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  • #21
    Well I'm failing to catch up to the episodes as they air but I'm still watching and working my way through. Spoilers for...

    Episode 5 - Strange Case


    Again there were aspects in this episode that I liked, but I struggled with it a lot too. The violence and gore in this one I found excessive. It wasn't that any of the directions or plot points didn't work. I just found the intensity a bit too much and a bit too constant throughout it all. But I'm not sure that wasn't essentially what they were aiming for.

    I don't find sexual violence the easiest thing to watch, as I'm sure is true for most people. I can still appreciate shows/movies that include such scenes, but I do find it tough going and so multiple ones made me feel quite uneasy. The least problematic sex scene for me was between Tic and Leti. More deliberate than their first, which was greatly spurred by Tic's jealousy, but I still felt there is a lack of equality in their regard. Leti is still struggling from finding out the supernatural exists and as she seeks reassurance she seems to get buffeted in the wake of Tic's reactions to events and his personal goals a lot. His aggression about the pictures is a good example and the unpleasant, frustrated edge that can be between them sometimes. They did have a more openly communicative scene later when Leti is bathing and Tic shows a sign that the potential of them actually might matter to him too. Does it outweigh the previous lack of regard for her feelings or his outward displays of violence? The latter something he implied is inherited from his father, after beating him for murder. Rather like history presses violent lessons on social groups we're given the sense of influence and consequence and see this time and again within the episode. The risks Tic'll take due to the drive he has to find out answers and seek the promise of a greater power still feels like his primary focus. So it was a needed scene with Leti, but it also just didn't feel like enough yet too.

    At the moment I don't think the show gives enough focus on Tic to make me understand and care for the character and his struggles as much as I wish I did. The raised likeness in his focus and desire for the magic to protect those he loves as potentially wrong and corrupt as Montrose killing to stop him feels fair. The drive to gain power can come from a positive source, an intent that isn't all about personal gain and power for the want of power. But desperation or fear create poor decision making sources and can swing the balance irresponsibly in what you would do to achieve that aim. Or, as we see with Ruby, what you would do with it if you gain it.

    The Montrose and Sammy sex scene again wasn't the worst. But a desperation and desire for connection after Tic's beating and a difficulty facing his own sexuality resulted in a rough and seemingly careless hook up between Montrose and Sammy. But we do see some layers to this relationship as the episode goes on and Montrose finally comes to some acceptance when he's surrounded by so many people at ease with who they are on the outside as well that he is able to approach Sammy and kiss him openly. A line that it was previously made clear hadn't played a part in their relationship.

    Both relationship dynamics are intriguing and fit the description of being 'strange cases' as Tic I think references the relationship he left in Korea. Most relationships have their oddities and we do see a whole bunch of that in this episode and this deliberate consideration to the uniqueness of people's dynamics is definitely a positive of the episode. So I enjoy the exploration of the dynamics in these relationships but have to wonder, would I have thought of these two relationships and these moments as having tones of sexual violence in them if they'd been within any other episode? Well, yes, I think I would still have been aware of that element, but it probably wouldn't have bothered me as much in an episode where they were the only ones. But that certainly isn't the case as the plotline around Ruby featured plenty more. And that really is where the heart of my discomfort in this episode lies.

    There is a lot to like about Ruby's side of the episode. Don't get me wrong, whilst I was left with an unpleasant level of dislike/unease from this episode I definitely still saw themes and character explorations that were intriguing. Ruby waking up to find out exactly how William was going to offer her a different world was fascinating. The fear and displacement that she feels on waking and finding herself magically transformed into a white woman is really clear. Her wandering lost and confused to be faced with compassion and uncertainty by a black youth trying to help her is contrasted starkly by the cruel brutality of the police towards him that come to take her 'home'. My initial impression in the last episode that William sleeping with Ruby had been designed to gain access to Leti's home seems to be proven wrong here. It appeared that it was William's townhouse that Ruby had woken up in as it is there that the police return her to him and Ruby asks 'both' William and Christina during the episode what is in the basement. So it seems to be Christina's place.

