The folks of Freeland have had a tough time on Black Lightning this season. With the A.S.A.’s occupation has come martial regulation, curfews, crackdowns, and the detainment of metahumans — and people suspected to be — camps and worse. The residents of the fictional city on The CW sequence have not been taking all of it mendacity down, nonetheless. Blackbird has been working to get metahumans out of the metropolis whereas different kinds of resistance have additionally been at work, making an attempt to disrupt the A.S.A.’s stranglehold on the metropolis. Tonight, nonetheless, the efforts to push again in opposition to the shadowy and brutal authorities company lastly got here collectively — and the chief of Freeland’s insurgency in opposition to the A.S.A. was revealed.
Spoilers for tonight’s episode of Black Lightning, “The Book of Occupation: Chapter Five: Requiem for Tavon,” beneath.
Last episode of Black Lightning noticed Chief Henderson (Damon Gupta) lean on Black Lightning (Cress Williams) and Blackbird (Nafessa Williams) to get a quantity of resistance members in addition to Tavon out of lock up in the police station. This week, nonetheless, we noticed Henderson going round and arresting those that have been standing as much as the A.S.A. in their very own method, first by arresting Two Bits — who had been stealing provide vans from the company for his personal profit — and Reverend Holt. Holt in specific has been enjoying a big function in the resistance by serving to smuggle metahumans out of Freeland.
It looks like a wierd reversal. Last week, Henderson was as over the occupation as anybody and this week, he’s serving to shut down the resistance. As with many issues this season on Black Lightning, it appeared stunningly out of character, no less than till the last moments of the episode. Both Two Bits and Holt are left to attend in the police car for an prolonged interval of time earlier than Henderson lastly lets them out and into an alley. It’s in that alley he reveals that not solely does he wish to mix efforts to withstand the A.S.A. however that he’s been working a big half of it the complete time — and he has assist from others, together with Blackbird.
With Henderson revealed to be an energetic half of the resistance, it now unites main “leadership” components of Freeland in the trigger. Two-Bits represented the gang and legal factor of Freeland, Holt represented the non secular group. Blackbird served as the people hero that united the widespread people. Now, with the assets of the police theoretically at their disposal, the A.S.A. could face an actual risk from the folks desperate to take again their metropolis it doesn’t matter what.
Black Lighting airs Mondays at 9/8c on The CW.