American Horror Story: The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks

Posted on January 09, 2014

Lily Rabe and Stevie Nicks in FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven”

We can sum up this entire episode in two words. TWO WORDS. Is it because brevity is the soul of wit and we’re two of the wittiest fuckers you’ll ever encounter? No. Is it because we’re such fabulously astute TV reviewers that we can take any hour long drama and reduce it thematically down to a few syllables? Not even close. Is it because Murphy & Co are such concise, focused creators that their work can be summed up easily? Bitch, please.

But rather than tease you with our brilliance, we’ll just unveil it for you. So here it is, our two word American Horror Story: Coven review:

“Wait, what?”

Thank you. You’re too kind.  Yes, of course we’ll give you more, since you begged us to. Please. Have a seat.

Ugh. This show.

Look, before we plunge into the airing of grievances, let’s all stipulate that yes, the cast is amazing and they’re all great fun to watch. That’s a given. It’s not, however, a defense against the argument that this is an unbelievably badly written season of television that seems to have no point to it whatsoever except to give a bunch of notable actresses a lot of scenery to chew, okay? You might as well say, “Who cares if its poorly written? The SOUND ENGINEERING is top rate!”  It takes a village to make a TV show and it’s not worth praising if only a handful of people in that village are doing anything close to a good job. Besides – and here’s where we’re really stepping in it – it feels like the very best actresses in the cast are recycling everything in their trickbags just to get through these meaningless scenes. Sure, it looks great to see Jessica Lange weeping over a Stevie Nicks song, but it makes no real sense in the story and has no real impact on it, nor do you really feel anything when you watch it.

We got a little excited after the last episode because we thought the show had finally decided on a plot and was going to move forward with it, but instead of Marie and Fiona merging their two houses to fight the evil of the brotherhood of witch-hunters, they drowned Nan in the bathtub.

Wait, what?

And centuries of justified anger against white people instantly evaporated when a white lady (who was, up until ten minutes before, her sworn enemy) showed Marie Laveau some kindness.

Wait, WHAT?

And Fiona pretty  much disowned the daughter who unknowingly married a witch hunter but befriended the woman who hired that same witch hunter to kill everyone in her house. But that’s okay because Myrtle’s in the basement playing a Theremin. And Nan and Madison are suddenly much more powerful. And Misty’s dead. Again. And Patti Lupone drank a bottle of bleach.

Wait. Whut.

It’s just a show about bitches killing each other, over and over again. Any fun in the story has long drained out of it and not even Stevie Nicks herself, singing Rhiannon and giving twirling lessons, could make this hour work any better. If this is what they gave us after taking a month off, we have very low expectations for the rest of the season, sorry to say.

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: FX]

    • JimMcC

      Spot on. They feel like they’re making it up as they go along. I didn’t make it to the end of the episode. I’ll finish it at some point, but this has become thoroughly non-essential viewing, sad to say.

    • Eric Stott

      My favorite line was Nan saying “Do I have to wear this outfit through Eternity?” – and her look of satisfaction when she found she didn’t. Too bad she’s gone (for the moment) she was pretty badass.

      • @Biting Panda

        I hope Nan comes back, the way everyone else seems to get to. I loved her. But it was so random for her to be all “Drink the Bleach, Bitch” out of the blue.

        • Eric Stott

          It could be something as hackneyed as “Fury (sexual fury?) brings out her powers”. Hearing her say “Vagina” was a cheap shock.

          • BayTampaBay

            And to steal a quote from another blogging board: ” I would watch an entire season of American Horror Story that followed the adventures of Papa Legba and Nan at the Crossroads”.

          • SassieCassy

            this entire season is a cheap shock. remember when they were throwing around the racial slurs??

            speaking of, where is the bodyless head? still crying on a desk somewhere??

        • jen_vasm

          My 2 words for this entire episode were So and Random. What a freaking waste. If I saw Ryan Murphy on the street, I’d stop and choke him.

        • Lea Setegn

          I didn’t see it as random – she needed to avenge the death of the boy she thought she loved. Teens have made each other drink household chemicals for less (see: Heathers).

