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TV Spotlight: Black Lightning

Black Lightning is a CW Arrowverse show. The show has three seasons. The show is run by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. Mara is known for Girlfriends, The Game, and Being Mary Jane, among other shows. Black Lightning tells the story of DC Comic hero Black Lightning.

I adore this show. It’s different from the rest of the Arrowverse shows in that it’s more of a family drama that just happens to include superheroes. If you are familiar with Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil’s work then you know they do very will in the drama genre. This show features a Black cast and touches on issues affecting the Black community that doesn’t come off as preachy.

Black Lightning/ Jefferson Pierce is played by Cress Williams, who is known for Living Single, Heart of Dixie, and other shows. Jeff’s wife is Lynn Stewart who is played by Christine Adams. Jeff has two daughters, Anissa and Jennifer. Anissa is played by Nafessa Williams and Jennifer is played by China Anne McClain.

Over three seasons we have seen Jeff and his family deal with a wide array of problems in their town of Freeland, Georgia. Freeland is an offshoot of Atlanta. The show itself is the only Arrowverse show that is shot in Atlanta, as all the other shows are shot in Vancouver, Canada.

The guest stars on this show are amazing too. Jill Scott, Robert Townsend, Erica Alexander, Hosea Sanchez, and Wayne Brady are just a few of the fantastic guest stars these past three seasons. Mara and Salim do a great job of including stars many of us are familiar with.

This show also has the benefit of having short seasons. Season 1 had 13 episodes and Season 2 and 3 have 16 episodes each. The other Arrowverse shows have 20 to 25 episodes per season. I like that Black Lightning has short seasons because it cuts down on what’s known as filler episodes. With longer seasons, shows fall into this pattern where they have episodes that don’t really move the plot along. Shorter seasons allow for the plot to move along nicely and make it easy to follow.

If you haven’t seen Black Lightning, all 3 seasons are currently on Netflix. Due to Coronavirus, season 4 will not come out until January 2021 on the CW network, Mondays at 9 pm EST.

Quarantine Life

It’s been two months since this pandemic started. I still get to go to work which I am grateful for. On my days off I’ve been watching alot of Netflix. In my last update I mentioned some shows I had watched. Well, here are some more.

1. B: The Beginning

2. Never Have I Ever

3. Haikyu

4. Hollywood

5. School Daze

There are probably more I just can’t remember them at the moment.

Quarantine has been tough on alot of people. I watch the news. However, protesting and acting a fool isn’t going to end the quarantine. If anything, it’s going to make things worse. States are trying to open back up and I see that this is a premature move. This is going to get people killed. Your haircut can wait. Your family dinner at Olive garden can fucking wait. Stop the bullshit and stay in the God damn house for fuck sake.

Shelter in Place, Work, and Streaming

My city passed a shelter in place ordainance this past Wednesday. I  am essential employee so I’m not on full lockdown, thankfully. We’ve slowed down a bit at work but it’s still wild. On my days off I mostly stream content or play video games. I watched anime for the first time, as well as some of my main TV shows whose seasons just finished.

1. Black Lightning Season 3 (Netflix)

2. All American Season 2 (Netflix)

3. Beastars (Netflix)

4. Cells at Work (Netflix)

5. Devilman Crybaby (Netflix)

6. Always a Bridesmaid (Netflix)

7. Incredibles 2 (Netflix)

8. Steven Universe Future (Sling TV/Cartoon Network)

9. On My Block Season 3 (Netflix)

These are just what I’ve watched so far. I’m grateful that I still get to go to work because I can see how just sitting in the house day in and day out can get old real quick. I remember back in grade school and how bored I was during spring break, winter break, and summer vacation because it was the same stuff day after day.

Quick note on Steven Universe Future, the series finale was amazing. It came out last night and I loved it. I’ve loved this show since it first aired, and the finale did not disappoint.

What have you guys been doing during the quarantine? Feel free to comment below.

 

Bojack Horseman and Adult Animation

Bojack Horseman will end it’s series run on January 31 with the final 8 episodes. I have watched this series from when I first got Netflix back in 2017. I binge watched the first 3 seasons and eagerly awaited the new season which came out the following year. Season 4 did not disappoint. Season 5 was great as well. Part 1 of Season 6 came out October of 2019 and you could see some foreshadowing for what’s going to take place in part 2.

I’m trying not to spoil anything, so my overview is purposely vague. If you have not seen the show, please watch it. It’s really good.

