Scream Queens: 02×09, Lovin The D (Review/Recap)

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Just in case you didn’t realize it … Scream Queens is almost ready to conclude its second season, and we arrive to the penultimate episode with a meeting amongst the Green Meanies (plus Hester). Early on, the Chanels are attacked by the Green Meanies, and Dr. Cascade stops another from killing Chanel #3, as they had previously agreed to if it could keep their bizarre love intact. Just as Chanel is close to meeting her demise, a clash between the Green Meanies gives her enough time to escape — and Hester makes her presence known to the three killers and decides she will conduct a Green Meanie Summit. Before that can take place, the Chanels put aside their near-death experiences for a surprise visit from daytime television host, Dr. Scarlet Lovin, who hosts her own medical series called “Lovin the D” (as in Dr). Her reason for being there: to ask for the Chanels and Dr. Brock to perform a surgery after their recent accomplishment on the woman who absorbed her twin. When Dr. Lovin learns they aren’t actual med students, they agree to take the MCAT exam as soon as possible for their fellow Kappa sister.

At Hester’s Green Meanie summit, they discuss who killed whom — with Dr. Cascade responsible for a majority of the murders, Wes in second (He killed Chad and attacked #5 and Denise.), and Nurse Hoffel in dead last and who jockeys for a chance to kill the original Chanel. Wes isn’t as pleased by that, wanting to dish out his own revenge on Chanel, and a debate begins where they basically offer all the remaining characters for a chance to take out the queen bee. While this goes on, Hester reminds us she’s Wes’ daughter, and Cascade pretends (poorly) he will kill #3 even if everyone can see he loves her — but, ultimately, the vote favors Hoffel to kill Chanel.

Unfortunately for Chanel, her current older boyfriend Dr. Brock nearly strangles her and begins to acknowledge that he has a few killer instincts — also seeking advice from Hester (she’s truly making her rounds lately). Dr. Brock is now contemplating a life without Chanel, and it’s only enhanced by Hester’s murderess seduction tactics towards the sexually-charged doctor. Wes later comes up with his own idea and approaches Cascade for an alliance of sorts that would allow them to stop Hoffel and pin the blame on her (giving Wes Chanel and Cascade could aid #3). Cascade agrees to the arrangement but also has one other thing to worry about — introducing #3 to his mother with a two decade revenge plan mapped out. His mother isn’t keen on #3 (the Chanel made fair points about their psychotic tendencies) and makes him choose between them, so he chooses his mother and her revenge, which, once again, leaves #3 vulnerable to the other Green Meanies.

As Dr. Lovin’s live-surgery gets closer to fruition, the Chanels take the MCAT exam, passing with flying colors. It turns out that #3 cheated with Cascade’s help, meanwhile Chanel received the assistance of Dr. Brock. #5, however, had no help and actually pulled off a near perfect score, finally proving that #5 is a genius in addition to being all-around awesome — even though nobody else will give her a moment to shine. With Hoffel prepping her own plan to kill the Chanels, Wes tries to poison Chanel via coffee, but, just moments before the show, Dr. Lovin accidentally takes the toxic beverage that kills the beloved host. Who could step into her shoes with only a limited amount of time? Chanel Oberlin, of course! Chanel supervises the surgery and comments for the viewers — with major success and mass amounts of hilarity (Chanel Oberlin for president in 2020!). With the surgery completed and the producers loving her, the Chanels are offered the role of hosting “Lovin the D”. Dr. Brock is shocked he isn’t considered, but the Chanels are certainly overcome with joy that their “year long” dream has come true.

After learning that Wes had broken the pact at the Green Meanie Summit, Hoffel and Cascade use the fry oil tub they planned to use on the Chanels for Wes, instead — pinning the murders on him and pretending the Green Meanie massacre has concluded. With everything actually going well for the hospital, one last shock before the episode ends shows everyone else that Wes was the killer and was presumably burned alive (by “accident”), but the shock for Dean/Dr. Munsch made her pass out, yet again, with her fatal disease growing worse. By the time Munsch awakens, she shares the news of her illness with the rest of the staff, and they finally agree it’s time to search for a missing Zayday. With one episode left, there will surely be more death, humor and Chanels before Scream Queens concludes its second season.

Overall Grade: 8/10

The Chanels, including Hester, were major standouts for their snarky humor and quirky cavalier behavior about the ongoing murders. I am sad to see that Scream Queens is nearly over and have come to enjoy the fresh change of pace for Season 2, with a cast of characters that makes the series shift between evoking laughter and concern for favorites. My main hope for the finale would be to see the Chanels keep up their success (with Hester/Cascade at their side) and Dr. Munsch somehow battling her illness — everyone else is fair game!

Aedan’s Final Thoughts:

– Chanel hosting a daytime series makes perfect sense. I would watch anything that she is behind.

– Cascade and #3 make a cute pair. I hope their love can survive!

– Chanel #5 is a certified genius who is also an overlooked queen — Chanel #5 for Chanel’s vice president!