    • @Biting Panda

      “Wait, what?”
      Pretty much sums it all up. I missed last week, and have only been half-assed paying attention to the two weeks before that. The story has not been engaging, I’ve only looked up from my distractions to see some of that scene chewing by the ladies I love.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        I actually like “Bitch, please!” better as the two words. I just can’t with this show anymore. I loved seeing Stevie Nicks playing piano, and I liked some individual images from the episode. but god, the story just makes no sense. I hope next season is a lot less idiotic. I’m no longer hate-watching TV shows so… this show is right on the edge of being cut from my DVR.

      • marlie

        I missed the last episode too. Seems like it was one of the ones where everything goes at full speed, then we get 2-3 episodes where we plod along in the slow lane.

        • HK4Seven

          Which reminds me of that OTHER show that drives me nuts- WALKING DEAD!

    • zenobar

      “And the award for Worst Use Of Stevie Nicks In A Primetime Soap Opera goes to…”

      • @Biting Panda

        But she sang!! Solo. At a piano. Surely that’s worth something!! : )

        • Sobaika

          Is it through? I like Stevie just as much as the next twirler, but I’m here for a television show. Her scenes felt like more frosting and less substance.

          • @Biting Panda

            Yeah. But that’s all I expected out of her appearance. A song, a twirl, a few sage words, and end scene.
            What can I say, I have extremely low expectations of anything Ryan Murphy.

            • BayTampaBay

              It is my understanding Ms. Stevie Nicks will be in one more episode before the end of this anthology. .

            • boweryboy

              I heard it’s the final episode.

            • The Critiquette

              And it turns out Stevie Nicks is the new Supreme!

              Wait, what?

            • boweryboy

              Lately, the writing on this show is so lazy that wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

            • Linderella

              If Ryan Murphy doesn’t hire you after THAT comment, he’s dead to me.

          • boweryboy

            I’m with you Sobaika.

            After all the hype around Nicks being on the show, I was expecting her to come in, chew some scenery along with Basset and Lange, and throw some sort of monkey wrench into the plot. Instead, she sings a few songs and twirls. Plus, I didn’t think she sounded that great.

            Disappointing on so many levels.

            • Lea Setegn

              Yeah, it sounds like her voice has lost some of its range and strength. Still a beautiful version of Riannion tho.

    • MilaXX

      I thought I had missed something since I was watching through a haze of cough medicine. Apparently not.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        I think Robitussin AC should be required drinking during this show.

        • TLJezebel

          Hycodan is my personal fave.

    • zenobar

      “But that’s okay because Myrtle’s in the basement playing a Theremin.”

      Anything is improved by 1000% when Myrtle is playing her Theremin.

      • Eric Stott

        OK- I did laugh at the fakeout- we hear scary music and it turns out that it’s just her.

        • eight_of_nine

          Yes! I was like,”Who’s playing the theremin?” And then the camera cuts wide and it’s Myrtle, literally standing there playing a theremin. XD

      • marlie

        But WHY was Myrtle in the basement playing a Theremin? What was the point, other than to have her witness Cordelia’s meltdown?

        • zenobar

          Oh it was ridiculous…but at this point, I’m just here for the Conroy. They could stick her in any old scene and it would only enhance the experience.

          I’ve long since given up on making sense of this show – or should I say, given up on this show making sense :)

          • marlie

            And clearly, Frances Conroy was in on it. She was totally, “DUH, I’m here playing a theramin! What else do you want?”

          • Darren Nesbitt

            And she told Cordelia. “Don’t be a hater dear” lol

          • PeaceBang

            I live only for Myrtle. They’re giving her all that hilarious campy dialogue and those costumes. It is my only joy in this pointless and ridiculous show.

        • Bostwick

          “Don’t be a hater, dear.”

      • Darren Nesbitt

        What is Myrtle’s power besides being the anti-shade queen of Fiona?

        • https://www.facebook.com/NORNCUTSONART Norn Cutson

          To compel people to tell the truth – why Spaulding cut his own tongue out, because he would be unable to resist telling the truth.
          But it doesn’t matter, as she’s never used the power again since then, apparently.

