2019-2020 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 18


Black Lightning is holding it down this week in the Arrowverse. There was a lot that happened, it being the penultimate episode of the season.

Below is a breakdown of all of the Arrowverse stuff that aired this week. It is part review, part speculation, part analysis, and part rambling. It is organized in the order they aired throughout the week, so feel free to scroll down to whatever ones you watch. If you want to get caught up, you can use my Arrowverse Viewing Order guide to help you navigate!

You can read this season's previous breakdowns here.

Black Lightning - Episode 3.15 - The Book Of War: Chapter Two: Freedom Ain't Free


A lot happened to Jefferson Pierce and the rest of his family this year. Even if you take Crisis out of it, there was still a ton they were put through. They even flew to Markovia in order to fight. But the fight is at their homefront now, and the stakes have never been higher.

But more than that just happened. In full soap opera fashion, it was revealed that Gravedigger is the great uncle of Jefferson Pierce. I do not know if it is that way in the comics or not, but it does work here, despite the soap opera nature it. It adds another complex layer to his fight, especially if he has to kill him.

Grace and Anissa are getting married, which doesn't bode well for Grace at all. I like that character quite a bit, and it sucks that we will most likely lose her next week in the finale. 

Lady Eve is back with a vengeance, and making moves. But Tobias is nowhere to be seen. He would have been good to have in the fight next week. Maybe he will still pop up. It would be quite surprising if he wasn't in the finale at all in some way.

Jen took a stand, and almost died from it. She is impulsive, and no ramification from that impulse has been serious enough. She recovers and does it again. There needs to be something permanent enough to teach her restraint. But it doesn't feel like it will ever come.

Brandon has Jace, and that could go either way. But it feels like he won't kill her at this point. Khalil is still messed up, and let Painkiller out of its cage. Now that will throw a wrench into things yet again. Usually it is bad for shows to keep reverting to the same tricks, but this one seems to keep working.

Overall, not a bad episode to set things up for the finale. Hopefully the finale can stick the landing of all the work that was done to get here.

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