Black Lightning Season 4 E09 Preview: A Familiar Face & A Warning

With only hours to go until The CW's Black Lightning returns to our screens for the next chapter in the Arrowverse series' fourth and final season, the network has (finally!) released a small set of preview images for "The Book of Ruin: Chapter Four: Lyding." Now, if we had a dollar for every time Gambi (James Remar) was the voice of either reason or concern over an impending doom for the Pierces? Well, we would probably be typing this from our beach deck in Costa Rica. So it looks like now would be as good a time as any to rally the family (and welcome back some familiar faces) as the final battle to protect everything they've worked and sacrificed to achieve is about to begin.

Black Lightning Season 4 E09 "Lyding" Preview:
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Black Lightning Season 4 E09 "Lyding" Preview:
BPhoto: The CW — 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Black Lightning Season 4 E09 "Lyding" Preview:
Photo: The CW — 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Black Lightning Season 4 E09 Preview: A Familiar Face & A Warning
Photo: The CW — 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Black Lightning Season 4 E09 Preview: A Familiar Face & A Warning
Photo: The CW — 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning Season 4, Episode 9 "The Book of Ruin: Chapter Four: Lyding": WARNINGS – Gambi (James Remar) warns the Pierce family of a possible crisis looming. Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, James Remar, Marvin Jones III, Jordan Calloway and Chantal Thuy also star. The episode was written by J. Allen Brown and directed by Keesha Sharp

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man with many faces. He is a former Olympic athlete, respected educator and a father of two. He is also Black Lightning, superpowered protector of the fictional city of Freeland with the ability to sense and harness electricity. Jefferson is not the only one with powers and multiple faces.

Black Lightning Season 4 E09 Preview: A Familiar Face & A Warning
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His oldest daughter, Anissa Pierce (Nafessa Williams), is a medical student, health clinic volunteer and dedicated social activist. She is also the superhero known as Thunder who possesses the ability to drastically increase her density, giving her invulnerability and super strength for as long as she can hold her breath. Finally, Jefferson's youngest daughter, Jennifer Pierce (China Anne McClain), is a fiery teen who inherited her father's athletic gifts but not his desire to be an athlete. Jennifer also inherited superpowers. Her body generates pure electrical energy and she possesses the potential to be more powerful than Anissa or Jefferson and is known as Lightning. Lynn Stewart (Christine Adams) is Jefferson's ex-wife but they are still very much in love in addition to sharing the load as co-parents. She's also an expert in metahuman medicine.

Black Lightning Season 4 E09 Preview: A Familiar Face & A Warning
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Together, the Pierce family faces the challenges of a declined urban community, including a war between a menacing gang that calls itself The 100, and a criminal cartel backed by the Pierce family's nemesis, the infamous gangster, Tobias Whale (Marvin "Krondon" Jones III). Fortunately, the family has allies in their fight, Jefferson's surrogate father and a former covert superspy, Peter Gambi (James Remar).

Black Lightning Season 4 E09 Preview: A Familiar Face & A Warning
Photo: The CW — 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The CW's Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce/Thunder/Blackbird, James Remar as Peter Gambi, Christine Adams as Lynn Pierce, Marvin Jones III as Tobias Whale, Jordan Calloway as Khalil Payne/Painkiller, and Chantel Thuy as Grace Choi. Produced by Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television, the series is executive produced Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, Sarah Schechter, Oz Scott, Charles D. Holland, and Pat Charles.

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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.
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