Lovecraft Country: “Whitey’s on the Moon” Review

Week 2 of Lovecraft Country wasted no time delving deep into the mythical and supernatural. However, beneath this façade of elegance and opulence, lies something far more sinister!

The mansion itself looks pretty cool, in an X-Men, Hogwarts sort of way…

Spoilers Ahead – You’ve Been Warned

Sons of Sons
After Tic, George, and Leti were save from the monsters by a mysterious whistle, they find themselves in an archaic mansion that’s just as creepy as it is intriguing.

They’re shown around by William, who along with Christina and Adam, all look like lost Targaryen’s from Game of Thrones.

Christina could easily be Daenerys’ long lost sister!  And the irony of them being so “white” that even their hair is white isn’t lost on anyone paying attention…

The mansion is filled with fancy clothes that perfectly fit Leti, as well as all of George’s favorite books in his own personal library. Everything seems ideal, perhaps too much so.

The property and the land surrounding it feel like something out of the early 1900’s, with well to-do and well-dressed white people who talk condescendingly towards our three main characters.

At the house’s core is a secret society whose favorite pastime is projecting illusions for their guests and watching as they slowly lose their minds.

What’s really sick about (besides the invasion of privacy) is that Tic, Leti, and George are just playthings to these people.

Leti is seduced by a Tic that isn’t real, George sees a vision of his long passed love, hich seems cruel in hindsight, and Tic relives a gruesome experience he had from the war.

This all leads to a meeting of the secret society where it comes out that Tic is in fact a direct descendant of its founder, and he uses his power to disband and destroy it, both figuratively and literally. Ultimately however, this tragically costs him the life of his Uncle George.

The Legacy of “Secret Societies”
Whether it’s National Treasure or The Da Vinci Code, pop culture has long been obsessed with secret societies.

There’s an undeniable mystique that makes them fascinating to both conspiracy theorists and casual fans of history and literature.

You also can’t apparently be in a secret society without the mandatory robes…

But at their core is an exclusivity that’s one of the motifs of this episode. Groups like the Freemasons fascinate because only certain people could get in.

Even now, membership must be sponsored by an existing member, thus you quite literally have to know someone to get in.

And while groups like this have certainly gotten more inclusive in modern times, throughout their history, they were known for only accepting wealthy, white men in their ranks.

From the start, Tic feels incredibly awkward being there, and rightfully so.

Even in this episode, both Leti and Christina are denied entry to the dinner because it’s “men only”, thus proving they’re slightly more sexist than they are racist, but that’s a whole other discussion.

During the dinner, George reminds the members that blacks weren’t welcome, but that Tic’s ancestry bypasses this. But his ultimate decision to tear it down marks a very important distinction.

He doesn’t want to be part of an organization that that didn’t want him, an organization that only begrudgingly admitted him due to a loophole. So rather than continue to associate with them, he destroys the racist institution from the inside.

“Sometimes to build a new world, you have to tear down the old one.” – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

As we’ve seen so far (and along with the trailer for episode 3), Lovecraft Country seems to be living up to the novel’s anthology nature, with each episode being a semi self-contained story.

While this prevents any long-form storylines from developing, it does allow the series to explore a variety of situations and scenarios in a more organic manner. So far, it’s just getting warmed up, and we can’t wait to see what happens next

Lovecraft Country airs on Sundays at 9pm ET on HBO, and can be streamed on HBO Max!

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