‘Black Lightning’: Questions We Have After Season 3 Episode 5

Black Lightning continues to excite superhero fans. It also leaves us with questions to ponder. Considering these questions may lead to answers about where the show is going.

Time to warn you all about spoilers. If you haven’t seen season 3 episode 5 of Black Lightning and don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading now. If you have seen the episode or don’t mind spoilers, keep reading and explore these questions with us.

Black Lightning cast (Krondon, China Anne Mc Clain, Cress Williams): Black Lightning season 3 episode 5
Marvin ‘Krondon’ Jones III, China Anne McClain and Cress Williams promoting Black Lightning at Comic-Con 2019 | Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Is Brandon a metahuman?

Brandon is the new kid in Jennifer’s class who she gave a rather interesting tour of the school to. In Black Lightning season 3 episode 5, Brandon lent Jennifer his jacket when her powers were acting up during class and later seemed to absorb her powers without any negative effects. His eyes changed color and everything as he took in Jennifer’s energy. This makes us wonder: is Brandon a metahuman?

It seems that all signs point to him being one, yet that leads to other questions. For example, how has he avoided detection by the A.S.A? Will his powers, if he has them, be useful? And what could his powers possibly be?

Right now it looks like he can simply absorb the powers of others but there might be more to his abilities. If Brandon is a metahuman, will he become a hero as well? He is friendly with Jennifer, who is quite heroic herself, so it’s definitely a possibility.

Does Jennifer have the metahuman virus in ‘Black Lightning’ season 3 episode 5?

In this episode, Jennifer doesn’t feel too well. In the morning, while talking to her father Jefferson, she keeps losing focus and his words become distorted. She wants to stay home because she feels so bad but Jefferson doesn’t feel a fever so he makes her go to school. At school, she still feels out of sorts, but pretends it’s from too much partying.

Her powers start acting up and before she knows it she’s broken all of the computers in the classroom. The question is: why? Does she just have a regular illness or is it possible it’s a metahuman virus? Perhaps even the metahuman virus her mother Lynn has been curing.

It might not be the metahuman virus that Lynn is working with as it doesn’t seem to be that severe. However, it could be another metahuman sickness that the A.S.A. doesn’t know about yet. It could also be a result of the ending of season 3 episode 4 where Jennifer flew up above the earth and absorbed all of the energy there. Something like that could definitely come with some consequences.

Will Agent Odell find out that Anissa is Blackbird?

In Black Lightning season 3 episode 5, Agent Odell seemed to be figuring out that Anissa is Blackbird. Or at least that Blackbird could be Anissa. He even went to her house to confront her about it. Luckily, Anissa’s secret identity remains a secret due to Grace’s shapeshifting abilities.

She transformed into her girlfriend Anissa while Gambi hid. Grace as Anissa dealt with Agent Odell and he eventually left. But will he find out that Anissa is Blackbird from Khalil/Painkiller? It is possible that the young man recognized Anissa while they were fighting or at least might remember enough details to link Anissa to Blackbird.

However, it is also possible that Painkiller has no idea that Anissa is the one he sparred with. Yet it’s also probable that Agent Odell won’t be entirely convinced by Grace’s shapeshifting and acting as Anissa and will keep a close eye on Anissa for a while. If so, she might slip up and reveal her secret identity to the agent.

Hopefully, the answers to all of these questions will be revealed as time goes on. It would be interesting to find out if Brandon is a metahuman, if Jennifer has a metahuman virus, and if Agent Odell will find out Anissa’s secret identity as Blackbird.