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American Horror Story: Coven – We aren’t at Hogwarts anymore, are we Hedwig?

Hogwarts kids would not stand a chance here.  No matter how rotten Slitherin kids are they would not survive Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies.  It’s THAT bad!

But before I jump into that, let’s take a look at what makes this show still one of the creepiest, scariest, yet coolest shows on television.  For one, they pull no punches.  No rock is left unturned in the ways that this show could unnerve a lot of people in some of the subjects this show deals with every season and last night’s opener was no exception. Even rarer are the amount of movies that call themselves horror movies that show gore for gore’s sake.  Not this show.  When it goes for gore, it’s there for a reason and even sometimes when you get it (such as a guy getting a spotlight dropped on his head) you may get a glimpse and it’s more disturbing than if they left the camera focused on the spot where it happened.

Still amazing is how with each season, even though they are all disconnected, they still manage to bring back some of the same actors and actresses to play differing roles and a newbie to the show doesn’t have to have watched anything prior, so with that, let’s take a glimpse at last night.


And more to the point, I won’t hit each plot point rather than let you the reader fill it all in and for those of you that haven’t watched, get an idea of what you are getting into.

Right out of the gate, no punches are pulled as we meet Delphine LaLaurie (played by Kathy Bates) an 1800’s socialite who gets her rocks off from torturing slaves that she keeps in stashed in her house in hopes of using their blood as a macabre fountain of youth.  Within the first 5 minutes, you find out just how sick this woman is and it would probably make Paula Deen blush!  (YES!!!  I said that!)

Flash forward some 200 years and we also find Fiona Goode (played by Jessica Lange) who is also trying to find a way to keep her youth and is knocking men dead by doing so and is also a coke head…if your jaw doesn’t drop watching that scene then you don’t need to watch this show!  Fiona decides that she wants to get back into the swing of being bad, bad baaaaad because her daughter Cordelia Foxx (played by Sarah Paulson), who is headmistress of the above named school, in her eyes is not living up to her full potential as a witch and with the students that she has there, it’s so much that she could do.  And maybe it was just me, but did anyone get sort of an Emma Frost vibe from either Goode or Foxx?

Now we get to meet the students themselves:

Zoe Benson (played by Taissa Farmiga) – her sex is so good it kills.

Queenie (played by Gabourey Sidibe) – a human voodoo doll

Nan – (played by Jamie Brewer) – a clairvoyant

Madison Montgomery (played by Emma Roberts…there are waaaaaay too many Emmas on screen these days!) – A telekinetic that likes to drop things and also flip other things.

They are typical teens who squabble and fight and are now being put into a place where they must learn to harness their power and this is where the conflict between Goode and Foxx occurs as their power struggle over who is to lead and why only they are worthy.  They are also being taught about what LaLaurie was up to back in the 1800s and the ties that she shares with Marie Lavaeu which is the stuff of legend and folklore.

And then beyond that, there is a frat party, some roofies a nearly brutal gang rape scene and revenge.

And just when you thought it was over, a blast from the past is unearthed and found to be as much alive as the day they were buried.

This show stays twisted in tone and can be un-nerving to watch and it pushes the boundaries of television as far as it could go and quite frankly if this was a movie it could merit an R rating because enough of my friends online last night barely made it through the show and when people say that watching this show keeps them up at night, then you know it’s done its job.

I can only imagine what they will do to push the envelope this season especially when all of the character’s paths start to intersect but believe me, I am all aboard for this. FX brought this around again at a good time and we are all hooked!

See ya next week!

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About Armand (1270 Articles)
Armand is a husband, father, and life long comics fan. A devoted fan of Batman and the Valiant Universe he loves writing for PCU, when he's not running his mouth on the PCU podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @armandmhill
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