Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 15: “The Calm Before”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 15, I remembered that if you witness a happily ever after moment on TWD, it’s probably too good to be true and it means that something is coming.  Something shocking, horrifying, and heartbreaking.  While you may think you’re ready, it’s amazing how much a certain reveal can impact you.  However, it’s important to keep going and to remember the good.  There is always still a glimmer of hope remaining and sometimes it appears in the most unexpected places.  Please note MAJOR SPOILERS are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Calm Before,” the fair is underway, as everyone tries to participate in the fun.  Meanwhile, Daryl takes a group out and is surrounded by threats and Alpha is ready to make a deal, but not before proving just how ruthless she can be.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 15 are:

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“Let the fair of new beginning begin!”

In the beginning of the episode, Ezekiel addresses the fair and tells everyone, “We’ve always been bound to each other…we always will be.”  Ezekiel mentions sacrifice and specifically brings up Rick, Carl, and Jesus, while also having a replica of his tiger next to him, which was truly touching to see.  Jerry’s title for the fair is shot down and we are welcomed into the fair of the new beginning.  It looks like everyone is ready to join in on the fun and come together to celebrate, but we know that the Whisperers are still lurking around, waiting to make their next move.  I’m not sure that anyone was truly ready for what was about to come next, however.

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“I have just the thing.”

Carol is ready to go off after Henry, but with perfect timing, Daryl and the others return to The Kingdom.  Carol tells Henry that he can never run away from her again and we also get to see Michonne reunited with her old friends.  Everyone is very receptive to Michonne even though she has been gone for quite some time.  Carol asks Judith if she remembers her and Judith explains that she has been drawing pictures of them since she was little.  Tara breaks up the party; however, when she spots Lydia, recognizing the danger here.  After some discussion, a pact is made between all four communities, as Ezekiel is more than eager to whip out the treaty he has been holding on to for all this time.  Although, I kind of liked Tara’s idea to “spit and shake” on it or to have a blood oath.  All of the communities have now come together, as Rick’s vision for the future is not completely lost, but can the communities still stay strong after tragedy?

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“You guys are adorable.”

The fair is underway and it seems like love is in the air on TWD.  Carol and Ezekiel get to meet Lydia and Ezekiel says, “Our son is taking a girl on a date to the movies tonight.”  I guess it would be a step up from dining on bugs together.  Henry’s annoying friends try to mess with Lydia and make her jealous, but Henry tells Lydia that he really likes her, which is genuine and somewhat sweet.  We also get to see Enid and Alden confirm their relationship status, Rosita and Eugene have a heart-to-heart talk and we witness a kiss between Magna and Yumiko.  However, perhaps the sweetest moment for me was when Daryl asks Connie to feed Dog while he is gone, which I thought was adorable.  But why are we taking all this time during the episode before the season finale to devote to us shipping these characters together?  While all of this was going on, I knew that it meant that something big was about to happen.  Someone is definitely going to die and seeing them happy and together will only make us that much more heartbroken later.  I almost wish I wasn’t right here, but we aren’t watching a Rom-Com.

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“I don’t know if there’s a happy ending here.”

You’re absolutely right, Carol, as Daryl takes out the A team to investigate things further.  Daryl is with Carol, Michonne, and Yumiko, but they are quickly surrounded by walkers and then come face to face with an overwhelmingly large group of the Whisperers.  They fight valiantly, but they are outnumbered here.  Daryl sees Beta again, who tells him, “You just had to give me the girl…now that deal is done.”  After watching a lot of setup and Rom-Com moments, I thought that this was the major plot point before the storm hits in the season finale, but nothing could prepare me for what came next.

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“I want to tell you a different story.”

So, we are now at my top moment and I want to remind you again that major spoilers are ahead.  While the fair is going on, Alpha uses her freshly made skin mask to fit in and walk around.  She ends up even conversing with Ezekiel and is quite convincing and later sits down next to Lydia at the movies, motioning for her to be quiet.  We then go back to Alpha approaching Daryl and the others, as she tells Daryl to come with her.  Alpha recognizes what it means to talk to someone leader-to-leader and she sees that within Daryl.  Alpha shows Daryl a huge horde of walkers beyond the cliff and tells him that she has let his people live all this time.  Daryl asks Alpha if she killed Lydia, but Alpha doesn’t directly answer this.  She tells Daryl that she wants his people to stay on his side of the border and that he will know it when he sees it.  Ominous, right?  Alpha also tells Daryl that she doesn’t think he can protect her daughter, but she hopes that she is wrong, which reveals the tiniest sliver of humanity within Alpha.  When we see Alpha crying after Lydia has told her to leave, Alpha kills the Whisperer who witnesses her displaying human emotion.  Even if humanity exists within Alpha, she is not about to compromise her position as the leader.

