TV Review: American Horror Story: Coven – Episode 3 “The Replacements” (USA, 2013)

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Welcome back, American Horror Story! Finally, after two weeks of wondering ‘who cares’ to the character’s problems and woes, the consequences of their actions are becoming more apparent and the stakes have been raised.

Intrigue is created amongst the girls when a new family move in door, especially between Madison and their handsome son. Zoe tries to reconnect the reincarnated Kyle with his mother while Cordelia goes to enormous lengths to be able to conceive a baby. It’s a very entertaining episode with a plot that twists and turns down unexpected paths. The characters don’t grow from where we last left them but the choices they make produce foreseeable dire consequences. The series has begun to recapture the suspense it once served in the previous seasons. The audience has to accept that “Coven” is offering something alternate, and is not so much a horror anymore but a melodrama. Accepting this fact makes the series more bearable but a few lines are still cheesy and cringe-worthy. The episode also touches on the theme of racism with a humours and witty approach.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejorn returns to direct the episode, bringing his rotating and floating camera style that even adds suspense to dialogue driven sequences.  Jessica Lange has an outstanding performance as Supreme Witch Fiona Goode in depicting a woman with a guilty conscious that has made her hollow.

It was a relief to see “American Horror Story” is heading back to what it once was. The episode is engaging and we see a bit more life to the characters. There are some truly terrifying moments that the audience doesn’t see coming.

Review Score: THREE STARS (OUT OF FIVE)

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

Article by Hugo Monotti.

 

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