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American Horror Story Roanoke: 06×10, Chapter 10 (Review/Recap)

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American Horror Story: Roanoke has reached its climactic conclusion and pulled a surprise ending we probably didn’t see coming. After witnessing what we believed would be the last of the Roanoke home, one thing brought it all back into the fold — but, first, let’s go back a little.

Recap: “Chapter 10”

After seeing the scene conclude, we find out we were watching the progression of Lee’s story through yet another reality series entitled <emCrack’d, detailing behind the scenes details of Lee’s court case. The next introduction brought back possibly my favorite AHS character (or at least top three), journalist and Asylum survivor Lana Winters. Cue the next show transition, the Lana Winters special with a cheesy title card, bringing the ultimate survivor out of retirement for an interview with Lee (who declined every other journalist and network) for the simple reason that they both have been through significant trauma and devastating horror. Lee acknowledges that Lana had killed her own child, Bloody Face, but Lana becomes tense and says he was a psychotic murderer more than anything else and she did what she had to for survival.

After getting past a few uncomfortable instances, Lana gets into the harder questions and informs Lee her daughter went missing an hour before their current live interview. Lana wants to know if Lee is responsible, but the news makes Lee grow fearful for her daughter, and, as panic sets in, gunfire is heard down the hallway. At that moment, the last member of the Polk family barges into the interview — with the cameras capturing every moment. Lana stands in between Lee and the Polk, trying her best to talk him off the ledge and relate to his pain. It’s a nice note to remind us how Lana had evolved from the beginning of Asylum to this appearance for My Roanoke Nightmare. Despite her coming close to possibly changing his mind, he strikes Lana with his gun and knocks her unconscious before being shot by police, just before he could finish his attempted murder of Lee.

Next up, we are cutting to a different series entitled Spirit Chasers (similar to Ghost Hunters) who undergo a hokey exploration for the supernatural (also noting the parallels to Asylum). The ghost hunters find a few truths out of the Roanoke story, but, most shockingly, it’s on a blood moon and Lee enters, scaring the team. At this point, you realize it’s two weeks after the Lana Winters special, and Lee had a gut instinct to return to the home where her daughter could be held captive. She tries to warn them to flee, but they are more hyped on the idea of getting footage as the attacks commence once more. The Chans, pig-headed killer, nurses, Butcher and more come out to play — killing nearly all of the “spirit chasers”, except for one who yells to arriving police to run for their lives. To their poor luck, a barrage of arrows is sent flying, killing them as well.

Lee (who has stayed inside the house) waits for Flora to come out, and she finally decides to show herself to her mother. Before we can see what plays out next, we are shown several news segments discussing a standoff with Lee and the police overnight, eventually letting us see “national treasure” Lana Winters is alive and recovering — giving herself and Lee credit for fighting relentlessly for their cause, which, in her case, was surviving the asylum and taking down Briarcliff. Lee’s goal? Save her daughter at any cost. Later into the day, Flora tells her mother she has been staying in the woods with Priscilla and felt safer with the ghost girl due to watching her mother kill her own father. Lee admits she hasn’t lived up to her idealistic traits as a good mother, but, more than anything, her love for Flora has been the most evident thing this season, and, unfortunately, Flora doesn’t seem to accept that. Flora tells Lee that she won’t leave and will become a spirit herself to save Priscilla from the butcher, and that’s when Lee decides her best gift to her daughter is to take that job on so Flora will survive and have a shot at living. As we get to the final moments of the episode, we see Flora leaving the home and an explosion in the background, annihilating the property. We also catch a glimpse at Lee’s final moments, deciding to let Priscilla end her life with the hopes her daughter can eventually understand or forgive her. In the end, the series offered its “sole survivor” — who wasn’t who we were expecting but the product of a strong woman who had overcome hell for the sake of her daughter, for whom she had unconditional love.

Overall Grade: 8/10

This most definitely wasn’t the happy-ish finale I was hoping for from AHS Roanoke, but it can’t be said that it wasn’t full of surprises. It was a hard pill to swallow that the one survivor was a character who felt extremely naïve to what was going on around her. Flora wasn’t someone I felt I could truly sympathize with or root for, as opposed to her mother’s poignant story of survival — my only true frustration with the season’s conclusion. At least it could be stated that she felt she accomplished her mission of giving her daughter what she wanted, even if it was another slight reason for me to dislike the daughter. Lana Winters was certainly a star in AHS Asylum, and, of all the potential crossovers, it was the most enjoyable to catch up with and stay aware of what made her such an evolved character to begin with — thank you Lana Winters for being the standout inclusion of the AHS finale.

Aedan’s Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed the initial reality tv transition that presented an unfiltered horror appearance, concurrently pushing a powerful impact that deviates from traditional techniques.

If I had to rank the season finales, I would say (beginning with the strongest): Asylum, Coven, Hotel, Murder House, Roanoke, Freak Show

I was saddened to see Lee end her life in a situation that felt it could be avoided, but I understand the message behind the act itself.

Sarah Paulson really had her work cut out for her this season as Shelby, Audrey and Lana in the span of 10 episodes.

Catch up with American Horror Story Season 5 (Hotelon DVD or Blu-Ray.

American Horror Story Roanoke: 06×09, Chapter 9 (Review/Recap)

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This season of American Horror Story has been shrouded in mystery (with the exception of ‘Roanoke’ leaking), and it only continues to take different directions even up until the preview for next week’s finale. Before we get into the potentially major change of pace for the finale, let’s begin where “Chapter 9” kicks off.

Recap: “Chapter 9”

The episode starts out with three new characters (Todd, Milo and Sophie) who run a My Roanoke Nightmare fanpage and hope to document the real haunted house and gain a massive new following on social media. Sophie (played by AHS fan favorite Taissa Farmiga) and her two friends discover the presumed-dead producer from episodes ago wandering the woods with visible trauma. They follow the girl into the woods and eventually find her vehicle with her body (clearly toying with them via apparition form), sending them to the police for any kind of help they can get.

The police (also known to have connections and an arrangement with the Polk family) tell each of the fans that their “prank” will not be tolerated, followed by a trespassing warning if they return to the property. Not willing to sit this one out, they agree to head back to the location for clarity on what is actually going on with the spirits and blood moon. Unsurprisingly, the younger adventurers are more focused on the fact that they’ve gained more than 20,000 followers and made #BloodMoon a trend on Twitter — priorities. Lee and Audrey make their way to the Polk farm for the tape (with Lee’s confession), now aided by the actor Dylan, who played the butcher’s son. The actor is a showboat-y person entirely, constantly referring back to his military training.

When on the Polk property, Audrey discovers Monet, Dylan begins to work on hot-wiring a car, and Lee locates the tape she sought out in her defense. Audrey frees Monet, but one of two remaining Polk men finds them, and Audrey baits him to repeat his threat of “killing them real slow” so she can shoot him on-camera with no repercussions. They get outside and see Dylan is injured by the last Polk family member before they all spot the mob making their way towards them — so the Polk survivor steals the car, and the others are left to deal with the spirits. Monet and Audrey flee while they can, leaving the slowed-down Lee in less than promising circumstances. Lee is shown crawling through the woods, presumably getting closer to dying, until the witch (and original supreme) comes out of the shadows to feed her a pig heart and possibly embody the spirit of the Butcher once more.

Todd and the other two fans of the show see her in the woods and approach the changed version of Lee, asking to talk to her — but Todd is met with a blade, leaving only two fans of the series running around the wilderness. They arrive to the producers’ trailer and notice each camera with fixed images focused on the bodies of actors/former survivors. On one end, they see Monet and Audrey posted up in a room with a bottle and, on the other, the possessed Lee makes her way to the house to finish killing off anyone still alive. While the two could leave, as dedicated fans, they make the executive decision to save them if possible.

Audrey and Monet, next, watch the video Lee had tried to protect, learning the truth about what she had done to her husband. When Monet begins to state she would have been okay with the Polks killing Lee, she pops up behind them under the Butcher’s thrawl and wielding a blade. Monet begins to taunt the two-time Roanoke victim and is shoved by Lee from a balcony, falling to her death atop a broken chandelier. Audrey fights back and escapes to the outside of the house, but Lee catches up, stabs her, and locks her in a cellar, leaving the actress for dead. Sophie and Milo unknowingly arrive too late, where they are skewered and burned alive by the real Butcher and her ghostly cult following.

The next day, the police arrive after reports of a lynch mob from the live-stream, and a disturbing scene surrounds them with the bodies of multiple people scattered around the evil property with relentless death and brutality. It is then that Lee is found sobbing and in shock, possibly unaware of what she had just done hours before. Audrey is the next one shown to be alive, crawling her way out of the cellar and spotting Lee — who she holds responsible for her near death experience. Audrey strips the gun from an officer and tries to kill Lee but is shot down by the other officers, and we see a final shot of Audrey’s lifeless body in the field — making Lee the sole survivor of the Roanoke nightmare.

Overall Grade: 8.8/10

This was an episode that felt full of thrills from beginning to end, correctly wrapping up the mayhem of Roanoke. Lee was my second guess on the survivor of Roanoke, given the fact that she was present for the original murders and round two, making her upcoming sit-down interview with Lana Winters something to look forward to. The episode was a very strong chapter looking back on the season, and I truly hope Lana Winters is given plenty of time to showcase how incredible she is — one of AHS’s best final girls, if not the very best.

Aedan’s Final Thoughts on “Chapter 9”:

– The fan POV was a humorous addition, like the moment Sophie was sad of Shelby’s death because “she liked her.”
– I was actually rooting for Audrey to make it out of the Roanoke scenario, but that’s also in great part due to Sarah Paulson’s consistent performances as a layered actress.
– I can’t even explain how hyped I am for the return of the Lana Winters special. Lee should feel uber-flattered.