Previously on Black Lightning, “Equinox: The Book of Fate”
Apt title this week as many questions were answered, for both the audience and the characters.
Brawl in the Family
Though Tobias Whale was absent this week, his sister’s plan to turn the community against Black Lightning is working thanks to the hit on Lady Eve. Unaware of her shady dealings, the people of Freeland believe Black Lightning killed a kind, generous local businesswoman who never did nothing to nobody. And the police agree.
In the process of clearing his alter-ego’s name and finding the real killer, Jefferson trains Anissa in how to control and gauge her powers. The student becomes the teacher, though, when it’s Annisa’s medical knowledge that determines Lady Eve’s wounds weren’t caused by lightning and Anissa’s instincts that save Jeff from being blown up once they find the real murder weapons.
While they’re busy uncovering police corruption, Jennifer’s discovering her own powers. She can, apparently, set things on fire with her hands. Thankfully, we won’t have to sit through weeks of her keeping it a secret as she promptly goes to her big sister with the news.
No one is more confused as to how Lala is back from the dead than the man himself. He doesn’t remember being dead or even dying. He returns to his club to find the word on the street was that he was either dead or in jail. With Lawanda whispering paranoia and murderous advice in his ear, Lala appears quite unstable to members of his crew. To them, it looks like Lala is tripping balls.
Ain’t Shit Alabasters
The head of the ASA for the Freeland area, Martin Proctor (Gregg Henry), tells Gambi they’ve put a hit out on Black Lightning. He threw a serious kink in their plans to get Green Light into Freeland with killing Lady Eve. Gambi tries to change Proctor’s mind without revealing his personal connection to Black Lightning. Proctor won’t budge.
Lynn discovers the sample found in Alvin’s files is actually a vaccine made up of the same components as Green Light. Since the vaccine is from 30 years ago, Lynn questions Gambi since that’s when he first moved to Freeland. Their conversation leads to Gambi finally telling Jeff the truth:
Gambi and the ASA distributed the vaccine in Freeland as a way to keep the residents docile and compliant. When he discovered the side effects, he leaked the information to Alvin, Jeff’s father, and it led to his murder. Now, the ASA wants the same for Black Lightning and there’s nothing Gambi can do to stop it.
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Black Lightning S1E8 Review Score
"The Book of Revelations"
Black Lightning – S1E8 – “The Book of Revelations” | Starring: Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin ‘Krondon’ Jones III, Damon Gupton, James Remar, William Catlett, Gregg Henry, Jill Scott, Chantal Thuy, Skye P. Marshall