    The opportunity to experience the life she can't live as herself is presented to Ruby. But as a bargain. The freedom and power of the magic to turn herself white, for a favour. We don't learn within this episode what placing the item in the office of the Captain will do, but we do hear the motivation to target him. The Captain is accused of having murdered Christina's brother. Is this the first we have heard of this, I don't remember this being mentioned before even though Christina has clashed with the Captain previously. Surely with the later revelation that Christina truly does understand to some degree how Ruby has been feeling, it would suggest that William is the lost brother. Her story has shown that, as a woman, she is rejected and shown sexist prejudice repeatedly. So in wearing the skin of 'William' she also is able to walk in a world that views her differently as her natural self. The magic allows her to transform in a way that means she'll be treated like a whole 'real' person.

    So the question is, is William her brother? Is this a desire for power to avenge him and also to remember him? Is the focus on the planets and timing anything to do with resetting time and the desire to have her lost sibling back? I would have thought appearing as someone believed to be dead would be foolish, so I'm probably not right. It would be interesting to review and see who is around when William is and how they respond to him though. Has he always been Christina? We now suspect so. This is a twist that I really like the intrigue and narrative complexity of, the layers it brings to Christina. I also feel somewhat disappointed to have lost the character of William. But if it is William the Captain shot, that could provide for some really interesting scenes to come. And with whatever revenge is planned will we also find out more about the tortured guy in the closet, or was he just there to illustrate the cruel, casual violence people are capable of?

    The effect of Ruby's experiences of suffering prejudice combined with her jealousy over the unqualified Tamara getting the position at Marshall's was very interesting. Ruby, as Hillary, reprimands Tamara for not being faultless and points out to her that the standards she achieves reflect on her race. To be a credit she has to be better than mediocre. There's an unfair truth in there and her manner is harsh and a little cruel. But the fact is Ruby's own failed applications and experience despite her education suggests that even trying your hardest will be insufficient. I think there is some frustration and bitterness wrapped in how she treats Tamara because of this more significant truth. Then in suggesting that Tamara takes them all out to the South Side, possibly wanting to see their white colleages feeling as out of place and uncomfortable as she often does herself, the door to the sequence of events that steps further into sexual violence is nudged open.

    First we see a side to her boss which was clearly not known before. When Ruby asked the other employees earlier if their boss Paul tries to get too handsy, they laugh it off. He's a mild family man, that's the impression given. But we see he has a hidden side, as so many people do in this show/episode, and his metamorphosis is into a sexual predator as he tried to force himself on a black woman (possibly Tamara by his later interest in sacking her) outside the bar, witnessed by Ruby. Is the difference that he's socialising and drunk or is it that he feels he should be able to force himself on a black woman without repercussion? Luckily the woman escapes. Earlier Christina emphasised the opportunity that the magic gives Ruby (both of them in truth), the freedom to be yourself uninterrupted. It allows unmitigated freedom. And this comes in particular for Ruby because the person she is when under the potion doesn't truly exist. If she commits a crime, who could be blamed? So the vengeance that Ruby takes on Paul is extreme, cruel and violent. The brutalisation and humiliation of him is very deliberate.

    The humour in the line when Ruby sees William transform to Christina and simply reacts in disbelief and annoyance that she's, "been William this whole f*cking time!" was great and the delivery excellent. It was a needed moment of relief and her disbelief something we can share. Thematically the shedding of the skin, the stripping away of the flesh that makes so much difference on the outside, uncovering the person within whose emotional responses to how they are treated is driving their choices, this I find fascinating. The mixture of emotions that Ruby feels in this episode is a roller coaster as she oscillates from fear and uncertainty, confidence and jealousy to violent anger. It all really emphasises the intensity of the experiences she has just trying to get by in a world that victimises her for the colour of her skin.

    But the actual effects I find incredibly gory. Again, like with the sexual violence, it isn't that it is too much for me generally, in and of itself. But that degree of repetition of it and yes, perhaps also the extent of time the scenes continue for, really pushes the intensity of this side and so increases my unease.

    I would question why there is no police concern about these shed and shredded skins appearing everywhere. Particularly the skin of a white women outside the bar. As with how Tic can treat Leti though, it feels like a very self-focused moment from Ruby. I'm going to assume the skins are getting purposefully cleared away, or perhaps they quickly evaporate with the magic. I also wonder how wise it was for Ruby to show her face to the man she just sodomised in her need to have him realise a black person did this to him. Especially if she is going to leave the skin of Hillary all around him. Again falling back to the evaporating explanation for clear up maybe, or just the certainty that he would seem insane in what he was suggesting if he told. Perhaps the violence of her choices will come back to haunt her, but I'm not sure that is where it will go or that there will be any follow through from the damage that was left in this horrifically violent act.

