The source material is written in the vein of a series of short stories with characters who persist between them. Kind of game of thrones ish except for one the stories aren't happening at the same and their connectivity is more to do with the strangeness encircling one family less because the characters affect each others individual stories.
I think we learn a little something at the end of each episode that turns seemingly unrelated material into an indication of something more cohesive. I don't think we'll know what the finale is about until half way through it... the question is whether it pays off everything.
Ultimately the only pay off I'm looking for is for it to be entertaining. This is the kind of story that probably shouldn't be tied together neatly. I want something like this to be a little messy and for some things (maybe a lot of things) to go unexplained.
I want something like this to be a little messy and for some things (maybe a lot of things) to go unexplained.
I agree with this. Part of what makes Lovecraft fun is that he'll describe some weird shit while conveying that it's only the tip of the iceberg. Wrapping everything in a neat bow is beside the point, if not completely antithetical to it.
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Right, but that applies to the mythos, not the characters and storyline. I don't need to see consistent rules for magic, an ecology for the monsters, or anything along those lines.
However, it doesn't serve anything well if something out of the blue negates story elements.
You still need a strong story that includes victories that are earned and characters that develop. If they're battling a bunch of warlocks in the season finale and suddenly a brand new monster appears and eats the warlocks, that would be a VERY different experience than what we saw in the pilot. You need the culmination of a season to actually, you know, culminate. I have no idea what the season finale will be, but my hope is that it will build upon the story elements we've seen so far and pay off on our interest in the prior events.
Yeah, it took me a minute to recognize him as well.
Even though it was definitely a "side story/backstory" episode, I think it was one of their best. When I heard that the guy playing Tick had been cast as Kang, I thought it was a good casting - this episode solidified that judgement.