Black Lightning: Equinox: The Book of Fate
March 6, 2018 9:08 PM - Season 1, Episode 7 - Subscribe

Literary notes: Jefferson is reading A Brief History of Seven Killings, a novel by Jamaican author Marlon James that spans several decades and explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in Jamaica in 1976 and its aftermath through the crack wars in New York City in the 1980s and a changed Jamaica in the 1990s. Moby Dick is on Tobias' desk while he's listening to jazz. I'm not quite sure what to read into either of these notable inclusions.

Speaking of jazz, here's a list of tracks from this episode, at TuneFind.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:09 AM on March 7, 2018 [1 favorite]

I think Moby Dick is definitely a "White Whale" joke.
posted by mrjohnmuller at 11:05 AM on March 7, 2018 [3 favorites]

I see that, but I'm wondering which way it's pointed, so to speak. On the obvious end, Black Lightning is hunting his (literally) white (Tobias) Whale, but isn't Tobias also hunting Black Lightning? I'll stop beanplating here.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:55 PM on March 7, 2018

i feel bad for Jefferson but technically it's the henchmen who keeps shooting after it's obvious that he has an electric field stopping your bullets that killed Tori.

also, we never got to see Lady Eve in her costume!
posted by numaner at 4:40 PM on March 7, 2018 [1 favorite]

Not trying to use the burner phone to locate Black Lightning - once you believe he's a killer - is just bad policing.

As far as culpability for a ricochet, if we were talking the law then BL is absolutely culpable for results of actions he took while committing an illegal act. That wasn't his bullet, but it reflected off his shield and was only fired because he was trying to assault those folks.

As far as moral culpability, I think the same has to apply even if we weigh it a little less than the law might. BL created that situation, both in trying to get to Tobias at all and in how he chose to do it. If he'd been more patient he might have found other angles of attack; supposedly Gambi has now improved his ability to be precise at a distance. He could have 'sniped' Tobias rather than stomping out and creating a scrum.

Tori probably shouldn't weigh on his conscience the way it would if she'd been some random club-goer. She's deep in the criminal enterprise and choosing to surround herself with violent people doing bad things. But I think it's very reasonable for this to weigh on Jefferson and make him question his tactics. It gives the show a chance to have him wrestle with this without causing us to judge him as harshly.
posted by phearlez at 8:52 AM on March 8, 2018

Loving these scenes of Jefferson at home relaxing while Lynn is off hiding in a basement.

And I was just starting to wonder what was up with Grace and why we haven't seen more of her (actor got signed to a different show or something?), so I was glad to see the phone call.
posted by ODiV at 10:03 AM on April 15, 2018

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