HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” is clever, entertaining, and challenging. It’s one of the most ambitious TV series in recent years, reinventing the genre breathtakingly. It’s a true art of storytelling, which is supposed to be challenging by showing us who we were, who we are, and how we can become better.

Creator Misha Green (“Underground”) delivers her message unsettlingly yet marvelously at the same time. Just like what Damon Lindelof did for “Watchmen”, another HBO TV masterpiece last year, “Lovecraft Country” brutally depicts racism and systematic problems throughout American history. There’re lots of elements inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s writings: cosmic horror and the examination of the destruction of civilization, but Green and producer Jordan Peele (“Get Out” and “Us”) turn these inspirations into something you’ve never seen before. You’ll also be surprised that each episode can be viewed in its own structure from horror, adventure, sci-fi to fantasy, and each episode explores its own different themes and terms. 

Green never shies away from showing us extreme graphic violence and sex, but the real terror underneath is racism and supremacism rather than monsters hiding in the forest. “Lovecraft Country” reveals the historical wounds of culture, slavery, violence, and sexual assault. The series also portrays how these wounds shape our culture and continue to hurt the Black community nowadays.

“Lovecraft Country” is a triumph on everything: writing, visual language, cultural reference, creativity, and acting. Though the series is not perfect on every level, it’s rich and powerful enough to drag you into the story. It’s a game-changing modern masterpiece for 2020 and everyone (yes, everyone) should start to watch it then talk about it. Right now is a perfect time for us to recognize our power, and to ask ourselves what’s the price of fighting for equity and against racism, the true monster that hides in our society.

GRADE: A

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  • Distributor: HBO
  • Production: Bad Robot, Monkeypaw Productions, and Warner Bros. Television
  • Creator: Misha Green
  • Cast: Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Aunjanue Ellis, Wunmi Mosaku, Abbey Lee, Jamie Chung, Jada Harris, and Michael Kenneth Williams
  • All 10 episodes are available for streaming on HBO Max

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