Spoiler-Free Review of “What We Do In The Shadows” FX Series Premiere: Fangtastically Funny

Happy Friday TV Fans!  The wait is over and What We Do In The Shadows is finally here!  The show is based on the film of the same name from 2014 and it is brought to us by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.  If you are not familiar with the movie, it is a mockumentary following a group of vampires living together in New Zealand.  FX was awesome enough to actually play the movie the day before the series premiered, which gave me time to re-watch it and enjoy the campy horror fun.  I mean, seriously there were so many bloody dishes to clean…

If you are a fan of the film, you will absolutely fall in love with the series as well, which now takes place in Staten Island, New York.  Love that!  Even if you have never seen the film before, you will enjoy the series, which is kind of like The Office if it followed vampires.  In the series, we follow a different group of vampires, but it is set in the same universe as the movie, which means a crossover is not out of the question.  Fingers crossed!  The series introduces us to Nandor, Laszlo, Nadja, and their human familiar, Guillermo.  However, my personal favorite was an energy sucking vampire named Colin, who can bore everyone to death with dull conversation starters, which is probably the funniest part of the show so far.

Overall, I thought that the series premiere had a lot of potential and provided us with some really funny moments, especially the grocery store scene, which was laugh out loud hilarious.  Not all of the jokes landed for me, but I had the same issue with the film, so I think it comes down to comedy preference, which is not necessarily a bad thing.  However, there is a void right now in horror comedies, as shows like Ash vs Evil Dead, Stan Against Evil, and Scream Queens have all been canceled.  I still don’t get why, but that means that there is definitely room for What We Do In The Shadows to provide us with some much needed horror comedy.  We will get 10 episodes of the first season and I’m looking forward to some bloody brilliant comedy for sure!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts on What We Do In The Shadows in the comments section below.  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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” season 8 episode 3: “Surprise Bitch! I Bet you Thought you’d Seen the Last of Me”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 3 last night, the moment we have all been waiting for is finally here.  Are you ready?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Forbidden Fruit,” Mr. Langdon continues to interview potential candidates to determine if they are worthy to join “The Sanctuary” and discovers a surprising secret about Mallory while revealing one of his own as well.  Meanwhile, we learn more about Ms. Mead’s past, Ms. Venable announces that Outpost 3 will be celebrating with a Halloween Soiree, and the Easter eggs kept us focused and entertained.  Did you catch them all?  My top 5 moments from American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 3 are:

5

“It’s the one day of the year when the rest of the world puts in some effort to be fabulous like I am every other day.”

During the episode, Ms. Venable announces that they will be holding a Halloween Soiree to celebrate.  The theme of the party will be a Victorian Masquerade ball and everyone is beyond excited to have something to look forward to.  Only Ms. Venable plans on using the party as a way of arranging for everyone to eat the apples delivered from “The Cooperative” at the same time, which she poisons with the assistance of Ms. Mead with snake venom.  Everyone deserves just a glimmer of hope and happiness and they scamper off to get their costumes ready.  Mr. Gallant hilariously explains why he loves Halloween while he reminisces with Coco about their Michael Jackson costumes from when they were younger.  While the party is good news, Coco recognizes that they will probably announce who is going into “The Sanctuary” during the party.  She understands that everything has some kind of hidden agenda, reminding us that “the closest thing to a Christmas feast was stew” or does she mean Stu?  Sorry couldn’t resist.  Either way, the Halloween party will definitely be the most excitement they have seen in a very long time.  Although you may want to think twice about bobbing for apples anytime soon.

4

“Happy Halloween bitch.”

