Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” season 8 episode 5: “Do Not for One Second Think I am Weak”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 5 last night, I thought the saying “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” was appropriate, or in Cordelia’s case, keep your girls close and the Antichrist even closer, but will she be able to outsmart Michael Langdon?  Place your bets now.  I’m all in on Coven.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Boy Wonder,” Cordelia has a vision about the end of the world and agrees to administer the test of the Seven Wonders for Michael.  Meanwhile, John Henry continues to have his suspicions about Michael, Madison is given an important task, and we are presented with more Easter eggs.  Did you catch them all?  My top 5 moments from American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 5 are:

5

“And if you succeed, you will be the next Supreme and it will change everything.”

In the beginning of the episode, Cordelia has a startling vision about the future and sees a world filled with “cannibalism, fire, and death.”  Cordelia saw her academy “reduced to cinders” and is not about to take this warning lightly.  She recognizes that their very survival might depend on what she does next and finally agrees to administer the test of the Seven Wonders at the rise of the blood moon.  Does this sound familiar?  During Roanoke, the spirits were able to cross over coinciding with the blood moon cycle, so this is absolutely a connection to season 6.  We also know that the spirits were linked to Lady Gaga’s character, Scathach, who was the first of the Supremes.  It makes sense that the test of the Seven Wonders is connected to this as well, especially since it is a test of true power and worthiness.  Cordelia reveals that Michael will be named the next Supreme if he can pass the test.  Myrtle hilariously points out that men make horrible leaders, but Cordelia stands by her decision.

4

“I’m a gluten detector.  That’s my only power.”

Myrtle reminds Cordelia that Michael is not the only one with power and we get to witness another example of Mallory’s extraordinary abilities.  Mallory heals the wounds of an injured deer, but doesn’t just heal them; she completely undoes them, which is remarkable.  We also finally get to see Coco’s entrance into the academy and learn that her only real power is that of a “gluten detector.”  Coco explains that her brother was about to eat something and she got a horrible feeling and pushed it away from him, saving his life.  However, word spread fast and Coco’s socialite friends requested that she do a test of sorts on their food to ensure that they can hit their target weight.  Coco hilariously begins humming when she scans the food and declares whether or not it has gluten.  Cordelia points out to Coco that her powers can develop and grow and that detecting if something is dangerous is actually something significant.  While we haven’t gotten a chance to see Coco’s powers advance, she is still bringing some comic relief to us along the way.  In terms of Mallory’s powers, we know that it has been hinted that her ancestry line goes back to Salem, but is it possible that she is somehow a descendant of Scathach?  It seems like Mallory may be the only one who is potentially strong enough to face Michael Langdon and it would make sense to have the son of Satan face off against one of the daughters of the first original Supreme.  We’ll have to wait and see; however, but I am hoping we get more screen time for Mallory soon.

3

“Stand down bitch.”

John Henry is still refusing to accept Michael Langdon as the next “alpha” and decides to go out and get some answers.  Before he has a chance to do so, he crosses paths with the original Ms. Mead at a gas station and she cryptically says, “So many things left to do and so little time in the hour glass.”  While the idea of time running out in an hour glass can represent so many things, John Henry is caught off guard and Ms. Mead eliminates him as a threat forever, setting him on fire.  I have to say that I was just really starting to enjoy John Henry’s character and he brought just the right amount of sass to the table.  Michael is being very careful to eliminate any threat around him, but it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out about who he really is.

2

“What always happens when a new Supreme rises…the old one fades away.”

Michael begins to pass the test of the Seven Wonders with flying colors, even though the tests were presented like a silent film in black and white.  When he gets to the final test of “Descensum,” he is to project his soul into the afterlife, but Cordelia changes things up and requests that he retrieve Misty from there.  Cordelia reminds everyone that she is still The Supreme and that she outranks everyone there and is not weak at all, even though her powers seem to be fading.  Michael agrees to the test and we once again see a series of doorways, reminding us that this season is connecting us to so many different worlds and realms.  Michael finds Misty in a school science lab of sorts, where she is forced to dissect a living frog over and over again.  I thought Madison’s personal hell was pretty bad, but I definitely feel for Misty here.  When Michael arrives, Misty asks if he is there to save her and he is able to bring her back successfully.  I was excited to see the return of Lily Rabe’s character and hope that Misty can help out her sister witches.  When Michael completes this, Cordelia begins to fade even further, signaling that Michael will become the next Supreme.

1

“He will never be The Supreme.  I wanted to keep him close so we would be ready.”

