#AmericanHorrorStory S6E6 Review: “Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell”

American Horror Story: Roanoke “Return to Roanoke: Three days in Hell, Chapter 6”

Original Air Date: October 19th, 2016

Warning: Spoilers2016-10-20-31

MY ROANOKE NIGHTMARE WAS THE TELEVISION SUCCESS STORY OF 2015.

WITH MINIMAL PROMOTION, THE SHOW GARNERED 23 MILLION VIEWERS BY ITS FINALE, TOPPING THAT WEEK’S AIRING OF SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, EMPIRE, AND THE WALKING DEAD.

EAGER TO CAPITALIZE ON THE SUCCESS, THE NETWORK ASKED THE PRODUCER TO CREATE A FOLLOW-UP SERIES.

When an audience loves something, the next step is to give them more. This seems to be the case with many paranormal shows. Ghost Hunters, in their prime, would do live six hour investigations on Halloween. The Tennessee Wraith Chasers go live with their investigations on Facebook. This Halloween, Paranormal LockDown is spending 100 hours in the Black Monk House (famous for poltergeist activity). So how could the widely popular show My Roanoke Nightmare top itself and give the audience more? By returning to the farm house with the interviewees and the re-enactors.

“The camera never stops. No matter what anybody says.”

Chapter six of AHS: Roanoke opens with Sidney (Cheyenne Jackson) pitching the idea to the TV execs.  Everything will be filmed (Including this meeting) and aired. An all-encompassing look into all those that played a part in My Roanoke Nightmare. There will be interviews, hidden cameras and behind the scenes segments. Sidney bought the house from the Millers and everything is ready to go. They can answer the questions left unanswered by season one.

Okay, cool but why would Shelby, Matt and Lee agree to this? Oh, and when does Sidney want to film: during the blood moon of course. They barely escaped with their lives but end up signing up for round two.

Shelby is interviewed by Sidney. Seems she wants to stand up for herself;since the airing people are leaving hatchets in her door, she separated from Matt, and had an affair with Dominic (the actor that played Matt). Matt hasn’t talked to Shelby since then so she thinks being locked in the farm house for three days is the perfect way to win him back. I mean nothing screams everlasting love like reality TV.

Two weeks before the Blood Moon production is underway at the farm house. There will be four cameras in every room and technicians have rigged the kitchen and living room so that windows explode, plumbing goes crazy and the video of Dr. Cunningham plays. Diana (Sidney’s PA) is not feeling it.  She doesn’t think they should stoop to cheap scare tactics.  Sidney plans on using them to help bring out the truth of what really happened. Sidney doesn’t buy the ghost stories and thinks Lee killed her husband. He plans on using this lockdown to get the truth out of them.

Sidney and Diana are made aware that something hinky– there are pig fetuses in a circle on the ground.  Was it the Polks? Nope, they are in the wind. Sidney thinks The Butcher did it. Not the ghost, rather Agnes Mary Winstead (Kathy Bates).2016-10-20-28

“In my mind, there are only two great roles in the American canon. It’s Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey and The Butcher.”

Seems she is using method acting and really got inside The Butcher’s head. She was charged with assault and sentenced to six months in mental health facility when she attacked tourists as the Butcher in Hollywood. There she was diagnosed with Schizoaffective disorder. She stole props while on set (love Mr. Piggy’s head in the background) and she even moved to North Carolina only a few miles away from the farm house. On camera, Sidney serves her with a restraining order. She is not going to be part of season two. Sure, make the lady that thinks she’s the Butcher angry, good call.

Kristin Dos Santos of E! News interviews Lee Harris about the second season.  Lee wants to defend herself against the accusations being tossed her way, namely the murder of Mason. She also got a nice amount of money to do the show, and as she is facing legal issues with her mother-in-law, that had to be big an incentive to return as well.

“We would get in more trouble for slipping a drink to Monet, than if Lee actually murdered somebody?”

Sidney thinks Lee is a killer and wants to make sure his ass is covered if she kills again.  It is all good– the problem is Monet Tumusiime, (the Lee re-enactor) as she has been in and out of rehab for alcohol abuse.  If they knowingly give her alcohol and something happens, they are liable.

Oh no! There is a major problem on set. Sidney and Diana get there as a covered body (with a separately covered head) is being loaded into an ambulance. Seems there was an accidental decapitation by chainsaw. (Happens all the time.) Diana thinks production should halt,  but Sidney wants to keep rolling. As Diana is cautious and level-headed I feel she is not long for this world.2016-10-20-29

“I have no intention of finding out who that is.”