    • guyfromhoboken

      It feels like a bunch of really good individual scenes. However, those scenes don’t seem to tie together to move one cohesive story forward or have anything to do with each other. Still, I get sucked in.

    • Emily Smith

      From someone who can’t watch the show til it hits the internet, this sounds batshit crazy.

    • In_Stitches

      It’s clear that at the story boarding meeting at the beginning of the season they said, so, witches, right? We’ll have black ones and white ones and they just will NOT get along. Awesome stuff, right? Can someone pass me another muffin? No, not blueberry, I’ve already had blueberry. Hmmm, maybe a scone? I could go for a scone. No scones!? Alright, we’re going out for waffles. Throw out some ideas so we can get this over with, asap. We’ll figure it out down the road.

      • Matthew Vella

        Lol that sounds incredibly accurate

    • Chris

      I give TLO a lot of credit, they have hung in there far longer than I did with this season. I appreciate the dedication because I’m mildly curious to see if there ends up being any point to it all- but I’m too bored by it to commit to an hour a week watching it. I’m more entertained by the recaps here than I was watching the episodes.

    • BayTampaBay

      I have not seen the episode yet so I have a questions which may or may not be answered by watching the episode….Is Queenie dead for good or just MIA?

      • Eric Stott

        They don’t know – the police haven’t released the names yet.

    • Denis

      You can’t have Lange have this emotionally charged moment with her daughter about allowing a witch hunter to violate this “sacred house,” then have her decide to just Kill All Witches herself by the end of the episode. Her character doesn’t have any motivations that make sense…. That said, I’m sure Good and Laveau are using each other for their own purposes, so no real WUT there… Finally, is Kathy Bates head still stuck watching TV? That was the only thing I wanted an answer to…

      • BayTampaBay

        Per Denis: “Finally, is Kathy Bates head still stuck watching TV? That was the only thing I wanted an answer to…”

        Great question! I forgot about the Horseless Headsman.

      • Denis

        Ok, I ended up rewatching it and it does make a bit more sense. Fiona wasn’t furious at Cordelia for almost getting the Coven killed, she slapped her because Cordelia almost got Fiona killed, ie the only person she cares about. Fiona is only being kind to Laveau so she can gain her immortality secrets (one didn’t pay off) and kill the witch hunters. Their #1 target would clearly be Fiona. Laveau isn’t powerful enough alone to eliminate the Delphi group so she needs Fiona for now, but that look on her face when Fiona left the room was a clear indicator that she’ll stab her in the back the second she’s of no use. Fiona and Laveau both want all the girls dead, so killing Nan actually made sense in that context.

        • The Critiquette

          I don’t know that Laveau cares about “all the girls,” but Nan was a particular threat to her due to the mind-reading ability combined with a do-gooder attitude (she couldn’t be easily manipulated). She was a particular threat to Fiona, as well, due to the mind-reading — not because Fiona ever actually considered that Nan could be the next Supreme. So I definitely understood the motivations of both women for killing Nan.

          Good point about Fiona’s true motivations for her rage at Cordelia. I do think Fiona sees Laveau as an equal and vice-versa so they’ve called a truce out of mutual respect as well as their need to take out the witch hunters. I’d love to see them stay united for the rest of the show, but of course we know they’ll turn on each other at some point.

      • MaryMcClelland

        Right! That’s exactly what I said. Although that scene was kind of awesome, none of it makes ANY sense. And then she wants to live forever for the sax ghost. WTF. WTF. WTF!!!!!!!!!!

        • RectPropagation

          Are they EVER going to explain the Axe Man? So he’s a ghost but he gets to do everything that living people do, including gigs? When did this become Final Fantasy 10?

          Yeah, ghosts in the first season could interact with people and objects but they were confined to the house. How is it that there are zero consequences to this dude being a ghost?

          • PeaceBang

            Thank you for asking. I am also very confused.

    • epenthesis

      The thing I couldn’t get past was the introduction of one more character who’s supposedly been pulling the strings all along. There’s a limit to the number of times you can go to that well. They’re going to need to chart out future seasons a lot further in advance; this is the point at which we should be seeing payoffs to things set up well in advance, not more setups coming out of nowhere.

      But I’m incapable of not enjoying a show where Patti LuPone drinks bleach and Frances Conroy plays the theremin.

    • decormaven

      The theremin- too bad she didn’t play “Nobody’s Seen The Trouble I’ve Seen.” (insert Big Bang humor.) Sounds like this show has taken a turn for the worst. My condolences.

    • d4divine

      Thank you TLo! I’ve tried to watch this show twice because I keep hearing it’s so good. I get bored and shut it off. It’s like a soap opera where all the actressess are either drunk or high…the writing and acting are that bad.

      • boweryboy

        Each season is a different story (which I’m sure you know by now). If you haven’t already, try the first season. It’s much better.

        • d4divine

          I watched the first season…liked it…tried to watch the second season…got a little freaked out..maybe what I should have said is that the current season is boring. I am going to give the second season another shot though, once I put my big girl pants on. Haha

          • jjtxgrrl

            Put on those big girl panties! Its worth it!!

            Season Two IS a bit much. In retrospect, the shock and horror it actually brought is what made it so damn fun to watch. But I had to prepare myself each episode, because it WAS so scary!! Too much/ too far out sometimes…..but at least it was thrilling and funny and scary. This season is just pretty. Thats it. But I’m still watching. And mostly enjoying. :)

    • Seth Stewart

      Jesus. Stop watching.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        No.

      • @Biting Panda

        Yeah, see that would make their weekly recaps a little difficult to bang out.

      • boweryboy

        Or you can stop reading the recaps…

    • marlie

      “Wait, what?” is accurate, as is “Bitch, please.” The WORST thing about yesterday’s episode was that they completely WASTED Stevie Nicks. I was so excited to see her play a witch from another coven or something, but she was there as HERSELF. Who supposedly IS a witch, but didn’t actually do anything witchy? A squandered opportunity, if you ask me (which you didn’t).

      Also, I didn’t think Madison killed Misty, just knocked her out and threw her in a random dude’s coffin, so it’ll be hard/impossible for anyone to find her and for her to dig herself out.

      • Shug

        Yeah, I’m fairly certain that if Misty could regenerate herself once, she can get herself out of there. Madison may be eating her words soon. (“Stupid bitch.” – loved the delivery on that)

        • marlie

          She even said that she had a plan to resurrect herself, so assuming that she can’t be killed, whoever wanted to get rid of her would have to just incapacitate her.

          • The Critiquette

            At the end, the workers were actually bricking up the crypt, so Misty is going to have a tough time getting out. Kinda brilliant on Madison’s part, especially now that Nan isn’t around to hear Misty’s thoughts and thus locate her. I think Myrtle will be the one to figure it out and save Misty, eventually, since Myrtle will be the only one to notice or care that Misty is gone. OR Misty will have to manifest some serious new powers to break herself out, that’s pretty likely too.

            I don’t think either of them are the next Supreme.

      • Amelia

        I think having her appear as herself would be the only way to go. It would be bizarre for Stevie Nicks to guest star on a show in a world where Stevie Nicks exists, but have her guest star as someone else. That being said, I do agree that she was wasted.

      • RectPropagation

        They could have at least had her talk about actually putting magic in the music since Misty implied as much at the beginning of the season. Maybe say the shawl twirling is part of a spell?

        I’d have had her actually perform a spell for someone and/or join the council but that’s just me.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Stevie Nicks and Carrie Fisher should play sisters in something.

      • @Biting Panda

        Right?

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          It’d be a brilliant twist for StarWarsVII – the missing triplet.

    • cocohall

      I am so relieved. I was feeling like I wasn’t in the Fun Club because I have never watched this show despite all the press and the incredible cast. I can get all the “wait, what” I need from Glee. As long as Darren Criss is on that show, my twin teenagers will be watching. Is Ryan Murphy just spread too thin?

    • boweryboy

      I was drifting in and out of sleep during the episode, that’s how exciting it was.

      Stevie Nicks was a wasted and ultimately pointless opportunity. I don’t remember Misty getting killed again. And if Nan truly is the next Supreme she’ll be able to ressurect herself.
      Yeah, this show… I can’t even justify it anymore by saying it’s the most entertaining hour currently on television. It used to be. I’m still in it for the long haul, so there’s that.

    • notterriblybitter

      The show suffers from the same syndrome as The Walking Dead. It seems like each episode is written by a different writer and all the writer knows is how the previous episode ended. The end result is a season with no coherent arc, characters behaving in wildly inconsistent ways and loads of inconsistencies on minor issues. They’re also using the “we can kill them off and bring them back” card too much. Or maybe they’re not going to bring them back; maybe they’re going to kill everyone off like they did in the first season. Anyway, I could do with less of Fiona threatening to kill all young witches and more of Myrtle being nuts. Fiona and Marie should at least consult with her on their plans for dealing with the witch hunters. I’ve no doubt her suggestions would be both crazy and spectacular.

      Wasn’t there supposed to be a hint about the setting for next season in this episode? I forgot about it while watching last night and I don’t know if I can make myself watch the episode again.

      • Louise Bryan

        After the melon ball thing, I’m wondering if Myrtle has made her own pact with the witch hunters because of her jealousy of Fiona. She blinded Cordelia, then “fixed” her when she realized that Cordelia would know if they held hands or hugged or anything. She didn’t seem overly troubled by offing the rest of the counsel, either.

        • Lea Setegn

          Well, the counsel didn’t have any trouble burning her at the stake, so I’m guessing she was OK with the payback.

        • RectPropagation

          Eh, that kind of makes her offer to hug Cordelia while she was still blind an unnecessarily risky move. Even if she was banking on Cordelia trusting her she might have hugged Auntie Myrtle anyway for comfort.

          …That actually makes it exactly the sort of thing the writers would pull though.

      • The Critiquette

        Next season will be a circus. It’s already been announced. The actress who played Pepper in season 2 will be part of the circus “freak show.”

        • Lea Setegn

          I hope it’s scary in the flavor of the first season and not the second. I’m annoyed that there’s nothing scary this season. (Aside from the bad writing and plots, that is.)

      • s_noe

        “It seems like each episode is written by a different writer and all the writer knows is how the previous episode ended.”
        I had the same thought last night. Maybe Murphy is going to reveal that he hired a bunch of neo-Surrealists to play a game of Exquisite Corpse in the writer’s room.

    • Lex

      The episode sucked. Steve Nicks served no purpose- felt like I was watching a very special episode of “Glee.” All of the songs and the sentimentality felt out of place on this show but felt very much like Glee. They lucked out by getting Stevie Nicks, had no clue what to do with her but to let her sing, which, let’s be real, was terrible. Her voice is not so great these days. This all was painful filler.

      And yeah, killing Nan was definitely a move designed simply for shock value… lazy writing.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      You should just watch Hannibal instead!

      New season on Feb 28th.

    • awtchy1

      Totally agree with the terrible writing/storyline, but question for you — why do you think the ratings are so high this season? Do you think it’s because of the heavier female cast pulling a heavier female audience thus boosting ratings? Honestly, if I hadn’t seen and fallen in love with the first two seasons, and this season was my first exposure to the series I’d not be as engaged as I am. Thoughts?

      • RectPropagation

        There was a recent study on TV ratings that found that shows with racially diverse casts have higher viewership (and shows that also racially diverse writers have higher ratings than that though I’d be really surprised if there are any black writers this season). This is the first season to have black people in the main cast, and black women at that. I’m sure there are a bunch of people who tuned in just for Angela and Gabourey.

        So I think that you’re probably right about the largely female cast pulling in more female viewers, Angela & Gabourey pulled in their fans along with people drawn to diverse casts, and Jamie Brewer’s Nan character probably helps too. How often do you see someone who actually has Down Syndrome on TV (vs an actor without it faking it) or see a character with DS portrayed as something other than a burden or an object of pity?

        All that said: if I had been watching this as it aired instead of catching up on it now, I probably would have given up on this show already. I haven’t had to wait a week or more between episodes to stew over the awful writing.

    • Fred Vaughn

      It’s pretty, but it’s hollow and I’m hard-pressed to remember anything terribly jaw-dropping… and I’m pretty damn certain that the cemetery scene was meant to be a jaw-dropper.

      • RectPropagation

        It’s hard for anything to be jaw-dropping when half the cast has been brought back from the dead. No one expects Misty to be dead or, if she is, to stay that way. Hell, she said earlier in the episode that she made plans to resurrect herself.

        Of course, I wouldn’t put it past the show to expect us to believe she can bring herself back from the dead but can’t get out of a coffin and cement building.

    • Tracy_Flick

      I don’t follow this show, but I had to read this post when I saw that pic of Stevie Nicks. HOW is this woman not aging? Whatever she’s using, she should be selling.

      • marlie

        Maybe she really DID make a deal with Papa Legba.

      • PeaceBang

        Juvaderm and Restalyne fillers, and lots of them.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      You should just watch Hannibal instead!

      New season starts Feb. 28th.

    • E=MC2

      Do you actually think Fiona and Marie are all of a sudden going to forgive and forget and become besties? No. They’re clearly using each other because they’re both vulnerable at the moment — Marie is alone having just lost her voodoo family and Fiona has alienated her fellow witches and is dying of cancer. Right now they’re playing nice and working together, but once they’ve regained their strength and eliminated their opponents, they’ll turn on each other in a battle for supremacy. Why did Fiona disown Cordelia but befriend Marie? Because Cordelia’s weak and stupid and too caught up in maintaining the status quo. She has more respect for Marie, who is ruthless and cunning but gets the job done. What I don’t get is why Fiona just doesn’t let Delphi kill the witches, rather than do it all herself.

    • Fordzo

      I really thought the two words were going to be, “…The f%&k?”, because those were my two words. But you two are obviously more classy than I am.

      But! Stevie! Twirling!

    • MaryMcClelland

      I can sum this season up in one word: travesty. Last night was a hot mess and I wish I could get that hour back, press rewind, and re-write the damn show myself! Give the A-list actresses something to do besides look pretty and act like a bad soap opera cliche. UGH.

    • Chevalle

      African American Vodoun women kidnapping babies and sacrificing them to Papa Legba, who is supposed to be a wise guardian and father-figure. Taking a loa that has NOTHING to do with death and giving him some kind of “deal with the Devil” characteristic? What is this, SUPERNATURAL? Not doing your research and figuring out that maybe you should have used someone like Baron La Croix or Baron Samedi? Perverting African religious ideology with Western good and evil analogues that are neither true nor necessary to tell a decent story? Hmm. I can tell that’s going to go over reaaaally well, Ryan Murphy. I really don’t get it. They have an ACTUAL Vodoun mambo on staff as a creative consultant. This “black voodoo women stealing babies to sacrifice them for youth” is straight out of 19/20th century New Orleans sensationalism. The show released an entire Youtube special about debunking Vodoun myths and misconceptions, yet the actual text of the show does nothing but perpetuate them.

      Congratulations RM, you took a great concept and flushed it down the toilet yet again.

      • muzan-e

        Thank you. The moment the drugs appeared, I was right back to those old William Gibson books: hackers of the future painstakingly drawing veves in cocaine to beg favours and virtual passage and a lighting-of-the-way from Papa Legba, the Ioa of the Crossroads. I don’t understand why they’d do this: just as you said, Baron Samedi is the obvious choice, and his name is at least as recognisable to a western audience.

        Was that the problem? That he seemed too obvious? Boohoo. There’s a plenty of others to choose from, many of them far more suitable, and when a cyberpunk author is making a horror-flick’s attempt at voodoo look ill-informed and comical? Then you’re looking at a set of writers who have seriously lost their way.

        It’s just a crushing disappointment. I was beyond excited at the possibility of finally seeing Vodoun really explored in a television format. It’s long, long overdue.

        • The Critiquette

          Maybe they’re going somewhere more interesting with Papa Legba — just because he has been presented as an evil soul-buyer who demands the sacrifice of innocents doesn’t mean that’s all there is to him, right? Maybe we’re going to learn more that is going to make this make more sense. Trying to give the benefit of the doubt…

      • RectPropagation

        They have an ACTUAL Vodoun mambo on staff as a creative consultant.

