American Horror Story: Apocalypse

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Warning

The apocalypse is here and so are all of our favorite AHS actors and actresses together on one screen.  Eventually.  The first episode of AHS: Apocalypse was interesting to say the least.  Some moments reminded me why this anthology series is one of my favorites of all time.  Then some other moments left me confused and wondering why after 18 months of the apocalypse they are rationing cubes of food, but still have a healthy supply of makeup.

Any true AHS fan knows that the opening title sequence is one of the best parts of the show.  The recurring song that they use has always been so haunting and discomforting but so damn beautiful and appropriate.  It may be a bold statement, but this opening has to be my favorite yet.  The satanic symbolism and hard cuts create a unique experience every time you watch it.  Not many shows have an intro sequence that has that kind of effect, and it is something I look forward to every week.  Now lets talk episode one.

For the most part, I had a great time watching the premiere because of the simple fact that we open with some familiar faces as Evan Peters leads our cast in a crazy opening sequence.  Nuclear missiles begin to take out the most populated of areas over the world and we witness some fascinating scenarios which asks these characters to make some very critical and hysterical decisions in the face of death.  And therefore, we have our apocalypse.

In classic AHS fashion, we are introduced to this sinister post-apocalyptic atmosphere with some really creative shots and character interaction.  The interesting twist for me was the introduction of the Men in Black tracking down a few young people that were deemed best fit to survive and then taken from their family moments before the blast.  These kids were kept safe in a bunker, only to be revived into a world that is no longer.  They are led to Outpost 3, which is where we are introduced to the underground mansion and the legend herself, Sarah Paulson.  She plays Wilhemina Venable in the first episode as she and Miriam Mead, played by Kathy Bates, lead a group of people into a bizarre post apocalyptic lifestyle.  The young people that are brought in are given purple attire to signify that they are at the top of the totem pole, as the workers walk around in grey clothing and referred to as “greys”.

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After we see multiple people get executed and toyed with, we are left wondering why.  Then we witness Wilhemina and Miriam behind closed doors talking about their desire to hurt and inflict pain upon the last surviving outpost members because there is no one left and they can do whatever they please… Until the Anti-Christ shows up…

That’s right.  Michael fucking Langdon.  The devil child himself from Season 1 comes into play as he arrives in the final act of the first episode.  I think it is clear that he is behind all of this and that is the most rock and roll thing that Murphy and Falchuk could have pulled off.  The ending has me extremely pumped for what is to come and overshadowed everything that I was critical of.

Tune in next Wednesday at 10 PM ET to see how this plays out, as I am sure shit is going to hit the fan.

Be nice to each other.

Nick Sig

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