Diana quits and drives away. She uses the car’s camera to record her beliefs that there is some freaky shit happening at the house. Her rant is interrupted as she turns the camera on a figure (Probably the “real” butcher).  She just keeps driving; but it is no use. Mr. Piggy gets her in the car.

FOOTAGE FROM DIANA CROSS’S CAMERA WAS FOUND THREE MONTHS LATER BY POLICE OFFICERS. HER BODY HAS NOT BEEN FOUND.

In the confessional booth, á la Big Brother, we get our first confession Audrey Tindall (Shelby re-enactor). She is British and recently married to Rory Monahan (Edward Mott re-enactor).  Their relationship seems really healthy as she totally trusts him to be away on set for months at a time.  When you have to say that, you don’t.

Audrey and Rory are discussing a gig he is up for when a window is smashed by Agnes dressed as The Butcher. Agnes has attacked Audrey before when she tried to steal her Saturn (the award, not the car). No one else sees her. Right after the window breaks, Sidney arrives with Monet and Shelby and a little later Lee and Matt arrive.

“Fiery and Pathetic. That’s exactly how I played her.”

Sidney takes away their phones and gives them all phones that are disabled except for the cameras.  That seems safe.  Sidney doles out sleeping arrangements, pairing Matt and Shelby together. Matt isn’t happy with that idea; he will sleep in the basement. Shelby wants to discuss this later and Lee tells her off. Lee blames Shelby for people thinking she is a murderer. Shelby is tired of that being held over her head.

Monet, Audrey and Rory don’t believe the Miller’s story. They question what really did happen– if it was so horrific, why agree to come back?

OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS DURING THE BLOOD MOON, EVERY PARTICIPANT IN THIS SERIES DIED UNDER MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. THE SHOW PLANNED BY PRODUCERS NEVER AIRED. THIS IS THE ASSEMBLED FOUND FOOTAGE.

Well that sucks.  I wonder who will make it?

Rory and Audrey enjoy some adult time in the hot-tub. (Question: Which owner stayed there long enough to install the hot tub? Just curious.) Matt heads to the basement. Monet grabs some booze from her luggage, and Lee is being followed by a burned up Marcus. Geez, rule number one when staying in a haunted house: stick together. Safety in numbers folks, safety in numbers.

“You’re smarter than that, Shelby. It will happen again. I don’t know if we’ll survive this time.”

Shelby sneaks past Lee to the basement. She wants to talk to Matt. He thinks they shouldn’t have come. (Duh.) Shelby thinks it will be okay because there are more of them and cameras. (Probably not.)

Monet comes down to the kitchen and starts to blame Lee for her drinking.  Monet thinks Lee is a murderer and crawling into her head made her drink. Lee blames Monet’s portrayal of her for people thinking she killed Mason. As they play the blame game, Shelby tries to get Matt to leave. All that talk stops when Dominic shows up.

Matt sucker punches Dominic and they fight.  Once they are pulled apart, everyone once again goes their separate ways.2016-10-20-42

Audrey takes a shower, much like her portrayal of Shelby. When she gets out Mr. Piggy is waiting for her.  She runs down to Rory; she thinks it was Sidney’s plan to scare her. Rory goes looking for Mr. Piggy but ends up finding the two nurses. They slit his throat and to be thorough the stab him multiple times.

Matt finds the “MURDE” that had been in the den was finished to spell “MURDER”.

“R is for Rory.”2016-10-20-46

So who do we think will be the one person standing? I have a few theories. (I’m hedging my bets here) Number one—Sidney, because he is a dick and will probably run away when he gets a hint of trouble. Number two—Monet, because she really is Ramona Royale and decided to take up acting and all that witch blood she drank made her invincible. Number three—Matt, The Witch of the Woods saves him so they can be together.  Speaking of, why is she not there? She wasn’t in that last episode, she wasn’t in this one, where the heck is she? I mean if Rory was invited to the lock-in, shouldn’t the other characters? Cricket? Elias? The Polks? Will Finn Wittrock make his appearance as the “real” Edward Mott?

I am still enjoying this season. I enjoyed the subtle differences in Mr. Piggy’s look and the nurses were way creepier than the re-enactment. I can’t wait to see the “real” Butcher.  I wonder if, in a way, AHS is going to make the audience the real villains. Hear me out: if “the audience” hadn’t enjoyed the first season of My Roanoke nightmare, there would not have been a second and everyone would have lived.  With so much out there: TV, Social media, YouTube—how do you keep the masses watching?  You make things bigger, scarier, bloodier. There is an unquenchable thirst for more, much like the gods of old.

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