"Black Lightning" S03E10 "The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn": Odell Dead Man Walking? Gambi Goes Stalker-ish [PREVIEW]

Now that the dust has settled from "Crisis on Infinite Earths" – and The CW's Arrowverse is a bit more "cozier" because of it – the changes are starting to be felt across all of our shows. Arrow is ending its run after eight seasons – only to become Green Arrow and the Canaries; while The Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow have to rewrite their "universe scorecards" to adjust for some major changes in the status quo. Did we mention Black Lightning doesn't have the benefit of past crossovers to help with its transition? Meanwhile, viewers have Superman & Lois to look forward to down the road as the pilot script was given a series order. Yup, change is in the air – and throughout the universes.

Black Lightning — "The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn" — Image Number: BLK310b_0256r.jpg — Pictured: Cress Williams as Black Lightning — Photo: Annette Brown/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Which means Jefferson (Cress Williams) has a whole new group of "super friends" to pal around with – assuming he and the rest of Team Black Lightning can survive the various forces converging on Freeland. In fact, the following sneak preview does a pretty good job in running down where things stand even with "Crisis" still a little fresh.

Our two biggest takeaways? Clearly someone would prefer if Agent Odell (Bill Duke) shuffled off this mortal coil sooner rather than later; and Gambi (James Remar) walks that fine line between "loving uncle figure" and "creepy stalker dude".

Hmmm… possible fifth season storyline?

"Black Lightning" season 3, episode 10 "The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn": LYNN'S TROUBLES BEGIN TO INTENSIFY – Jefferson (Cress Williams) navigates his new reality following the events of the Crisis, and Lynn's (Christine Adams) determination to save the meta kids deepens her troubles. Meanwhile, Anissa/Blackbird (Nafessa Williams,) faces new challenges. Lastly, Jennifer's (China Anne McClain) bond with Brandon (guest star Jahking Guillory) begins to grow. James Remar, Damon Gupton, Marvin Jones III and Jordan Calloway also star. Tasha Smith directed the episode written by Lamont Magee.

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Black Lightning — "The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn" — Image Number: BLK310b_0213r.jpg — Pictured: Nafessa Williams as Blackbird — Photo: Annette Brown/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Black Lightning — "The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn" — Image Number: BLK310b_0193r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Renell Gibbs as Kyrie and Vernika Rowe as Auntie Gina — Photo: Annette Brown/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Black Lightning — "The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn" — Image Number: BLK310b_0143r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Cress Williams as Black Lightning and Nafessa Williams as Blackbird — Photo: Annette Brown/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Black Lightning — "The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn" — Image Number: BLK310b_0183r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Nafessa Williams as Blackbird and Cress Williams as Black Lightning — Photo: Annette Brown/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Black Lightning — "The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn" — Image Number: BLK310a_0300r.jpg — Pictured: China Anne McClain as Jennifer — Photo: Mark Hill/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Black Lightning — "The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn" — Image Number: BLK310a_0313r.jpg — Pictured: Jahking Guillory as Brandon — Photo: Mark Hill/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Black Lightning is bringing a very familiar face along for the ride during the second-half of this season – that's when  Let's Make a Deal host and actor (and the baddest man on Chappelle Show… sorry, Charlie Murphy, and rest in peace, Rick James) Wayne Brady is set to join the Arrowverse series. Brady is set to play Tyson Spikes aka Gravedigger.

Brady's Spikes/Gravedigger is described as a World War II-era member of the U.S. military who became a "super soldier" after a secret experiment gifted him with enhanced strength, agility, tactical genius and hand-to-hand combat expertise. After the war, Spikes defected to the country of Markovia rather than return to a segregated America. His aim to create a sovereign land for metahumans within Markovia sets him on a collision course with the ASA and Black Lightning.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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