Surprise!  Brock is back, played by fan favorite, Billy Eichner.  We quickly discover that after Coco left her boyfriend, Brock, he has been living out in the wasteland for all this time.  Brock has been exposed to radiation and is sporting some bald spots and gruesome marks on his face that prove he has definitely been through the ringer.  While Brock initially seemed to be privileged and materialistic in the opening episode, he has shed that persona all too quickly.  Brock has become somewhat of a bad-ass and reminded me of “Mad Max” while out in the wasteland.  Brock explains that he is just looking for his girlfriend, but something tells me that he is not looking to kiss and makeup.  Brock is aware of the shelter and spots one of the horse drawn carriages, hitching a ride to Outpost 3.  Brock makes his way in and cleverly sports a mask of his own during the masquerade party, inviting Coco to dance.  Coco mistakes him for Langdon and begins coming on to him, desperately looking for a way into “The Sanctuary.”  Only Coco is in for a big surprise when Brock reveals his identity and she asks, “What happened to your face?”  Coco tries to explain her actions, but just digs a deeper hole for herself when she compares her love to Brock to her love for sushi, explaining that she had to lock away her feelings for both, which does not amuse Brock at all.  Brock brutally stabs Coco in the head and says, “Happy Halloween Bitch,” with no hesitation.  While I’m not so sure how Brock will come into play now, we definitely should not discount him, as he has been exposed to the brutal reality outside and is looking for payback.

3

“Some people just have nothing special about them.”

In the beginning of the episode, Langdon interviews Mallory and recognizes a potential darkness within her.  Langdon further reveals more about his own abilities when he says, “I can see into the dark places that people desperately try to keep hidden.”  Langdon refers to it as a sort of talent or “night vision,” but it’s clear that Langdon possesses a lot of power.  Langdon was not expecting the power of Mallory; however, who ends up setting the room on fire with her mind.  Mallory is just as surprised as Langdon, who demands to know who she is.  Langdon prides himself on knowing everything about a person and reveals his own true face when he is thrown off guard by Mallory’s power.  While we know that Langdon is the baby from Murder House, it now appears that he is the Antichrist.  Langdon even performs a dark blood ritual and calls out to his father, who we can only assume is the devil himself.  Mallory later confides in Coco and Mr. Gallant, explaining that she thinks she set the room on fire.  Coco hilariously asks her if she knocked over a candle and Mallory says, “I think I made the fire with my mind,” further comparing herself to Dark Phoenix.  Marvel fans rejoice!  This is not the first reference we have seen to Marvel during the show.  The song, “Time in a Bottle,” played during an important moment for Mr. Gallant last week, which Evan Peters knows all too well.  In X-Men:  Days of Future Past, my absolute favorite scene featured Evan Peters, who played Quicksilver and helped break Magneto out of prison while this song played and we saw everything in slow motion.  You can watch that original scene here!  Think this is just a coincidence?  Maybe it is.  However, Mallory also rises from the dead or the ashes, just like the actual Dark Phoenix, which makes me think otherwise.  Either way, I was truly impressed by Billie Lourd’s performance this week and I am looking forward to exploring more about Mallory and her abilities.

2

“All people if given the right pressures or stimulus are evil mother fuckers.”

Last week, we were completely shocked when Ms. Mead was revealed to be a robot of some kind.  In this episode, we learn more about Ms. Mead’s “false memories,” which all involve Halloween.  Hooray!  Ms. Mead remembers trick-or-treating as Rosie, the Robot maid, from The Jetsons back in 1962 and even recalls her first date in 1968, when she watched the movie, Rosemary’s Baby, which is definitely hinting at the idea of Langdon’s own existence.  Ms. Mead recognizes that these memories are false, but yet they feel somewhat real to her.  Ms. Mead prides herself on being loyal to Ms. Venable and is shocked when she turns the tables on her and shoots Ms. Venable, killing her.  Even though we initially thought the “poison apple” scheme was Ms. Venable’s idea, Langdon reveals that it was his own and that Ms. Mead is operating under his command.  He further explains that he made Ms. Mead to be a sort of prototype, based on someone he loved as a child.  Ms. Mead starts to understand the fading memory she has of a young boy, realizing that it must have been Langdon.  Who is Ms. Mead based on?  We can only assume that Langdon is referring to Michael’s grandmother, Constance Langdon, played by the fabulous Jessica Lange.  The pieces are coming together for sure, but there is still so much left to be uncovered.  I am absolutely looking forward to it, however.

1

“Surprise bitch!  I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.”