Daryl heads off with Michonne, Carol, and Yumiko, and they stumble across Siddiq, who has clearly been taken or attacked.  As they begin to approach the border, you can see stakes lined up from far away.  The stakes are decorated with the decapitated re-animated heads of ten victims, but of course, we need to get a little bit closer and zoom in on each and every one of them, to truly feel the impact here.  So who didn’t make it?  Here is the complete list for your reference:

The Highwaymen’s Ozzy and Alek:  I was just starting to like them too.

D.J. and Frankie:  Former saviors that I almost forgot about.  I’m still glad that you were able to at least try and protect members of the community.

Tammy Rose:  I found it interesting that Tammy Rose was up here, only because we watch Alpha take a moment to look at her and the former Whisperer baby, which had me thinking that perhaps this selection wasn’t random?  Either way, I feel really bad for her husband.

Rodney and Addy:   I almost forgot about these characters, but they were Henry’s annoying friends and they did converse with Lydia, so is that why they are up here?  I also think it’s important to note that Alpha is not above selecting children to die.  Did she determine who was weak or was this just the luck of the draw?

Enid:  So here come some of the bigger characters.  We get a glimpse of Alden looking for Enid while he is performing and my heart sank.  Enid has not really had too much screen time lately, but this was still awful to see.

Tara:  I was not prepared to see Tara up here and I immediately started crying.  I have a soft spot for Tara because she is goofy and just true to herself, reminding me a lot of myself sometimes.  Tara was also the first LGBTQ character on the show and she has grown so much as a leader and a friend.  In the comic series, it was Ezekiel up here, but a major leader from a community needs to go.  I’m just really sad that it was my girl, Tara, who deserved better.

Henry:  As much as I have complained that Henry is such a pointless and annoying character, he didn’t deserve this fate.  However, Lydia kind of sealed this outcome for him by defying her mother.  You really didn’t think that Alpha would let Lydia live and keep her new boo, right?  What really got me here was Daryl trying to protect Carol from seeing this, as he repeats, “No, just look at me.”  My heart truly went out to Carol in this moment.

Siddiq is left alive and explains that Alpha told him to talk about what happened, mostly to drive them apart and scare them, but Siddiq stands before everyone to tell them a different story to inspire them.  Siddiq tells them about their friends and family coming together one last time to fight for their lives with honor.  They became real heroes and Siddiq explains, “We have to keep going for them and for all of us…we need to honor them and remember these friends…our family, died as heroes.  That’s the story that I want to tell you and for us to remember.”  This moment was truly powerful and it proved that hope can still exist even in the worst of times.  In the beginning of the episode, the couple traveling to the fair are murdered, but are carrying H necklaces, which represent Hilltop or Home, but they also represent hope.  Daryl takes Lydia out to the spot where Henry died and she leaves one for him and I don’t think that she will ever forget what Henry did for her. 

Overall, this episode initially gave us a lot of setup for what’s to come, but it also provided us with one of the most shocking moments of the entire series here.  After the episode, I could not stop thinking about what happened and that image of all ten re-animated heads on the stakes, marking the border.  It was beyond disturbing and so heart wrenching, but we know that no one is every really safe on this show.  That doesn’t mean that it makes these moments any less tragic; however, as we connect so much with these characters and continue to root for them to prevail.  Winter is coming in true GOT fashion, but our favorite characters will need to keep fighting.  Will this tragedy inspire strength and community?  Let’s hope so, but I also think we need Negan at this point.  Maybe let him out of the cage already, Michonne?  Stay tuned for the season finale!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” season 8 episode 6: “What the F*ck Happened in this House?”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 6 last night, the episode we have all been waiting for has finally arrived and it was everything we could have asked for and more.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Return to Murder House,” Madison and Behold play house and are determined to find out more about Michael Langdon.  Meanwhile, it’s like the high school reunion you actually want to attend, as we get to catch up with our favorite characters from season one and detect some fun Easter eggs along the way.  My top 5 moments from American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 6 are:

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“We look like the worst possible versions of Heidi Klum and Seal.”

