Attention: This post contains spoilers for "AHS: Apocalypse" episode 9, “Fire and Reign.”
This series has thrown a lot of curve balls at us this season: the apocalypse, Satanists and killer robots, in addition to the standard witches and ghosts. But this episode went too far: the Illuminati, the Bolshevik Revolution and time travel?
It’s hard enough to follow the looping timelines, some actors playing multiple parts, the convergence of already humongous casts and plots of many different seasons, but now you’re tying to tell me that the Collective has been the Illuminati this whole time? And Beyoncé is not a member?
And then we traveled to Russia to watch Princess Anastasia ward off the Bolsheviks with magic powers. Even with Mallory’s time-traveling help Anastasia failed, so that seemed pretty pointless. If she failed the test, how is she supposed to use that against Michael? I’m so confused. What does this have to do with the apocalypse? This is so much more extra for a show that already deals in extra. Are they picking script keywords out of a hat?
To be honest, for a show that has had an otherwise solid season, this one felt weak, disconnected to the overall plot and not a good bridge between the timelines. Those Silicon Valley moguls need to go because they’re taking the focus away from better characters, like the witches. The next episode is the season finale, so they are leaving a lot to be tidied up in just one episode, including how the witches survived the apocalypse (which we learned was the point of the whole apocalypse from Michael’s point of view and makes zero sense) and how Michael is defeated, because evil cannot win. We hope.
Burning questions: How do Coco and Mallory get to L.A., with their memories erased? Did anyone else realize before today that Evie Gallant and Bubbles McGee (both played by Joan Collins) were two separate characters?