AHS Coven Roundup and Halloween

american-horror-story-coven-2You guys probably noticed that I didn’t comment on American Horror Story last week. Well, I was a little disheartened by last week’s episode.  There was some stuff going on that I just didn’t feel were particularly necessary.  And the one thing I hate in horror is when the writer does something just for ick factor.  There was a lot of ick factor last week:  the Incest is the Best storyline with Frankenwiener, the Is that a Cowbell or Are You Just Happy to See Me event with Queenie and the Minotaur— it was just too much for The Belle.  So I didn’t say a lot.

This week, the show was redeemed!  I’m not really surprised.  Every season has had a mediocre episode followed by the bombshell Halloween episode. This season was no different.  Marie Laveau has permanently cemented her place in my heart with this week’s badassery. Hell hath no fury like a voodoo queen scorned.  I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say that the Civil Rights Movement might have sped along a little faster if they’d let Marie settle some of the disputes.  I actually kind of like that we’ve got some social commentary going on this season.   I was also pleasantly surprised that Delphine and Queenie seemed to be coming to an understanding.  Perhaps old Madame LaLaurie will be the one getting redeemed this year.

The theme this week was obviously:  When you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us.  As I mentioned on Twitter, there were a lot of checks being written that asses can’t cash.  Never cheat on a witch– her Coven will come after you.  Never hurt a witch– her Coven will come after you.  Never gang up on a witch– her Coven will come after you.  They may hate one another, but nobody else better fuck with em.  Which brings me to the double-edged sword of this week’s episode for me:  the witch council.  I hate complicated political structures in paranormal fiction.  Remember that stupid vampire power structure in the Sookie Stackhouse books? The Volturi in the Twilight series?   Yeah… I hate shit like that.  You’re freakin’ witches. I think a governmental body is a pretty moot point.  However, I loved the three actors that played The Council.  If these kids had been the Volturi, it would have been entertaining.

Coven did one thing extremely well tonight, though.  The Southern Gothic element was portrayed with the mysterious reverence it deserves.  If you’re an author who is trying to pinpoint how to capture that atmosphere, watch the encore episode and take notes.  It doesn’t get more perfect than this.

Happy Halloween, kids!  Have a spooky, sexy day!  And don’t forget to tune in tomorrow when I’ll be all about my RELEASE DAY!  That’s right, I have a new quickie from Ellora’s Cave dropping on Friday, Nov. 1st! So come back and see me!  You never know… I may give away a free book!

 

Bitch, I Will Eat You! : Weekly Roundup on AHS Coven

american-horror-story-coven-2Well, I have to admit that I was hesitant this week.  My other show, Sleepy Hollow, was extremely disappointing this week.  So I was fearful that AHS was going to be another disappointment.  BOY WAS I WRONG!  Pardon me while I gush a little.  Everything about this week’s episode was fuckin’ amazing!  From the Gator Boy-Hillbilly Mass-uh-cree at the beginning to the Drivin’ Miss Daisy “You’re my best friend” Exchange at the end.  So I’ve just compiled a little list of my favorite things from this week’s episode.  WARNING!! SPOILERS!!!

1.  The best line of the night was spoken by Gabourey Sidibe as badass teen witch, Queenie.  “Bitch, I will eat you!”  I think I’ll be using this in every day conversation for the rest of the week.  It was just so unexpected.  I spewed Coke all over the dog.

2.  Marie Laveau’s Revenge.  Hey, I’m a southern belle– da voudou is in my blood.  I thought the scene where Madame LaLaurie is relating to Fiona about how she came to be immortal was fantastic.  The writers really thought it out and the sonsabitches actually made you feel sorry for Delphine.  For a second anyway.  It wasn’t overly complicated but everything fell into place.  And of course, Kathy Bates’s understated emotional performance was as always– stunning.

3.  Fiona and Marie Sparring at the Beauty Shop.  I can’t say enough about how much I love these two actresses.  Their bitchy banter back and forth sets up their relationship and explains a little more about the Tituba mythos that is apparently going to be a big deal this season.

4.  Frankenboy.  Maybe it’s a tired horror cliché, but I loved the idea of sewing all the parts together to raise Kyle from the dead.  Though I’m curious to see how they’re going to continue that storyline more than a couple of episodes without it becoming… moldy.  Hopefully Stevie Nixx is going to help us out with that.