    Power corrupts and violence breeds violence. And the pain of transformation lessons the more you experience it. If Ruby has metamorphosed, is it truly temporary, and what is it really into? Or was what we saw just years of the existing inner damage? Added to with raw resentment from futilely trying to work hard beyond the restrictions and prejudice unfairly confining her, now outwardly expressed.

    Is it a good episode? If an aim is to make the viewer feel uncomfortable, use the various scenes to heighten a constant state of displacement, fear and insecurity? It does that. Or if they wished to bring to mind continuously the consequences of the negative, corrupt use of power. The harm it does and how much anger and hatred can destroy? Then yes again. To raise themes that are complex and interesting? Again, yes. To make an enjoyable viewing experience that you'd want to rewatch? Not so much. But why should it be comfortable to view a story which rests so much on constant subjugation, violence and prejudice? Perhaps with a little time and distance that final answer about rewatching would change and my appreciation for the thematic representations would outweigh the intensity of the unpleasantness of watching this. But I think the two sadly go hand in hand. At the moment I just feel disturbed. But very aware that a lot of what they are trying to make you think about is, in itself, simply disturbing.

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    • #22
      I've been sick in bed for almost a week now - but that gave me some time to actually read the novel the show is based on. The differences are really interesting and I'm looking forward to catching up and talking about the show very soon.

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        I hope you're feeling better. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts when you get some time/energy.

    • #23
      Okay, after a really looooong break, I watched episode 6 tonight, Meet Me in Daegu. I'm going to pretty much just type out my thoughts and will edit very little just so that I find the time to post on it. Fitting in watching Lovecraft Country and Wentworth has just been a fail for a couple of months now so I'm trying to fit both back in by concertina'ing the time impact of watching/posting on them. Hopefully my thoughts won't be nonsensically jumbled with little to no editing afterwards.

      I really enjoyed this episode. It still mixed real life events and issues with the supernatural, but with a break from the story of the Braithwaites and the extreme brutality that has recently been featured, it really did have a separate tone. Although violence and prejudices certainly did still play a meaningful part of the story. But the different overall feel worked very well with revisiting the past and events that unfolded prior to Tic's return to America.

      Finding out about the background of his mystery romance from South Korea, how complicated that was alongside the experience that being there was for him, was made stronger by being from Ji-Ah's perspective. There of course we gained ties between them of suffering from abusive parents, responses to traumatic experiences and performing acts that broke part of who they were, who they wanted to be. Having this run along with the themes of othering and victimisation, being perceived as monstrous and performing monstrous acts as well as innocence was just excellent.

      The social aspects of the war and American involvement in South Korea is a period of history that I know very little about. So there was the interest of considering that and the impact on all the varying parties affecting by all that was happening. What really struck me in all of it was the moment of surprise that Ji-Ah had over the idea that these soldiers who were in her life and brutalising what she knew and cared about, were in their home country victims and othered themselves. Seeing victims understand each other and also see themselves as perpetrators of violence and cruelty was so impactful. So very human. It struck me that what this show gives isn't so much the sense of hearing of something you never knew occurred or was possible, but, in using the supernatural representations of the themes of the episodes, it shocks. The beauty in this is that we sadly become desensitised to the horrors that humans commit on others. By representing the acts and the violence through elements of supernatural and horror, they make it shocking again.

      The marrying of abuse, victimisation, and acts of violence in this episode was superb. It also gave some scaffolding to why Tic was perhaps surprisingly quick to come to accepting the supernatural elements introduced to him and despite how awfully things seemed to have ended between him and Ji-Ah, why he would turn back to her and call for support or answers perhaps.

      Ji-Ah was a very interesting character. I wish I knew more about her favourite film, Meet Me in St Luis. It features/is referred to in the story at several points and probably gives some interesting insights into her character. The love of the cinema that she has and the sense of it as escapism, mirrored by Tic's use of escapism through enlisting, does in and of itself of course tell a good deal. The introduction of her in the theatre and the fantasy of being able to sing and dance her way down the aisle and in front of the screen makes her unhappiness clear and is a beautifully shot moment. Another reference in the episode to the Count of Monte Cristo is also used to give us insight and Tic's open discussion about reading being his form of escapism, which the war somewhat temporarily replaced.

