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According to the Good Fight there are two types of people in the world- and it all depends on what you know about a little known weather phenomenon called Ball Lightning.

As a concept Ball Lightning usually enters cultural debates as explanations for UFO sightings not necessarily at the scientific level. People don’t generally have conversations about ball lightning except in relation to UFOs. If you have had a scientific discussion about ball lightning without mention of UFOs great, but I’ve never encountered a debate about ball lightning that has not originated from a discussion about UFOs. As it’s a common explanation for UFO sightings.

That is only the beginning of this cultural divide, subtly highlighted by the finale of The Good Fight. Aptly entitled, “The One About the End of the World.” You can’t have the end of the world, without a metaphorical alien invasion.

How Have You Heard of Ball Lightning?

Viewers may have been puzzled about the way in which the characters behaved, at the end of the season finale. To those passionate about climate change introducing Ball Lightning is a quirky way to bring it up. The Ball Lightning caused havoc around Chicago and knocked out the power supply freaking out everyone. Since there have been no scientists, especially those dealing with weather on The Good Fight. I think it was spot-on that everyone was pretty much unfamiliar with the concept. You don’t spend hours of the show talking about race issues and then not have something like this shock everyone. But look closely and you can see the partisan divide in each character’s reaction to the mysterious weather phenomenon.

As someone who has studied conspiracy theories and UFO mythology. I would say that black people generally have never heard of most of the stuff. If they have it’s written off as White Nonsense. Especially the political type who would work at that firm. Explanations for UFOs would completely escape a mostly black firm concerned with larger community and civil rights issues. They would not be concerned with explanations to made up stories about UFOs that come from lower-class white people. So it would make sense that the concept would be completely ignored until its smack in their faces. Quite like Trump…

As to the few white people who also didn’t seem to know what ball lightning was? I would guess that they are too busy to read UFO stories. Then see ball lightning as an explanation for UFO sightings. None of them or their clients have ever mentioned even a passing interest UFOs, or unexplained weather phenomena for that matter.

Examples for those who have seen the show below:

Judging from solely white character reactions to the phenomenon; Maia, Kurt, and potentially Diane are probably the only characters in the show to have heard a passing debate about ball lightning/UFO sightings. Which is why they may have been the most comfortable at the end. Blum and Marissa are too full of themselves, living in their own world, and too overtly partisan to care about such nonsense. Also I don’t think anything shocks Blum. I don’t really see how such a topic could help progress their political careers. I could see the women in the Rindell family having this debate over tea. Kurt talking to the conspiracy theorists in the WH and maybe even the Trump sons. Didn’t Trump talk about UFOs or have ‘people look into it?’

Not sure where Diane could have heard of of the concept. She’s had some wacky clients in the past and she’s generally into Youtube/Chummy videos. So she may have bumped into it online at some point. That’s not incredibly hard to do these days.

That being said, Colin’s mother would be the type to 100% believe in UFOs. If she believed she would fight anybody who would ever mention Ball lightning as an explanation. So I can’t really judge if Lucca was shocked, or not. Though, she was definitely not as shocked as Roslyn and the other black characters

John J. Falco