Who could have imagined that from the minds that brought us everyone’s favorite high school musical dramedy Glee was something far more twisted, terrifying and truly controversial? In 2011, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk introduced horror fans to an entirely new and progressive idea not really seen before on television as they dreamed up American Horror Story, now one of FX’s fan favorites.
In its first two seasons, the visually spellbinding anthology series covered everything from hauntings, alien abductions and brutally graphic murder depictions to touching on the more real and relatable issues of true American horror including teen violence and school shootings, suicide and self mutilation, adultery, drug addiction, homosexual discrimination, experimental torture, rape and mental illness among many others. Fast forward to this year where we head to New Orleans to explore an aspect of American folklore and reality — witches — as leading ladies take front and center and we are introduced to our Coven. With an all-star cast peppered with familiar faces in completely different roles including Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson joining the likes of new additions Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, the fight between the power of witches and the ritual behind voodoo is captivating and not to be missed!
Now, we here at The Orchard have noticed a trend: with great television, there is now often a great recap series to accompany it. The Walking Dead has Talking Dead, Breaking Bad had Talking Bad, and now the newest season of FX’s American Horror Story: Coven, has Covering Coven. “The Recap” has come a long way since its meager beginnings of fans just blogging about their favorite shows purely because they wanted to. Now you have TV stations dedicating at least half an hour of precious airtime to a recap show and writers being paid to give us their opinion. And it’s not just the network television stations picking this up — YouTube is filled with fan-produced recap shows that generate quite the following.
Shock Till You Drop, a top horror web publisher, also took notice of this trend and has enlisted five women to do a weekly recap of Coven, including yours truly — along with Perri Nemiroff, Sasha Capelli, and Alexis Saarela. We must say, we were a bit skeptical when first asked to do this. Why would people care about our thoughts and theories on the show? Well, the numbers don’t lie. With the first episode in our series generating just over 1K views, it shows us that fans really do want to see if their theories match with ours, or if we can blow their minds with different insight into the show. Covering Coven also takes on a new approach to the recap show: a 5 person Google Hangout. So instead of having one person sitting in front of their webcam droning on and on about the show, our show is a conversation focused web series that runs 12-15 minutes max and hits all the juicy points in the show, as well as the subtleties that you may have missed when just watching it yourself.
There are 8 episodes left in this season, so it’s definitely not too late to start watching! Tune in to FX tonight and every Wednesday at 10pm EST to see what your favorite witches are up to, then look out for the latest episode of Covering Coven each Thursday afternoon on the Shock Till You Drop YouTube Channel.
If you still aren’t convinced that this show is for you, check out our first episode (massive spoiler alert!) and you just might change your mind: