Season 4 Episode 4
The Book of Reconstruction: Chapter 4: A Light In The Darkness
Official Description – Jefferson pays Tobias a visit and warns him to stay away from his family.
The two main stories in this episode involve Jefferson Pierce and Tobias Whale.
In the opener, Jefferson has nightmares that causes him to confront an enemy. He is battling both his depression and mistrust of Lynn. In an effort to manage it, he continues to participate in a dangerous past time much to LaLa’s dismay. When his family is made aware of his activities, they have a negative reaction. Jefferson lashes out in return. Later, at a bar, he is confronted by fans of Black Lightning and they show him the hero’s importance. When Jefferson returns home, he and Lynn make plans to monitor an enemy.
Elsewhere, Tobias Whale is courting favor with the Mayor of Freeland. Armed with an investment proposal, he bargains with the city leaders. He engineers a plan that will elevate the Mayor’s status with its citizens, while giving himself increased visibility. Tobias then secretly puts a more sinister plan into place.
Meanwhile, Gambi is focused on gathering information regarding the DEG weapons. With the help of TC, he engineers a new plan to delay the rollout of their newest design. Later, after a romantic encounter with his new boss, Gambi is asked to work on a special project.
Jennifer and TC learn a shocking secret. They must also deal with the fall out from the creation of Lightning’s Instagram account. And Anissa learns a lesson in sharing as she and Grace build a life together.
Later, Annisa, Jennifer, and Grace go on patrol together as their superhero alter egos. When Lala and the 100 cause a stir at a political event, the trio step in to help. Unfortunately, a tragedy occurs, and the blame is placed on them. Unable to handle her recent notoriety and challenges with her family, Jennifer goes on a trip that has deadly consequences.
This episode has a lot of content and character development. Each of the major players for this season were highlighted. And all had a segment that pushed their narrative forward dramatically.
As always, Black Lightning finds ways to address current societal issues. And in this episode, the media’s propensity for skewing the truth to push forward propaganda is front and center. These raised stakes affect heroes and villains alike. And similar to the real world, we find that media presentation can influence perception.