Cordelia has been keeping her poker face going this entire time, as she later reveals that she never planned to let Michael become the next Supreme.  Misty even tells her that there is something not right about him and it was like he was speaking to evil directly.  Cordelia’s powers may be fading, but she is still on top of her game.  She cleverly got Michael to bring back all of her girls so that they would be ready for the final battle.  She thanks Misty for bringing them the first proof and in a touching moment, in walks Stevie Nicks, “The White Witch.”  She serenades Misty and the two dance together, which is wonderful to see.  Welcome back Stevie!  Later on, Cordelia pulls Madison aside and tells her that she wants her to go find out more about Michael.  One of the warlocks, Behold Chablis, was eavesdropping and has his own reasons for wanting to tag along.  At least John Henry was not the only one to have a gut feeling about Michael, even though Chablis initially seemed to disagree with him.  Cordelia agrees that they will go together and Madison asks, “What’s so special about this place?”  Cordelia explains that “it’s where it all began” and we cut to the front of Murder House.  It looks like Madison will be moving in and we will get to see some of our old favorite characters return next week.  Are you ready?  Stay tuned!

P.S. fun fact:  Madison shares the same last name as Dr. Charles Montgomery, who is the one who originally built the Murder House.    

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on American Horror Story:  Apocalypse below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” season 8 episode 4: “A Hoe Even in the Afterlife”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 4 last night, I realized that hell can literally be your own personal nightmare.  Whether that means standing in a line for eternity like in Supernatural or working a customer service job in a department store, there are plenty of scenarios to go around.  While this doesn’t sound so bad compared to a hell filled with fire and despair, stacking towels can be quite monotonous.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Could It Be … Satan?” we get a detailed flashback into Mr. Langdon’s past and learn a lot more about the rivalry between witches and warlocks.  Meanwhile, we opened the door to another season of AHS and got to see some of our old favorite characters once again.  Episode 4 continued to have some fun Easter eggs and even made a reference to one of my favorite television series of all time.  Did you catch it?  My top 5 moments from American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 4 are:

5

“Bad news bitch.  You’re back from the dead.”

After the return of some of our favorite witches from Coven, Mallory is surprised to be alive again.  Madison tries to snap her back into reality, but Cordelia explains to Mallory, Coco, and Dinah, that an identity spell was cast on them for protection.  This explains why Mallory felt like some other force or being was inside her when she was interviewed by Mr. Langdon in the prior episode.  We also get a detailed flashback to the past and fans were delighted to hear the familiar Coven theme music play when the camera zoomed in on the “Academy of Exceptional Young Ladies.”  I was excited to see the return of Zoe, played by Taissa Farmiga, who was busy training some new witches.  Mallory stood out as her absolute favorite and we learn that her ancestry line goes all the way back to Salem.  While we know a little bit about Mallory’s ancestry, Madison hints at Dinah’s when she says it is linked to that “backwards voodoo shit,” which could mean she comes from Marie Laveau’s line.  We don’t receive too much information on Coco’s former identity yet, however.  It is important to note that this is not the first time that a hint has been thrown around that Mallory is unique and extremely powerful.  Is she a match for Michael Langdon?  I’m not sure, but she may be the key to everything and I’d be happy to have her assemble or dissemble a bouquet of flowers for me anytime.

4

“I didn’t know that was inside of me.”

During episode 4, we get a detailed flashback into Michael Langdon’s past as well.  While I originally thought that Ms. Mead could be based on Constance Langdon, we quickly learn that she was based on a woman who murdered her previous husbands and worshipped Satan.  While we don’t know what happened to Constance just yet, it’s safe to say that her return might shed some light on this for us.  Even though Constance was not around to be a guiding mentor for Michael, he clearly loved the woman who Ms. Mead is based on very much.  Michael explains that she never betrayed him and his powers began emerging when he was trying to protect her honor after a rude Butcher refused to apologize.  While Michael’s actions are beyond extreme, his heart had initially been in the right place.  Michael’s powers seem to be more than he might be able to handle, however.  During this episode, we also meet several warlocks who come across a tape of Michael’s abilities and witness him brutally killing someone with his mind.  The tape reveals that Michael was in room 237, which is significant to fans of the film, The Shining.  We get a glimpse into the “Hawthorne School for Exceptional Young Men” and are pleasantly delighted when one of the warlocks tells a tardy student that he might end up doing magic tricks with Neil Patrick Harris if he doesn’t take his studies seriously.  Neil appeared briefly in Freak Show so this is a fun throwback to him.  When Michael is at the academy, the warlocks put him through several tests and he passes them all with flying colors.  He is even able to turn water droplets into snow, which starts out beautiful, but almost turns deadly, revealing that his powers may be out of everyone’s control.  While one of the warlocks recognizes that his powers are malevolent, the others are more concerned with having a true match for The Supreme, but at what cost?

