Lovecraft Country, HBO Series - No Spoilers, Please

There seems to be enough chatter in the HBO Max thread to warrant a dedicated Lovecraft Country thread.

From Wikipedia

Lovecraft Country is an American horror drama television series developed by Misha Green based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Matt Ruff. Starring Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors, it premiered on August 16, 2020, on HBO.

Woohoo! This show is the best! Can't wait for episode 3.

Just caught up on episode 3. I was worried they were verging into American Horror Story territory with too many branching subplots but everything came back together nicely at the end.

Watched episode 1 and part of episode 2. Wasn't enjoying the show until the end of episode 1. The show was good but real life aspects kind of depressed me. Was thinking I might have to drop the show but the more fantastical stuff brought me back in. Loved the first few minutes also.

Not sure if you continued, but it gets better. LC is so damn good, but yes, also depressing because the supernatural aren't the worst monsters in the series.

How gory is it? I'm assuming plenty.

My wife's very gore averse. We just got HBO and started watching Westworld, and I swear she's looking at her own palms as much as she is the TV.

There is some gore and disturbing imagery. I think it is worse than Westworld.

EP 3 was EXTREMELY horror themed.

The show gets better with each episode. Episode 5 was my favorite until Episode 6 came around. The one bad thing I have with the show is the transitions in many scenes. A person will be in a very bad situation like covered in blood in the middle of a racist town without any clothes. Next moment they are walking around without a care in the world with no hint how they got out of the situation. There are a number of scenes like that. I wonder if the the scenes were shot but cut for time. If so maybe they will release a longer cut.

I do kind of wish they went with practical effects instead of cgi but I guess that was to keep the budget down. This doesn't ruin the show at all. I was still freaked out a bit at what happen in episode 6 and there are some practical stuff in other episodes. The practical effects in 5 are some of the best I have scene. They should get a award for it.

I really didn’t like eps 2, 3, and 4 for various reasons but the last two have been really good.

Ep 6 spoilers. Naruto

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Those are fox tails coming out of her. There might have been 9 of them. We see where 8 come from. I'm not sure about the last one or two

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I'm sure if you think about it, you'll figure out where nine tails could pop out of.

Kumiho have nine tails.

One for each orifice.

They've all been great but last night's episodes 4th wall breaking twist was brilliant!

Ep 8 Jigga what jigga who

I liked the episode. Again the racism is the scariest part for me. The supernatural things were scary at first but I got use to them by the end. The last monster I wash cheering for it.

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I thought the Emmett Till situation was a little to glossed over. I guess I wanted him to be more of a presence throughout the series. Also wanted Dee to be more of a presence. Even though this was a Dee episode I don't think we learned much about her unlike the other episodes that focused on a single character,.

Big nope on the sex scene. Messy sex is okay but not that messy.

Hell hound was interesting. Before they were effected by light but this one didn't mind it at all. Mistake or maybe Tic's hell hound is different. Hmmmm did Tic create the creature or did he summon it. Is the creature the same one that was birthed from the cow?

How will they cover up the death of all those cops?

for those that haven't read the book.

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The book in the show that Tic's son wrote and he got from the future? The changes he mentioned that were made... Those are the differences between the real book and the show. Such an awesome tie-in.

Oh, that's an awesome detail about the book!

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I cheered out loud when the shoggoth formed out of the tarmac. I also cheered when it tore the piece of sh*t police captain in half.

Dee's twisted version of the Uncle Tom's Cabin cover characters brought to life creeped me right the FVCK out.

Caught up! Love everything so far still.

Talk about fighting over who sleeps in the wet spot.

Holy guacamole, episode nine. That is some powerful storytelling.

That last episode was a masterpiece. I appreciate anything that addresses the effin bonkers Tulsa massacre.

Yeah, they showed just enough to illustrate how completely insane it was, without trying to become a historical documentary. Honestly it was a deft touch in the writing and direction that made it work so well, because in lesser hands it might have gotten bogged down in the awful minutiae.

The personal connections with characters we've had eight episodes to connect with made it that much more powerful. It is likely to inspire people to want to learn more, which would frankly be a great thing. The horror of those two days and the aftermath should be taught in every elementary school. If they can teach every war Americans fought in, they can damn well teach the race war that white Americans launched on Black Wall Street.

Just to note this wasn't the only or first time something like this happen in America. You can't really rely on the American educational system to teach history.

Yeah, stuff like this happened in many cities in the 20th century. But the Tulsa massacre was the worst by pretty much any measure, and is notable for being an attack on the wealthiest black citizens of America. Pure terrorism carried out by white racists with the support of the authorities in Tulsa and the state. The message was clear: if you dare to be successful, you and your family and your homes and your businesses will be destroyed.

Nobody was ever convicted, and nobody other than families of victims even talked about it for seventy five years. It was completely covered up by the press, the government, and the courts.

The events and even violence of the Civil Rights era of the 60s are covered in some schools. Covered in seriously abridged form of course, and discussed from the POV of the authorities who were trying to incriminate any black person who fought for their rights peacefully or forcefully. Nobody is taught about Malcom X. Nobody is taught about the community work of the Black Panthers. And the wholesale destruction of black communities and murder of thousands of black people in the decades leading up to the 60s? Silence. Erased.

Even more telling is that the Tulsa massacre was called a "race riot" without specificity as to what race was rioting.

I don't think they landed the ending. I think the final was my least favorite of the series. I didn't hate it just didn't like it. I think they needed another episode to flesh things out. Great season overall though. Just started the book maybe that will have a better end.

Finished! I loved everything about the whole thing.

Yea I was super satisfied with the ending they did. Such a powerful show.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

I don't think they landed the ending. I think the final was my least favorite of the series. I didn't hate it just didn't like it. I think they needed another episode to flesh things out. Great season overall though. Just started the book maybe that will have a better end.

Book is different

Baron Of Hell wrote:

I don't think they landed the ending. I think the final was my least favorite of the series. I didn't hate it just didn't like it. I think they needed another episode to flesh things out. Great season overall though. Just started the book maybe that will have a better end.

Agree with this. Also I didn't really get Dee's line at the end.

Nevin73 wrote:
Baron Of Hell wrote:

I don't think they landed the ending. I think the final was my least favorite of the series. I didn't hate it just didn't like it. I think they needed another episode to flesh things out. Great season overall though. Just started the book maybe that will have a better end.

Agree with this. Also I didn't really get Dee's line at the end.

I think she was speaking in terms of bad guy tropes as a writer herself. Also I think she was the only one that read lovecraft country book. She was lumping Christina in with other bad guys that never learn their lesson.

Oh. From the comment and her demeanor, I was wondering if she had been possessed (or continued to be possessed) by something.

So is this a one-off series or will there be a second season somehow?