TV Review: American Horror Story: Coven – Episode 10 “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks” (USA, 2014)

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We’re nearing the end to American Horror Story: Coven and episode 10 throws some new tricks into the equation. It starts where episode 9 left off, with Marie Laveau being sheltered by the Coven. The truce that was once over seems to be back, joining forces to tackle Witch Hunters known as The Corporation. Meanwhile, Nan investigates Luke’s death while Fiona discovers a way to possess eternal life.

The characters are becoming more devious and cunning, especially as Fiona’s condition deteriorates the younger witches bicker over who is going to be the next supreme. Some go as far as to kill off the competition, creating tense interplays between characters. There is plenty happening to keep the viewer involved as it’s a very plot based episode. This being said, the script strains to develop and emotional connection. The characters state the obvious and lovers of witty dialogue will lament when they are unwittingly told what and how to feel.

As the series develops the characters seem to be growing inconsistent. Fiona bounces from two extremes of incredibly selfish to deeply regretful in a flash. Suddenly she is in control of the situation and then bursts into angry tears without any form of transition. Jessica Lange does well to act the difference, but I can tell if it weren’t for her talent these character jumps would be even I still can’t define this season as a horror because it isn’t scary. There’s a lot of violence to try and disgust us, but in an increasing genre trend characterisation is given a backseat to gritty special effects and unnecessary gore. Day of the Dead (1985) is a great example of how horror flick can terrify the audience by taking the time to introduce us properly to the characters.

That said, the episode was one of their best and it will keep you entertained if not riveted. Character relationships are developing interestingly and there are some resolutions to look forward to but its not terrifying, a diet-horror.

Review Score: TWO AND A HALF STARS (OUT OF FIVE)

American Horror Story: Coven airs Monday nights on Channel Eleven.

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