5 biggest moments from Lovecraft Country episode 8: “Jig-a-Bobo”

Lovecraft Country season 1. Photograph by Eli Joshua Ade/HBO
Lovecraft Country season 1. Photograph by Eli Joshua Ade/HBO /

Lovecraft Country episode 8 recap

We shared the five biggest moments from the HBO fantasy horror series Lovecraft Country’s eighth episode, “Jig-a-Bobo.”

To say that there is never a dull moment in Lovecraft Country would indeed be an understatement as the well-crafted HBO series from Mischa Green continues to outdo expectations with every excellent entry with little signs of slowing down for the last two installments of season one. After that previous iteration took viewers on an interstellar ride through time, space, and different dimensions, this week’s boldly horrifying affair had both new and old terrors for our characters to encounter back on Earth in the present.

The HBO series should be revered for its uncanny ability to seamlessly weave it’s brilliantly written spooky and supernatural elements into a socially relevant period piece, and the eighth episode perfectly illustrates their audaciously original execution. Of all the jaw-dropping occurrences that shocked subscribers, these are the five that stand out from the Lovecraft Country outing titled, “Jig-a-Bobo.”

1. Introducing Topsy and Bopsy

Hippolyta left some evidence behind after she went through the wormhole, and Captain Lancaster quickly tracks down Diana after finding her comic book cover at the crime scene. The magical member of law enforcement literally spits a spell at Dee putting a curse on her that results in two of the most nightmare-induing characters the HBO series has ever unleashed on subscribers, which at this point in the show is really saying something.

Topsy and Bopsy deserve all kinds of credit for being the main reason I will be sleeping with the lights on for the foreseeable future. Between their demonic-like appearance, desperate need for a manicure, and eerily executed choreography, these two devilish entities put The Shining twins to shame and deserve their own full-length feature.

2. Atticus’s son wrote Lovecraft Country

One of the craziest moments from last week’s episode was the fact that Atticus emerged from the wormhole with a book titled Lovecraft Country written by George Freeman. Some of us assumed that was Tic’s uncle, and maybe after hearing Hippolyta’s adventures, he got inspired to write a book about it all, but that was not the case.

It turns out that Atticus went to the future, and his son is the author of the book that tells their family story. Leti is the mother but has not told Atticus yet. He tells his father that his boy changed some of the details, but in the end, Tic is sacrificed by Christina at the Autumnal Equinox, which is only a few days away. Hopefully, this knowledge will give Tic and company the edge in the coming weeks as the first season begins to close things out.

3. Christina’s suicidal re-enactment

Tensions are high in the black community as a young man named Emmett Till was brutally murdered, and with his body on display to raise awareness to stop these tragic events from happening, everyone has been deeply affected by this harrowing ordeal. Ruby reveals her frustrations with the incident and asks Christina if she even cares about what happened to that poor innocent boy to which she claims she does not.

But her actions later in the episode bring her reply into question. She ends up paying two men to assault, kill, and dispose of her body in the same heinous manner that was done to poor Emmett. But because she has a protection spell on her, she doesn’t die, emerging from the water seconds later crying and laughing simultaneously. Fans can only imagine what Lovecraft Country’s most intriguing character is up too.

4. Return of the Shoggoth

The Shoggoth creature from the first few episodes makes a triumphant return in dramatic fashion to save Atticus from becoming the victim of a police shooting as it emerges from the concrete to destroy all of Captain Lancaster’s forces in a rather gory fashion, saving the good Captain for last and appropriately launching him through the air across the front yard of Leti’s house.

The beast is a force to be reckoned with watching it tear through the corrupt cops, and just when viewers think it’s going to finish off its rampage by taking out Atticus and Leti, think again. The Shoggoth stops right in front of Tic like the velociraptors in Jurassic World did for Chris Pratt, meaning either he was a secret Shoggoth whisperer this whole time or there could be a more magical explanation to explain this newfound ability.

5. Leti and Atticus up their magic defenses

Leti and Tic obviously know that challenges that await them are incredibly formidable, and if they stand a chance of surviving, they are going to need to up their magic game. Both manage to do so in their own way, making sure that the final two episodes will not disappoint.

Leti gave Christine the negatives of the missing pages in return for Atticus to be given a protection spell. But Ms. Braithwaite refuses. Instead, she gives it to Leti while Atticus attempts a spell with his father, Montrose. Both men thought they failed, but it becomes apparent with the Shoggoth not ripping Tic to shreds that he is also protected, meaning the last two installments of Lovecraft Country’s first season are going to be an all-out thrill ride that subscribers will not want to miss.

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