It’s Halloween night. Should we be upset that American Horror Story wasted away Halloween in an earlier episode, and did not give us an amazing Halloween themed episode on Halloween night? Normally, I would think that. The fact that this season is so grand that there is no deterrent from enjoying what is being given to us. Tonight’s episode was no exception.
Langdon (Cody Fehr) has discovered the charred bodies of the Hawthorne Heads and Mead (Kathy Bates). They were all that he had left in the world, but now he is alone. He calls upon his father, Satan, to reveal himself to him, to give him an answer, to show him anything that will give his life meaning aside from his vowed vengeance to Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) and her coven. Like a child seeking attention, he tells his father that we will stay within a self drawn pentagram in the forest until he gets his answers. On the fourth day, a string of visions – caused by delirium or sent by Satan – hit him, and he takes that as a hint to get up and going.
He is somehow led to a congregation of the church of Satan, where he meets Madeline (Harriet Sansom Harris) who instantly becomes a temporary motherly figure to him. She takes him in, feeds him, and tells him of her soul selling to the devil which has granted her everything she has ever wanted.
I offered up my soul, and he gave me all these riches beyond compare. I got a La-Z-Boy. A cable package with all the premium channels. I shoot up heroin as much as I want, and I never get the sweats. And every Wednesday night, Brad Pitt comes over, and fucks me until the sun comes up. On Friday nights, I get Ryan Reynolds. – Madeline
None of that impresses Langdon. To him, it all seems like selfish reasons to invite his father to have her soul. He reveals who he is to Madeline, and she instantly bows down to him. His identity as the son of Satan is revealed in the church. With the sacrifice of two individuals, Langdon is now the ultimate within the church.
Madeline questions him about what happens next. When does global domination begin? When will the world end? Langdon doesn’t know. He still feel he has no path. He still has no one, in his eyes. He tells Madeline of Mead, and how she was the one person who was there for him. Madeline has a solution for his problem.
She sends him to two techies (Evan Peters, Billy Eichner). These geniuses are in the “Sold My Soul to the Devil” club. In return, they got out from under the never-ending fight to the top in Silicon Valley, and now run a billion dollar tech corporation, sniff as much crack as they want, sleep with Victoria Angel models, and get Ryan Reynolds, as well.
It is within the walls of the tech corp that we learn of Robot Mead and Venable‘s (Sarah Paulson) beginnings in the story. Venable is the tech corp’s “everything,” the corporation’s eyes. It is the two techies that create Robot Mead for Langdon.
There is no shortage of fun and unique characters within Apocalypse. Sandra Bernhard shows up as the leader of the church that may have been Satan’s answer to Langdon. Her character is all outlandish one liners and comedic relief, something Bernhard has always mastered. Harriet Sanson Harris’ Madeline became an integral part of the story as she’s the one that set Langdon on his path to Robot Mead. Evan Peters and Billy Eichner portrayed two new characters as the techies who resembled Jim Carrey’s Lloyd and Jeff Daniels’ Harry from Dumb and Dumber (1994) in both looks and actions.
The Church of Satan played a huge part within the episode. Aside from the sacrificial killings and the talk of selling one’s soul to the devil, the portrayal of the church wasn’t a dark one, and nor was it an accurate one. It was more of a portrayal of any religion. In that – if you do what the religion asks of you then you will definitely be granted all of your wildest dreams. I grew up in the Bible belt, went to a Christian school, attended church every Sunday morning, night, and all of the other times that the church required you to be under its roof. It is taught that if you give your life over to God, then those prayers that you pray will be answered. If you believe all of the stories and truths (?) then you will be given the riches of and glory of God. The same goes for the church of Satan within the AHS universe.
Bernhard’s character preached that if one commits horrible acts, acts that must be wholly heinous, then Satan would see their acts. He will reward them for his acts. The ultimate reward would be his return to the mortal plane, and he will accompany them in the destruction of the earth. It is taught in the Christian religion that the world’s heinous acts and disbelief of God would also bring God to earth to destroy it, saving only those who have accepted him.
There were a lot of parallels between extreme Christianity and Satanism. What correlates between the two is the absolute insanity that each side portrays to make the end of the world come to term. Neither religion’s ultimate goal is to bring about the end of the world. I don’t know much about Satanism, but their goal isn’t to bring about the end of the world. As far as Christianity goes, the promise of the return of Jesus is there, and it is the end goal of most Christian beliefs to see that happen, but the majority of Christians don’t work towards that goal. It’s the extremists that believe in that, and in return, creates the chaos that divides religions. Madeline perfects this theory when she asks Langdon to put in a good word for her with his father. She wants to burn in the best (or worst) part of Hell just to be able to have that title.
Will she get her wish to burn in the best/worst part of Hell? Time will tell within the final two episodes. What will those episodes bring us? Anymore returning characters? Will we return to Murder House? Will all of the Coven make it out alive? Is Mallory (Billie Lourd) the next Supreme? Will Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) use her awesome power?All of the questions have been answered aside from these ending ones. I’m sure we’re still in a few more surprise. (Please Please Please let one be Jessica Lange’s Fiona Goode showing up and kicking Langdon‘s ass straight to hell.)