Discussion Questions for “Lovecraft Country” Episodes 7 & 8

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts. In your responses, remember to consider the significance of the titles of these two episodes, “I Am” and “Jig-A-Bobo.”

“I Am” (episode 7) focuses on Hippolyta and her efforts to find out what truly happened to George and to solve the puzzle of her orrery. Summarize, examine, and suggest a unifying theme for Hippolyta’s journeys in this episode. What happens, why, and what does it all mean? We are not explicitly told, but where do you think Hippolyta ends this journey?

Consider the decision for “Jig-A-Bobo” (episode 8) to begin with Chicago, the nation, and most of the series’ main characters mourning the brutal murder of Emmett Till, who we learn was Diana’s friend Bobo. Why does the series include this painful historical reference? Is it effective and/or appropriate?

The intersection of the series with Till’s lynching also leads to an intense argument between Ruby and Christina? Later, we witness Christina re-enacting the murder? What is accomplished in this scene? Again, is this effective and/or appropriate and why?

In “Jig-A-Bobo,” we are also treated to an intense, body-horror sex scene between Ruby and William. Describe, explore, and explain this scene. What happens here? What does it mean?

Finally, consider the use of magic in both these episodes. To facilitate this exploration, you may want to consider one particular spell, object, or mark in close detail. For example, you might consider the curse Captain Lancaster put on Diana. Or you might look at the significance of “the mark of Cain” and its potential relation to the birthmark shared by Atticus and his mother?

Published by Chuck Caruso

writer of dark fiction (crime, horror & western noir), literary & textual scholar (american gothic, noir, po-co, sf), and cultural critic

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