In the beginning of the episode, Madison and Behold arrive at Murder House and are ready to temporarily move in to speak to the spirits residing there.  Madison’s black ensemble when she first walks up the steps is absolutely fabulous and she is ready for her second chance.  Madison and Behold’s partnership is absolutely delightful, as Behold reminds her that he had to put on khakis, so it’s a hard day for everyone.  Seriously can we give these two their own show?  After Madison hilariously exclaims that she is ready to make some babies in her new home, the realtor explains that he needs to disclose everything about the house, including the 36 murders that took place here before.  I guess it will be a little crowded inside.

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“So you’re like a shitty Miss Cleo?”

Madison and Behold perform a spell so that they are able to see and speak to the spirits in Murder House and it seems like it worked perfectly, as Madison detects a red ball rolling her way, reminding us that Beau is around and ready to say hi.  They also quickly cross paths with the “psychic to the stars,” Billie Dean Howard, who predicted that the Antichrist would bring about the apocalypse back in season one.  She knows that Madison and Behold are witches, but she keeps this information to herself.  Is it that she doesn’t want to get involved or is there some other reason for her silence?  Billie Dean also tells Madison that she has known other Montgomerys, potentially confirming that Madison is somehow related to Dr. Montgomery.  Sarah Paulson has been quite busy directing and playing a number of characters, but she is keeping us all entertained for sure.  We also cross paths with the maid, Moira O’Hara, who Constance is looking to get rid of.  After finding her bones, Madison and Behold agree to bury her near her mother so that she can finally be at peace.  Now on to some of our absolute favorites!

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“I was born to be a mother.”

Jessica Lange definitely knows how to make an entrance.  When Madison and Behold meet her, she greets them by saying, “I’m Constance Langdon and this is my f*cking house.”  Constance seems willing to help Madison and Behold, but reminds them that “I don’t spill a drop of tea for free.”  After removing Moira from the premises, Constance keeps up her end of the bargain and gives us a tell all about her past as Michael Langdon’s grandmother.  Constance thought of Michael as a “chance for a do over” and further explains that “he was my destiny.”  Constance began to detect that something was not right with Michael right away.  She used to find dead insects and rodents by his crib, which she thought of as “presents.”  She buried each dead thing in the garden and covered it up with a rose bush, until her yard was completely full of them.  She mentions a dead babysitter as well and explains that at least she didn’t have to bury that one.  I guess that’s a win?  Constance reveals that one day she walked in and Michael had aged a decade over night.  It’s like he was “in a hurry to get somewhere.”  Constance felt that she was born to be a mother and Michael gave her the opportunity to feel like she truly mattered.  She soon realized that Michael was done with her and decided to leave the world on her own terms, taking her life in Murder House so that she could be reunited with her family forever.  We also get a glimpse of Constance’s fourth child, who she refers to as a “beauty queen,” but is missing her eyes.  Jessica Lange is no stranger to putting on a fantastic show throughout the seasons and she has her grand “bon voyage” moment in the spotlight here, dancing and swirling around with star quality.

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“And all who dwell on the earth will worship him.”

After speaking to Constance, Madison and Behold offer to help Ben Harmon, who spends his days crying and masturbating by the window, which has become “his thing.”  Dylan McDermott is back and he reveals his own past with Michael, explaining that he thought of him like a son and that he was the “only light to come out of all this.”  While Ben began bonding with Michael, Tate was not as receptive to him, telling him to “stay away from my shit.”  Michael didn’t listen all too well; however, as he began putting on the Rubber Man suit and ended up killing a lesbian couple who moved in.  Tate had been responsible for killing a gay couple in the suit back in the day.  Ben was horrified by Michael’s actions here and then further explains that he didn’t just kill them, but he “made them cease to exist.”  Ben walked away from Michael, explaining that he could have never helped him and Michael continued to turn toward darkness.  Madison comments that “our new Supreme is pretty much pure evil” and in walks Vivian, played by the wonderful Connie Britton, who is ready to finally make amends with her husband and share some information as well.  Vivian talks about the “Church of Satan” and we finally get to learn how Ms. Mead entered Michael’s life.  They referred to him as “The Chosen One” and said he was born over the mouth of hell.  After performing a dark mass ritual, Michael consumed the sacrifice and we see a shadow of Satan over his shoulders.  Vivian explains that “he was born from the evil of this house and the source of darkness is his true father and he is here to destroy the world.”  Behold later asks some important questions like “what if we can’t stop him and what happens then?  I’m right there with you Behold, as Michael’s powers are coming from the source of all evil and I’m not sure that anyone is a match for him.

