TV: There is no “replacement” for the epic storytelling on ‘American Horror Story’

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohio.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
American Horror Story airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX
Rating: 5/5

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I am ever more impressed with American Horror Story this season. Looking back, it’s hard to see why I was so enamored with Asylum because in comparison to this season, that anthology was terrible. Coven manages to stir up feelings of terror while also throwing out tons of comedy in storylines that are all so creative and interesting and well thought out.

I am absolutely in love with this season.

In 1971, younger Fiona confronts the old Supreme (Annalee Clayton). We learn that the Supreme is the master of the seven wonders while a regular witch can usually only control four or five. Another key fact to know is that while the new Supreme grows and gains her powers, the old Supreme grows weaker. Fiona then slits the throat of the old Supreme while Spalding (Denis O’Hare) looks on — I guess we can assume why his tongue was cut out.

Now, Fiona (Jessica Lange) continues her struggle to combat her aging. She contemplates getting plastic surgery, but the doctor tells her she cannot have the procedure because she is in extremely poor health. Hmmm, the Supreme is getting weaker…

LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) stares at the “magic box” in awe as she sees our black president addressing the nation. Fiona informs her of the many people of color who have been in power as LaLaurie screeches, “Liieessssssss!” I’m sorry but I flat out lost it at this scene. What was that delivery? She literally hissed.

Fiona makes LaLaurie the new maid but LaLaurie refuses to serve Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe). Because she despises racism the most, Fiona makes LaLaurie Queenie’s personal slave.

I absolutely love the way they treat LaLaurie. Fiona has such a no-nonsense attitude that is so biting and witty. She constantly threatens to put her back in the box and mocks her for her lack of knowledge about present day things. I love that, in a way, they are making her atone for the awful sins she committed in the past. What better way to punish a racist than to make her work for a black woman? Not to mention that the banter between LaLaurie and Queenie is stupendous.

Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) wants to take Kyle (Evan Peters) back to his mother (Mare Winningham), but Misty (Lily Rabe) has trouble letting go. She wants him to stay and doesn’t believe that either of them will return to her.

Either Misty is going to go cuckoo and kill everyone or she is just really sad and lonely.

MV5BNzcyMTc4MzY4NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDc3NDg4OQ@@._V1_SY317_CR131,0,214,317_Joan Ramsey (Patti LuPone) and her son Luke (Alexander Dreymon) moved in next door to the school. Nan (Jamie Brewer) and Madison (Emma Roberts) bring a housewarming gift after ogling the new hottie Luke who just so happened to take his shirt off while unloading the moving truck.

New heartthrob alert!

I have to just break to say how incredibly excited I am that LuPone is on Coven. The Broadway diva is sure to be a hit.

The Ramseys are a very religious family — so you can see where trouble will brew. Nan connects with Luke, and I sense a storyline that needs exploring. As is her way, Madison offends them and while they argue, she throws a knife using her telekinetic powers but also manages to light the curtain on fire ­— a new power she never knew she had.

Joan goes over to confront Fiona about the happenings, causing Fiona to seem worried about Madison’s newfound power. Hmm, this older witch is threatened by a younger witch and her ever increasing powers…

I have to mention how delicious the scenes are between these phenomenal actresses. Lange and Bassett were outstanding last week and now we have Lange and LuPone duking it out. Bringing all of these high caliber actresses may seem like a bit much, but Ryan Murphy is writing their scenes perfectly and proving why these big names are so big to begin with.

Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) finds out that she cannot have babies. Desperate, she asks Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) for help. Let’s talk about how Laveau is sitting on this intimidating throne, looking like a BAMF, yet when Cordelia starts talking to her, she shows us that she’s really just playing solitaire on her iPad. I don’t know why they felt the need to include that, but I have to say it was hilarious. It was such a stark contrast to the atmosphere. That’s what I love about Coven. The atmosphere and storylines are dark as AHS usually is but there is so much comedy that is just thrown in and it really evens out the mood.

But let’s get back to explaining how Cordelia is once again taking part in some really weird kinky sexual séance sort of thing. I honestly don’t even know what happened. There was goat’s blood spilled on Cordelia, which she rubbed all over her body. The mason jar of sperm exploded. Laveau apparently is forced into hibernation. I just don’t get it. However, that doesn’t matter because it was a demonstration of what the ritual would be like. Laveau informs Cordelia that she will never help her because she is the daughter of Fiona; they are enemies.

I guess Cordelia has all the more reason to hate her mother now. After dominating last season, I’m disappointed they haven’t given Paulson more to do yet. Let me know when this character gets a little more interesting.

The Minotaur finally catches up with LaLaurie, and she panicks. Queenie actually helps her out and goes outside to find and deal with the Minotaur. Instead, she relates to him. “You just wanted love and that makes you a beast. They call me that too,” she says. She then proceeds to put her hand down her pants, asking “Don’t you want to love me?” right before the Minotaur covers her mouth.

Again, I have no idea what just happened. I was more than uncomfortable with this scene, and do not at all understand Queenie’s instant connection to the Minotaur. Is this going to be some weird bestiality thing? I’m not down with that.

To his mother’s joy, Kyle is returned home. However, home is not a happy place for him. Just as he entered the door, he whipped his head to where Zoe was standing in the distance. At first, I just assumed he didn’t want to be away from her. But then we learn that he just didn’t want to return home because his mother has been molesting him.

I cannot describe my feelings for Kyle. As you all know, I am in love with Evan Peters so there is that perk but the depths to his character portrayal is amazing. Since his resurrection, Kyle has said little to nothing but has given just as strong of a performance as Lange, which is saying a lot about Peters’ acting capabilities.

His mother is skeptical of the returned Kyle because she “knows his body” — yuck — and can tell something is wrong. I am so creeped out by this, however it was an incredibly interesting plot twist.

While his mother continues to make her incestuous moves, Kyle can no longer contain his rage and kills her. Zoe, of course, discovers the scene and a very bloodied Kyle. Oh no. She can only assume that this “monster” has forgotten who he is and killed his mother. Until he is able relearn speech, she is going to assume the worst, and that makes me sad.

Fiona plays on Madison’s mother issues and takes her out for a night of fun. But don’t think they’re going to be besties just yet. Fiona says Madison is to be the next Supreme. Her time is up and that’s because Madison is growing stronger and is literally taking the life force out of Fiona.

Fiona laments how she wasted her time as the Supreme and urges Madison to kill her in the way she killed her old Supreme. There is a struggle with the same knife and Fiona ends up slitting Madison’s throat!!!! I KNOW! Once again, Spalding is just around the corner. Oh, the parallels.

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Fiona ends the episode with, “The coven doesn’t need a new Supreme; it needs a new rug” — since Madison’s blood is now spilling out onto the floor.

As is my typical experience with AHS, I am oh so confused. Emma Roberts is listed in the main credits. I highly doubt there will be another Frankenstein storyline so how is she going to be tied into more episodes? Is she for real gone? I read spoilers that Fiona would kill one of the students, but I never assumed it would be so early on in the season. My mind is racing with questions.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Did it blow your mind? What part freaked you out the most? Bestiality? Incest? Madison’s death? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl

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