The Equalizer (1988) – Day of the Covenant, and Splinters

McCall (Edward Woodward) and Mickey (Keith Szarabajka) find themselves caught up in a human rights struggle when Scott’s (William Zabka) new girlfriend, Zandili (Kasi Lemmons) may be a political terrorist from South Africa being hunted in New York by mercenaries and South African law enforcement.

Day of the Covenant was written by Robert Eisele and was first broadcast on 7 December, 1988.

Zandili is finally at peace in New York, having been able to escape the racist state of South Africa. She has a new love with Scott, and everything seems okay. But things begin to happen around her that seem to suggest that while she may actually care for Scott, he may also be her cover so that she can carry out an attack on one of the symbols of South African government, and assassinate the country’s Deputy Secretary (Tobin Bell).

This gave the series the chance to shine its own light on the situation of apartheid and make its own comment on the South African government’s policies.

Can McCall stop Zandili before she carries out the attack and still make a pointed commentary on the subject?

It’s a solid episode, Mickey’s hair seems to be growing out, and wow is Zabka rocking an 80s do. And hey, watch for Worf’s adopted father, Theodore Bikel, to make an appearance as well!

A solid episode that made its point, and did it within the structure of its established series. It didn’t hit you over the head with the message, but it’s right there front and center.

Splinters is a solid spy thriller episode with a dose of brainwashing thrown in, with poor Mickey being the test subject.

Written by Coleman Luck, this episode first debuted on 14 December, 1988.

When a mission goes bad and Mickey is the only survivor, he’s captured, isolated, mentally and physically and slowly broken and conditioned. He finds his memories being used against him and McCall being designated as the target of his hate and vengeance.

Meanwhile, McCall is desperate to find his friend after he learns that someone in the Company is cleaning house, and even Control (Robert Lansing) is caught up in events, that leaves him injured and temporarily on the run.

McCall hunts down leads, old Company employees, and is brutally taking down anyone in his way. But what will happen when he finds Mickey? Will Mickey’s condition make him a threat to McCall, or will the friends be able to reconnect and find a way to put Mickey’s torture behind them?

It’s a dark and fast-moving story the dream sequences of Mickey’s conditioning are well done and are unnerving. Poor Mickey.

This is a solid entry in the series, making season four an incredibly engaging affair, and a lift up from some of the issues that plagued the third season because of Woodward’s health problems.

I am digging this season so far!


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