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BLACK LIGHTNING (CW)
Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a superhero turned high school principal, who has left his crime-fighting days behind him in order to raise his family. That all changes when a ruthless local gang known as “The 100”, start wreaking havoc and force him out of retirement. Problems only intensify when his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) are dragged into the drama. Each episode has A LOT to unpack, but that’s one of the best things about this series. Themes of love, family, honor, and integrity are woven throughout each episode and I’m always left wanting more.
I’m not sure why more people aren’t obsessed with Black Lightning. I think it’s one of those “sleeper” shows that has a dedicated fan base, but has largely sailed under the radar for many people. It’s a solid series with gripping story lines and ridiculously talented writers. Not to mention a fabulous cast (and crew).
The fall finale just aired this week, but have no fear because the Pierces will be back in late January!
GOD FRIENDED ME (CBS)
Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) is an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when God sends him a friend request on Face Book. Convinced that it’s some sort of hoax, Miles teams up with his friends Rakesh (Suraj Sharma) and Cara (Violet Beane) to find the person behind the account. Along the way, the trio wind up doing a lot of good for people in their neighborhood, with the account being responsible for all of it.
Hall is really talented and each episode his character is stretched a little more and forced to accept that he might not have all of the answers. It’s a powerful story line that has just as much to do with relationships and values as religion.
I really can appreciate a series like this one that is tackling the subject of faith in such a fresh, modern way. I’m reminded of series from the 90’s like Touched By an Angel and Early Edition. If you liked those, be sure to check out God Friended Me on CBS or wherever you can find it streaming.
THE GIFTED (FOX)
A little background for you: The Gifted is set in the X-Men universe, however, the actual X-Men have disappeared.
Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer) is an attorney whose work prosecuting mutants defines his life. That is until his children Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White) manifest special mutant abilities. Forced to go on the run along with his wife Caitlin (Amy Acker), the Struckers reluctantly join the Mutant Underground, which is full of colorful individuals like John (Blair Redford), Marcos (Sean Teale) and Lorna (Emma Dumont), all of whom have their own interesting and powerful abilities. Each episode follows the ragtag group’s attempts to survive in a hostile world that wants to see them imprisoned or worse.
I’ll be the first to admit that The Gifted has always been somewhat of a gamble; some episodes are certainly stronger than others in terms of writing and overall execution, but I’ve been watching since season one and haven’t given up on them yet. The series is honestly at its best when it focuses on the mutant uprising and the themes of perseverance and acceptance of others.
The fall finale already aired this week, but episodes will resume New Year’s Day.
Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) and her brother Ben (Josh Dallas) live a pretty normal life until a family vacation ends in a strange experience. Their routine flight home is plagued by unprecedented turbulence and when they finally land, they learn that five years have passed. The mystery deepens when they realize that they share an inexplicable connection with other passengers and crew from the plane. To make matters worse, bizarre occurrences, which they dub “callings”, make the government wary of them.
Each episode chronicles the siblings lives as they attempt to adjust to a new reality. As to be expected, many things have changed in their five-year absence. Michaela’s boyfriend Jared (J.R. Ramirez) is now married to her best friend and Ben’s daughter Olive (Luna Blaise) has become a sullen teenager who treats her dad like a stranger.
What a surprise Manifest has been! Even though it just premiered in the Fall, it has proven that it’s fast-paced and never a dull moment. New episodes will return in January!
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (USA)
Life is good for Teresa (Alice Braga) until her drug dealer boyfriend is killed for double crossing his bosses. Before his fiery demise, he gives Teresa a coded handwritten ledger with the promise that she will be able to buy her freedom if something ever happens to him. That one little book ends up sending Teresa on a life-changing journey fraught with violence and drugs all along the way.
Teresa is a woman who refuses to go down without a fight and I really admire that about her. She has a lot of good within her and hangs onto a sense of compassion, even when others do not. Teresa’s loyalty and resilience are two staples of the show and I think she is one of the strongest Latina characters ever written for television.
I’m not sure when new episodes will return, but hopefully it will be sometime May 2019. For now, you can check out seasons one and two on Netflix.
What T.V. series have you been watching lately? Anything you suggest I add to my “watch list”? Let me know in the comments down below!