AHS: Coven Review - The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks

AHS: Coven Review - The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen American Horror Story: Coven, Ep. 10 – “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks.”

“Maybe a little getaway. You could be a hostess on a cruise. You have a lovely personality and you're always well groomed." - Myrtle 

Towards the beginning of this episode Zoe remarked to Nan that she now saw how much they needed the Coven for protection; that they would never make it on their own. By the end of the episode the leader of said Coven drowned Nan in a bathtub. And that, in a nutshell, is my problem with American Horror Story: Coven.

We’ve been privy to the goings on of this Coven for the same amount of time Zoe has and I gotta say, my takeaway is not that she’s better off with them. When she first came to the school she was one of four students. She is now the only one of those four who hasn’t been killed. And two were killed by the leader of said “protective” Coven!

No, this Coven is a bad idea for anyone overly attached to living. But the creative forces behind AHS: Coven have decided the show is now all about the fight for Supremacy and the legacy of the Coven so now all the characters need to act accordingly. What does it matter if anyone with half a brain cell would put as distance between themselves and this group of power hungry witches as possible? This week they need to be loyal to the “family”, so loyal they are.

In her never ending quest for eternal life, Fiona attempted to make the same deal Marie had, but was informed she didn’t own a soul to barter. She decided to embrace that diagnosis and vowed to kill every member of the Coven in order to ensure the future Supreme was destroyed, whoever she may be. So great call, Zoe, this Coven is definitely the basket you want all your eggs in.

And while the greedy little witches scratch each other’s eyes out in an attempt to lead an ever-dwindling tribe, the witch hunters from the previous episode are springing into action. If the Supreme wants to kill the entire Coven and the members of the Coven want to kill each other in order to lead the Coven and witch hunters want to kill the Coven because of a hereditary aversion to fabulousness, what are the chances any of these ladies make it past the finale?

This could be a great opportunity for a feminist allegory. How women become so preoccupied competing against each other they are oblivious to the men still seeking to limit their power, but Ryan Murphy and company are not the ones to make such a statement. Bless their hearts, they try to make important statements, but they fail every time.

However, they do succeed when it comes to showcasing scenery-chewing superstars making a mountain of kindling. And hey, I’m happy to watch a show based solely around Angela Basset throwing shade and Stevie Nicks giving twirling lessons. I just wish the show would understand its strengths and give up on cohesive storytelling. It’s just not in the cards at this point.

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