Lovecraft Country Episode 1 Review: “Sundown”

Lovecraft Country Episode 1 Review “Sundown”

Lovecraft Country Episode 1 Review: “Sundown”

Our “Sundown” Deep Dive explores the breakneck page and refreshing attitude of Lovecraft Country’s debut episode. We examine the racist legacy of H.P Lovecraft, the legendary voice of James Baldwin, and the principle of “othering.”

A voicemail about “The Green Book” takes Gene Lyons to task, and listener letters highlight the history of Chicago’s Bronzeville, the concept of “struggle movies,” the contrast of eldritch horror vs. Jim Crow horror, and the use sci-fi and horror as genres to tackle bigotry.

Ash teaches us about weird fiction, Denmark Vesey, and how to pronounce Cthulhu. Letitia and Atticus shine in their many splendid F*** YOUs. And The King Bee provides a handy overview of Edgar Rice Burroughs characters who appear in Episode 1.

Lovecraft Country Episode 1 Summary:
Veteran and pulp-fiction aficionado Atticus Freeman travels from the Jim Crow South to his South Side of Chicago hometown in search of his missing father Montrose. After recruiting his uncle George and childhood friend Letitia to join him, the trio sets out for “Ardham,” MA, where they think Montrose may have gone looking for insight into Atticus’ late mother’s ancestry. As they journey across the Midwest, Tic, Leti, and George encounter dangers lurking at every turn, especially after sundown.

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1 Response

  1. Lee says:

    Hi Shat on TV Team, I’m a big fan of the show and I’ve loved your podcasts for some of my favourite shows; GoT and Watchmen. So, I was excited to find out that you’re doing a podcast for what looks to be new great show: Lovecraft Country. And I’ve enjoyed the episodes I’ve heard so far. But, as this show deals so much with race, I think your podcast would really benefit from a black voice on the show as one of the presenters. I’m sure you’ll handle the subject sensitively, but, as a while male, I feel it’s hard for us to fully grasp the impact of this show from a black perspective. Hope this is seen as constructive feedback and not criticism. Keep up the great shows! Lee

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