Oh-Kay … NOW I am remembering Lawanda, which is making what’s going on with Lala all that more creepy. And I was right, it was the ASA conducting them experiments that Grandpa Pierce was investigating.
A lot happened in this episode with the focus being on the Pierce family (naturally), Lala, and Gambi and the ASA.
Jennifer, the youngest daughter, now has manifested electrical abilities … and it is freaking her out, while Anissa is learning how to use hers and is going out into the field with her father and discovering her limitations, even as she watches his back. Mom [Lynn], discovers that Grandpa’s files have vanished in the midst of the mess that was the break-in, and is trying to recover any of the data that she had worked with, leading to the discovery of the link between the vaccine of 30 years ago to “Greenlight.” Meanwhile, Jefferson Pierce is doing his best to mentor his eldest, even as he rediscovers just who she is; even as he now has to operate as an outlaw in his hometown.
Lala (the pimp who was killed by Tobias Whale) is back from the dead and seeing visions of Lawanda (the young mother who wanted to free her daughter from Lala’s grasp). Now, given that the tattoo of Lawanda does seem to be an actual manifestation, it could well be that Lawanda may be more than a simple manifestation of Lala’s mind.
As for the ASA, well it seems some 30 years ago they sought to create a vaccine that would calm the black populace of Freeland (thems being turbulent times), but instead the vaccine triggered (or produced) the Metahuman Gene in people, providing yet another origin for super-powered individuals in the DCEU. This drug would then be developed to become “Greenlight.”
And yes, both Gambi and Lady Eve had worked for the ASA, with Lady Eve apparently still being in their employ. Gambi was the conscientious objector to the ASA experiments, and it was he who leaked the information to Grandpa [Alvin] Pierce which led to him being murdered by Tobias, at the behest of the ASA. Naturally, this revelation does not sit well with Jefferson/Black Lightning.
Of course, the ASA is still continuing their experiments on Freeland, and continue to cover up their activities, even as they seek to have Black Lightning neutralized once and for all.
Given the activity around the shallow graves, I cannot help but imagine that the ASA and Tobias Whale are going to come into conflict, especially in light of Tobias realization that you cannot make money from dead people.
All in all, this series continues to impress.
the G-man Himself
Edited by G-man, 14 March 2018 - 10:22 AM.