Synopsis: In New Orleans, a school for witches has to deal with problems old and new.
What Season: Coven (Season 3)
Review: So when American Horror Story started I said it was the perfect show for Ryan Murphy. There is no doubt that Ryan Murphy is a creative man, and quite talented. But it is also without doubt that Ryan Murphy gets bored. And it’s very obvious when he gets bored because he stops really caring about the characters and starts pushing his ideals and issues which strips his characters of anything real or interesting. It’s the reason that Glee is pretty much unwatchable now, and why Nip/Tuck ended for me when they moved to Hollywood. There is a steep decline when he gets bored. Which is why American Horror Story seemed perfect for him. Each season would be different with new characters, plot and setting, it would let him create a new world and hopefully keep him invested enough to deliver.
Sadly, this season is just another Ryan Murphy show and they have moved to Hollywood.
I can’t really talk about everything that was wrong with this season as it’s literally everything. I mean we could spend so many paragraphs talking about plots that went nowhere (like Taissa Farmiga’s whole everything, or even the Voodoo cold war that took up about 3/4 of the season) or the parts that didn’t make sense (Cordelia, are you fucking kidding me?) but instead we’ll talk about the biggest crime against the show.
The waste of great actors.
Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are added to the actors list as well as returning Taissa Farmiga. Each of these actors are more than qualified to bring nuance and subtlety to their performance. But those aren’t things that Murphy is really interested in so he goes either for big performances or forgets about them. Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett have a lot of fun moments and give everything to their roles thus they stand out. But their story goes nowhere and they constantly change their motives depending on what Murphy wants to say in the scene. That’s why Kathy Bates can go from befriending Queenie to killing black people in the course of like three episodes. It’s also why Bassett will spend 200 years trying to kill the white witches but go running to them as soon as a bad thing happens. On the other hand, Taissa Farmiga is completely forgotten about despite being the focus of the pilot and the main selling point of the series. Murphy said he was going to bring the love story back to this season but it just sort of happens. Having Evan Peters and Farmiga say I love you doesn’t mean we should believe them or even care. Especially if it has no grounding.
The only one that came out unscathed was Emma Roberts. As a spoiled hollywood starlet, she constantly shines and was the best part of the series. She was also the only one that’s motives didn’t constantly changed. Which really helped her character and I think is why she stand out.
I think the main problem with the season (and last season too) is there was no clear goal. In season one, the goal was to not die and a devil baby being born. Both these things drove the season and give you something to dread or root for. This season the main goal at the beginning was a school for witches and then who was the next supreme and then it was this war with the Voodoo witches, and then living forever and then back to the Supreme race, right when you stopped caring about it. Plus you throw in, ghosts, zombies, ax murders, witch hunters and for some reason the media at the very end and you get a big mess of a show.
I hope that next season is better but right now he is 1 for 3 and I mean how much credit should we give him for one good season. I mean at the end of the day, you only get Rachel in New York trying out for broadway or some nonsense and you hate the show as much as it hates you.
Worst Episode: The Seven Wonders: Yes the season finale was by far the worst episode of the season and the whole show. Again the problem is that the last few episodes revolve around the quest for the Supreme. At the beginning of the season, the Supreme was designed as a witch that had all the power of the witches as the rest of the coven only had one power each. This is how it was explained to us at the start. However the rest of the season showed the other witches having a lot of the other powers to the point where each of them could have been the supreme, even ones that showed one or less powers through the course of the seaon (Cordelia! That’s who! Are you fucking! KIDDING ME!) I mean sure it’s tossed away later as a one liner about danger giving them more power but that doesn’t make sense either. Because again at the beginning, they talk about how everyone is trying to kill them. There are witch hunters and Voodoo Witches in a centuries long war so why now? In fact there are only like three witches left at the beginning of the season, did they not feel that being endangered was not good? How decides what is dangerous? See how this world is so unclearly defined.
This is the problem with the season. We just don’t care who is the Supreme. Jessica Lange plays the current supreme but we learn that she does nothing that sets her apart from the others. In fact, the quest for the Supreme only leads the other characters to betray and kill each other. So why would we even want there to be a new one? We need a new person to be selfish and evil? We never know the real role of the Supreme so the quest for it is worthless. Not only that but the whole season kind of forgets about this plot line for other plot lines that take a lot of time and go nowhere. I can’t say how terrible the Voodoo witches were unused, especially with how much fun and time was wasted on them.
Favorite Episode of the Series: Burn, Witch, Burn: Taissa Farmiga vs. The Army of Darkness! Do I even need to say more?
Trivia: At the this season beginning, Murphy said that next season would be a period piece but at the end of this season, he said it would mostly be a period piece. Great