Monday, October 19, 2020

What I’m Watching: Lovecraft Country (Season Finale)

Lovecraft Country: Season 1, Episode 10 “Full Circle” (B+)

I’m still not sure I understand all that much of what happened over the course of this entire season, but this episode seemed to offer up a few relatively uncomplicated conclusions to particular arcs. Atticus and Leti were able to go back to the house and get more concrete answers than the first time they were there, while Hippolyta and Montrose were frantically trying to revive them in the present. I did like the music that was playing as they bravely got set to pull it off, and it actually seemed sort of easy, aside from Titus’ brief escape to appear right in front of Christina’s crashed car. He proved himself right away to be a horrible person and a racist, things we knew already and which led to his very quick death via brutal heart extraction. Christina’s assertion that there was no generational hate, just a consequential death related to her spell, didn’t feel all that genuine, especially when Leti realized that she had killed Ruby and taken her form for their road trip. After Leti got thrown out the window and Atticus was having his blood drunk (always fun to watch), it seems like there was little hope, but then we got Leti up and running again, which typically signifies something awesome about to happen. It turned out that Ji-Ah was meant to be there, even if it did also mean that Atticus died. Leti casting a binding spell so that white people couldn’t have magic was a formidable win, though I’d say the ending scene with Diana violently killing Christina was the more shocking and emphatic moment of the episode. Season two has still not been announced, and even though this isn’t exactly my type of show, I’ve been impressed with the way that it’s been done and I think I’d tune in.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Jurnee Smollett as Leti and Jonathan Majors as Tic

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