American Horror Story: Apocalypse – “Fire and Reign” (S8E9)

Episode 9 “Fire and Reign” (written by Asha Michelle Wilson and directed by Jennifer Arnold) was a solid penultimate episode tying together some loose ends in spite of a brief detour to 1918 Siberia and setting up the pieces for next week’s Season 8 finale, or for Season 9 depending on who you ask. This …

American Horror Story: Apocalypse – “Traitor” (S8E7)

Episode 7 “Traitor”, (written by Adam Penn and directed by Jennifer Lynch) gives us no obvious traitor and we are without our favorite Antichrist (Cody Fern) this week. However we do get voodoo as monogamy enforcer, a very special Christmas Tales from the Crypt nod, a few more Coven returning characters and three burnings at the …

American Horror Story: Apocalypse – “Return to Murder House” (S8E6)

This is the episode American Horror Story fans have been waiting and yearning for since Freak Show: The return of Jessica Lange. Directed by mainstay Sarah Paulson this feature-length episode definitely didn't disappoint but at the same time also had a few negatives for me. The episode was billed as 'going back to where it …

American Horror Story: Apocalypse – “Could It Be… Satan?”(S8E4)

This weeks American Horror Story begins with a flashback to a younger Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) and the woman who the Miriam Mead cyborg (Kathy Bates) is based on—whose name we don't yet know—probably just Miriam too. Although an age isn't given I'd say Michael is possibly in his late teenage years and he claims …

American Horror Story: Apocalypse – “Forbidden Fruit” (S8E3)

“Forbidden Fruit” (written by Manny Coto and directed by Loni Peristere) was an action-packed Ryan Murphy Halloween episode that included poisoned apples, a Victorian masquerade, witches, and even a little Satan. Since, on Halloween, spirits can leave the spot they’re normally chained to, I was hoping we’d see Murder House’s Harmon family visiting our cozy …

Negative Space: Truth and Shadows in The X-Files

Twin streams of light cross in a shadowed hallway, illuminating little. Smoke unfurls from a Marlboro cigarette, and hands seek each other out in a dim hospital room. The iconography of The X-Files is minimal to the extreme and steeped in ambiguity: empty spaces, creeping shadows, and answers hidden beyond the next corner, always out …

American Horror Story: Apocalypse -“The Morning After” (S8E2)

American Horror Story: Apocalypse is back for its second episode, directed by 25YL favourite Jennifer Lynch, who wastes no time in diving into the scares. Emily (Ash Santos) is getting undressed in her room within Outpost Three; her lights go out and upon lighting a candle her wardrobe door creeps open. When she checks she's …

American Horror Story: Apocalypse – “The End” (S8E1)

Every season on American Horror Story, we see a particularly American brand of nightmares, and the stories we’ve built around them in our popular culture, brought to new life in their most sick and twisted Grand Guignol forms. We’ve seen haunted houses, asylums, hotels, witchcraft, freak shows, lost colonies, and cults. Season 8 will offer …