Bojack Horseman is one of the first adult animated shows that I can actually learn something from. There is comedy, but there is also that relatable-ness of the characters that isn’t found in shows like Family Guy and The Simpsons. Bojack as a show is a character study in various human interactions and behaviors. It’s a case study on mental health, addiction, self-destruction, and growth.

Adult animation has been around for some time. I remember how when I was a kid my mom vehemently detested The Simpsons, Family Guy, and South Park. Of course, at that time I was indeed too young to be viewing those shows, but somehow, I still found a way to watch them alongside the actual kids cartoons of my age demographic.

As I got older, I kept watching the adult cartoons, which by this time included: Futurama, The Boondocks, American Dad, King of the Hill, The Cleveland Show. These shows were more comedy than drama. The main motives being to get us to laugh. I liked those shows and I still watch them from time to time.

More recently, shows like Big Mouth, Bob’s Burgers, and Bojack Horseman have been my favorites. It took me a while to get around to liking Bob’s Burgers, but it’s an ok show. Big Mouth is a comedy about puberty, but it’s certainly not a show for anyone under 13. Lol. It actually does a good job of explaining puberty.

Bojack Horseman is a show that really subverts the adult animation trope in my opinion. It makes you laugh, cry, and think. Something other adult cartoons have yet to do or at least, don’t do often.

I’m excited for the final episodes of Bojack and I am hopeful for how it ends. It’s ending on a good note too.

 

My Top 10 TV Shows of the Decade (2009-2019)

TV has come a long way in the last 10 years. So many shows. So many characters. So many great stories. It was so hard to narrow it down to just 10. Join me as I count down my favorite shows of the decade.

10: Orange Is The New Black (2013-2019, Netflix)

The show that put Netflix on the map. Even though House of Cards premiered before Orange, this is the show that led me to keep my Netflix subscription. Based off the memoir of the same name, OITNB follows Piper Chapman and her trials as an inmate at Litchfield Penn. Through 7 seasons we were introduced to a wide array of characters and stories. This show gave us Samira Wiley, Laverne Cox, and Natasha Lyonne.

9: Bojack Horseman (2014-Present, Netflix)

A cartoon for adults. I’ve talked about Bojack before, so it was imperative that I put it on my list. Bojack is a talking horse who is struggling with addiction and his story as well as the stories of the other characters in the show are very relatable. This is a really well done show.

8: Steven Universe (2013-Present, Cartoon Network)

I love this show. Steven Universe is the best show on Cartoon Network right now. We follow Steven, his father Greg, and the Crystal Gems as they save the world time and time again.

7: Dear White People (2017- Present, Netflix)

Based off the 2014 film of the same name, Dear White People follows a group of African American students studying at a predominantly white university. I like the show for their ability to discuss tough topics without sounding like an after school special.

6: Euphoria (2019-Present, HBO)

Zendaya is in her bag with this show. Give her all the awards next year. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

5: How to Get Away with Murder (2014-Present, ABC)

Viola got her Emmy for this one. Annalise Keating is a powerhouse attorney who is tasked with teaching a class of law students dubbed the Keating Five. As the title suggests, someone dies, and they have to figure out what to do. In it’s 6 seasons, this show has had many twists and turns and I love it.

4: This Is Us (2016-Present, NBC)

I adore this show. Jack, Rebecca, and the Big 3. If you haven’t seen this show yet, please go watch it. It takes place between the past and present with as many twists and turns as HTGAWM, but it’s a family show.

3: Pose (2018-Present, FX)

Live. Work. Pose. This show hit the airwaves in 2018 and has been a hit right out the gate. I love this show. Billy Porter won an Emmy this year for his portrayal of Pray Tell. I love that the show has the largest LGBTQ cast in TV history as well. The storylines are great, the acting is great. I’m just in love.

2: Scandal (2012-2017, ABC)

Kerry Washington. That’s it. That’s the description. All 7 seasons.

Honorable Mentions
  • American Crime Story (2016-Present, FX)
  • One Day at A Time (2017-2019, Netflix)
  • Star (2016-2019, Fox)
  • Black Lightning (2018-Present, CW)
  • On My Block (2018-Present, Netflix)

1: Glee (2009-2015, FOX)

My favorite show. I have all six seasons on DVD as well as the Concert tour. The music covers were great as well, I even had some of the songs on my iPod. I love this show so much as it has gotten me through some tough times. I was devastated when Cory died. The tribute episode to him still brings tears to my eyes.