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‘American Horror Story – Coven’ Recap, ‘Fearful Pranks Ensue’

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American Horror Story’s Halloween episode was again brought the crazy, and gave us some insight into the rift between the witches and their voodoo counterparts. Fiona has been up to no Goode for some time now, and we learn that she’ll do anything to have power, even if it means killing a couple of people along the way.

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I’m glad that the show addressed that no one is watching over these girls. One girl was assaulted by a half man half bull, and another one is missing. Fiona and Cordelia tend to Queenie after she mated with the minotaur, and send it’s severed head to Marie at her beauty salon. Flashback to Marie and former Supreme Anna-Lee calling a truce back in the 70s, not long before Fiona killed her. When the witch’s council comes to Fiona to ask about Anna-Lee whereabouts she basically insinuates that Marie had something to do with her disappearance.

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Another piece of the puzzle falls into place. In the present, The Council was called by Nan to investigate the possible death of Madison, as she cannot hear her thoughts anymore. The head of the Council, Myrtle (Francis Conroy) is on to Fiona and automatically suspects that she has killed again.

Myrtle and Fiona have been rivals since they were young witches at Miss Robichaux’s. The young Myrtle devised a plan to enchant the butler Spalding’s tongue so that when he went before The Council he would only tell the truth about Fiona. Serving a bunch of witches, I’m sure Spalding was on to her, and she didn’t count on him being so loyal to Fiona. Later that night he cuts out his own tongue to protect Fiona, answering the question of why we haven’t heard any witty quips from Denis O’Hare so far. In the present, Spalding again lies for Fiona to cover Madison’s death, angering Myrtle. We also see that instead of burying Madison’s body like he was told, he has kept her preserved in his little room. Tea parties haven’t been this creepy since the 2008 election.

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While we, and Fiona, were lead to believe that Madison was the next Supreme, Cordelia informs everyone that she had a heart murmur. A Supreme witch can only be a healthy witch, so who is it? At a bar, Fiona presses Cordelia for who the next Supreme is, and tells her that her husband Hank “reeks of bulls***.” I knew there was something off about that guy. While he’s away on a business trip, he has an affair with a woman he met online (Alexandra Breckenridge) and ends their tryst with a shot to the head. Even the way Hank kills people is boring as hell. I hope Fiona does away with him. He’ll have to come home to a possibly blind, and definitely disfigured wife. When Cordelia is in the bathroom at he bar, a shrouded woman approaches her and throws acid in her face. Payback from Marie, or do the witches have another threat to deal with?

There was a little bit of Zoe and her Frankenboyfriend, who ran off into the night on Halloween before she could kill him with rat poison. Maybe the next time we see him he’ll be chased out of town by people with pitchforks. As another act of revenge, Marie raises the dead, including Delphine’s three daughters, creep their way to Miss Robichaux’s. With Fiona preoccupied and Cordelia sightless, how will the younger witches fight off those zombies?

American Horror Story: Coven Recap, ‘Boy Parts’

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Throw in a pinch of ‘Frankenstein’ and a sprinkle of Stevie Nicks, ‘AHS’ delivered another weird, but satisfying episode. As two of the girls picked up the pieces of their mistake, another witch found her calling and Marie and Fiona trade some shade.

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During a group meeting at the school, where we learn that Queenie used her powers to burn a customer at the chicken restaurant she used to manage, the police come looking for answers after the bus crash. Feeling the pressure, Zoe tells the two cops that they are witches and Madison didn’t mean to cause the accident. After Fiona cleans up their mess, they go to the morgue with the intention of bringing Kyle back to life. Trouble is, he was dismembered in the crash so they have to sew him back together, with the help of a spell. Madison peaces out (tee hee), leaving Zoe with an undead, and mute, new boyfriend. Misty Day (which sounds like the name of a pornstar), the witch with the power of resurrection, pops up in the car and helps Zoe with the power of Fleetwood Mac. Misty referred to Stevie Nicks as “The White Witch,” and clearly an inspiration, let’s just prepare ourselves for more for of Nicks’ tunes to be played on the show.

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Meanwhile, Fiona and Marie finally meet at the latter’s hair salon. This scene kind of played out like the meeting of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in ‘Heat,’ only much bitchier. Fiona is still desperate to find the fountain of youth and asks for Marie’s help, but because of the rivalry of their “kinds,” that wasn’t going to happen. Especially not since Fiona freed LaLaurie. We also find out that Marie’s lover, the one Delphine turned into a minotaur is still alive as well. LaLaurie herself wants a way out, basically asking Fiona to kill her. Decades spent underground gave her a lot of time to think about all that she had done, and what happened to her daughters. One of whom she described as having “the face of a hippo.” LaLaurie isn’t an easy character to like, but Kathy Bates plays her so well, you almost kind of feel sorry for the woman.

Though there were a number of good lines this episode, most of them coming from Marie and Fiona, that wasn’t enough to make up for some of the awfulness of the first act. I can appreciate getting a little bit of Queenie’s backstory, but did she have to be working in a chicken joint in Detroit? When Madison makes one of her snide remarks, Queenie gets ready to lunge at her, threatening to eat her. We get it Ryan Murphy! These little things keep the show from being truly perfect. I doubt it’ll get better, but it might be worth it to soldier on for the rest of the season.

‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Premiere Recap, ‘Bitchcraft’

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American Horror Story’ started it’s third season on Thursday night with a bewitching brew of horror and mayhem. After the insanity of of it’s first season, I gave up on watching the second, but with a stellar cast and promising storylines, I am so here for ‘Coven!’

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We open in 1834 New Orleans in the house of  the vicious Madame Delphine LaLaurie, played by Kathy Bates. Desperate to preserve her youth, she slathers herself in the blood of the slaves she keeps imprisoned in her attic. To punish one of the men her daughter has been cavorting with, she has him chained up and fitted with the head of a bull, just like the minotaurs in the stories her father read to her as a child. We were only 5 minutes in and it was pretty gory.

Flash forward to the present where Fiona Goode ( Jessica Lange), is begging a doctor to shoot her up with some experimental drug. When she summons him to her apartment later because the medicine hasn’t been working, she literally sucks the life out of him. She looks about 20 years younger for about 10 seconds before it all fades away. So Fiona and Madame LaLaurie have a lot in common, even before they meet.

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We’re also introduced to the young Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga) who has the unfortunate ability to kill her sexual partners. She’s like Rouge from the X-men, but with bloodier results. Her mother tells her about her true nature and sends her off to the Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, think Hogwarts for misfit muggles,which is presided over by headmistress Cordelia Foxx (Sarah Paulson). There she meets three other young witches, the annoying, self-absorbed actress Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) who can control things with her mind. Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) who describes herself as a “human voodoo doll,” she can make others feel the pain she inflicts upon herself. Then there is the quiet Nan (Jamie Brewer) who has psychic abilities, which come in handy when she discovers the mystery of what happened to Madame LaLaurie’s body. The dynamic between the girls is interesting, if not a bit cliche. We’re supposed to be delighted when Fiona knocks Madison against a wall with a flick of her wrist because her character is irksome and laugh at Queenie’s (ugh at her name) sassy wisecracks, but it made me wonder if the girls would get any kind of development outside of their stereotypes Ryan Murphy gives to too many of his characters.

At a frat party Madison is raped by some fratboys and exacts her revenge by flipping the bus they tried to escape on. Causing a number of deaths, including Kyle (Evan Peters) who Zoe was just staring to like. To right the wrongs, she later kills the one surviving fratboy in the hospital by well, giving him a hand and mounting him on his hospital bed. Weird, gross and hilarious, this is more of the completely over the top madness that got me into the show, but also turned me away from it. Back in the past, Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) presents Madame LaLaurie with a potion to help her keep her husband from sleeping around. The potion actually kills her and gives Marie a chance to free LaLaurie’s slaves, one of whom was her lover. In the present, Nan discovers that Delphine was buried in the backyard of her house, which prompts Fiona to dig her up.

One of the low points of the episode for me was Cordelia, who seemed like a bit of a non-factor. Then again she’s not as wild as her overbearing mother Fiona. Denis O’ Hare, another veteran of the series, appears as the mute butler, and it’s a shame that he had his tongue cut out because Denis can deliver a witty line like no one else. I expected more of Kathy and Angela, and now that they’re characters exist in the present day I hope we get see more of them. ‘Coven’ is an improvement from last season’s wonkiness, and with what the cast and Murphy promise, I’ll be sticking around for all of it.