After bobbing for apples, Ms. Venable invites everyone to enjoy their tasty treats.  The apples themselves and the title of the episode scream references to the bible and the Garden of Eden, but no one at Outpost 3 seems to be paying attention to that.  The apples are poisoned and we watch the disgusting demise of the characters we have come to know in the last three episodes.  When thinking of poison apples, Snow White also comes to mind, and we do see several women come back to life after eating the poison apple.  While I was initially upset to have invested so much time in the characters residing at Outpost 3, I was delightfully entertained by the return of three of our favorite witches.  The record player was initially playing the song, “Baby I’m a Want You,” by Bread, which you can listen to here!  The lyrics that stood out were, “Like a guiding light to help me through my darkest hour,” which seem beyond appropriate for the entrance of some of the members of Coven.  The record player changes to the song, “She’s a Rainbow,” by The Rolling Stones, which you can listen to here! Right on cue, Cordelia, Madison, and Myrtle Snow make a grand entrance through the gates and are here to save the day and protect the world from Langdon most likely.  They look for their sister witches and resurrect Mallory, Coco, and Dinah.  Madison, played by Emma Roberts, delivers her “surprise bitch” line perfectly and we are ready for the fun to begin.  Stay tuned!

P.S. fun fact:  The song, “She’s a Rainbow,” is on The Rolling Stones album, Their Satanic Majesties Request

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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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” season 8 episode 2: “What is this, the Hunger Games?”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 2 last night, we witnessed several Easter eggs from previous seasons, foreshadowing the return of some of our favorite characters.  While we don’t know what to expect just yet, these glimpses and hints are not to be ignored.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Morning After,” Mr. Langdon makes an announcement to the group and explains that he will be conducting a series of questions to find out who is worthy of “cooperating” and joining “The Sanctuary.”  Meanwhile, Timothy and Emily discover Ms. Venable’s deceit and grow closer as a result, Mr. Gallant has a visitor at his door, and we get a fresh new ingredient for dinner.  Anything should be better than Stu, right?  My top 5 moments from American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 2 are:

5

“I thought everything outside was dead.”

In the beginning of the episode, Timothy and Emily are horrified by the presence of snakes in Outpost 3.  Ms. Mead is excited by a new protein for dinner, but everyone else is not so sure.  After all, they have just been traumatized over possibly eating Stu in their stew.  Sorry I can’t let that one go just yet.  The snake soup does not look too appetizing, but the snakes resurrect and are alive when dinner is officially served.  While this moment is horrifying, it also reminds us that this is considered a form of resurrection.  We know that the snakes are not the only ones to come back to life in this new world.  Who’s next?  We’ll have to wait and see, but this absolutely screams “Coven.”

4

“I won’t sugar coat the situation.”

Mr. Langdon quickly introduces himself to the rest of the group and informs them that the rest of the Outposts have been overrun by some kind of “feral cannibals.”  Mr. Langdon explains that The Cooperative had a fail-safe in place and that they have an outpost called “The Sanctuary,” which has security measures protecting it to ensure its survival along with the humans who reside in it.  The group learns that Mr. Langdon has been sent to determine who is worthy of joining “The Sanctuary,” which will involve a series of questions.  Mr. Gallant is the first one to “volunteer as tribute.”  Insert “Hunger Games” joke here, which I thought seemed appropriate since Coco hilariously cried out, “what is this, the Hunger Games?”  Mr. Langdon explains to Mr. Gallant that he will know if he is lying or trying to trick him.  Does this mean that Mr. Langdon possesses some kind of supernatural powers and abilities?  While we are not too sure of this yet, it definitely appears like we are being pointed in that direction.

3

“You’re a fighter.  I like that about you.”

Later in the episode, Mr. Langdon speaks to Ms. Venable in her chambers and reminds her that “complete abstinence” was not part of the rules and that this could be determined punishable by death.  It makes us wonder why Ms. Venable felt the need to enforce this rule so much.  There clearly seems to be a common trend so far of “lust,” creeping into the walls of Outpost 3, which brings us back to Ryan Murphy connecting the seasons of AHS to the “Nine Circles of Hell” from Dante’s Inferno.  You can read more on this theory here! Mr. Langdon recognizes Ms. Venable as a fighter and reminds her that “there’s no need for us to be adversaries.”  He further explains that he wants to see the part of her that humiliates her the most, ordering for her to remove her dress.  Ms. Venable finally shows us some real vulnerability here and hesitantly unzips the back of her dress, revealing some kind of deformity and scarring on her back.  Ms. Venable asks if she has passed the test, but Mr. Langdon coldly replies, “No.”  Before they can get any further, they are interrupted by Ms. Mead who requires Ms. Venable’s immediate attention.

