Full SPOILERS follow for Black Lightning: “LaWanda: The Book of Burial.”
Black Lightning is not functioning like a normal CW superhero show. Instead of placing the majority of the attention on characters with the fancy suits and impressive abilities, the writers have made a conscious effort to spotlight the everyday citizens of Freeland, like LaWanda and Reverend Jeremiah Holt.
Black Lightning might even consider changing its name to “The Heroes of Freeland” — it’s not as catchy from a marketing standpoint, but it’s an accurate assessment of the series. The central theme of this episode (and the season so far) is what do you do in the face of adversity when your heroes have gone? It’s a compelling narrative due to the way the writers have developed their secondary characters.