In Review: Lovecraft Country (S1 – E5) – Strange Case

After making a devil's bargain with William, Ruby steps into the charmed shoes of a white woman, but her transformation only fortifies her resentment of the racial divide.
Lovecraft Country

Synopsis: After making a devil’s bargain with William, Ruby steps into the charmed shoes of a white woman, but her transformation only fortifies her resentment of the racial divide.


The Story

A vast majority of this episode is focused on Ruby as she finds herself experiencing life as a white woman thanks to a magic potion that William has given to her. The episode starts with Ruby waking up to find herself in the skin of a white woman. When she goes out on the street on the southside she is quickly picked up by the police who whisks her away to Williams home, but not before she witnesses the police being extreme in their attempts to subdue the black kid that was trying to help her.

When she gets to William’s place she changes from the white version of Ruby into her own skin, which proves to be extremely traumatic. William tells her that it is a magic conjuring that he developed and that she can use it whenever she likes but asks one small favor from her in return.

In the southside of Chicago Atticus has figured out that Montrose has betrayed him again and lays into the old man with a vicious onslaught. Thankfully Lettie is able to get help to stop Atticus short of killing the old man. From that point on Atticus tries to decipher the scrolls they recovered last week via some photos that Lettie took of them.


The Acting

Wunmi Mosaku puts in a fantastic performance as a disillusioned Ruby who gets to experience White Privilege thanks to a magical potion. The actor that plays Ruby’s white incarnation does a brilliant job also. The scene where she is telling the stores, sole Black employees, that she needs to learn to be better than her white counterparts was pretty intense. We also get strong performances from Abbey Lee as Christine Braithwhite and Jordan Patrick Smith as William who both play a role in playing with Ruby.



This was a pretty solid episode. The transformation between Ruby and her White counterpart was pretty gross and messy. It was interesting to have Ruby see the world through the eyes of the White woman that she became every time she took the potion. The whole episode pretty much demonstrates what White Privilege is as we see the difference in how Ruby is treated when she has White skin versus how she is treated when she is in her own skin.

Now we are left to wonder if Ruby will continue to use the potion now that she knows the truth about William and Christine.

By the close of the episode, we find that Atticus is onto something, which will most likely take centre stage in next week’s show.

Lovecraft Country (S1 - E5) - Strange Case
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