2

“Is this phase 2 of the interview?”

When Mr. Gallant is questioned by Mr. Langdon, there is an underlying sexual tension throughout their conversation.  Mr. Langdon asks Mr. Gallant to tell him about his anger and immediately links it to his grandmother, recognizing that Mr. Gallant has some untamed hatred brewing inside of him.  Later on, there is a knock at Mr. Gallant’s door and he is greeted by an old friend of AHSThe Rubber Man.  The man is dressed in black latex head to toe and Mr. Gallant’s grandmother discovers them having sex.  Fans will remember that The Rubber Man is revealed to be Tate from AHSMurder House (season one), also played by Evan Peters.  This makes things beyond confusing, but it is possible that someone else has embraced the suit, but we will have to wait and find out.  Mr. Gallant’s grandmother reports his behavior, looking out for her own survival and Mr. Gallant is whipped repeatedly by Ms. Mead.  Later on, Mr. Langdon tells him that he has never been to his room and that his neediness and desperation disgust him.  He harshly tells Mr. Gallant that he would not be with him if he was the last man on earth and they are pretty close to that very scenario.  Mr. Gallant is very upset by this cruel rejection and to make matters worse, his own grandmother refuses to accept him as well.  Later on, Mr. Gallant follows the Rubber Man and turns the tables on him, stabbing him for shaming him.  Only he quickly realizes that he has stabbed his grandmother to death instead, now seeing her corpse before his eyes.  Mr. Gallant is horrified by what he has done, just in desperate need for someone to love and accept him.  The damage is done, but we’ll have to wait and see if there are consequences for his actions.

1

“What are we doing?”

During the episode, Timothy and Emily sneak into Mr. Langdon’s room and find his laptop.  They are initially confused on how he can communicate with anyone, but assume it must be some type of satellite.  They read through some of the emails and learn that Ms. Venable has been making up the rules as she goes, particularly about the mandatory abstinence.  Timothy and Emily take things further with their blossoming relationship and it is implied that they do have sex.  Ms. Mead barges into the bedroom when they are sleeping and takes them to be punished.  Emily cries out to Ms. Venable that she knows the rules are not real, but they are still taken away.  A gun is pulled on Timothy and he courageously fights back and gets a hold of the gun.  Ms. Mead is shot and another shock is thrown our way.  Ms. Mead takes a look at her wound and we see some kind of white liquid coming out of it, which is definitely not human.  Is she a robot or something else?  I’m not sure, but it looks like we are in for more and more twists and turns.  Stay tuned!

P.S. fun fact:  Did you notice “The Morning After” song changed over to a song featuring Stevie Nicks?  Is it possible we will see her again along with some of our other favorites from Coven?

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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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” season 8 episode 1 Season Premiere: “Everything We Know Is Gone”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  The wait is over and the end is here or is it now the beginning?  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 1 last night, we witnessed the end of the world, as an inbound missile alert threatened the entire planet.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The End,” many characters desperately tried to escape the destruction of the world, relying on their money and powerful connections to do so.  Meanwhile, an organization called “The Cooperative” arranged for other characters to be taken because they were identified as prime candidates to survive based on their DNA.  While the world enters into nuclear winter in the future, we watch a group of characters hold on to their own survival in Outpost 3 by following “the rules.”  My top 5 moments from American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 1 are:

5

“What’s a purple?”

Forty minutes before the bomb goes off, we meet Timothy, played by Kyle Allen.  Timothy is with his family when soldiers from The Cooperative burst in the door and explain that they are taking Timothy with him and that he will be safe.  Timothy tries to convince them to take his family as well, but they have strict orders to only take him with them.  Timothy was selected based on his DNA, which they detected when he completed some type of ancestry DNA kit.  Before he has a chance to say a proper goodbye, Timothy is taken and ends up in a cell underground next to a girl named Emily, played by Ash Santos, who was most likely taken for the same reason, although she explains she was in prison.  After the blast, the two are taken to Outpost 3 in Hazmat suits and witness two young adults being killed outside.  Timothy and Emily are horrified by what they see, but continue to the fallout shelter, Outpost 3, with little resistance.  While here, they are quickly introduced to Wilhemina Venable, played by Sarah Paulson.  Ms. Venable explains that she is in charge there and that they were both chosen to survive and will be known as “purples.”  Emily asks what this means and they learn that a purple is the elite and the worthy while the “grays” are there to serve them.  Everyone has a purpose and they are told that they must follow the rules no matter what, which include extremes like “no unauthorized copulation of any kind.”  When asked about her own purpose, Ms. Venable explains that they should think of her as the “strong arm of The Cooperative” and Emily courageously points out that she is not a purple then.  While it seems like everything has a certain routine and structure to it, Timothy quickly gets a warning sign when he sees the numbers “666” appear on the shower door and a whisper calling out, “beware.”  While we don’t know who is sending the message or what this means just yet, it’s clear that they are not the only beings to survive in the world.

