Lovecraft Country:

The Complete First Season                   review by Bobby Blakey

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For years HBO has been churning out great shows. Every time one of their hit series like Game of Thrones ends they seem to return with something even better. Their latest series Lovecraft Country based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff, features a great cast including Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Aunjanue Ellis, Wunmi Mosaku, Abbey Lee, Jamie Chung, Jada Harris, and Michael K. Williams with Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams serving as executive producers looks to bring something out of this world to the network, but does it cross over into the depths of hell or will it fail to find acceptance?

 

Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman as he joins up with his childhood friend Leti Lewis and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip from Chicago across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father, Montrose Freeman. Their search-and-rescue turns into a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and monstrous creatures that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback. 

 

I was late to the party on this show and after watching the first episode I have to be honest I got a bit worried. I just wasn’t feeling it despite all the hype, but opted to stick with it and overall I am glad I did. This series has its ups and downs, but as a whole is pretty dame good. The story setting alone would have made for an interesting direction, but infusing the horror and magic gave it that special something that helped to step it to something more.

 

Everyone in the cast are great bringing lots of layers to their roles and thankfully they all got their moment to shine. There are a couple of episodes that really stood out focused on Jamie Chung and Wunmi Mosaku as personal favorites. I don’t want to reveal anything about them as experiencing it is part of the charm, but they offer up the gore,

strangeness and everything in between to perfection. Initially each episode kind of feels like individual stories while still being connected and as expected all comes crashing together later in the season. This helps to not only move the story along, but also gives the back story to some of the needed situations and characters in a creative way.

 

In the end I really dug this show and glad I stuck it out. I am purposely not talking a lot about the details of this show because you need to go in fresh and just let it happen to truly appreciate it. Will be interesting to see where it is headed in the future, but until then be sure to check out Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on February 16th from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.