A Deep Dive into Lovecraft Country: “Whitey’s on the Moon”

So to pick up from my last post, they end up at a strange mansion where in every room is filled with their favorite things. Leti and George are in heaven while Atticus is skeptical (same, bro. Same.). Also a bit of foreshadowing to what was to come later when they were each locked in these same rooms before the ritual.

Now, while watching the episode, I was mad when they were outside for breakfast or lunch, one of the two, and Uncle George and Leti could not recall what happened the night before. I said out loud to my best friend, “I know they’re not about to make my man seem crazy! What did they do to George and Leti?” Less than a minute later, I realized, thanks to George, that they were being watched and they were playing like they had no idea what Tic was talking about. Let that man in on that if you’re going to do that. War can have a strong hold on a soldier.

Fast forward to George finding out that Tic is a descendent of Titus Braithwhite. George makes a grand speech at dinner and Tic demands that everyone file out so he can make demands. Well, that didn’t go quite as planned. They end up in their rooms tortured by certain events or persons in their lives. Leti shares a painful story of her mother abandoning her and then gets attacked by….a part of Tic to put it delicately. If you think about it now, it kind of foreshadows what happens to Tic in Korea. George got a visit from his sister-in-law or his lover depending on who you ask…but you ain’t heard that from me. Tic ends up fighting, who we now know is, a version of Ji-Ah. George’s speech to them reminded me of the speech Papa Pope gave to Olivia. They manage to escape and find Montrose, who was not too happy to see them because he thought he had it under control and did not need saving, only to be thwarted by Christina and Samuel. Samuel gives an ultimatum, gets impatient and shoots Leti and George.

During the ritual scene, we hear the spoken word of Gil-Scott Heron which intrigued me. I wondered, in watching the scene, why they used this as the background for this scene. After reading a Vox article, I realized why this was the perfect addition to this scene besides just a music bed or some random song about power. Actually, Kanye West’s “Power” could have gone here because no one man should have all that power and in the end, he didn’t. But back to what I was originally talking about. On July 20, 1969, America had successfully put a man on the moon. The general American public was astounded but in listening to the words of Scott-Heron, the black community was in peril. Below is just a snippet from the song:

I can’t pay no doctor bill.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
Ten years from now I’ll be payin’ still.
(while Whitey’s on the moon)The man jus’ upped my rent las’ night.
(’cause Whitey’s on the moon)
No hot water, no toilets, no lights.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)

White people had, and in some people’s minds even now, the luxury to think past their background. The moon was a reach that they made happen but what about everyone else? The black community was living day by day and in some cases, paycheck to paycheck. We did not have the luxury to be able to think beyond the week much less making it to the moon. With that said, Samuel is that embodiment of America on that day. He had the luxury of grandeur, to hone the power and immortality of Adam. Atticus does not come from a world where that power is even imaginable. His thought on power and preservation of self is a stark contrast to Samuel. Samuel doesn’t need to survive the way Atticus and his ancestors, one of which saves him in the ritual and her family at the time of her escape. It’s a matter of need and want.

Here’s what I want to know. In the vision Tic had when the ritual went awry where he sees his great grandmother (I think) running from the burning mansion, how did she know to grab that book? I can’t imagine that Titus would have told her about the Order or that her future children would be the key to unlocking its potential so how did she know the value of that book? Also, I’m going to keep saying this, Uncle George is alive somewhere. There is no way that they would introduce us to a character like George, with the knowledge he has, only to kill him in episode two. I don’t believe Misha Green, the creator of this show, would do this to us. I just don’t. He has to come back somehow.

Talk to me! What did I miss besides ole girl who appears in episode five?

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