Where you can watch it = Sky Atlantic/ Now TV
This TV show is airing on Sky Atlantic/ Now TV every Monday at 2am. The first episode aired last Monday and boy was I excited this was my most anticipated TV show of the month as it is horror, topical and just down right creepy. If you haven’t watched the trailer and are still not sure whether to jump on the train here is the trailer below. If watch it I am sure it will get you racing towards the TV to experience the first episode.
So why all the hype? Well this TV show is originally based on a book of the same name by Matt Ruff for which I will leave links below of where you can purchase it. Now I have not read the book (no surprise there haha) so I went into this episode completely blind which I think is the best way to go as it is such a atmospheric TV show that you don’t want to know anything you just want to be totally immersed in the experience. Now that I have seen the first episode, I want to read it afterwards as I would like to see if there is anymore of the world that is revealed in the book.
So what is this show about. Well it follows a man called Atticus who after fighting in the Korean War is heading back to his home in Chicago where his father has gone missing. The question is where has he ended up and will they be able to reconcile their differences? So he speaks to his uncle George and they both decide to go looking for his father. Along the way he bumps into an old school friend Letitia who could also use an adventure. However, this adventure is unlike any other that goes deeply into the appalling history of the treatment of African-American people in America with the twist of something mysterious and evil that you won’t see coming?
I hope by now that I have convinced you that this show is well worth the watch as I certainly think so. I felt the tension of every scene racing through my body while I was watching and wondering what was around the next corner and whether it held a clue to the story. There are so many elements of mystery to this show from the eerie towns to the silver car to the thought of something out of this world that might be revealed. Having all of that wrapped into the episode made me so engaged and eager for the next one.
I love the incorporation of classic SCI-FI and pulp novels into the show as for me they are such an important exploration of human imagination and development both in terms of engineering and society that they should be celebrated more in film and television. HP. Lovecraft himself who is mentioned and in the title is an author I encountered at university and his Cthulhu Tales really stayed with me in terms of how he creates that terror from the story This was brought out in this episode beautiful by tying it to a very troubling time in history.
This first episode is an incredible piece of TV because of the performances by the actors and the music that is played which just made me want to get up and dance. In terms of the characters we go into their past to show how it reflects their actions in present time. I really enjoy Atticus’ strong and silent type with his mind always wandering somewhere else. However, after watching Letitia in this episode I just know she is going to be my favourite character in this show especially because of the look she gave those women near the diner you’ll know what I mean when you watch it. So there it is the start of a journey that will send shivers down your spine. I did this as a spoiler free review but let me know in the comments whether you would like a spoiler review. Also I would love to hear your thoughts on the first episode.
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