Attention: This post contains spoilers for "AHS: Apocalypse" episode 8, “Sojourn.”
Before this week’s episode turned into a budget version of "Westworld," Michael found his place as the savior in a Satanic church. It was so creepy with its evil agenda, human sacrifice, and choirs of sinners. Thankfully that’s not real, right? Yes and no.
For hundreds of years the idea of Satan worshipers being a “thing” was fake fodder for religious hysteria. However, in 1966 an actual Satanic church was formed in America.
Unlike in the show, the official Church of Satan claims not to harm children or animals. The Guardian sent a reporter to check out a meeting earlier this year, after which he proclaimed it “cool;" the church welcomes philosophically rebellious individuals with an emphasis on indulgence, gratification and vengeance. It was not the nightmare fuel I was expecting and a little boring, TBH.
Another similar organization, The Satanic Temple, actually made news this week when they threatened to sue Netflix for copyright infringement over the likeness of one of their statues in "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." Satanists – they’re just like us and will *sue you over intellectual property!
*[Insert tired "lawyers are the real devil" joke here.]
One thing that jumped out from the Church of Satan’s website is how they support the “Development and production of artificial human companions.”
You mean the part of this week’s episode that is true is when Satan’s son goes to a robot factory and hangs out with a couple of guys with bowl cuts? That’s probably the weirdest and least likely thing I was expecting from the Satanists, and that’s saying a lot.
TL;DR: Satan worshipers are real, they don't appear to be all that spooky, and apparently they like robots.
Burning questions: If Miriam Mead was some sort of High Ranking Priestess with a Satanic Church, why didn’t she take Michael to this other church and introduce him around or make his presence known to the wider movement? How did Miss Venable not recognize Michael when he shows up at the Outpost for the first time? Are they making this up as they go along?
Next week: Michael finally begins to realize his destiny. Cordelia is unwell, possibly hiding at Misty Day’s swamp house.