Previously on Black Lightning, “Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder”
After last week’s overstuffed episode, Black Lightning managed to pack a lot of story and action into a perfectly paced outing.
As expected, Anissa is ready to hit the streets with Black Lightning to save their city. First, she needs to learn a few valuable lessons. Jeff takes her to task for destroying the statue on campus, and points out that giving Lynn his father’s research may have made her a target. The hardest lesson is realizing she may have been responsible for getting her grandfather’s editor killed.
A portion of “Equinox” is spent debating the merits of training Anissa to use her powers or encouraging her to forget about them. Of course, Lynn is Team Hell No… until she isn’t. Lynn is consistent with her inconsistency. After confessing that Jeff’s role as Black Lightning was the cause of their divorce and warning Anissa of the perils of the superhero life, Lynn later tells Jeff that if Anissa is going to do it (and we all know she will), he should be there to train and protect her. It’s an idea that Jeff fully supports after witnessing the death of Tobias’ sister Tori.
How’d we get there? Well, through a whole lotta backstabbing and double-dealing. Gambi finally admits he knew Tobias was alive, but swears he kept quiet out of fear for Jeff’s life. Then he pays Lady Eve a visit to ask that she get Tobias under control. For someone who’s supposed to dead, he’s been strutting around the streets and even about to open a nightclub. It’s decided that Joey Toledo needs to go and Gambi carries out the murder, leaving a marker that will make it clear to Tobias that Lady Eve is responsible.
This sets up to ambushes at once in the final act of the episode. With help from Henderson, Black Lightning prepares to take out Tobias at the club opening, which leads to Tori’s death and Tobias being wounded and forced to leave her behind. Lady Eve is also killed by assailants wielding lightning guns so that Black Lightning looks like the culprit.
The best part of the episode (and the most shocking) came in the final moments when LaLa is resurrected in a motel room. The spirit of the woman he murdered, LaWanda, is there and turns to dust which lands on his chest to form a tattoo of her face.
What? I know, right?
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