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Black Lightning -- " The Book of Little Black Lies" -- Image BLK109b_0294b.jpg -- Pictured: Cress Williams as Black Lightning -- Photo: Annette Brown/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

blacklightnings1bluStudio: Warner Brothers
Year: 2018
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Run time: 780 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
Region: 1

‘Black lightning’ is surprisingly excellent, not at all what I had expected when I first heard of this show. I thought we weee getting another Flash or Arror. What a surprise! A superhero show with a reality twist, tackling issues you usually don’t see with this genre. Reading all the issues, I see some just don’t understand how these characters react and deal with certain issues, and that’s what’s great about it. It’s different, and if you don’t understand the culture, that doesn’t make it a bad show. It’s actually very well written and acted. Some characters seem a little stiff, but as time goes on, they’ll get more comfortable. Every week I leave this show remembering or learning something new. I’m actually excited for each episode. The struggle of our super hero is endearing and painfully honest. The demon every hero has to face, vengeance.

Movie Content: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/ AVC MPEG-4 codec with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. I watched the entire season on broadcast television sporting a fantastic looking print when I initially watch this show. Now that the first season has been released on Blu-ray, in full 1080p the image quality is astounding. Where on broadcast TV, there were artifacts on the screen whenever ‘Black Lightning’ would start running very fast this is not an issue on Blu-ray. Colors are fantastic with reds, blues, and browns taking center stage throughout. I felt at times like there was an explosion of colors on the screen. I was very impressed by the details throughout the show. Each episode varied from day to night scenes and I will say that the lighting was well done, especially in the darker scenes.
Video Quality: 9.5/10

Audio quality is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. Like the print being close to reference quality, the audio is no slouch at all here. The soundfield takes advantage of the rears and front speakers with the special effects giving the viewer the feeling that they are right in the middle of the action. ‘Black Lightning’ is a happy medium between dialogue and action scenes. Dialogue is clear through the center channel, but there were a few times where it was on the softer side.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • Black Lightning Comic-Con panel
  • A Family of Strength
  • Black Lightning Come Visit Georgia
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes

Special Features: 7/10

The Final Word

Acting is great, stories are raw and reality based, as much as you can with a guy with lightning for powers. This is a new fresh superhero added in the DC CW universe of shows.
Overall Rating: 8/10