In Review: Black Lightning: The Book of Markovia: Chapter Four – Grab The Strap

Black Lightning and his team descend upon Markovia on a mission to rescue Lynn

Synopsis: Black Lightning and his team descend upon Markovia on a mission to rescue Lynn, who finds herself in even more trouble when she meets a metahuman on the Markovian side.

Review: This episode is pretty much all-out action after we get through the first couple of acts.

The Story

Picking the story up from last week. Lynn is still a prisoner of Markovia, but now the facility she is working on to produce the serum to stabilize Meta’s has been taken over by a Meta-Human called Grave Digger who has the power to push people into doing what he wants. He also has incredible strength and speed, which makes him a formidable opponent for anyone. This forces Lynn and Jace to work together out of necessity.

Meanwhile. Black Lightning and his team are experiencing some difficulties in working together but eventually get their crap together once Black Lightning is able to persuade a somewhat reluctant Khalil to join them. This takes quite a bit of persuading on Black Lightning’s part because Khalil doesn’t trust himself due to the Painkiller program still being in his head and locked behind a firewall.

The second half of the episode sees the team make it to Markovia and from there on in its all-out action as the team does their thing.

The Acting

Cress Williams gets a marvelous speech at the start of the episode where he is struggling with the fact that once he rescues his wife. He has a battle to fight, which his powers cannot help him with. Which is to get Lynn over her addiction to Green Light. At first, it appears as if he is recording the speech as a video diary until we see Gambi. This was great because it allowed Williams to show us a more human side to Black Lightning, which we have seen in the past, but never quite this vulnerable. The scene also pays off during the shows final moments where a very tired Black Lightning comes to the rescue of Lynn at the 11th hour.


This was a really exciting episode with some great fight choreography. Especially when it comes to the fight between Khalil and Grave Digger. I also loved Grave Diggers little dig at Khalil where he says, You’re mostly machine and too stupid to walk away, you must be a millennial or words to that effect.

We also get some cool science bits as well in which Lynn manages to get the upper hand over Colonel Yuri Mosin proving that payback really is a bitch.

Black Lightning: The Book of Markovia: Chapter Four - Grab The Strap
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  • Incidental Music

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