4

“It’s like Satan’s Spotify playlist.”

During the episode, Timothy and Emily join the other guests in Outpost 3 and discover that some of the rich and famous have come along for the ride because of their connections and donations along the way.  This includes Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt, played by Leslie Grossman, who hilariously told her significant other that they can see other people when she realized that they needed to leave on the plane without him to avoid the blast.  We also meet Mr. Gallant, played by Evan Peters, who has brought along his grandmother, played by Joan Collins.  There are a few other characters in the mix as well, but it’s clear that no one is used to following the rules and living in simplicity.  The mundane routine begins to set in, as they hear the same song play over and over, slowly driving them mad.  Meals consist of eating small cubes filled with vitamins that leave much to be desired.  Ms. Venable and her associate, Miriam, played by Kathy Bates, remind everyone that “we are the last vestiges of civilized life on the planet.”  Everyone is told that they must follow the rules in order to survive and they must keep out contamination at all cost.  We also learn that they have about enough food and supplies to last approximately 18 months.  Miriam announces that someone has brought in contamination from outside even though everyone swears that they have not done so.  Stu and Mr. Gallant are both identified as being contaminated and they are taken away brutally to be cleansed.  Luckily Gallant passes the contamination test on the second round, but Stu is not so lucky and begs not to be put through decontamination again.  Miriam shoots him in the head; however, ending the immediate threat.  It’s clear that Ms. Venable and Miriam mean business and they are not about to break the rules for anything or anyone.

3

“It’s only us.”

Later in the episode, we learn that Ms. Venable and Miriam are making up things as they go.  Miriam worries about what will happen when The Cooperative finds out, but Ms. Venable reminds her that “it’s only us.”  The two enjoy inflicting punishment and watching the faces of their victims, granting them some kind of temporary pleasure and power.  Ms. Venable says that “it gives me a tingle,” revealing that there is something sick and twisted going on with these two, but what will happen when The Cooperative finds out that they are dishing out their own kind of punishment and even pretending that some are contaminated to further along their cruel game?

2

“The stew is Stu!”

After the guests are clearly traumatized after Stu was shot, they are rewarded with a hot meal.  Everyone seems initially grateful and begins digging in, until they start finding bones that don’t really seem like they belong to a chicken.  “The stew is Stu!”  Everyone begins spitting out the food except for Mrs. Gallant who explains “I don’t care what it is.  It’s absolutely divine.”  While Ms. Venable tells them that they are not eating human flesh, it’s hard to believe anything that she says at this point.  Just when it seems like all hope is lost, the song they have been hearing over and over changes to a new one.  It begins playing Maureen McGovern’s song, “The Morning After,” which you can listen to here!  Everyone listens to the words and is convinced that it is a sign that they will be rescued.  Only we quickly flash to “18 months later” and no rescue has come at all.  The world has gotten colder and deadlier and it seems like everyone is clinging to an empty existence except for Timothy and Emily who have now fallen in love.  They ration one kiss a day just to be able to have something to look forward to, recognizing that they cannot do anything further for fear of breaking the rules.  While this is something sweet in the midst of all of this despair, I worry about Ms. Venable discovering their secret.

1

“Those who make it, live.  Those who don’t, end up like my horses.”