      The travel through the flashback by exploring different periods across 1949-50, identified by their seasons, steadily reveals the background of Ji-Ah's story and the abuse suffered at the hands of her father and the strange pressure from her mother to bring men back as Ji-Ah talks of restoring family dignity instead with her nursing degree. There is clearly something happening and we come to learn that she is expected to use a supernatural power to take souls to restore her humanity. The theme throughout of her being pressed to be monstrous to escape being a monster and her eventual inability to hide this side to her as she attacks Tic is really powerful. That her mother seemingly created this scenario not only through marrying someone she apparently knew had a sexual interest in her daughter to hide her own social shame at having a child out of wedlock, but then in calling on supernatural powers to aid killing her husband which was placed as a burden again onto the daughter, is horrific. This works against Tic's problematic relationship with his father and the references to The Count of Monte Cristo as Montrose's favourite book. A book which he has still carried with him despite the attempt to flee into the war being about escaping his father, bearing weight to the idea that you can't flee what is an inherent part of where you are from. It also is intriguing against the brief reference to George who we believe is Tic's biological father and his positive impact in the episode as he brings a means to positively influence and connect through his work on his guide.

      The background of Ji-Ah's story and the expectations on her sits against her studying and working within a field hospital. Which eventually includes tending those hurt within the war and the brutal way that the soldiers treat the suspected communists. The episode openly seems to call into question the 'good' that is being done by the war and includes the identification of Ji-Ah's best friend as a spy who confesses to protect Ji-Ah from suspicion and is then torn away from her, not to be seen again. Suspected killed we do briefly see her tortured for information and Tic's involvement later when Ji-Ah accesses his memories during her attack on him. The clear conflict that she has over what is expected of her and how she exists in this violent world is very like the struggles that we have been seen in this series and which is directly placed against Tic and how they come together and look to be more than the violent sides which they have ended up focusing on.

      As the theme of power and the abuse of power, victims and perpetrators is so heavily emphasised in this episode, the equivalent repetitions of escapism and memories is intriguing. The effects of the past on the present are beautifully illustrated in both. How Ji-Ah then comes to see a glimpse of Tic's future and a threat to his life when she accesses his memories but is able to push him away without her power leading to kill him as she has done 99 times before is intriguing. Her distress and worry for him, her attempts to warn him as he just simply tries to flee from her, fall on stony ground. But again, this makes Tic's wish to contact her again a lot easier to understand with everything that he has been going through since heading home.

      I found the revelation that Tic was a virgin through his openness with Ji-Ah and her attempt to offer him a considerately tender first experience of sex a contrasting one to that which Tic gave Leti. Again an effect of experience and need fuelling him at the time, and the false image that Leti had built up in self defence of being more experienced than she was, it still illustrated the themes of communication, the way people use each other and impact each other. Initially intent on avenging her friends death but eventually getting to know Tic and understanding his own struggles, in learning more about Ji-Ah from her perspective and seeing the genuine affection that does in the end override her wish for revenge this theme of memories and how some are ones you wish to escape but they all lead into who you are is great. How people connect through common experiences, the need to be understood and to understand their place within the world around them is what repeatedly draws these characters into each other's lives. Sometimes resulting in positive connections and creating memories that are cherished and at other times building on the traumas that we are seeing repeatedly influence them.

      The attempt at the end by Ji-Ah to visit the shaman and find out if Tic is going to die includes her mother's attempt to now take on the burden of what they have been experiencing and pay the price herself. This notion of paying a price is a repeated one against the power that the shaman had given her daughter to kill her rapist father in the first place. Again underscoring the theme of the impact of the past and present on the future as she is trying to find out if what she saw in Tic's future memories will come true. The answer the shaman gives doesn't really seem to provide an answer but places emphasis on the sense of a journey which has played out as a theme from the start of the show.

      So a very enjoyable episode. And easier to watch than the last even though brutal violence still plays its part. As has been done before, we learn more about Tic although we are primarily looking at the episode story from another character's perspective and learning more about them too. It again uses the supernatural to bring more emphasis to the underlying points in a way that is really excellently done I think. I expect that we'll be back in the present day in the next episode and I'm really looking forward to seeing where the show goes next.

