‘Lovecraft Country’ Episode 4 Review: The Museum Confirms You Must Know Where You’ve Been To Know Where You’re Headed

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollet, and Michael K WIlliams

In episode Four of HBO’s Lovecraft Country, the crew takes a household journey to Boston in quest of some extraordinarily worthwhile pages from the “Book of Names.” They depart behind Chicago and the once-haunted home that Leti takes possession of in episode 3, and as an alternative should navigate an historic museum to seek out one thing that everybody on the present appears to wish. 

Leti’s sister Rubi finds herself struggling to progress professionally within the oppressive society that’s Jim Crow America and makes a reference to a shady character from earlier within the season. Tic, Leti, and Montrose band collectively and partake in a wild journey to retrieve the pages and make a disturbing discovery within the course of.

The household takes a visit to Boston that teaches everybody one thing new

Episode Four opens with Tic’s father, Montrose, struggling to deal with the ache of his path. Christina continues to be lurking round Chicago and has a tense encounter with Leti, throughout which she reveals she’s on the lookout for “Hiram’s Orrery,” a metallic mannequin of the photo voltaic system. Tic’s aunt Hippolyta is definitely the one who possesses it, though she doesn’t know what it’s or how you can open the locked object. 

Leti then confronts Tic on the library about Christina, and the 2 notice that they should study some spells of their ow. They speak to his father about discovering the lacking pages, however his father initially refuses. He finally offers in, and the household takes a visit to Boston, the place Montrose is certain the pages might be discovered. 

At the museum, Hippolyta reveals to her daughter Dee that she as soon as received a contest to call a galaxy, however didn’t obtain credit score for it as a result of her shade. Meanwhile, Tic, Leti, and Montrose scope out the museum to discover a secret passageway that may result in the pages. They’re profitable and start their search. 

While the crew dangers their lives, Rubi has to deal with her personal issues

Back in Chicago, Rubi struggles with discovering work. Her hopes of making use of at a division retailer are foiled by one other Black lady who already works there. She will get a lukewarm response whereas singing at a bar, and finds herself being courted by William from Adrham Lodge. She reveals a ton of details about the crew to William, and so they hook up shortly after.

In Boston, the crew has ventured into the depths of the museum and faces supernatural safety reminiscent of disappearing bridges, password-protected doorways, and boobytrapped gates. Tic’s blood is the important thing to coming into a secret chamber, and inside it, they discover a corpse that jumps to life upon their entry. The corpse reveals that Titus initially introduced her and her individuals to America with guarantees of serving to them, however betrayed her and left them for useless.

She refuses to assist the crew on their search, however Montrose decides to take the misplaced pages from her grasp anyway. The chamber floods and the crew barely escapes, bringing Yahima, the undead spirit with them. In a stunning flip of occasions, Montrose slits her throat within the ultimate seconds of the episode, leaving viewers to marvel what’s subsequent.

Rubi’s battle is one that every one Black Americans face, even today

Rubi’s dilemma with discovering alternatives just isn’t new. All Black Americans face the identical battle of the “rat race,” by which we should all compete with one another for restricted alternatives. In most areas, whether or not they be company, social, or in any other case, there’s solely room for one Black face, and it should be distinctive. 

She is aware of that as a result of she’s darker-skinned she has a harder battle, and he or she additionally is aware of that there’s a “winner takes all” mentality within the Black group that’s nonetheless related today. Most Black Americans really feel that their hardest competitors is amongst their very own individuals and that we’re all scrambling in a lopsided recreation of musical chairs for a possibility at life. 

The Lovecraft crew’s journey to the hidden pages is symbolic of Black individuals’s tortuous journey to their fact

As with most of their experiences to this point, the Lovecraft crew’s journey to the coveted pages just isn’t straightforward. It’s marred with codes, traps, and obstacles that require important technique and resourceful considering, not in contrast to the journeys Black Americans face on daily basis. 

In America, Black individuals are very hardly ever afforded a straightforward journey to success or to uncovering the reality about who they’re. We’re born right into a system designed with numerous boobytraps meant to maintain us from reaching our full potential. Even the best of targets, from proudly owning a house to elevating a household, might be saved out of attain by complicated constructions created to marginalize us. To make it in America as Black particular person, you should be sensible, savvy, and have magic in your blood. 

Episode Four of ‘Lovecraft Country’ reveals that there’s room for uneasy optimism amongst the crew 

Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollet, and Michael K WIlliams
Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollet, and Michael Okay WIlliams

Despite the whirlwind of occasions that happen in episode 4, the crew nonetheless manages to attain their objective. They efficiently retrieve the pages from the “Book of Names,” however that doesn’t essentially imply they’re out of the water.

They nonetheless have to determine how you can decipher the pages, how you can use the spells, and how you can hold them away from Christina. Not to say, Rubi is now within the thick of a romantic affair with William, who absolutely has ulterior motives. Montrose’s inexplicable homicide of Yahima additionally leaves loads of questions unanswered. Although the crew has checked a significant objective off of their checklist, there are nonetheless a ton of issues up within the air about what’s to occur subsequent. 

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