I have seen a lot of comments, and I agree. This show is something different.
It's not like Arrow or The Flash, where they became heroes because of catastrophes that they had during their lives.
The main character is totally different comparing to the other Arrowverse TV shows. He is older, has a family, has been a superhero a lot before even Oliver Queen dreamed about a bow and an arrow, and Barry used to run from bullies.
The antagonists are quite different too. Even thought Tobias Whale found out who he is in season 3, Jefferson always knew that he had killed his father, so it was kinda personal to him but not for Tobias.
The ASA is not a person, is a whole governamental organisation with a lot of resources, people, guns and power. Same thing to Markovia, he was caught in the crossed fire between these two and had to fight against both.
Then there's Gravedigger. The first meta human, with like 100 years old, is the most powerful and also his great uncle. That makes it a lot personal. He had to fight agains a meta human that has strength, speed, telekinesis and mind control. There, we find out that he is the reason why Jefferson has always been a stable meta human.
And then there is the family dynamics. This TV show gives the family a very big significance and, unlike other TV shows, the hero already got grown up children. There is this particular situation that you don't see eveeyday: Lynn divorced from him because he was Black Lightning, but normally it's the opposite. Like in Arrow, Felicity and Oliver got to know each other because he asked for her help with the vigilante thing in s1. If it wasn't for that, Felicity would probably know Oliver because she had worked on Queen Consolidated, nothing more. Jefferson even stopped being Black Lightning for over 9 years just to raise his daughters, but Oliver couldn't stop when it came to William. And it's actually very great seeing his daughters having powers and finding out about him.
Last one, this show has problems that are not likely from the Arrowverse TV shows, like The 100 or Green Light, the drug that turns people into meta humans. In the other arrowverse TV shows, meta humans exist because of The Flash, like the bus metas, the earth-2 metas or the particle accelerator explosion. But, in black lightning, metas exist because of a drug or a vaxine. It's quite different.
Many people don't like this TV show but I love it, despite its differences with the rest of the Arrowverse.
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