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      • #24
        Finally, after over six months(!), I got back to watching Lovecraft Country today. As I was preparing to put episode 7 on ("I Am"), I had a quick think through what had happened in the last episode and the series so far and was astounded by just how much has been packed in to so few episodes. Credit to them that it hasn't felt like they have been crushing it all in and for creating so many interesting characters. This episode follows Hippolyta's journey as she first heads to Ardham to find out if George had been there. Alongside this, Tic continues to explore his family's connection to magic too and Ruby demands that Christina tells her everything.

        Hippolyta's progress takes a very strange path as she goes from finding the solution to the orrery, the key inside, and then accessing the magic in the observatory by being able to solve complex equations to start the machine. As the machine starts to malfunction from the shot it took, it seems to rip a hole in time and space to different dimensions. We see Hippolyta experience a freeing of self as she builds on her success in solving the puzzle of the orrery to travelling through various realities where she encounters different situations that allow her to develop and explore different elements of herself.

        I looked up Josephine Baker after watching and learned about her career and role in both the French resistance and as a civil rights activist. She seems a great choice as someone to deeply influence Hippolyta's confidence. I also confirmed Hippolyta in Greek mythology to be the Queen of the Amazons (which from my sketchy comics knowledge I had thought was the case) and the likely link to the experience she has as a fierce warrior. Both of these experiences then lead Hippolyta to name herself as George's wife and to travel to spend time with him and face the restriction that her life had built around her. The most powerful moment in this episode for me came from the line she gave about her life and role as a black women so far. That rather than having everything she wanted as she has thought, she'd realised she had been fitting into the determination of what white people wanted a black woman to be, "I feel like they just found a smart way to lynch me without me noticing the noose."

        We haven't seen a lot of Hippolyta so far that I recall, but I think her frustrations in being left at home featured earlier and her clear intellectual abilities displayed in this episode could definitely be seen to sit against this realisation of having been restricted and limited. I did find some of the fantastical journeying's extreme swings a tad ridiculous I have to admit, especially when it got into the space travel and hoopy skirt. But whilst this was probably my least favourite episode so far, Hippolyta's confidence in her ability to be whatever she wants to be and how this progression from the life she had been leading can have changed her is definitely an intriguing element. I look forward to seeing where this character might be going as she returns to a society that functions around the restrictions that were on her and would look to keep on her. It could have been seen as surprising that she would return to that, but when she is eventually presented with the choice to continue to explore worlds of opportunities or return to her previous life, we know that Diane is a likely factor in her decision. Hopefully how Hippolyta's experiences have changed her will in some way help them face the likely repercussions from Diane's comic book being left at the murder scene in the observatory.

        Tic's ongoing revelations about his family and his focus on tracking down the book of names is a fairly interesting side story in this episode. Although, I do still find him a difficult character to like and I'm not quite sure how his quest suddenly manages to overlap with Hippolyta's when he appeared at the observatory and goes into the rift alongside her and then just pops back out again later. Perhaps his experiences will be considered in the next episode. Far more interesting was his confrontation with his father and his own struggle about realising the truth of Montrose's homosexuality. Tic appears to show some prejudice and homophobia but from what he says to Leti this could just be hurt, resentment and anger at seemingly having taken beatings through his childhood as Montrose struggled himself with his sexuality. On top of Tic's anger when Montrose murdered the person they had freed a couple of episodes ago too, how their dynamic will continue from this is going to be interesting to see.

        Ruby's continuing involvement with Christina only lightly features but did confirm that William was a real person that Christina had lost at the hands of Captain Lancaster. Seemingly though, an old lover of Christina's rather than her actual brother as I'd assumed was the truth. With Christina having offered Ruby the freedom of her magic, something her father tried to limit her access to because of her gender, the theme of the restrictions and limitations pressed on some through prejudice is again underscored. How far Ruby will take working with her alongside her turbulent history with Leti is hard to guess. And then there's Leti's likely pregnancy and how that might run alongside the dreams and memories of Hannah that she has been having.

        I was surprised to see confirmation from earlier this month that they won't be continuing with the series into a second season. So far it has been a very unique show and has explored some powerful themes and I've learned a great deal from the incredibly impactful and disturbing elements of history considered. There's definitely plenty of threads to continue with from this point and I think only three episodes to go, so I hope it all ties off relatively well if this is all that there will be.

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        • #25
          I watched the next Lovecraft Country last night - episode 8 - Jig-A-Bobo. As usual, spoilers follow...

