American Horror Story: Apocalypse episode 4, Could It Be … Satan?, is the episode I’ve been waiting for since the Coven and Murder House crossover was announced.
I explained that Coven is my favourite season of American Horror Story so far in my definitive ranking of Jessica Lange’s characters in the franchise. The tease at the end of episode 3, Forbidden Fruit, got me ridiculously excited for Cordelia Goode (Sarah Paulson) and the girls to return. Especially Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts), easily my favourite character from the show. I even named my cat after her. So with the promise that the witches would be featuring a lot more in episode 4, I couldn’t wait.
This episode perfectly explained the crossover. The revelation that Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) is (or isn’t) a warlock was gripping. One of my favourite aspects of Coven was testing of the Seven Wonders. So seeing Michael’s magical abilities tested so quickly – and him completing the tasks with ease – was brilliant. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like Michael. I’m Team Cordelia all the way. And I’m hoping the threat that he could be the Alpha, more powerful than the Supreme, means there will be plenty of witch goodness to come. Side note: Cordelia’s “Because I’m the fucking Supreme” was everything.
The return of the iconic La La La theme from Coven was exactly what I was waiting for. Coven’s soundtrack was perfection. The ominous music and sounds used in Apocalypse so far are excellent, too. I’m hoping there will be more nods to previous seasons – subtle or not. Like the reference to Neil Patrick Harris doing card tricks being a nod to Freak Show, when he played an ill-fated magician. Then there was Michael’s teleporting to the ceiling and holding himself in the exact same position the Rubber Man was seen in during promotion of Murder House.
There was, of course, the links to season 5, Hotel. We finally saw what happened to Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) after she was murdered in the Hotel Cortez. I could’ve done without Evan Peter’s North making an appearance – that accent makes me cringe. But it was brilliantly done. I feel it also foreshadows a loss coming the Coven’s way. It was all about Michael proving his strength over Cordelia, with him bringing Queenie back when Cordelia couldn’t.
His retrieval of Madison from hell was a fun moment, all thanks to the Queen Bitch. I enjoyed seeing various characters’ personal hells during Coven, but we never saw Madison’s – despite her dying twice. Her hell seeing her as an unimportant shop assistant sounds exactly right. And her request to blow Michael because she hadn’t “had a good dicking” in a while made me cackle. Even though I don’t like the thought of Michael overpowering Cordelia, I’m perfectly fine with him proving his ability if it means bringing Madison back to life… again.
Onto the characters new to Apocalypse, I was surprised to see that all three of the ladies resurrected in the previous episode were from magical backgrounds. It was obvious with Mallory (Billie Lourd), but I wasn’t expecting Coco (Leslie Grossman) or Dinah (Adina Porter) to be witches or Voodoo queens.
I enjoyed the look back to Mallory at Miss Robichaux’s Academy, with Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) leading a class. I was always hoping for some sort of sequel to Coven, in which we saw what happened to the witches after Cordelia outed their existence in the news. While this wasn’t exactly that, it was good to see that their numbers weren’t dwindling after the reveal. Everything is pointing towards Mallory being a key player this season. Zoe and Cordelia were impressed with her growing ability, and her outburst with Michael in episode 3 seemed important. Could she be the one to defeat him when Cordelia can’t?
The trailer for episode 5, Boy Wonder, looks terrifying for my favourite ladies. Check it out for yourself below if you’re feeling masochistic.