The CBS reboot of The Equalizer just had its first case and deviates from previous takes, giving an all-out tech war in the age of social media.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Equalizer Season 1, Episode 1, “The Equalizer”.
CBS reboot from The Equalizer it definitely has a touch of social justice, with Queen Latifah’s Robyn realizing how people of color struggle for help. She suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from her CIA missions and from having to hide her past from her daughter, Delilah. But whatever happens, he cannot escape a cry for help. Instead of just typical crimes and ordinary proceedings, however, Robyn’s first case turns into an all-out tech war, setting the series’ tone for the digital age.
Robyn meets Bishop, her old colleague, who wants her to join him in the private security business, but she chooses not to participate. Instead, right after, save a young woman named Jewel from some thugs on the dock. As a black / Latino woman, Jewel panics after seeing a video incriminating her for killing a lawyer. Robyn takes her with her crew, Mia and her husband, the hacker, Harry, and they discover that the video is very fake and the mercenaries are trying to blame the girl for death.
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Everyone is shocked because the video is really difficult to decipher, which is why the cops are chasing Jewel. However, as Harry makes his way, breadcrumbs lead to an Elon Musk-type character, Pruitt. Its technology is revolutionizing America, like the autonomous car, which can accelerate, skid and do a lot of things that others cannot. And as suspected, when Robyn hacks her phone, she realizes that he is the culprit.
The “why” behind all of this is confusing, but soon, they discover that the attorney unearthed incriminating information on more than 80 deaths with the cars. Pruitt had him killed and got his techs to frame Jewel, who ran when she saw the shooting taking place, all so her company could be protected. As for the chip with all the evidence, the lawyer left it in a library, only for Robyn to grab it and be ambushed. She has been taken prisoner to be tortured by mercenaries, but Robyn has a technical secret of her own. She has disturbed herself, Bishop and the crew and storms the lair, taking the enemies.
This leads to Robyn chasing Pruitt into his smart home, finally eliminating his guards and bringing the coward to justice. But while it ends on a happy note, with Robyn taking Jewel to a missed job interview, there are a few threads to the effect. Person of interest happening.
With Harry and Mia, he has his own team, similar to Batman or Green Arrow, and posts a message on the dark web. It is for people who need help, updating the old tradition with newspaper advertisements. But this means that unwanted faces could find her, not to mention that villains can use social media and cameras to track her down as well once she’s in the public eye. Dante, a detective who was helping Jewel on her case, already realizes Robyn’s false identities as a lawyer, guard, etc. and she’s started following her, which means others will too as Season 1 progresses.
Starring Queen Latifah, Tory Kittles, Liza Lapira, Adam Goldberg, Laya DeLeon Hayes, Lorraine Toussaint, and Chris Noth, The Equalizer airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET / PT on CBS.
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