‘American Horror Story: Coven’: A Little Mulligatawny Between Friends

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Jessica Lange and Angela Bassett in American Horror Story Coven Episode 11 American Horror Story: Coven: A Little Mulligatawny Between Friends

[This is a review of American Horror Story: Coven episode 11. There will be SPOILERS.]

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As American Horror Story: Coven races toward the finish line of a season that’s proving to be a slight miscalculation in terms of taking a lighter approach to the normally crazy (and crazy dark) kind of storytelling the show is more well-known for, the series is reverting back to some familiar tricks. That is: with just two episodes to go, the events in Coven have begun to revolve mostly around setting up a series of wild, violent incidents in rapid fire succession, as a way of clearing a path toward the season finale.

That’s not to say with all the cringe-worthy happenings there wasn’t also plenty to laugh at in the aptly titled ‘Protect the Coven’; it’s just that when the show is operating at such a high rate of speed, it’s often hard to stop and appreciate everything that’s going on. In that sense what transpires here comes off like the writer (in this case, Jennifer Salt) is having a grand time trying to outdo one scene with the next, piling unsavory jokes on top of brutal violence in the style AHS has grown accustomed. Early on, while everyone is at Nan’s funeral, Fiona and her new best friend Marie eulogize the coven’s resident mind reader in a wickedly deadpan fashion; the bleak hilarity of the situation is made even darker when Madison responds to Myrtle’s inquiry of Misty’s whereabouts by saying she “probably twirled her way to the Everglades by now.” But as far as dark comedy goes, the less that’s said about Delphine’s mulligatawny the better.

But this antepenultimate episode couldn’t just stop there, not when the Delphi Trust is looking to make peace with the witches and Miss Robichaux’s has more viable candidates for the next supreme than you could shake a broom at – especially now that a powered-up Queenie has returned and brought with her a reassembled Delphine. (At this point, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Nan show up next week with Papa Legba in tow, re-writing the contract he made with Marie centuries ago. Because if Coven has proven anything, it’s that which appears ironclad or otherwise immutable can easily be undone.)

Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga in American Horror Story Coven Episode 11 American Horror Story: Coven: A Little Mulligatawny Between Friends

While, that line of thinking has led to the season having plenty of inconsistencies and a rather vague world, there are still times when Coven actually does seem to work. Typically it’s when the writer in question allows for parallels to be set up between certain characters, something small that connects them with one another without everyone actually having to engage with one another physically, or through dialogue. This time out it seems like everyone is more interested in making deals, and then engaging in a little backstabbing or simply trying to get away, while others make moves to either save the coven or damn it forever.

And with that, the episode, having done away with the members of the Delphi Trust in bloody fashion, leaves only coven-related issues up in the air. Cordelia has re-blinded herself to regain the “sight” she’d lost, while Delphine, having been tricked by ghost Spalding into pawning the house’s silver to purchase a baby doll, winds up with the golden opportunity to bury the unconscious Marie someplace she can’t dig her way out of. Finally, Kyle and Zoe run off to Epcot at Myrtle’s request, while it seems the rest of the house prepares for a showdown between Fiona, Madison, and Queenie – though odds are good Zoe will be back, along with a few more guests before the end.

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American Horror Story: Coven continues next Wednesday with ‘Go to Hell’ @10pm on FX. Check out a preview below:

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  1. I tapped out on this show mid-way through last week’s episode. I loved season one and two but this season (minus a few things) has been extremely boring. Hopefully next season is better.

    • I thought I was the only one that felt that way. This season is dragging. The second season was so much better.

    • I liked the first season, hated the second season, and am ho-hum about this season. Last year was overly convoluted and contrived, whereas this year is just overly contrived. Convenient, isn’t it, that the head that was Kathy Bates is now a whole person again? Death appears to have no consequence, for anyone, this season. How many have been resurrected so far?

      Why I keep watching…Jessica Lange…she’s absolutely captivating.

      Another Jeff

    • I have to add that, thus far, I have also rolled my eyes every time the show, which is completely amoral, if not immoral, has attempted to offer a lesson on prejudice and racism. It just comes across as disingenuous and foolish, being that the show otherwise displays all sorts of deviancy and depravity without abandon. It is far from a show with a moral compass.

  2. @all of you who posted here,
    don’t say what you said here on the other post about next season. you’ll get attacked by those blind zombies. they can’t praise this below-mediocre anti-male propaganda season/show enough.
    it’s a coven of witches on that other thread. with the exception of racebanks, of course.

    • It actually seems like the only pure, redeeming character this year was the boy next door, who was killed by his own mother. If I recall correctly, he appeared to have no faults, whereas literally everyone else does, to a greater or lesser degree. Obviously, the males are characterized as being the stooges this year, but the story is about a coven of witches, so at least for me, not that big of a deal, athough I see your point.

  3. Ok , my thing is if you don’t like the show which clearly many of you have already stated countless times before then the heck did you come on a page about a review about the show? I absolutely hate fast and furious movies argo I’m not going to go on a review to look at it because I simply don’t care for it , if more people had that mentality then everybody would be kosher. I for one like this season and can follow the story line, as can everyone else who watches it even people that review it and hate it can follow along.

    • Funny how you seem to attack others for not liking the show and your post is allowed right through the filters yet I can’t do the same. I call conspiracy/jealousy/some other weird reason I won’t be able to understand that adds up to making me tire of the site and deciding to quit viewing it and take my business elsewhere.

      Anyway, I do the same as you (avoiding things I know I won’t like) and yes, this season is easy to follow, the problem is it’s just so dull.

      I like how you called everyone else who doesn’t feel the same way you do “abnormal” yet Paul missed that one, despite falling into “personal attack” territory.

      Strange…

      • @Dazz – I emailed you.

        Paul Young – Moderator

      • The point of quotations is that they actually quote someone. Gene did not call anyone abnormal or even suggest it. Quit acting like a baby.

    • @Gene – No need for the subtle jabs.

      Thanks,
      Paul Young – Moderator

      • @ Paul – No offence but Gene’s post is par for the course of this site and I read many comments on here and I’ve seen far far worse on every comic book article.

        Is this the new way you will be moderating this site.

  4. This season lost it’s way. It was good up until the holiday hiatus. Then it felt like they didn’t know where to take it. The coven has no leadership, everyone is all over the place, the witch hunters got taken out entirely too easily. People dying and being brought back to life or being cut up and put back together. And if they don’t get brought back to life, they come back as a ghost with the power to affect the living.

    And why blind yourself for the power of sight where you have to touch someone to utilize it? She already knows her Mother is bad news, just seems really pointless.

  5. I must agree that this season is a bit more tame than the last two, but I have to disagree with it being terrible. Yes, midway through there were some boring parts, but with last nights episode I actually felt like it picked up again. And I can’t wait to figure out who the next supreme will be.

  6. I have tried to follow this story but its so not happening. I mean yes I am still a fan but I must admit Season 2 was the best and Season 1 wasnt bad either – it got me started anyways.
    This season was so promising but it has become ridiculous. Anyways, as the saying goes, got started, gotta finish it but its bordering on silly now.
    I mean, how do sworn enemies banter on when they were supposed to be at each other’s necks? Silly story so far!
    And it was too easy to exterminate the witch hunters, I mean if they could be so easily disposed of, then what in heaven’s name are they hunting? *smh*

  7. No story on this show whatseoevr.