How have A.P. Bio, Black Lightning, and other midseason shows panned out?

We’re now in upfront season, the time of year in which the networks and streaming outlets preview their fall lineups. These announcements are usually preceded by some bloodletting, so as we await the decisions from on high—and the inevitable petitions to save this drama or that comedy—The A.V. Club is checking in on…

Black Lightning closes out a strong debut season with a perfect, stirring finale

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It’s appropriate that Black Lightning, a show that probes how the weight of history is felt across generations, and the way it manifests itself in oppression and violence, begins with a flashback. “Shadow Of Death: The Book Of War” starts with Gambi and Alvin Pierce, Jefferson’s father, having it out on the street.…

The CW renews all your favorites, like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane The Virgin, and Riverdale

The CW is a network that gives fans exactly what they want, which is why The Flash and Supergirl had a musical crossover and why Riverdale is actually somehow really good, so in that spirit it has now decided to renew pretty much every one of its shows with a dedicated following—even if those shows don’t have a huge…

Black Lightning is at its best when using superhero tropes to explore family dynamics

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Last week’s episode of Black Lightning saw the show finally come into its own. “The Book Of Revelations” shifted the season’s arc, providing a number of emotional and narrative revelations that also served to snap the season’s overarching story into focus. Up until last week, Green Light didn’t feel like anything more…

“Revelations” lead to the best Black Lightning yet

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After a few weeks of failing to really hit the mark when it comes to the season’s larger stories, “The Book Of Revelations” sees Black Lightning get right back on track. The problem with the last few episodes has been the purposeful withholding of information in order to build up the season’s biggest mysteries, from…

Black Lightning falters by being too neat and tidy when things get messy

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Right out of the gate, Black Lightning had an understanding that every superhero drama needs, well, both its superhero aspects and its drama aspects. The first two episodes of the series made it very clear that Jefferson Pierce—the father, the ex-husband, and the community leader—was, in many ways, more important than…

Black Lightning’s series premiere gives us the mature, nuanced superhero show we need

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There are a lot of superhero shows on The CW, and there’s a lot of superhero stories out there in general. You can’t log in to Netflix without seeing a new Marvel show promoted, and you can’t go a few weeks without seeing a new trailer or cast announcement for a Marvel or DC film. Standing out from the crowd is no…

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