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Recap / Black Lightning 2018 S 1 E 6 The Book Of Thunder

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Jefferson doubles down on his crusade to kill Tobias.


  • Aesop Amnesia: Once again Anissa gets arrested for being part of a protest. Jefferson is obviously fed up with having to constantly bail her out.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Jefferson suggests this about Khalil while trying to console Jennifer. He notes that Khalil might just be lashing out over being shot, but it's equally likely that this is his true character in light of how much he has lost. Sadly it seems to be that latter.
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  • The Corrupter: Tobias has been doing a real number with Khalil - including a promise that he'll walk again; Satan himself would be proud.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even Henderson is appalled when a white officer calls Black Lightning a "freak".
  • Failed a Spot Check: Tobias and his crew completely fail to notice Black Lightning standing on a building a few feet away from them, even when he visibly begins charging up some large attack.
  • Internal Reveal: Lynn and Jefferson finds out Anissa has powers now, while Anissa learns her father is Black Lightning.
    • Jefferson sees that Tobias has apparently not physically aged in three decades.
  • Jerkass Ball:
    • Lynn grabs it hard! Gambi comes to her asking for her to talk Jefferson out of killing Tobias. Lynn's reaction? Not her problem. She soon changes her mind, though.
    • And then there's Khalil blaming Jennifer for his paralysis as he sinks deeper into despair and self-pity.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Lynn is attacked in her office while talking with Jefferson, who rushes over. By the time he gets there, Anissa has arrived in costume and already dealt with the bad guys, and he walks in on what looks like her attacking Lynn. Combined with his increased aggression thanks to the suit's effect on his brain, it doesn't end well.
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  • Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe, Gambi is concerned Jefferson will cross this if he kills Tobias.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Jefferson can't believe he was fighting his own daughter.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Jefferson makes a point of how he wants to put "Tobias' Albino ass in the ground", though Jefferson isn't himself when Tobias is involved and it was earlier established that he's somehow suffering symptoms identical to the Green Light drug.
    • Anissa has one of these when she attacks Black Lightning despite the fact that he saved her life instead of trying to explain herself.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The protest of the Robert E. Lee statue is clearly inspired by the infamous 2017 Charlotteville riots — including a nationalist killing an innocent protester with his car.
    • Jeff also points out how a cop can mistake a fake gun for a real one. Though he doesn't know the water guns Anissa and co. were using were much less realistic than the fake gun Tamir Rice had. Also, Jeff points out a racist cop will find an excuse to arrest a black person.
  • Wham Episode: Besides the Internal Reveal and the Wham Shot, we learn that Gambi has a past with Lady Eve and Khalil allies himself with Tobias.
  • Wham Shot: Lynn compares a brain scan of Jefferson to a brain scan of a junkie high on Green Light; the exact same parts of the brain are lit up.
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  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Black Lightning talks the doctor who's treating Tobias for his albinism into setting him up, promising the doctor and his family will be protected. We never learn what happens after Tobias shows up for his appointment and no one is there. Presumably the doctor was, in fact, there, and performed the tests that were the pretext for Tobias showing up.

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