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Lovecraft Country

Olli

atomic
(he/him)
I just watched the first episode of HBO's Lovecraft Country adaptation yesterday. It was definitely not what I would have expected, if I hadn't been reading about it beforehand. Not really spoilers: it's about racism in 1950s USA and so far the real monsters seem to have been inside us all along.
 

YangusKhan

does the Underpants Dance
(He/Him/His)
I'm gonna watch it soon. I read one negative review from a black critic, but everything else I've seen has been a positive response.
 

Adrenaline

Post Reader
(He/Him)
I was surprised that the original book was written by a white guy but the show was developed by a black woman so I expect it to at least care about how it handles race. The depiction of racism seemed over the top in the pilot but it is a horror story.
 

YangusKhan

does the Underpants Dance
(He/Him/His)
I'm really not sure what to think of this show yet. I caught up to episode 2 tonight, and it did a lot of things I did not expect at all. Mostly, like, instead of stretching some things out over 2 or 3 episodes it just... resolved a lot of stuff already.
 

John

(he/him)
Yeah I wasn't expecting the mansion to be demolished after one episode
They did a little foreshadowing by saying there's multiple Lodges all around the country, so I'm pretty sure the cultists will be back (and not just the young woman and man who didn't get turned to stone). It wouldn't surprise me if the same people show up at every Lodge.
 

Sarcasmorator

Same as I ever was
(He/him)
I haven't seen the show but I can wholeheartedly recommend the book.

However much you think it has resolved, it has resolved less than you think.
 

Adrenaline

Post Reader
(He/Him)
Now I see that the book is a collection of connected stories and it's making a lot of sense why this is a TV show
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
I'm definitely digging the episodic structure. Nice to have an HBO show where conflicts introduced in an episode are resolved in that same episode.
 

John

(he/him)
The new episode dropped early for the long weekend, and it wasn’t great. It pivoted to a horror Goonies, with the same clunky dialog and romance. There was some interesting ideas, like the caverns that tesseract between Chicago and Philly, and presumably others. I also liked the intersex Arawak person being cursed to "live" over one-eyed willy's treasure, but then the episodic reset got rid of that one.

Even the B-Plot was uninspiring. Sister finally goes to apply for her upscale store job, misses out because there's already a Black woman hired. She is consoled by the evil magic aryan. The end.

They can't all be winners.
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
I quite liked it, but then I'm a sucker for an adventure serial. I was definitely disappointed when they made it seem like the Arawak revenant was going to be an actual character, but nope.

The B-plot seemed to be setting up next week's episode.
 

John

(he/him)
I think I'm done with this show. The body horror in this episode was way too much, and the mystery just isn't grabbing me. The first couple episodes were so good, but it feels like it's said all it has to say on the social commentary front. Both Atticus and Montrose have stopped being characters, and are now plot devices. The show lost the "fun" intrigue, and now it's just "bad stuff's gonna happen".
 
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