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“Maybe you just need to see the truth for yourself.”

Have you ever wanted to re-write the ending for some of your favorite characters so that they can get the happy ending they deserve?  Well AHS pretty much gave fans that very opportunity in last night’s episode.  Madison actually tries to do some good and has a heart-to-heart talk with Violet.  She recognizes the “romantic tragedy” right in front of her and tries to explain that the evil within Tate left once Michael did.  Violet has trouble believing her and Madison magically helps her see the truth for herself.  Violet and Tate share a beautiful moment together and embrace by the window, as fans cheer everywhere.  Behold comments that Madison is “really nothing but a softie” and I am happy to see her finally doing some good for others.  Even though we see a glimmer of a happily ever after for Violet and Tate, Madison and Behold know that there will be no more happy endings if they cannot stop Michael.  Madison uses her powers to close the gates to Murder House with her mind, reminding me of Charmed, where we see Prue doing the same thing whenever closing the door to the Halliwell manor.  We have closed the chapter on Murder House, but I have to say that it was an amazing episode and well worth the wait.  Stay tuned!

P.S. fun fact:  Naomi Grossman played Pepper in Asylum and is now featured as one of the Cardinals of Satan.  She is the first character to ever cross over on the seasons, as her original character also appeared on Freak Show.

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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:

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.    

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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:

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“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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Once Upon a Time” season 7 episode 20: “Home isn’t a Place. It’s the People in it”

After watching ABC’s Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 20 last night, Henry’s words really described what this series is all about.  “That’s the thing about stories.  They’re more than words.  They live inside of us.  They make us who we are.  And as long as someone believes that…there will be magic.”  When you think about Once Upon a Time as it draws close to the series finale next week, you immediately think about believing in the impossible.  The fairy tales we grew up with sparked our own imagination and creativity, shaping who we have become even if we don’t always see it.  Words can be more powerful than we realize, allowing our feelings and stories to come alive across the page.  Even when this series ends, the stories will live on, reminding us of the importance of taking a leap of faith when the world seems to be quite mad.  It provides us with an escape that can inspire hope, love, and adventure.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Is This Henry Mills?” Regina desperately tries to get Henry to believe again but is running out of ideas.  Meanwhile, Rogers/Nook and Rumple recruit Margot to help save Tilly before it is too late and the ultimate villain is revealed.  My top 5 moments from Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 20 are:

5

“Because I can be very convincing.”

While helping Jacinda and Lucy pack for their trip with Henry, Sabine/Tiana is worried about Drew.  After Lucy reveals that the back-pack is from Drew, she finds a tarot card hidden inside.  Lucy immediately knows that this means that Samdi/Dr. Facilier will have an idea about what’s going on.  Jacinda and Sabine/Tiana go to confront Dr. Facilier who has nothing to hide at this point, recognizing that magic is about to resurface again.  He opens the closet door and reveals Drew gagged and tied up and suggests that the ladies join him.  While we know that Dr. Facilier’s ultimate goal is to obtain the Dark One’s dagger, what does he have to gain by holding these characters captive?  Is it merely to prevent them from getting in the way or did he have something else in store for them?  It looks like we may never find out, as Dr. Facilier’s own fate is about to take a cruel twist.  I wonder if he saw that coming in the cards.

4

“I’ve got nothing left to lose so let’s do this.”

Even though Regina is having trouble getting Henry to believe again, she refuses to give up.  She turns down Gothel’s offer to join her coven and chooses the side of humanity, proving once again that the Evil Queen has shed its wickedness and has embraced what it truly means to be a hero.  Even though Regina does not have magic in this world, she is not about to let Gothel win.  She stands up to her and faces her, but is wounded after Gothel attacks her.  While Regina may not be the hero to take down Gothel, her will to stand against her is commendable.

3

“I’m not like you.  You chose hate.  But I choose love.”