5.  Finally an Integral Sex Scene.  I’m just a sicko erotica writer, but I thought the sex scene between Cordelia and her husband (when did she get a husband?!) was one of the hottest ever.  It beat the hell out of Black Magic Pussy, anyway.

As I mentioned before, there’s so many things about this episode that I liked that it was extremely hard to find favorite things.  I will say that it has already surpassed the previous seasons, so for that I say– BRAVO! As always, feel free to leave complaints and grievances below.

Toil and Trouble: American Horror Story, Coven

american-horror-story-coven-2So last night was the most eagerly anticipated season premiere in my house this year–at least until Sherlock S3 begins– American Horror Story: Coven.  And you guys just knew I’d be here today to blab about it.  I’ll try not to give to many spoilers, but be warned– there might be some.  If you have no idea what’s going on, let me explain.  No, there is too much– let me sum up:  Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson are a mother-daughter witch team that have a school for teenage witches in New Orleans.  Kathy Bates, seen in flashbacks and in other instances I can’t talk about without spoiling, is the infamous antebellum murderess Madame Delphine LaLaurie.  If you don’t know her– look her up.  Truth is stranger than fiction, babies.  Angela Basett is of course, Marie Laveau, the baddest witch in town with a whole bag of gris-gris to unleash on those who would cross her.

Let me start by saying that they really couldn’t lose this season with their casting.  In addition to our favorites from previous seasons, adding Bates and Basset was no less than a stroke of genius on the parts of Murphy and Falchuk.  They prove in the first installment that it is possible to make a character that is truly evil the coolest cat in the room.  As “the southern belle from Hell” I can also say, with authority, that Kathy Bates does an excellent southern accent.  Lily Rabe’s “Misty Day” pales frightfully in comparison.  But I can overlook it, I suppose.  Emma Roberts playing Lindsay Lohan is mildly entertaining, but I do hope that she can handle the acting chops its going to take to stand alongside Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe and Jamie Brewer (her witch sisters).

Most of you know me as a writer of erotic fiction– romantic, paranormal and horror.  Sex is my trade.  So that should give you some sense of the gravity of my next statement.  I, personally, am done with the shocking sex scene for shocking sex scene’s sake with AHS.  Yeah, we get it.  We’re showing explicit sexual content at 10pm on a regular cable network.  Ain’t we cool, ain’t we edgy?  Yeah.  You were.  In 2011.  Now it’s just getting tired.  I’m all for showing explicit sex whenever and wherever you want as long as its integral to the plot.  Seeing how many ugly ways we can do it in how many weird scenarios is just boring at this point.  There was one scene in particular, that I won’t mention because I don’t want to give spoilers and have people yelling at me in the comments, that I just felt was unnecessary.  The plot could have moved on without it and we had already seen the power of Zoe’s Black Magic Pussy in the first scene.  I actually prefer the explicit violence to unnecessary sex scenes that are put in there just to make us titter and say “oh no she din’t!”

Now that the criticisms are out of the way, I will say that I love it!  This is no surprise to anyone.  I’m a huge fan of the twisted, hardcore horror that AHS offers.  The scripts are well written, smart and positively wicked.  As I’ve always said, the strength of a good horror story is the characters.  Coven, like the previous two seasons, is rich in really interesting characters.  Even the most evil are amazing to watch.  I want to know more about them and even though I’m watching them commit these twisted acts of cruelty, I want to keep watching to see what’s going to happen next.  Yep, I’m lookin’ at you, Ms. Bates.  Also, the fact that Southern Gothic is becoming a big deal is awesome!!  But that’s a whole blog by itself.  Stay tuned.

Like Jerry Springer with his “Final Thought,” let me leave you with a wrap up entitled “Lexxx’s Favorite Things About Episode 1, in no particular order:”

1.  I love watching rapists get burned up in buses.  Little bastards deserved it.

2.  Jessica Lange’s dance number that ends in her sucking the life out of the doctor. Now that’s my kind of witch.

3.  Kathy Bates. Kathy Bates. Kathy Bates. Oh wait… does that count as three things?

4.  The “Coming Soon” montage at the end.  This season is going to be amazing.  I can’t wait ’til next Wednesday!!!

Alright, kids.  Now it’s time for your two cents.  Feel free to disagree with me if you like.  Just remember, we’re raised mean in the south….