American Horror Story: Drink the Kool-Aid
Original air date: October 31st, 2017
As far as the best moments of the season go, I thought the reveal of Ally behind the clown mask in last week’s episode was going to be hard to beat. I was so wrong. Just as I felt some momentum was lost—Boom! Things got exciting again. In an episode directed by Angela Basset, there were some truly funny moments and some perfectly wicked ones.
Revenge! Something I can really get behind. Ally is back and stepping it up. I’m glad that she is being thoughtful in her plans– she can’t attack Kai straight out—he will be expecting that. How she handled everything in this episode was very clever. Not since a certain person died at the Purple Wedding have I been more excited about a death in a show. I’ve never been a fan of Ivy; this episode made me dislike her even more. She had to know Ally had issues with phobias prior to their marriage; if she wanted a strong, domineering personality to tell her what to do, well maybe she should’ve married someone else.
The point though is to dislike her, so when Ally poisoned her, we cheered rather than mourned. I was ecstatic that Ally got her revenge. I want her to take down the whole cult and I want her to break Kai, just like he broke her. Killing Ally and telling Kai straight out, I think, secured his trust. Falsifying the documents to say he was the biological father to Oz sealed the deal. Ally is a quick study and is manipulating Kai, the way he did all the others. It will be interesting to see what Ally does next. At the beginning of the episode, I was feeling a little ho-hum; we’ve seen Kai’s machinations—his control over his meat-head army isn’t as exciting as how he first recruited members. So Ally coming back and stirring the pot is what will bring this season to close with a bang.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Evan Peters—he has really carried the show. I loved that all the famous cult leaders of the past: Marshall Applewhite, David Koresh, Jim Jones and Jesus were played by him. His Applewhite was the creepiest to me (excuse me while I cringe thinking about it). As creepy as the idea of mass suicide and cults are—may I say Jesus coming down (with the wires and sexy angels), high-fiving Jim Jones might be the funniest moment ever in AHS history. It was also a nice respite from the intensity of the episode.
While recounting his take on Jim Jones, I loved how Oz questioned Kai and corrected him—Kai getting more and more frustrated with Oz was fun to watch and led to the best line ever, “Doubters get no cookies!” I love how in a room full of grown men, it was the child that had the common sense. I know Kai is prone to killing people at a drop of a hat, but I never thought Oz was in danger of losing his life. I think if anything, the more he questions, the more of a challenge he is to Kai. Now that Kai thinks he is his son, Oz is safe. I just wonder how much therapy he is going to need at the end of the season.
All the performances are spectacular, but I want to take a moment to tip my hat to Adina Porter (Beverly). In the basement with the Kool-Aid, I never thought Kai would poison them as we have two episodes left (but what a twist if he had). Beverly drinking it first, utterly broken and out of options—that was hard to watch. Worse was when she found out that it wouldn’t kill her. That was a heartbreaking moment. For a while I thought Beverly might outwit Kai, but I don’t think that is going to happen. I can see her redeeming herself in a suicide mission—helping Ally in some way, but I don’t think she is making out of the cult alive. With only two episodes left, I’m sure the body count is only going to escalate—I can’t wait to see how it ends.
I’m just going to leave this here….