At the end of the episode, there is a breach at Outpost 3 and a horse and buggy arrives with a strange visitor.  Meet Michael Langdon, played by Cody Fern, who works for The Cooperative.  He explains that there is another Outpost that has supplies that could last up to a decade, but that he will determine who is worthy of survival there.  While it’s clear that he could make the determination to take everyone, he only has interest in those who are deserving.  While we don’t know what this entails exactly, Michael is no fool, as he recognizes that Miriam is already killing his horses outside.  He is not one to be messed with and Ms. Venable may be in some serious trouble for her abuse of power.  Which characters will be saved?  What else is left out in the world?  Stay tuned to find out!

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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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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The 2018 September Season TV Premieres I am most looking forward to: Bring on the new episodes!

Fall is quickly approaching and while you may be sad that summertime is almost over, some of my absolute favorite things are returning.  What’s your favorite part of fall?  Whether you adore Halloween or pumpkin spice lattes or the leaves changing colors, there is something for everyone.  It also means that some of our favorite TV shows are returning and new series will be making their debut as well.  While we may have to wait a little longer for some shows to return, September is jam packed with lots of programming to choose from.  Without further delay, the 2018 September Season TV premieres I am most looking forward to in no particular order are:

 

The Purge

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Shameless

American Horror Story:  Apocalypse

 

The Purge:

“This is your Emergency Broadcast System announcing the commencement of the Annual Purge. At the siren, all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 hoursAll emergency services will be suspended.”

The Purge is a new series based on the movies we have come to know and love.  It will premiere on the USA network on September 4th.  I have to admit that I absolutely love the movies and I am excited to see what new elements will be brought to the series.  It seems like we will get a good mix of character flashbacks and content featured around the actual purge night.  I am trying to go into the series without too much background information because I truly want to enjoy the ride, but I am hoping for the best.

 

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia:

“Aw yeah, yeah, like in The Sixth Sense you find out that the dude in that hair piece the whole time, that’s Bruce Willis the whole movie.”

 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will be premiering on the FXX network on September 5th It has been quite some time since fans have gotten some new episodes and I am literally counting the days until we can join the gang for some crazy and over-the-top adventures.  While I have enjoyed watching shows and movies featuring some of the cast, there is always just something missing for me if everyone from “Patty’s Pub” is not involved.  Is there a new Lethal Weapon movie ready to be unleashed?  Will Charlie discover the true meaning of Charlie Work?  Stay tuned!

 

Shameless:

“That’s right. NO ONE F*KS WITH A GALLAGHER!”

One of my absolute favorite shows is Shameless and I can’t wait to see what is in store for the Gallagher family this season.  The new season premieres on Showtime on September 9th I absolutely adored the introduction of Carl’s girlfriend, Kassidi, last season and I can’t wait to see what she does next when she discovers that Carl has gone back to military school.  Fiona has also come a long way as a business woman and Debbie lost some of her toes, but something tells me that these two strong women are not going to let anyone get in their way.  Get ready to laugh out loud as we get to follow the crazy antics of our favorite family on TV!

 

American Horror Story:  Apocalypse

“Surprise bitch…I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.”

 I thought that seemed like the most appropriate quote since many of our favorite characters from past seasons will be back for the new season of AHS.  Are you ready?  I have to admit that I might be the most excited for this season and I adore Ryan Murphy’s work.  The new season is set to premiere on the FX network on September 12th We know that AHS is known for giving us unexpected twists and turns, but something tells me that they will not be holding anything back with this new season.  A great cast, a great premise, and lots and lots of potential!  Stay tuned!

 

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post the shows you are looking forward to premiering in September 2018 in the comments section below.  Happy viewing and thanks so much for reading!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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 When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking my top 5 Horror TV Shows: “Well good news I found a piece of pie with no blood on it. Anybody want a bite?”

Greetings TV Fans!  With all of the excitement centered on the release of the trailer for the upcoming Halloween film, I started to really think about some of my favorite horror films of all time and then I realized that there are quite a few TV shows that fit the bill as well.  Whether you enjoy campy horror, slasher suspense, or zombies galore, horror TV shows have been around for quite a while and still stand the test of time.  For today, I am going to be ranking my absolute favorite horror TV shows.  Please note that for this list I have decided not to include TV shows that overlap in fantasy, supernatural, and sci-fi.  For example, shows like Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, and True Blood will not be included because I think they have so many other layers with elements of horror.  That being said, if you have read my blog before, you know that I am a huge fan of these shows, but I wanted the chance to let some other horror TV shows take the spotlight.   Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch any of the series below yet. My top 5 horror TV shows are:

5

Slasher

I recently got the chance to binge-watch the first two seasons of Slasher on Netflix and I have to say that the show pulled me in right away.  If you are a fan of slasher films like Scream, this is the show for you.  The first season centers around the character, Sarah who finds herself caught in the middle of a series of murders that are very similar to the murder of her own parents.  The opening episode is beyond terrifying featuring the killer, The Executioner, who will give you nightmares for sure.  The second season follows a completely different story-line and has more of an Agatha Christie type feel, as we learn about a group of friends who were responsible for killing a girl many years ago and try to put together the missing pieces when they later return.  Each season brings different elements to the table, but has a healthy dose of gore, mystery, and twists that are not that easy to guess, which is refreshing.

4

Scream Queens

I am a huge fan of campy horror and I thoroughly enjoy films like Shaun of the Dead, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, The Evil Dead franchise, and The Cabin in the Woods.  I think there is something to be said about the perfect blend of horror and comedy that is just pure genius.  Even though Scream Queens only lasted two seasons, this show had me laughing out loud and screaming whenever the Red Devil made an appearance.  The show follows a sorority who is targeted by the killer, but I have to say that Niecy Nash playing the security guard, Denise is the absolute best part of the show.  While you may think you have seen a million movies like this before, Scream Queens really delivers and I was beyond disappointed when the show was cancelled.

3

Bates Motel

Have you ever wondered what turned Norman Bates into the infamous killer in Psycho?  Bates Motel gave us the chance to really dive into the dark and creepy world of Norman Bates.  The show is a prequel and we get a glimpse into Norman’s life as a teenager.  The acting on this show is outstanding and the characters really draw you in, as you almost feel sympathy for Norman as you see the events that lead to his breakdown.  The show has an eerie and mysterious feel, drawing the viewer in seamlessly.  While we don’t see as much blood and gore in this particular show, Norman’s actions are bone-chilling and beyond creepy, which scare us in an entirely different way.  When Norman dresses up as his mother, it’s scary how he is able to emulate her mannerisms and words to perfection.  While the show answers many questions from Psycho, it also does a great job of paving its own identity, causing you to be on the edge of your seat at all times, never knowing what to truly expect from the Bates family.

2

Ash vs Evil Dead

Ash vs Evil Dead is another show that is the epitome of campy horror.  Bruce Campbell is a genius and I have been a fan of the Evil Dead franchise for a long time.  The show gave fans the chance to fall in love with Ash Williams, or “Ashy Slashy,” all over again, accepting that the only person who can stand in the way of evil is not afraid to deliver a well thought out pun just before destroying a deadite in grotesque and creative ways.  The show also allows fans to get to know the Ghost Beaters, Kelly and Pablo, who team up with Ash against the she-devil, Ruby, played by the absolutely fabulous Lucy Lawless.  The show recently aired its series finale, but provided fans with three seasons of fun, gore, comedy, and great music.  You are seriously missing out if you do not check this show out.  “Groovy.”   

Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one pick are:

  • Scream
  • It
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?
  • Twin Peaks
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Goosebumps
  • The Strain
  • Hannibal
  • The Walking Dead franchise

 

1

American Horror Story

It should be no surprise that my favorite horror TV show is FX’s American Horror Story.  The show is created by Ryan Murphy and does an amazing job of covering every element of horror.  Each season features a different premise with a new type of evil never lurking too far away.  While each season is unique in its own way, my absolute favorites are Coven, Hotel, and Murder House.  The show is not afraid to test boundaries and will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time.  There have been some moments on the show that have been so frightening that I was not able to sleep without seeing Twisty the Clown appear in my nightmares.  The show does a great job of bringing one’s fears to the surface, but it also really looks into the darkness that exists within society as well, which really elevates the show.  The most recent season focused on a cult, proving that humanity can be just as capable of performing evil as spirits and vampires.  I was also very intrigued by the comparison of each season to a circle of hell from Dante’s Inferno Dante’s journey through each circle exposes him to different types of sin and evil that exist in the world and within society, which adds even more complexity to American Horror Story.  I am beyond excited to see what the next season brings and what sins it will explore next.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to share some of your own thoughts and comments on your favorite horror TV shows. 

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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