Oh, young witches in love and in guilt will do crazy things. Like Frankenstein a cute boy that died in a bus crash and has severed body parts all over the coroner’s gurney.
The power of life/resurrection/resurgence is the central theme this week, with Madison trying to make up for her telekinetic faux pas by bringing Kyle back to life, learning that Madame LaLaurie’s curse was not death, but eternal life, Cordelia trying to make a baby with old fashioned way, without magic and, yes, as I’d hoped, Misty Day’s burning at the stake was just another day for Lily Rabe (yay!)
Zoe loses it during a police interrogation, but Fiona swoops in to mend the rambling damage she tries to do. Poor Zoe is so strung out this episode, I think it’s a kindness that Madison wants to help her get the boy that would have been “on borrowed time” anyway with Zoe’s unfortunate power. Nothing deters Madison from the task at hand, not even realizing that Kyle got the worst of it, death coming violently as his boy parts are severed clean. So she picks the best ones and she and Zoe sew him back up together and perform a spell that doesn’t seem to work. Zoe takes a moment to stay behind with the body, to apologize, and then, like so many fairytales, the enchantment is sealed with a kiss.
In their escape from the morgue Zoe meets Misty Day who decides to help her mend Kyle right. I love her worship of Stevie Nicks, whom she channels.
Meanwhile, back at the school, Fiona is threatening Madame LaLaurie, but she’s also frustrated at no answers. While she goes out Nan can’t stand the mental noise and she finds her and unties her, because she thinks too loudly. On her escape, LaLaurie knocks poor Queenie unconscious, denouncing her a slave.
Fiona is, meanwhile, meeting with Marie Laveau, Voodoo queen still alive and well and owning a hair salon. There is great animosity there against voodoo and witches, who came and stole from whom, who is hte hammer vs. the nail. Also, I get the feeling that Queenie, who comes from a line of black witches, descendant of Tituba, might be part of the blurred crossed line of these two powerful sources. Oh and Laveau’s lover still lives with the Bull’s head permanent, and looking for vengeance.
Cordelia is having problems getting pregnant, IVF being the next step. Her husband, aware of her lineage, asks that she try with magic. They engage in a sexual ritual that we don’t know yet will manifest a fetus, but there were a lot of snakes involved. Invoking Original Sin?
It could also be Satan, which harkens back to Season 1 of American Horror Story, and the twin children, and the evokes the theme of the Show in general, about the Devil. In fact, during Kyle’s ritual Zoe hopes that she hasn’t accidentally married the Devil in the invocation.
This was a solid episode, with much going on, but still felt more like set-up and imagery than real story. I’m not expressing disappointment, just the general “Get on with it!” feeling I get early on in the AHS Seasons when I want to just know more and demand where it’s headed. I probably shouldn’t be too vocal about this though, lest Fiona thrash me against the wall…