"The Book of Occupation: Chapter One: Birth of Blackbird" is the first episode of the third season of , and the thirtieth episode overall. It aired on October 7, 2019.
|We find Jefferson Pierce like never before, in the hands of the ASA with his wife Lynn as Agent Odell tightens his grip on the Pierce family, leaving Jennifer abandoned and Freeland without Black Lightning and Thunder. But Anissa secretly defies Odell in her alter ego as Blackbird with the able tactical and technical support of Gambi.|
At the detainment facility, Reverend Jeremiah Holt and Anissa are viewing the state of the caged metas when the facility is attacked by a Markovian meta-human, Cyclotronic. The Markovian threat is thwarted by Commander Carson Williams. Chief Bill Henderson is forced to comply with the commands of the A.S.A.
After 31 days of holding, Jefferson is released, and reunites with Lynn. Their reunion is interrupted by Agent Odell, who reminds them of the rising Markovian threat. Meanwhile, Gambi locates a weakness in the A.S.A.'s perimeter.
Coordinating with Gambi, Anissa hijacks a bus transporting meta-humans, and takes them to the church. After experiencing an uncontrolled surge of power at school, Jennifer experiments with her powers. Anissa catches Jennifer outside of curfew.
Odell uses Issa Williams to find the location of the briefcase from Tobias Whale, who reveals that Proctor was working under the orders of Odell, who is working on behalf of the POTUS. Odell kills Issa by poisoning his food.
- Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce
- China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce/Lightning
- Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce/Blackbird
- Christine Adams as Dr. Lynn Stewart
- Marvin "Krondon" Jones III as Tobias Whale
- Damon Gupton as Chief Bill Henderson
- Jordan Calloway (credit only)
- James Remar as Peter Gambi
- Bill Duke as Agent Odell
- Will Catlett as Latavious "Lala" Johnson
- Clifton Powell as Reverend Jeremiah Holt
- Zoe Renee as Maryam Luqman
- Myles Truitt as Issa Williams
- Warren "WAWA" Snipe as Thierry
- Adetinpo Thomas as Jamillah Olsen
- Rafael Castillo as Devonte Jones
- Chase D. Anderson as Ned Creegan/Cyclotronic
- Kristyl Tift as Betty
- Nevaina as Ms. Reeks
- Kenny Dozier as Freeland Resident 2
- Cindy L. Jefferson as Freeland Resident 3
- Savage Houston as Soldier Passenger
- Esther April as Young Woman
- Libby Blanton as Bartender
- Derek Russo as Guard
- Kellen Wade as Young Man
- Nakia Dillard as Terrence
- Joseph Steven Yang as Older Asian Man
- Justin Livingston as Cloaked Gambi
- Sh'Kia Augustin as Shonda (voice)
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