TV Club: The glue doesn’t hold on an unfocused episode of The Get Down

In film and television, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” almost always spells trouble. And why shouldn’t it? Despite its upbeat and swampy boogie-woogie, the lyrics are explicitly foreboding. There’s a reason why it was used to such iconic effect in An American Werewolf In London, right before the protagonist undergoes his first painful, lycanthropic transformation.

So when The Get Down plays a spookier, slowed-down, minor-key version of the CCR hit, we know that things are about to get dark, especially when considering the events and title of last episode. There will be drugs. There will be death. There will be tragedy. That much is clear from the song’s use as a motif early on in “Gamble Everything,” played over a freaky montage of some of the more surreal images to come. “Bad Moon Rising” pops up several times again throughout the episode, and it’s …

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