TV Review: Black Lightning (Season 1, Episode 7)
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‘Equinox: The Book of Fate’ was all about the fallout from the previous episode. Lynn, Jefferson and Anissa deal with the revelations that Anissa has powers and that her father is Black Lightning, while Gambi meets with Lady Eve about the attack on Lynn’s laboratory and ensures she sends ‘cleaners’ after the attackers. Much of the episode is spent exploring how Jefferson deals with the idea of his eldest daughter having abilities and using them to fight crime and injustice. Refreshingly, and despite his initial condemnation of her actions, he makes the decision to help train her and teach her what he’s learned. The decision is made with Lynn, with respect for one another’s views and with respect for their child. It’s wonderful to witness Black Lightning find yet another superhero trope to subvert, respecting the newcomer’s decision and motives rather than dismissing them, treating them as an equal rather than holding one’s experience and maturity over the other. “Be better than me”, Jefferson tells Anissa. It may be basic social evolution, but it’s something few superhero shows or films have opted to explore, and it’s just one part of what makes this show a standout in its genre. It also demonstrates a self-awareness on Jefferson’s part that had been lacking in the last few weeks – that his vendetta against Tobias Whale led to Tori’s death shook him, allowing him to realise that if he continues down this path, there will be collateral damage.
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