AHS : Apocalypse Review

Image by Brandon Kim

Image by Brandon Kim

By Dinh Duong, Staff Writer

American Horror Story: Apocalypse is the eighth season of the FX anthology. It actually  started airing last year and finished on November 14th, but it just came out on Netflix in September 2019 last month. Apocalypse is centered around the nuclear holocaust caused by the Antichrist, the entire season following a Biblical theme. The season features witches, warlocks, underground bunkers, and much more. The strong sense of women’s power through the witches’ dominance over the warlocks is also worth mentioning. 

In this series, Sarah Paulson stars as Ms. Wilhemina Venable, Cordelia Foxx, and Billie Dean Howard, and I watched it knowing that this was the last season she was going to have a major role in. Nevertheless, she performed all the roles flawlessly. Additionally, I want to give credit to Cody Fern as Michael Langdon. Despite the show’s interchanging cast each season, this was his first appearance. I wouldn’t choose any other person to play the Antichrist after seeing his outstanding performance. 

Previously, I assumed there’d be only so many plots you can make both sinister and intriguing, but writer Ryan Murphy manages to bring something new to the table every single time. I really like how the producers made it this way. You never know what you’re going to watch. The key differences that set this season apart from the rest were the two major and one minor season crossovers. Featuring Murder House from season one and Coven from season three, this season weaved different settings and locations together, something that’s never been done before throughout any season.  Murder House and Coven are my favorite seasons, and the fusion of all three plots into one skyrocketed my interest level for each episode I watched. Season Five’s Hotel was also featured, although its contribution to the storyline was minor. The only problem I saw with the crossover is if someone who’s never watched the seasons prior to Apocalypse having a hard time understanding what was happening. 

However, I was immensely disappointed with the last episode. The first nine episodes were perfect. From the pacing to the music, everything about it was absolute perfection; there was no flaw. Then, the last episode came. I definitely wish there were more episodes leading to the fight between the witches and Michael. It was very rushed and honestly, pathetic. For Cordelia to have gone to the lengths of making a deal with Papa Legba in exchange for Marie Laveau was foolish. Although the deal got rid of Dinah Stevens, Michael ended up killing Marie Laveau with ease. In fact, all the witches were projected with the appearance of outstanding powers, yet the only effective thing that stopped Michael temporarily was the gun from Ms. Meads’s decapitated limb. Additionally, I cannot believe the Antichrist was killed by getting run over by an SUV.

From the plot’s captivating storyline to its cast, Apocalypse is one of the better seasons of American Horror story, if not, one of the best. The only thing that needs to change would be the ending. Overall, I’d rate it a 9/10.