Just finished the second season of Lore on Amazon Prime. While I am a fan of the podcast, the first season showed that trying to directly adapt it to television doesn’t work well.
The second season took an anthology show approach where historic events (or folklore and speculation surrounding historical events) served as the basis for short films. Some were better than others, but all were watchable. The first and the last were the most fun, the third was the scariest.
It was interesting, though, that, while most stories took liberties with history to make things more sensational or hammer home supernatural stuff, the final episode, about Jack Parsons, took liberties to change an astoundingly weird true story involving rocket science, ritual orgies, Alastair Crowley (yes, THAT Alastair Crowley) and L. Ron Hubbard (yes, THAT L. Ron Hubbard) into a mundane love story with “real magic!” Given how much fun the episode was, it is strange to think it could have been more fun with fewer liberties taken, because the true story is just so damned wacky (and even involves Hubbard making off with Parson’s money in an attempt to buy a fleet of ships...seriously).
I wonder if it was changed for the sake of avoiding trouble with the Church of Scientology.