When we tried to recapitulate the first season of HBO's "Lovecraft Country," one thing became clear: the show is pretty insane.
The story begins with Atticus "Tic" Freeman (Jonathan Majors), friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) traveling America in the mid-1950s in search of Tic's missing father. You can expect the search to take the entire season or even longer. Instead, the initial plot completes quickly.
And while the whole season runs over a story, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions of different horror and science fiction tropes. There's a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode, and more.
The show isn't perfect – the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap. But at best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly eccentric plots, creepy monsters (with plenty of blood), and a healthy dose of politics.
After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted from a book by Matt Ruff) is named after the notoriously racist horror author H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on black characters, which means that old genres can be revived with different casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.
In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the original content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix revenue, the new season of "The Bachelorette" and the end of Quibi.
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And if you want to move on, the episode does the following:
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 "The Bachelorette"
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” rating
31:32 "Lovecraft Country" spoiler discussion