In Review: Lovecraft Country (S1 – Ep4) – A History of Violence

After Christina mysteriously shows up at her doorstep, Leti confronts Atticus about his plan to surreptitiously return to Florida.
Lovecraft Country

Synopsis: After Christina mysteriously shows up at her doorstep, Leti confronts Atticus about his plan to surreptitiously return to Florida.

 

The Story

After some arguments between themselves. Atticus, Leti, and Montrose head off to Boston to find and decode the pages that Titus Braithwhite has hidden in the museum exhibit dedicated to him. The plan is to get to the scroll before Christina can. As the set out for their trip to the museum. Hippolyta and Diana decide to tag along in order to go to the astronomy exhibit.

As they arrive in Boston. Atticus, Leti, and Montrose scope things out while Hippolyta and Diana do their thing. Thankfully for Atticus and Leti. Montrose has a friend who works in the museum and enables them to get into the exhibit during closing hours. As they explore the exhibit Atticus, Leti, and Montrose wind up going on an adventure that would make Indiana Jones proud as they have to solve a number of deadly puzzles and traps to obtain the scroll, but unlike Indiana Jones that have help from Montrose who has some insider information, which becomes a cause for suspicion.

Back in Chicago at a dive bar. Ruby gets her ego stroked after a bad gig from William who is on some sort of mission.

 

The Acting

Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, and Michael Kenneth Williams display awesome chemistry as the key characters in this series. I loved the scenes where the three were bickering about what they should do next. Williams has a great father and son moment as Montrose shares a moment with Atticus and says that his mother would be proud of the man he has become. I’m loving the fact that Montrose is not completely on the same page as Atticus and Lettie and is doing things to work against them. This is only going to serve to make things more interesting as the series moves forward. Especially given what Montrose does in the final scene of this episode.

 

Overall

This for me was a wonderful episode with some fun callbacks to various pulp stories including some pretty cool Indiana Jones-style puzzles that the team has to solve in order to find what it is they are looking for. The scenes in the museum at night are filled with tension and the reveal that Montrose knows more than he has been cracking on and has burned a book, which would have made life easier for Atticus is a clever and fun moment.

Overall. A fun ride of an episode that will satisfy fans of pulp storytelling everywhere.

9.9
Lovecraft Country (S1 - Ep4) - A History of Violence
  • Story
    9.7
  • Acting
    10
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.8
  • Incidental Music
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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