Black Lightning S04E04 Preview: Jefferson Has a Warning for Tobias

Well, that's definitely one way to end an episode of The CW's Black Lightning. With everything else that Jefferson (Cress Williams) is dealing with on a number of levels, finding Tobias (Marvin Jones III) and Lynn (Christine Adams) having dinner together is probably the worst cherry on top of a really crappy sundae that he could ever be served. When you consider that's just one of the storylines catching fire in this week's "The Book of Reconstruction: Chapter Four," it's only a matter of time before something comes to a head- and when it does, Jefferson will have to make a choice.

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Black Lightning S04E04 Preview: Jefferson Has a Warning for Tobias
Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Black Lightning S04E04 Preview: Jefferson Has a Warning for Tobias
Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Black Lightning S04E04 Preview: Jefferson Has a Warning for Tobias
Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning Season 4, Episode 4 "The Book of Reconstruction: Chapter Four": WARNINGS – Jefferson (Cress Williams) pays Tobias (Marvin Jones III) a visit and warns him to stay away from his family. Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain and Jordan Calloway also star. Written by Brusta Brown and John Mitchell Todd, and directed by Salim Akil.

Black Lightning S04E04 Preview: Jefferson Has a Warning for Tobias
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"When we first started the 'Black Lighting' journey, I knew that Jefferson Pierce and his family of powerful Black Women would be a unique addition to the superhero genre," said executive producer Salim Akil in a statement when news of the series ending was first announced. "The love that Blerds and all comic book fans around the globe have shown this series over the past three seasons proved what we imagined, Black People Want To See Themselves in all their complexities."

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Akil continues, "Thank you to the phenomenal cast, writers, and crew without whom none of this would've been possible. I'm incredibly proud of the work we've been able to do and the moments we've been able to create in bringing DC's first African-American family of superheroes to life for the culture. I'm very grateful to Peter Roth, Warner Bros. TV, Mark Pedowitz, The CW Network, and Greg Berlanti for their partnership and support of my vision at every step of this journey. While Season Four may be the end of one journey, I'm extremely excited to usher in a new chapter and continued collaboration with The CW as we tell the story of Painkiller."

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In the backdoor pilot for the potential spinoff series, Calloway's Khalil Payne is a young man riddled with guilt over his troubled past from his former life in Freeland City, where, as a super-enhanced killing machine known as Painkiller, he was both a member of Tobias Whale's (Marvin Jones III)  gang and a weapon of Agent Odell (Bill Duke) and the shadowy ASA. After attempting to bury the darker, devastatingly lethal Painkiller part of his persona, Khalil has distanced himself away from everyone he knows and loves in a new city, Akashic Valley, in order to find peace- but peace never comes easy for men with pasts like Khalil Payne… or Painkiller. As his violent, destructive history crashes his idyllic new beginning, Khalil is thrust back into action with a new mission: bring justice where he once gave out punishment – but to do that, he will first have to deal with and harness his darker side, Painkiller.

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The CW's Black Lightning and the Painkiller pilot are produced by Berlanti Productions, Akil Productions, and DC Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television. Based on characters created for DC by Tony Isabella with Eddy Newell, the Painkiller character first appeared in comic book form in 1995.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.