American Horror Story, Apocalypse E1 Review: The End

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American Horror Story: The End

Original air date: September 12, 2018

Warning: Spoilers

The title of AHS this season is Apocalypse and jumps right into it with nuclear bombs annihilating Los Angeles– and the rest of the world. Which gives me some mixed feelings; as an avid Fallout player I am super excited, but as a person living in Los Angeles the beginning scared the bejeezus out of me. My only hope for survival would be if the Cooperative deemed my genetic makeup worthy of saving (which is doubtful, unless snarky is a dominant trait they prize).

As far as setting the stage for this season, this episode gave us a lot to digest. I loved the beginning, the mass panic of the people in LA that led up to the blast was on par with any summer disaster film. I half expected to see Linda Hamilton yelling through a chain-link fence into a playground. I expect this will not be the only time we see moments before the nuclear winter. AHS loves to time hop, and if it is like last season, there will be a lot of back and forth. We saw snippets from eighteen months in the first episode, so who knows what we will see in the next episode.

AHS is one show I don’t mind the time jumps. They are usually done very well and help reveal twists and truths throughout the season. I think they also help keep the story going. AHS Cult relied heavily on the flashbacks to reveal how all the puzzle pieces fit—I have a feeling this season will mimic that model. I suspect we will get glimpses into how the other Outposts failed and then we will switch gears and see what life is like in the sanctuary teased in the last moments of this episode.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE — Pictured: Cody Fern as Michael Langdon. CR: Kurt Iswarienko/FX

This season is supposed to have big tie-ins to AHS season one and three. At the end of this episode we met the vampire Lestat…err… I mean Michael Langdon. He’s the little baby that survived season one, the one fathered by Tate Langdon. He has arrived at Outpost Three to take those he deems worthy to a better sanctuary. Michael could be the Antichrist (that’s what was said in season one), but even if he isn’t that bad, I doubt he’s a good guy.

It would be out of character for AHS, but I would love to see Michael take a shine to Mr. Gallant (Evan Peters) because he looked like Lil’ Mikey’s dad, Tate Langdon (Evan Peters). Michael is a big tie-in to season one, but I would like to see a little more– just a small scene of the Murder House destroyed by the blast and a couple of its ghostly residents standing outside on the property looking thoroughly pissed off.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE — Pictured: Billie Lourd as Mallory. CR: Kurt Iswarienko/FX

There are also supposed to be tie to Coven and I wonder if we get to see what those witches have been up to– and I wonder if they survived or will we just see them in flashbacks. I mean I feel it is in the scope of the Supreme’s power to secure a spot in an exclusive bunker for her and at least some of her covens—which I guess would mean Sarah Paulson’s Cordelia Foxx and Taissa Farmiga’s Zoe Benson; as Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) died in AHS Hotel, and though she is in the cast, Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) died in the last episode of Coven (though, it wouldn’t be her first trip back to the land of the living).

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE — Pictured: Ashley Santos as Emily. CR: Kurt Iswarienko/FX

From previews and the opening credits, (not to mention the ominous 666 written on the steamy mirror) it seems that Satan will play some role in this season. If not the big guy himself, then at least his followers. It makes me wonder if this season will work itself out to be like The Stand?  As in an epic fight between good and evil. If that is the case then where do they go from here?

The showrunners said there would be ten seasons—I know this is just the first episode, but what will happen for the final two seasons– will they be back in time or will they involve the post-apocalyptic world? I worry about longevity, but hey TWD has had how many seasons? Which leads me to what the heck ate the horses? Are we going to see some mutant zombie monsters á la Night of the Comet mixed with a little The Hills Have Eyes? I’m also curious as to how vampires fared during all this—maybe they are the ones eating the horses?

 

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