American Horror Story Series 3: Episode 12 – Go to Hell

ahs-coven-voodoo-queenAmerican Horror Story begins season 3′s penultimate episode with a silent movie style presentation of the history of the Test of the Seven Wonders. To identify the leader of the coven witches must demonstrate their ability in seven magical skills.


The test has been alluded to several times but the wonders are formally identified here as:

  • Telekinesis
  • Concilium (mind-control)
  • Transmutation
  • Divination
  • Vitalum vitalis (the ability to give and take life force)
  • Descensum (the ability to descend into hell (and return again)
  • Pyrokinesis

The test itself is dangerous for the participants and Fiona is trying to persuade Queenie to undertake it to enable her to take her place as the Supreme. The girl isn’t fooled by Fiona and she believes Fiona is working her own angle. Queenie (unlike Fiona) is concerned as to Marie’s whereabouts. Fiona dismisses her concerns and, annoyed at Queenie’s disrespectful tone, she magically chokes her and demands the respect due to her as the Supreme and insists that Queenie will perform the Seven Wonders on Saturday morning ‘or … will die trying’.

To Hell and Back

Queenie has found a pool of blood in the greenhouse and she senses it is Marie’s. She casts a spell that allows her to descend to Hell so she can speak to Papa Legba to find out where Marie is. Queenie finds herself in her own personal hell – the fried chicken shop she used to work in. At the head of the queue is Papa Legba. He warns Queenie to return back as she could end up trapped in hell if she lingers.


Back in the school Papa Legba visits her showing her that Delphine has dismembered Marie and scattered her remains across New Orleans. Queenie notes that given the state Marie is in, she is in no position to perform her annual service for Legba and so is in breach of contract. Given that Delphine cannot be killed whilst Marie remains immortal this seems to imply that Marie’s spell is now broken and Delphine is no longer immortal.


Queenie finds Delphine who now has a modern make-over and is rewriting history by leading the tours through the La Laurie mansion. This gives her the opportunity to retell the history of the house in her favour claiming the idea of La Laurie being a torturer and mass murderer were ‘lies invented by her many enemies’. In flashback we see that Delphine attended a tour and was horrified at the way her story was being told. She tricks the tour guide into letting her back to the attic alone and, whilst there, she attacks the guide and imprisons her in one of her torture cages.

Queenie tries to persuade Delphine to use her second chance at life to do good and redeem herself. Delphine scoffs as she has learned that modern redemption comes from making public apologies and she has seen the hypocrisy of the modern world and refuses to join in. Delphine’s racism and psychopathic violence is never far from the surface but she has certainly got the measure of modern politics, celebrity culture and the 24hr news cycle. Annoyed at Delphine’s refusal to make amends and even see why she should, Queenie realises there is no redemption for Delphine so she stabs her, telling the woman she is sending her straight to hell.

In hell we see that Delphine and Marie are bound together in the La Laurie attic doomed to live out their hate and violence filled relationship for eternity. Delphine and her daughters are imprisoned in the attic and Marie is doomed to torture them because, as Papa Legba says, ‘everybody pays, everybody suffers’.

The Second Sight

Cordelia goes to Madison for help as she has been trying to locate Misty but fears blinding herself may not have worked in allowing her to regain the second sight after all. Madison doesn’t want to be touched by Cordelia (fearing that Cordelia will discover she buried Misty alive) so she transmutes to avoid Cordelia’s touch. Cordelia is unimpressed by Madison’s growing powers saying all witches powers spike at a time of crisis. Madison appears to magically protect herself from Cordelia’s touch and so Cordelia sees nothing – reinforcing her belief that the second sight has not returned.

Cordelia confronts Fiona about Queenie being told she has to undertake the Seven Wonders but Fiona is struck by Cordelia’s self mutilation. She tells Cordelia that her daughter’s power is not a gift from her but is something that is inside Cordelia herself. Fiona offers Cordelia her own mother’s necklace and when putting it on her daughter, Cordelia receives a vision of all the witches dead. She sees Fiona walking through the school that is littered with bodies. Cordelia sees her own body with a bullet thorough her forehead and looks down as Fiona takes back the necklace. The sight is back.

Knowing Fiona plans to kill them all, Cordelia visits the Axeman and shows him that Fiona can’t be trusted. Fiona has booked her plane to escape New Orleans and, only having one ticket, clearly intends to leave the Axeman behind after she has killed the witches and regained her strength.

