Lovecraft Country

HBO

Season 1 Episode 4

A History Of Violence

Atticus, Leti and Montrose are going to have to stop waiting around for whatever Christina is cooking up next. That means they are going to have to find a way to tap into the powers being used against them.

Christina decides to take a trip to Leti’s home and Leti will discover how she was able to get the house in the first place. With another lie exposed, Leti goes looking for Atticus to discuss recent events. A conversation that leads back to his relationship with his father Montrose and more secrets.

In order to find the entrance to the vault they’re looking for, the trio heads to Boston. Unfortunately, they don’t go alone. One of the items being looked for in the episode is one that will connect back to the loss of George and there is a great symmetry to that and the Hippolyta’s love of astronomy.

When they arrive, the episode goes full on Indiana Jones with the three of them dealing with hidden vaults, tunnels, maps and a “Last Crusade” style leap of faith. The tension between Leti and Atticus is well crafted and interesting. There is a structural difference in this episode as well. The previous episodes build to their climaxes and reveals. This one seemed to just happen. The immediacy works at points, but throws off the rhythm of the series so far. Its pace leaves too many dramatic threads dangling poorly.

If there was a weak point in the story it was the subplots. Ruby’s quest to be hired at Marshall Fields feels weak in its execution. Hippolyta and Diana’s story deserved more development. The episode is a lot of fun and interesting. The end of the episode is where it really finds itself and I wish it had this energy sooner. The twist at the end of the episode is definitely my reason for seeing what happens next.

Lovecraft Country S01XE04

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8.2

Overall

8.2/10

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