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Posted by Maximilian Conte at Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4 CommentsAmerican Horror Story Reviews
We open with a flashback to 1971 New Orleans at Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies where we get our first glimpse at a young Fiona as well as the then-Supreme, Annalee Leyton. The scene sets the tone for the rest of the episode, and while I don’t want to give away exactly what transpires between the two it certainly gives a little more insight into Fionna’s character and how she came about as a Supreme. Much of the episode deals with Fionna’s continued obsession with youth, especially troubling when she begins to discover that one of the students at the Academy is much stronger than she thought, which may have disastrous effects for the elder witch. Her daughter, Cordelia, is also chasing a phantom - still unable to conceive after the voodoo performed last week, she seeks guidance from a familiar face, though not necessarily a friendly one.
Horror Story in its past sagas has been one of the most wonderfully ridiculous, awesomely unpredictable and consistently original series’ in recent years. It’s revival of classic horror tropes mixed with modern terror is only more impressive when you consider how frequently they get us to feel for these often-monstrous characters they create. And much of “The Replacements” is about feelings. Mare Winningham (Lexi's mom from Grey's Anatomy!) gives a fiercely unforgettable performance as Kyle’s grieving mother who, after a visit that Zoe hopes will help ease her pain, serves up the first holy-crap-did-they-really-just-go-there moment of the season. And it’s not the only one in the episode. We're getting into the thick of things here, and the final 10 minutes of this episode are seriously not to be missed. Buckle in tight tomorrow night, shit's about to get real for these witches. I’ll be back after the episode airs with a full recap & discussion. You can catch me on twitter here & check out some final teasers for tomorrows episode below.
Stuff You’ll Love:
- Our first glimpse of the minotaur slave as a villain
- LaLaurie’s discovery that Barack Obama is President of the United States (Yes, really)
- Patty Lupone as the Academy’s uber-Christian new neighbor
- A hint at how Dennis O’Hare’s so-far-silent house-keeper Spalding lost his tongue
- How creepy-weird it gets. Multiple times… seriously.
American Horror Story: Coven airs Wednesdays at 10 on FX. "The Replacements" premieres this week.
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