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Top 5 best things about 'Black Lightning'DC's newest superhero show is unlike a lot of others. Here's what makes it worth watching.
[MUSIC] These are the top five best things about the new Black Lightning TV series. There is a new superhero show called Black Lightning based on the DC Comics hero. Here are the best things about this show. And I'm basing this top five on the pilot only. If you haven't seen the first episode Be aware mile spoilers are arround and number five is it avoids the origin story unlike a lot of hero properties the first episode of black lightning duties the standard hero gets his mission nd purpose in episode one instead the black lightning pilot is about to return of a hero and by the time he actually shows up they're ruling for him. A little mystery is good. And number are its strong characters. The first episode established plenty of strong characters from the Pierce family. To the 100 Gang's boss Tobias and Inspector Henderson all are relatively well defined in 42 minutes. Now a lot of shows tend to have their characters do weird things, and potentially act in stupid ways over time. Hopefully, Black Lightning will avoid this. And number three, being a hero out of costume. The main character is Jefferson Pierce who, spoiler, was once Black Lightning. Here's the thing, after Pierce dropped his crime fighting alter ego, Pierce continues to try to make a difference by being a high school principal. He wants to empower his students and family to make a difference other than by punching Crux in the face. Coming in at number two is the show, Features a Grown Up Hero. In Black Lightning we have a lead who chooses to continue living his life, Jefferson Pierce has two daughters and a ex-wife. He is nine years removed from being a crime fighter. You don't get teenage angst or whines from Jefferson. He's got bigger things to worry about, which makes the whole tone of the show different than a lot of other DC shows. And the best thing about the new Black Lightning series is it's set outside of the arrowverse. Yes, Black Lightning airs on the same network as Arrow, Supergirl, and The Flash. Those three shows have their characters crossover, because they're part of a larger universe. Known as the Arrowverse. According to Black Lightning's executive producer, the new series is not part of the Arrowverse. This allows Black Lightning to have a level of realism those other shows just can't, especially in the way it tackles social and political issues. Even though Black Lightning revolves around a guy who has electrical powers, it's very grounded. Is grounded an electrical pun? Are you positive? Is that an electrical pun? [MUSIC] What did you like or dislike about the new Black Lightening series? Let us know on Twitter or on YouTube. I'm [UNKNOWN] and I'll see you, online. [MUSIC]