth season being its last season.
The show is based on the character who has the same name as the one, who is created by Tony Isabella along with Trevor Von Eeden, who is also featured in DC Comics. The show is considered one of the best TV shows out there. Each season has around 13-16 episodes in total, with a running time between 39 to 43 minutes.
The show follows the story of an African-American superhero called Jefferson Pierce. He is a vigilante who has the unique superpower to harness lightning. Even though he has retired, he still tries hard to defeat all the criminals happening around him. This show also portrays the social issues connected to racism and other contemporaneous things as well.
Black Lightning Season 5 Story
The series chronicles on one Jefferson Pierce, who is the principal of Garfield High School in the city of Freeland, situated in Georgia. He was a superhero called the Black Lightning nine years ago. Then he retired after he realized that the consequences of being a superhero were the loss of familial jointness; he realized that his now ex-wife Lynn Stewart and his daughters Anissa and Jennifer were the ones who had to suffer all the things.
He then was compelled to become his erstwhile superhero self again when The 100, Freeland’s most feared and intimidating criminal gang, which is being led by Tobias Whale, was trying to take over the city. He was then forced to become his superhero self Black Lightning again when his daughters Anissa and Jennifer were captured by the members associated with one Latavius “Lala” Jackson. After this incident, Anissa starts developing her own unique superpowers and then becomes Thunder, while on the other hand, Jennifer gains electrical abilities.
Later in season 4, Jefferson finally stops being Black Lightning. And The 100 is not at war with the Kobra Cartel. Tobias is now a philanthropist, much to Pierce’s chagrin.
Black Lightning Season 5 Cast
Cress Williams plays the role of Jefferson Pierce, who is a retired superhero with superhuman abilities to harness and manipulate electricity as per his will.
China Anne McClain and Laura Kariuki play Jennifer Pierce, who has powers of electrical manipulation as well. She can also generate pure electricity.
Nafessa Williams plays the role of Anissa Pierce. She is also called Thunder and Blackbird. She has the ability to manipulate her density with her breathing pace.
Black Lightning Season 5 Release Date
The sad news was that the show was cancelled right after its fourth season, hence making it the last season for the series. The CW confirmed the cancellation of the series on the 20th of November and said that there would be no Black Lightning season 5.
There has been no official explanation or any announcement of the reasons behind the cancellation, but the assumption is that the decline in the viewership might have triggered it. Another equally or even more disappointing news is that the spin-off based on this series called “painkiller” was also reported not to be moving forward with its plans.
In season fourth, we can see Jefferson’s struggles and strategies for defeating Tobias Whale. In the fourth season, we see Jefferson being trapped in a coffin but escaping by harnessing his powers, something he’s never done before. After Jefferson is set free, he murders Tobias. Tobias is thrown out the window and stabbed in the chest before being electrocuted by Black Lightning, resulting in his death.
Jefferson announces his retirement as a superhero after Tobias is killed at the end of the season. Jefferson then left the role of superhero to his daughters and Grace Choi.
Hence, it is confirmed that there will not be a fifth season for the show. If anything, we always have the comfort of drifting into the comic books world.
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