By Meryl Gottlieb| email@example.com| @buzzlightmeryl
American Horror Story: Coven airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX
Rating: 4.5/ 5
American Horror Story: Coven is continuing to impress. As I mentioned in the latest Post Pop, AHS Halloween episodes have always managed to be amazing because the whole atmosphere of Halloween fits so well into the style of the show. Tonight’s episode, “Fearful Pranks Ensue” — a title that doesn’t really fit what actually happened in the episode — continued this tradition but seemed less flawless than the previous episodes of this season. It was still a good, jaw-dropping, mind-blowing episode, however, there are finally parts to critique.
In New Orleans 1961, three white men hang a young black boy. In retaliation, Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) performs a ritual to raise the dead to attack the men. Here’s the gore no one’s been missing from the show.
I have to add how unbelievably amazing Bassett is as Laveau. I can’t think of anyone who could do half as good of a job as she is doing. I’m simply in awe of the talent of the cast this season. Everyone is an Emmy-worthy actor.
Last week’s episode featured one of the biggest mind-blowing moments so far: Fiona (Jessica Lange) killed Madison (Emma Roberts)!! Barely lamenting the action, Fiona says she would have made for a lousy Supreme and that is not what the coven can afford at this time in history. Hmmm, something something foreshadowing me thinks…
Fiona then finds Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe), who has been hurt badly by the Minotaur. They don’t really show what happened, but I just want answers as to why she felt so connected to the Minotaur last week that she began touching herself. Did he try to have sex with her and hurt her that way? Or did he just use his bullhead or hooves to hurt her? What happened and why?!
An interesting result of Queenie’s encounter with the Minotaur is that it seems to have a remarkable effect on LaLaurie (Kathy Bates). This may be the first step of a long journey toward breaking down her hatred.
Pretty soon Queenie and LaLaurie will just be great gal pals. Can’t you just see these two becoming the next dynamic duo? I would love to see a show about their zany adventures around New Orleans.
There is entirely too little of Kyle (Evan Peters) and Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) in this episode, and also in this season. I understand it can’t be like season one in which the Tate-Violet relationship ran the series, but I am absolutely head over heels with this new relationship already, and I need more of it in my life. The chemistry between Peters and Farmiga is instant and beautiful, and I want to see where the relationship goes.
All that happens on their end is that Zoe thinks it may be better to kill Kyle by putting rat poison in his food, but when she comes goes to give it to him, he’s gone. He’s now out and about amongst the trick-or-treaters.
Hank (Josh Hamilton) is cheating on Cordelia (Sarah Paulson)! He lied saying he was on a work trip when instead he was meeting up with his online girlfriend, played by AHS season one vet Alexandra Breckenridge. The two engage in intense sexual relations, flirt and then Hank ultimately shoots her in the head.
I am interested to see what on earth is wrong with this man, but I am not a fan of when Ryan Murphy throws in intense sex scenes for risqué factor. Also, what was that face he made while having sex? No one does that. Stop. … I don’t like Hank.
Nan (Jamie Brewer) summons the mysterious Council because she worries that Madison is dead since she can no longer hear her thoughts. Well, at least someone is responsible in this show.
The Council apparently only ever meets under grave circumstances. The Council consists of Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy), Beverly Leslie — just kidding — his name is Quentin (Leslie Jordan) and Pembroke. The penalty for killing a Salem witch is to be burned at the stake. The group interviews everyone at the academy.
Queenie’s answer to what Madison was probably doing was pure gold: “Madison Montgomery is a stone-cold bitch who loves hard drinking, big dicks and trouble. If she’s dead, it’s probably ‘cause she got wasted and offered the Grim Reaper a hand job or something.”
I mean, how much more perfection — and witty comedy — do you need?!?!
Tonight’s episode was especially interesting because it began the storyline between Myrtle and Fiona. The two have been rivals ever since they were at Miss Robichaux’s themselves, and Myrtle believed Fiona to have killed Annalee (the Supreme before Fiona who she did in fact kill). Myrtle put a spell on Spalding’s (Dennis O’Hare) tongue in order to make him tell the truth. With the coincidence of Spalding’s mutilation, Myrtle has never forgiven Fiona for getting away with what she did.
Sidenote: I love Conroy’s performance and outfit. She’s modeled after Grace Coddington, and it’s fantastic. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed Fiona’s interrogation. The dialogue, the performance, it was great.
We learn that Spalding willingly cut out his own tongue after learning Myrtle had enchanted it because he didn’t want to get his love in trouble. Yes, he’s in love with Fiona.
But don’t start feeling for Spalding yet. He’s actually crazy weird. In his room, he has a huge tea party set, dozens of creepy dolls and has decided to keep Madison’s body as a life size doll for himself!!!!!!!!
I’m so uncomfortable with everything about that scene.
In the interrogation, Cordelia says that Madison could not have been the next Supreme because she had a heart murmur and the Supreme is supposed to be in excellent health. Cue Fiona entering an internal frenzy as she wonders who the new Supreme is actually going to be while maybe feeling a tad bit sorry for killing Madison. Maybe not so much the latter.
Cordelia’s storyline just got much more interesting. She and Fiona went to a bar to have some drinks. While she was in the bathroom, a hooded figure threw acid/a potion at Cordelia’s face, which began to burn her instantly. I’m just glad they’re finally giving her character more to do than pine over a baby — a storyline tried too often and done in each AHS anthology so far.
Oh and possibly one of the most important moments of the night: Marie Laveau sent an army of the dead over to the academy in retaliation for killing the Minotaur, in which Laveau was simply sent his head in response to his attack on Queenie. Some of these zombies include LaLaurie’s dead family.
This war between these two witching worlds — which had lived in truce for years before — is definitely going to be an amazing rollercoaster to ride.
There was a lot of interesting backstory included in tonight’s episode. While it may not have been as flawless as the previous Coven episodes, tonight’s episode was still quite mind-blowing and incredibly interesting. I’m impressed the writing has done so well for so long. Start preparing for disappointment now.
In the mean time, enjoy my favorite moment from tonight’s episode: