'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' weekly review - Easter eggs that you may have missed in the chaos
No one really knows what the hell is going on and there's no food - just a vitamin jello that helps them stay alive. 'AHS Apocalypse' does not disappoint!
"Haven't you seen the news?"
'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' is finally here, and Ryan Murphy does not disappoint - at all.
As the episode begins, chaos takes over the country. Everyone is running helter-skelter looking for a place to hide from the nuclear missile that's turning everything to dust. People are shooting each other, the rich are getting on private planes and flying to safety, and in just one huge boom - all that is left of the planet is nothing but nuclear winter.
In the middle of this crisis comes a safe spot called Outpost 3, an impregnable fortress for the best minds of the planet to live the rest of their days - alive. The place is run by two women who claim to be from the Co-operative, which is said to be the people behind the safe houses. No one really knows what the hell is going on and there's no food - just a vitamin jello that helps them stay alive. And they have water, of course.
It's like military confinement because the world outside is contaminated. The moment you'll step out, you could be shot for attempting to contaminate the others. The ones who do rebel are shot in Outpost 3 without differentiation - the elites or the purples and the greys or the workers. But the last thread is when you find a human finger bone in your soup, and just hours ago your housemate was shot for rebellion - you know the apocalypse is here.
Guess who runs the tight shift around here? Miss Wilhelmina Venable. Sarah Paulson returns to the eighth season as the power-hungry manager of the Outpost, who has stopped taking orders from the Co-operative and gone rogue. From what is hinted in the episode, the collective who actually runs the place may just be nice. But she's taken matters into her own hands and all she wants is to be the punisher - the woman with all the control.
Paulson is extraordinary as the character, as usual. From the grin on her face when she's secretly trying on purple gowns or the way she says punishing people gives her the "tingles," Paulson is so different than any of her other characters in the series. Although the other two avatars of Paulson are yet to be seen, this one is surely the best out of the lot. But from the looks of the end of the episode, I don't think she's going to survive the apocalypse - Michael Landon (Cody Fern) is onto her.
Kathy Bates has a pixie - and she's really rocking the goth look. Miriam Mead's character is the one of a soldier - she follows orders and hates rebellion, probably why she's so good at controlling the population. Her character is very uncomfortable with what Venable is doing but is secretly liking it. I see a guilt trip coming up ahead for Mead.
She will survive the apocalypse and will join Michael from what I can tell. She's loyal and she's staunch - something satan appreciates in every movie. In a blink and you'll miss it expression she has the same twinkle in her eye as Madame Delphine LaLaurie when she's looking in the mirror. Is this Ryan Murphy telling us that her character will change colors? I see an Easter Egg.
This is definitely the most intense episode so far, and the premiere has certainly lived up to the 'Infinity War' comparison. The anxiety, the fear of the unknown, the sense of imprisonment and helplessness is so fucking real this season - which makes it the best season so far. There's no fluff, no dilly-dallying like 'Coven' or even excessive crying like 'Murder House' - 'Apocalypse' tells you it is what it is and you better deal with it.
There's a subtle push towards lust being punishable in the new world order. According to the nine realms of hell theory, the only two sins left are lust and violence. Each 'AHS' season is based on one sin, and since this is a crossover, it would be fitting to have both. Michael is a result of rape (lust and violence), and the apocalypse is a result of violence - this is reason enough for me to believe that something big to do with this sin is coming up.
We haven't seen how the two seasons 'Coven' and 'Murder House' connect yet, but it is already on its way to becoming its own entity. 'Apocalypse' doesn't seem to lean on the success of 'Murder House' or the glamor of 'Coven' - it's good enough on its own. I think Michael Langdon is the greatest clue so far. He mentions that there's a "sanctuary" somewhere that is much safer than Outpost 3 and he will pick and choose people to take there with him.
Is this the murder house? Will the witches be the saviors this season? Very possible. They are trying to construct a new world after all, and Michael is the king in his own regard.
We are one episode down, nine more to go. 'American Horror Story' airs every Thursday at 10 pm on FX.