3

“Because I’m The Fucking Supreme.”

Members of the Coven are called to the Hawthorne Academy for an emergency meeting of sorts.  The warlocks explain that they have a male student that might be more powerful than a Supreme.  Cordelia, Zoe, and Myrtle initially seem doubtful, explaining that “no man has ever approached the level of Supreme.”  The warlocks ask Cordelia to administer the “Test of the Seven Wonders,” but Cordelia is more than hesitant to do so.  Cordelia reminds us about what happened to Misty, who died because she wasn’t truly ready to face the Seven Wonders.  Cordelia doesn’t want that fate for anyone else and is even further upset when the warlocks bring up Queenie.

2

“Solitary it is.”

While fans knew that we would get connections to Coven and Murder House, the link to Hotel was a delightful surprise.  We all remember “Hotel Cortez” all too well and recall that Queenie was trapped there back in season 5.  Cordelia explains that she tried everything to help save Queenie, but that “Hotel Cortez,” was “an entryway to all things dark.”  She further explains that they went through every door and window numerous times, but could not find a way for Queenie to escape.  Cordelia even compares it to a “Hellmouth,” which is a fun reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is one of my all time favorite shows.  I mean Buffy did say “If the apocalypse comes, beep me,” and we have arrived there for sure on AHS.  We know that vampires have resided in “Hotel Cortez” and this is also significant because Buffy is known as “The Chosen One” and the warlocks are convinced that Michael Langdon is his own kind of chosen one, known as an “alpha.”  The idea of an “alpha,” brings us back to Marvel again, as we know that there are “alpha” mutants who are considered to be the most powerful.  We also get to say hello again to James March, played by Evan Peters, who is passing his time in eternity by playing cards with Queenie.  When Michael Langdon later shows up to do what Cordelia could not, March recognizes his power and realizes that his card partner has gotten her own “get out of jail free card.” 

1

“No, but I have a fucking name tag.”

After Michael Langdon rescues Queenie, he explains that they have one more stop to make.  Madison has been living out her own personal hell, which involves her wearing a name tag and working in customer service at a department store.  This is absolutely hilarious because we know that Madison is not in the business of serving anyone other than herself.  As if arguing with customers over her celebrity status wasn’t bad enough, Madison is horrified when her manager is called and she is forced to stack and organize the towels.  Poor Madison.  Madison immediately recognizes that Michael Langdon does not belong here and propositions him all too quickly.  Queenie hilariously says that she is “a hoe even in the afterlife.”  Michael Langdon interrupts their reunion to explain that he needs them both to prove a point.  Michael shows up at the academy with Madison and Queenie and Cordelia is more than shocked, passing out at the sight of them.  Michael has completed tasks that a Supreme could not, so what does this say about his power?  Even though we know he is beyond strong, we can’t ignore the fact that his powers are based in darkness.  Overall, this episode had a lot of fun Easter Eggs and references to doorways and other realms, which reminds us that this is not the last crossover or link we will see during the season.  Stay tuned!

P.S. fun fact:  Cordelia is also the name of one of the main characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on American Horror Story:  Apocalypse below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Ranking the top 5 episodes of the series

Happy Friday TV fans!  I was somewhat uninspired by the shows that aired last night so I decided to return to an old favorite, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Over the years, Buffy still holds up for me as one of my top shows of all time.  Buffy first aired when I was in high school and in desperate need of a female lead to look up to that was strong, resilient, smart, and selfless.  Plus Sarah Michelle Gellar’s wardrobe as Buffy helped my fashion sense tremendously.  Watching Buffy helped shape me into the person I am today and while I have not re-watched the show in several years, the episodes are still fresh in my mind.  I have to say that out of all my top 5 rankings, this was the most difficult show to narrow down my selections.  I adore making lists so when I was brainstorming last night about which episodes I wanted to include, I found myself scratching off some and adding others repeatedly.  There were some that I really wanted to include but I thought it was only fair to pick 5.  I think that goes to show that there are so many amazing episodes of Buffy.  Good job Joss Whedon! My five top episodes from Buffy the Vampire Slayer for are:

5

“Hush” (season 4, episode 10).  

I have to admit that I still have nightmares about “The Gentlemen” from this episode.  They are so well crafted and creepy, that even Freddy and Jason cannot compare.  “The Gentlemen” travel to Sunnydale to collect hearts and steal the voices of everyone so that no one can hear you scream.  I was in college when this episode first came out and I remember being very hesitant to open my dorm-room door after a knock because of this.  Sure that is a little extreme, but that’s how truly scary these demons were.  What really makes this episode stand out is that Buffy and the Scoobies have to find a way to defeat them and communicate with one another without their voices.  This leads to some great comedy along the way balanced with sheer terror.

