Lovecraft Country fans have been full of praise for Rewind 1921’s use of Sonia Sanchez’s Catch the Fire poem and Janai Brugger’s awe-inspiring performance.
In a year where the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s has been brought back into focus thanks to the Black Live Matter movement, HBO’s Lovecraft Country could not have arrived at a more important or poignant moment in history.
The series, which is based on the Matt Ruff novel of the same name, blends the horrifying monsters of H.P. Lovecraft with the real horrors of racism of segregation-era America.
Throughout the 10-episode series, viewers have joined Leti, Tic and co. on a journey not only across the US but across time and space as well.
In episode 9, titled Rewind 1921, viewers were subject to one of the most brutal, harrowing and heart-wrenching episodes of the series so far as Lovecraft Country paid a visit to the Tulsa massacre of 1921.
The harrowing sequence was underscored by an operatic rendition of the Sonia Sanchez poem Catch the Fire and fans have been full of nothing but praise.
Rewind 1921 recap
After Dee was left injured and cursed by her encounters with Topsy and Bopsy and Captain Lancaster in episode 8, Leti, Tic and Montrose are forced to travel back in time to recover the Book of Names so that they can save Dee.
After Montrose’s shocking revelation that George may actually be Tic’s real father and Christina’s attempts to save Dee are not totally successful, the gang have no choice but to send someone back to the Tulsa massacre.
Leti, Tic and Montrose go through the portal to 1921 and go in search of the Book of Names, coming across a host of notable characters along the way.
The episode ends with Leti recovering the Book of Names from Dora’s house and we see her walking slowly through cascading flames, clutching the book, and making it back through the portal to safety.
Catch the Fire by Sonia Sanchez
The final scene of Rewind 1921 is set to an operatic version of the Sonia Sanchez poem, Catch the Fire.
Originally released in 2004, Catch the Fire was reworked by composer Laura Karpman for episode 9 of Lovecraft Country in order to give a sense of weight to the horror of the 1921 Tulsa massacre.
The version of Catch the Fire we hear in Lovecraft Country was performed by the opera singer Janai Brugger and it’s safe to say that fans have been impressed.
Following the episode, Janai Brugger took to Twitter express her thanks at the opportunity to perform the poem for Lovecraft Country.
Lovecraft Country fans react to Catch the Fire
In a series of standout moments, Janai Brugger’s rendition of Catch the Fire has proven to be a firm favourite among fans who have praised the use of the poem and the weight it gives to such a horrifying event.
While another added: “I was in tears! So beautiful!!!”
And finally, this fan wasted no time in asking where Lovecraft Country fans can listen to Janai Brugger’s rendition of Catch the Fire: “I need all of that in my life. When and where can we get it?”
At the time of writing, Janai Brugger’s version of Catch the Fire has not yet been released online but after the incredible response the episode has had, it can only be a matter of time.
Until then, Lovecraft Country fans will be gearing up for what promises to be a heart-stopping finale which airs on Sunday, October 18th on HBO in the US.