After Tilly courageously joined Gothel’s coven to protect her father’s life, she is now under some type of trance, trapped by the magic she is channeling.  Rogers/Nook tells her that he will come back for her and save her and is ready to finally take a leap of faith.  Rumple reveals to him that it’s all real and Rogers/Nook is finally ready to accept this and listen.  When he asks who he is from the other realm, Rumple says, “All you need to know right now is that you’re a survivor…Captain.”  Rogers and Rumple seek out the help of Margot, desperately hoping that she can get through to Tilly before it is too late.  We learn that after each witch sacrifices all of their power to the spell, they turn into a tree in the eternal grove and it’s only a matter of time before Tilly starts growing roots of her own.  Margot tries to talk Tilly out of this, recognizing that perhaps she is just having a really bad day and “maybe we can turn it into a good one.”  Tilly refuses, however; and flings her in the air, shrinking her enemies into almost non-existence, as she remains trapped by the magic consuming her.  When the curse is ultimately broken, Margot and Tilly remember themselves as Robin and Alice…or “Tower Girl.”  When the words, “I told you we’d always know each other” are spoken, you can’t help feeling an overwhelming sense of warmth and love for these two characters.  Their love for one another is so pure and good, proving that real love can truly conquer all.  This reunion is put on hold, however; as Gothel still remains to be a threat.  Gothel tries to tell Alice that she is like her and will not be able to defeat her, but Alice has her father and Robin by her side.  She chooses love and turns Gothel into a tree, hoping that she can grow into something beautiful again and ultimately find peace.   The curse is broken and Alice can finally be reunited with her father again and with her true love, Robin.  Well deserved!

2

“Don’t you want to believe?”

During the episode, we flash to another timeline where young Henry Mills is approaching graduation and deciding on whether or not he should leave Storybrooke or stay behind with his mother, Regina.  Regina has some doubts about Henry leaving, but she puts her feelings aside because all she really wants is for him to be happy.  Grown up Henry is still having trouble believing, even after he witnesses all of the magic around him.  Regina tries a memory potion and even digs up the “Once Upon a Time” second book from Victoria’s grave, desperately trying to help him remember who he is and what he believes in.  Nothing happens after all of these attempts and it seems like Henry’s belief may really be gone forever, as he is unable to deal with the grief of losing the family he thought he had.  However, Henry is failing to realize that his family has been right in front of him this whole time.  Regina tries to tell him that the curse is not just a land without magic, but that they were brought to a different time, bringing time travel into the mix, and bringing me back to Lost once again.  Henry looks at the adoption papers Regina left with him and decides to take a very own leap of faith of his own by calling the phone number listed.  Lost fans everywhere will remember the memorable moment in the episode, “The Constant,” where Desmond makes a phone call to Penny that saves his life and helps him remember who he is.  The connection he had to his love, Penny was enough to bring him back.  In Once Upon a Time, Henry is about to experience something very similar.  When he calls, he speaks to his younger self and provides him with some really great advice.  The conversation causes his memories to come flashing back to him, as he finally remembers who he is.  After Gothel attacks Regina, Henry rushes to her side and kisses her forehead, breaking the curse for good in a beautiful moment.  It was true love’s kiss after all, but for the mother who sacrificed everything for him.  Magic is back and so are the memories that had been hidden away for so long.  Young Henry gets it absolutely right when he says that “Storybrooke will always be with me.”  Not just with you Henry, but with all of us and it’s hard not to shed some tears as we approach the very end.  However, even though it seems like our happy ending has finally arrived, there is one more twist left.

1

“Did you really think a wish realm could hold me?”

After the curse is broken, Rumple realizes that the dagger is gone and immediately jumps to the conclusion yet again that Dr. Facilier is responsible.  Rumple is finally starting to realize that he may not be able to get back to Belle and he wants to focus his energy on the family he has here.  He even hesitates and doesn’t kill Dr. Facilier when he has the chance and Dr. Facilier mocks him by telling him, “You’re a shadow of your former self.”  Who said that words could never hurt you?  Dr. Facilier is stabbed with the dagger and the Dark One is responsible.  Rumple will literally need to face himself and destroy the evil of the Dark One once and for all, but is he powerful enough to do so?  We know that some of our favorite characters will be returning for the series finale next week.  I am beyond excited and can’t wait to see how the story finally ends.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Once Upon a Time in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!

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