Black Lightning has come out strong in its second season. Yet, while it’s easy to focus on the skill with which the show offers social commentary through the lens of superheroes, or how much more terrifying Tobias Whale has become after taking possession of the A.S.A.’s mysterious case, let’s not forget the complex dynamics we see play out each episode within the Pierce family. Jennifer is still incapable of controlling her powers. Anissa is bucking her father’s wishes and doing things her own way with greater regularity. And Lynn is balancing her own complicated thoughts on vigilantism with her obvious love for Jefferson and her family, and her new work within the A.S.A.
We see this family dynamic up front and center in the recently released photos from the show’s fourth episode, which airs in a week. Jefferson and Lynn seem to be having a heated conversation one moment, and embracing adorably in the next. Anissa offers support and comfort to her little sis, who seems more and more unhappy with each episode. It’s good to see Thunder embracing her father after the tension we saw in last week’s installment, but who’s the young guy getting the beatdown by Gambi?
Black Lightning airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. CST) on The CW.