          In the wake of Hippolyta's journey last episode, I hadn't expected the fallout from Diana's comic book being found to come so soon or for her mum to still be absent when it did. The significance of that is really underscored by Tic wanting to protect his son and Montrose putting himself on the line for Tic too. This idea of protecting each other, taking the burden and sharing it is a theme throughout the episode. And we see characters learning about secrets and still walking into problems from keeping them too.

          The dynamics between people really was a main focus. I very much enjoyed the tension throughout that they concentrated on from this and that we got a lot of very intense and revealing scenes between characters. The truth of magic and the involvement of many in trying to control it is more openly discussed. And with this the background tale of the murder of Diana's friend just makes the absence of people feel stark.

          The eventual tracking down of Diana by the cursed spirits(?)/characters from the book cover, set upon her by the corrupted chief of police, is just horrible. The attempts she made to talk to people, her guts in just going to the chief of police, her eventual decision to take a stand, only for Montrose to eventually fight through to her when he couldn't see she was being attacked was wrenching. I hope that she isn't going to have had her last episode. But the trauma of her life is clearly not going to leave her without deep scars even if she does survive.

          The release for Montrose of finally talking about the struggles he has had with an additional prejudice because of his sexuality was a welcome development. It felt right that some degree of breaking barriers was going to happen between him and Tic eventually. That he was then able to support Tic and be leaned on I hope will have been somewhat healing for them both.

          Similarly, other characters heard some truths and faced what has been happening for each other. Leti understandably struggled with hearing about Tic's past relationship when she is trying to deal with how theirs is shifting (and of course is keeping secrets on this currently as she's unaware he knows about the pregnancy). I think Leti is right that Ji-Ah's emotions have played a part in why she has turned up wanting to talk to Tic about her vision. But also, as I remember, it seemed like Tic was calling her in earlier episodes. I can't remember though what was said and if there was anything then that might have given her a different expectation of his possible response to her arriving too. I can't imagine that she has just exited again, so I expect more to come on this.

          Leti and Tic clearly need to talk more. We found out that Tic's time in the portal last episode, when he returned with the book, had led him to believe that Leti must be pregnant because the book was written by his son. But they hadn't talked about it yet even though it is driving a lot of their actions. Both have taken gambles in the drive to protect themselves/their child/each other, but are still working quite independently. As they talk more openly with other characters this lack of communication stands out. With them both now seeming to have some magical immunity after getting Christina elements she needed, it feels like this might well be setting them up for a bigger battle to come. And without that communication, what they were passing over and how they might be used in combination wasn't being considered too.

          Within the contrasting examples of more open sharing, we also saw Ruby tell Leti about her knowledge of magic and about her relationship with Christina. Her belief that she is going to learn about magic though is possibly naive. It is hard to judge as the relationship between her and Christina is complicated. I thought the conversation between Ruby and Christina over the death of Bobo was especially fascinating. I liked the complexity in seeing Ruby's choice to use the spell to be a white woman, could have multiple motivations. To not feel like a black woman choosing to sleep with a white man in the shadow of the child's murder and also as Christina suggested that on today of all days she wanted to hide she was a woman doing as she wanted. The relationship between Ruby and Christina is certainly rich in its complexities.

          Christina's choice to be murdered I would assume played a necessary part towards her becoming invulnerable too. But the method of her murder was a fascinating one. Was this her trying to feel some response and connection to what had happened to the child that she earlier had openly told Ruby didn't affect her? Or was there some other hidden agenda to utilising that specific scenario for the spell? It feels like there is more to understand on that as another character experiencing the lynching/death of the murdered child shouldn't be a flippant inclusion.

          There were of course some grotesque and bloody elements, as tends to be the case in Lovecraft Country. The explosion out of her skin as Ruby slept with William I found particularly unpleasant, but I appreciate symbolically both her wearing the different skin and then shedding it. I'm glad that they didn't show a viewing of BoBo's body as the brutality of his murder was awful enough to just hear about. The twins that chased down Diana were supremely creepy. And then there was the monster that protected Tic at the end. More to be found out there no doubt.

          Overall, this was an especially intense episode because of the background of Bobo's horrible murder and with what was happening to Diana as she stayed isolated through most of the episode. The themes of the relationships, the dynamics, the secrets/revelations and the need to protect themselves and each other were all really effective alongside the stories of two children that weren't protected and in light of Leti's pregnancy. I really hope that the next episode builds on all of this and that Diana survives.

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