        Do they? I mean, do we know this person is legit and actually knows what they’re talking about? Because either their consultant is full of it or the people in charge aren’t actually listening to them.

        The show released an entire Youtube special about debunking Vodoun myths…

        So they’re actually telling people to believe that how they’re depicting it on the show is legit? Good lord, any time I think they can’t get more offensive they prove me wrong!

    • Inspector_Gidget

      American Horror Story: Bitches Killing Each Other. Maybe that can be the syndication re-title.

      • PeaceBang

        Yes, exactly. Bitches with magical powers killing each other, because of course that’s what women with power do. The misogyny in the writing is quease-inducing. Does this show even pass the Bechdel test?

    • xmixiex

      this show has become like buying a Lamborghini for a bunch of monster trucks to roll over. A waste- of talent, scenery, concept, everything. God, a show with THIS GROUP OF WOMEN should be able to rip ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING else apart. They got Stevie. Fucking. Nicks. to sing Rhiannon. On the show. And it still sucks. ROAR.

    • Louise Bryan

      I’m actually kind of curious how Misty will get out of the NoLo graveyard. The episode made no sense, for sure, but neither has the entire season, so it’s not aberrant per se. Weird how they keep adding new characters as they go along. I was hoping for a gem, but all the slopping on has led to a ball of mud. Is the gem in the middle? Will it get washed off and displayed as the season wraps up? I was annoyed about the whole chummy lovefest of Fiona and Cordelia turning back into abusive mother / cowering daughter. I think I’ll hang in to the end, but next season….

    • Stephanie

      I agree with every single thing said. Made no sense and things just “were”.

    • e jerry powell

      Well, only three more episodes.

      Also, I love how they shot around Jessica so that she wouldn’t get makeup on the white furniture in that last scene. I mean, seriously, the only way to keep the furniture that white is to keep everyone off of it.

    • http://www.ueberdesuper.net/ Ueber de Super

      Stevie was to Coven what the aliens were to Asylum. A good tv show need to have some kind of plot and not just shock value and pretty pictures. Next season they should just give up writing any scripts and let the actors and camera men do what they feel like. I guess the result would be similar.

    • Marco

      I knew that this season was going to be grade A awful from the first episode. It was crystal clear that they were making shit up as they went along, as the writing felt – and still feels – like a horrible fanfic, or worse, post-season 2 Glee.

    • TLJezebel

      Good God. I had to say it, but this show has officially jumped the shark.

    • Bradio311

      That was full on the campiest hour of TV I’ve seen in a very long time. The writing and plotlines are awful but it’s a fun as a nitrous buzz. I agree with like 98% of what you guys write, but it seems that you’re looking for something in this show that Murphy and Co. are not able produce.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      Or maybe you should watch Hannibal instead. New season starts on Feb. 28th.

    • Lea Setegn

      Seriously? Nan was my favorite! She had a personality and a little arc, even. Dammit.

      • https://www.facebook.com/NORNCUTSONART Norn Cutson

        Why bother bringing in Patti LuPone if everyone in the storyline is gonna die without accomplishing anything anyway?
        It was such a throwaway role.

    • ailujailuj

      I probably won’t get an answer since this post is a few days old… but I would love to be enlightened as to why this show has become so ridiculous? I fell in love with the first season and due to a crazy schedule didn’t check back in until I saw a couple episodes of the 2nd season. the 3rd seems even crazier. was it the poisonous gasses of the masses? what a collective waste of brilliant talent.

    • EEKstl

      Finally caught this ep on DVR last night and squirmed in my seat, and not in a good way.

    • Columbinia

      Gosh, I thought I was the only one watching “Coven.”

      It was my guilty secret. At first I couldn’t begin to recommend this Grand Guignol to anyone for the gore of it. Now it’s just incoherent. The Frankenstein frat boy who supposedly was cremated last episode is up and about this episode with no explanation. I’m beginning to wonder if scenes have been written and filmed, but then cut for lack of time. At then end of the season are they going to try to sell us a DVD with all the deleted scenes on the premise that we should buy it because the show will finally make sense to us? (Didn’t they do something like that with the nearly inexplicable ending of “Lost”?)