4

“Fool for Love” (season 5, episode 7).

In this episode, Buffy comes very close to dying and is looking for a way to learn from her mistakes and stay alive.  She decides to go to the vampire, Spike, for help.  She knows that over his lifetime, he has killed two slayers and she wants to know how.  For me, Spike has always been one of my favorite characters.  The development of his back-story was so interesting and necessary to the show.  What really grabs the viewer is when he tells Buffy that “he’s always been bad,” only to flash back to a scene where he is dressed in a dusty suit, reciting poetry.  Who would have thought that one of the most dangerous vampires of all time had a romantic side?  We find out through the episode that he was nicknamed “William the Bloody” because of his “bloody awful poetry.”  While it is interesting to see how Spike is turned into a vampire and how he defeated the other two slayers, what really stands out is his love for Cecily.  He had been crafting his poetry for her and pouring his heart out, only for her to reject him and say that he is “beneath her.”  This moment is what drags Spike’s vulnerability to the surface and comes back to haunt him when Buffy later says the same thing to him.  For me, the end of this episode always stands the test of time.  Spike goes off to kill Buffy for making a fool of him and he sees her crying on her porch steps after she has learned that her mother is very ill.  He goes to sit with her and comfort her in what I think is the purest and most beautiful moment between them.  At this moment, Spike doesn’t have a soul.  Sure, he has a chip in his brain preventing him from hurting others, but he is able to show true compassion and friendship here, which is really beautiful.

3

“The Gift” (season 5, episode 22).  

This is a very powerful season finale and I often thought that the series would end here.  It wasn’t until the UPN network picked up Buffy for seasons 6 and 7 that it continued on.  A lot goes on in this episode and a catastrophic portal opens that can only be closed by the blood of the key, Buffy’s sister Dawn.  Buffy makes the ultimate sacrifice, choosing to jump into the portal to sacrifice herself to save her sister and the world.  A flash-back reveals Buffy reminding Dawn that their blood is the same, which brought tears to my eyes.  Buffy tells Dawn that “the hardest thing in this world is to live in it.  Be brave.  Live.  For me.”   As if this moment couldn’t have been tragic enough, Spike’s reaction to Buffy’s death is so heart-wrenching and real.  He does truly care for her and feels he let her down.

2

“The Zeppo” (season 3, episode 13).  

You may be wondering why I included this episode and why it is ranked so high on my list.  “The Zeppo” is the funniest episode of the entire series, following a series of events through Xander’s perspective.  In the beginning of the episode, Cordelia talks about how everyone in the Scoobies has something to contribute except for him.  He’s like “Jimmy Olsen” or “The Zeppo.”  Xander gets into a never-ending adventure where Buffy and the rest of the gang are simply background noise.  Xander’s reaction to each new challenge is hilarious and the music is spot on, which makes this episode stand out for me as one of my all-time favorites.

Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one episode of Buffy are:

  • “School Hard”
  • “Halloween”
  • “Innocence”
  • “Passion”
  • “I Only Have Eyes For You”
  • “Homecoming”
  • “Lovers Walk”
  • “The Wish”
  • “The Prom”
  • “Living Conditions”
  • “Something Blue”
  • “Who Are You?”
  • “Buffy vs. Dracula”
  • “Triangle”
  • “The Body”
  • “Life Serial”
  • “Once More, With Feeling”
  • “Tabula Rasa”
  • “Conversations with Dead People”
  • “Lies My Parents Told Me”
  • “Chosen”

1

“Becoming Part 2” (season 2, episode 22).  

This has always been my absolute favorite episode of the series.  While the episode has a lot going on, the last moments are what make it so powerful.  Angel has lost his soul and became the evil Angelus and Buffy is fully prepared to put a stop to him, recognizing that the man she fell in love with no longer exists within this soulless demon.  Angelus is opening the mouth of a demon that will swallow the world hold, unleashing hell upon earth.  Just as Buffy is about to strike him down with a sword and save the day, Willow’s spell takes effect, and his soul has now been returned.  Angel doesn’t remember what has happened or where he is.  The damage is done; however, as the demon’s mouth has already been opened and Buffy must destroy the love of her life to close the portal.  Buffy reveals her selflessness again to save the world, losing her true love in the process.  Once the tragic task is completed, Buffy leaves Sunnydale, unable to deal with the tragic consequences.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to comment on some of your own favorite episodes.  Happy viewing and have a wonderful weekend!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl