Can’t Stop Watching: Why ‘AHS: Coven’s’ Finale Was ‘Meh,’ What’s Hot/Not & More

by | January 31, 2014 at 9:10 PM | American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Coven, Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, House of Lies

"American Horror Story: Coven" Finale "The Seven Wonders" (Photo: FX)

SPOILER ALERT

It seems my initial guesses were correct. Cordelia Foxx turned out to be the next supreme witch on “American Horror Story: Coven.” My assumption that Cordelia’s mother, ex-Supreme witch Fiona Goode, wasn’t really dead also proved true. Even with these surprising turn of events, if asked to sum up my feelings about “Coven” it would be “meh.”  Shocked? Me, too, sort of. I know, I’ve written about the series since its October debut and provided thoughtful (and wishful) analysis. Since watching Wednesday’s season finale and further digesting the preceding episodes, I realize I may have required more of the series than it was able to give. After letting go of the high expectations I had for “Coven,” similarly to how Cordelia encouraged a dying Fiona to release, then that’s the response. The inclusion of Marie Laveau, based on the real-life New Orleans voodoo queen, is what attracted me to this show. Plus Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Gabourey Sidibe joining the roster. Though the entire ensemble, which also includes Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy, was great, some of the characters could’ve been better developed, in my humble opinion. I really wanted more from Angela’s Marie Laveau and while I think Kathy performed well, I would’ve liked to see her talents used differently. And Gabby’s Queenie didn’t even have a last name! Instead of showing some real magical transformation, “Coven” clung to rudimentary cliches: good vs evil, black vs white, voodoo vs witchcraft, attractive girls vs plain girls, etc.  I mean, can we do more with Jamie Brewer, the actress with Down syndrome who played young witch Nan, than have her “American Horror Story” characters ogling to be accepted? (I can still hear her season one character Addie crying “I wanna be a pretty girl.”) And I guess all the black witches other than Queenie and Marie got killed when Cordelia’s witch-hunting hubby Hank shot up Marie’s beauty shop because no others were shown afterward–even in New Orleans? (Except for the one or two faces out of the endless sea of new girls joining Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies in the final scene.)

“Coven” had moments that were pretty cool like when Marie handled it when a young boy was lynched for integrating a school in 1960s New Orleans or when Queenie met with the deity Papa Legba as a respectful equal instead of whimpering, needy sap. And, of course, fashionista Myrtle Snow’s one-liners–hilarious (I think she cried “Balenciaga!” as the flames engulfed her body during her last burning.)–and Fiona’s quick wit. There also were what I considered important reminders such as the detriment that clinging to past pain, guilt or anger can form in your life and essentially lead you to your own hell (I consider Marie Laveau and the free-spirited witch Misty Day’s outcomes to be prime examples of this). Again, even with all of this, more was expected. To me, there also were too many unanswered questions. Where did those albino black men come from? Was Zoe Benson’s “power” ever explained? Are there more covens associated with that order? I also wondered why there has to be one supreme witch? I was hoping that all of the women would realize that they all were powerful. Similar to what Fiona told Cordelia and how Cordelia coached Queenie about already possessing the power. Yep, you can dissect the series any way and come up with different answers. There are people who loved it. And I can see why. And there are those, like myself, who expected a bit more. Would I watch it again? Maybe. Want to catch up on “AHS: Coven”? Watch it here 

Watch “AHS: Coven” finale, “The Seven Wonders”

 

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand this weekend…
“The Gabby Douglas Story”: This biopic about the teen gold medal-winning Olympian explores her journey to becoming one of the world’s most-adored athletes. It stars Regina King as her mother Natalie Hawkins, “Law & Order” alum S. Epatha Merkerson as her grandmother Miss Caroline and Imani Hakim as teen Gabby. The reviews have been meh. I’ll still check it out. It airs Saturday at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime. Watch it here.

“House of Lies”: If you haven’t already seen the fourth episode of this season, be sure to check it out online or with XFINITY On Demand™. Mekhi Phifer and rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris Jr. star as co-owners of a hip-hop clothing line who don’t see eye-to-eye. It airs Sundays at 10 p.m. EST on Showtime. Watch it here. 

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: The sequinned portrait that Ellen DeGeneres got Oprah Winfrey for her 60th birthday (I thought it was pretty cool.).
NOT: The UK Metro’s placement of the word whore in its headline about parents’ disapproval of Beyonce’s Grammy performance (I get it that it’s part of a quote but I think they could’ve chosen a better headline. And I’m no Beyonce stan!).

HOT: Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman (Need I say more?!)
NOT: The gridlock metro Atlanta faced as a result of the snowstorm (Either drive safely and with sense or stay off the roads!)
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