Lovecraft Country

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  1. Raoul the Red Shirt

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    Something I didn't pick up on watching but was told on message boards: the boy who asked about whether he was going to have a good trip was Emmett Till. (For those who don't know, real life Chicago boy who was lynched on a trip to the South because he supposedly whistled at a white woman, and the lynching was one of the events that galvanized the Civil Rights Movement.) So mind blown on that point.
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    If you listen to the podcasts from the show runners, this thing is almost 100% agenda-driven. But watching the show, this is also how you do such things right. They've not sacrificed story or characterization in pursuit of their agenda, so it all works. They're telling an engaging, absorbing story with excellent characters while also delivering relevant social commentary. Aside from all its other positive accomplishments, this show is a classroom for how to do social justice pieces properly.
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    Wow! I wonder if they plan to do any follow up on that...

    This episode was better than the last for sure. I'm glad because I was on the verge of dropping this show.
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    I've read lots of comments from people who've read the book that the series is based on who say that the uneven nature of the episodes so far is a reflection of the source material. According to them the book reads more like an anthology or collection of short stories than a novel.
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    For some reason, that's what I was envisioning... Supernatural in Jim Crow era... on HBO.
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    I have loved Supernatural, but I would guess Letitia Fucking Lewis has done more saving the day in just the three episodes thus far than the collective women characters of that series have in 15 seasons. (In fairness, I haven't regularly been watching the last couple, but still think it's a safe bet.)
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    This episode had a real National Treasure vibe.
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    Christina and Caleb may be the same person. :chris:
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    There's edumacational materials for the show.
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    On a side note, I can't believe it took me this long to figure out that Jurnee Smollett is Jussie Smollett's sister. :doh:
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    Yeah, I mean, it's not like there were news stories about it or anything.
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    Until this series I'd never seen anything she's been in.
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    I still haven't seen anything she's been in, other than an episode of House (her character was married to her half-brother). I knew about it because shortly after Lovecraft started airing there were a shit ton of articles on Apple News talking about the series and had that they were brother and sister as the headline.
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    I didn't read anything about the series until it started and, then, only reviews.
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    I didn't either, but all the headlines about her were literally "Jurnee Smollett Still Supports Her Brother Jussie."
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    I remember that she seemed good in Friday Night Lights, but then, what actors weren't good in that show?

    Saw Birds of Prey, which is a so-so movie, and she was aight in it.

    I have heard good things about her in Eve's Bayou, but I haven't watched it.
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    I used to watch this sitcom in the early 90's called On Our Own featuring JoJo (dreadlocks), Jazz (crop top), Jake (hat) Jurnee (sitting) & Jussie (red shirt) Smollet.

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    Don't @ me. :mad:

    This last episode was my favorite thus far. I really liked when Ruby, who now had the power of "whiteness" and felt empowered to anything went after her dream job at Marshall Fields... and then realized... oh shit! I can do ANYTHING! FUCK THIS JOB! :lol: So being empowered, she decides to help motivate and empower Tamara, the other black woman who worked there but from Tamara's perspective, she was just another "Karen" coming down on her. :lol:

    The frequent use of music and media from later times continues to throw me off. This is supposed to be 1950's Chicago and I've heard Rhianna and Cardi B. It's almost like the producers kind of wish they were writing a different show.
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    It's strange...the latest episode was good and deep but also kind of filler. Not much really "happened" of consequence, our heroes weren't in danger. And while what happened with Ruby was interesting and scary and gross and a bunch of other things, it was also sorta...pedestrian?

    I mean if someone shows you magic exists and at a minimum lets you turn yourself into another person plus is willing to give you stacks on stacks of cash, what would you do?

    I don't know about you. But for me, first of all, I'd be looking that gift horse in the mouth a little more closely. Watched too many episodes of Twilight Zone and other stuff to know this shit is not going to end well for me.

    But if I accepted it, I'd be getting that MONEY from off the dresser. (I don't care if I had whiteness as a currency. That's not always going to necessarily be the case. And some places still are going to want that paper!)

    I would want an explanation of all of what was possible through magic and get my Harry Potter on rather than just being a one-trick-pony.

    I would probably be using my presto-changeo powers and goof on my friends and family.

    I sure as hell would not be using my magic to get a better 9-to-5.

    Christina was taking a risk that Ruby didn't call up Leti like, "Hey guess what? Magic is real and I can turn into a white woman now! And it's thanks to this strange white dude I just met named William."
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    On the other hand, if you're suddenly exposed to a technology (magic) you've never encountered before, are you instantly going to grasp all the possibilities it offers? I dunno, she may figure out more & better tricks as she gets used to things.
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    Obviously I wouldn't grasp all or even many of the possibilities. But I would know or suspect that there are other possibilities, and want to know what they are and what they could let me do. Especially when the person who showed me kept talking in the abstract about how there were all these possibilities.

    It may be easier for me as a genre-savvy nerd to know and ask about some of the possibilities (can I get super-strength? invisibility? flight? mind-reading? etc.)

    But I think that anybody would have to know that there ARE other possibilities.