Back at the school, Cordelia now seems to be getting a sense of Misty being trapped and she finally receives a vision identifying where Misty is buried. She takes Queenie who, after being reminded about her powers, pushes her way into the crypt and they find Misty, apparently dead in the tomb. Queenie uses yet another power and breaths life back into Misty.


Myrtle tells Madison that Cordelia and Queenie have gone to find Misty just as Zoe and Kyle return to the coven. The pair had gone to Florida but after Kyle showed that he is unable to control his violent impulses by killing a tramp, Zoe bought the man back to life and decided she needed to return to the coven believing herself to be the next Supreme. As she tells her story, Cordelia and Queenie return with Misty who is livid with Madison. Misty attacks the girl and Madison takes a beating until the Axeman breaks into the house threatening to kill them all. He is covered in blood but Cordelia identifies it as belonging to her mother, not the Axeman.

Another flashback shows that Fiona had gone to the Axeman’s rooms but he’d taken Cordelia’s warning about Fiona to heart and was angry that Fiona had planned to leave him. When Fiona realises there’s no point trying to hide the truth, she admits that she has enjoyed her time with him calling him a ‘delightful distraction’ but she wants have a better life than he could offer her once the potential Supremes are dead. She admits that she could not love him and crazed with a broken heart, the Axeman buries his axe in her back and hacks at her until she is dead. Back in the coven, Cordelia can see that he has disposed of the body by feeding her to alligators.

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The witches debate if he should be killed. Myrtle speaks up for him as he saved the coven by dispensing with Fiona but Kyle goes to kill him before Madison and then the other witches finish the job – mirroring his first bloody death at the hands of the coven seen in episode 6. For the first time the witches work together and combine their powers to protect the coven. As Misty says, they really don’t need a man to protect them.


The witches gather to look at Marie’s portrait and Cordelia announces that a new Supreme needs to be identified immediately. As Fiona had not named her successor, all the witches would need to undertake the test of Seven Wonders so that a new Supreme can take her rightful position as the leader of the coven. Cordelia tells all the witches they will undertake the test on Sunday at dawn. It might be worth noting this is exactly what Fiona had wanted – just a day later than originally planned.

Myrtle and Flowers

Whilst having her portrait painted, Fiona has a nosebleed – bought on by her illness. Just beforehand, Myrtle had bought a vase of flowers into the room and placed them behind Fiona to help ‘balance the frame’.

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Later Myrtle warns Madison not to sniff the deadly nightshade she is arranging in yet another vase. The plant is poisonous and sniffing it can cause ‘delirium’. Of course, this issue with Myrtle and the flowers could be nothing but, what if Fiona’s illness was being made worse by some subtle plant based witchcraft? The close up on the first vase of flowers certainly seems to imply they have some significance.


Who’s the next Supreme?

As we wait for the final episode, Delphine, Nan and Marie are in hell and Fiona has been fed to the ‘gators. Whether these deaths are final is still to be seen but the next Supreme seems likely to be either Zoe, Misty, Madison or Queenie. It’s never safe to assume anything so Cordelia may well be in the running and, although she’s older and clearly a touch crazy, Myrtle is still alive and kicking so may finally lead the coven she loves. And, as we’ve heard all season, there are other witches out there so maybe Stevie Nicks could have an outside chance and, this being American Horror Story, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the new Supreme could be someone from outside the coven. All of the main contenders have shown a number of powers – but Cordelia says this could just be in response to the dangerous situation the coven finds itself in. Just this week, Madison can add transmutation to her list of powers and both Queenie and Zoe bought people back to life. Queenie also descends into hell (and safely returns). Even though all the eviddence so far points to Fiona being dead, leaving the way clear for her replacement, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Fiona has fooled the Axeman or the witches (or all of them) to believe she’s gone simply to ensure the test goes ahead. One more week to go…

Quote of the Week

Misty (after learning Fiona’s body has been disposed of in the swamps): ‘Well that’s it then. Even I can’t bring someone back once they are gator-shit.’


‘Everything is a Remix’

An interesting video that takes the audience through an argument linking the remixes that dominate modern media production showing that ‘everything is a copy of a copy’ (Baudrillard). The argument looks an music and Hollywood (with a focus on Kill Bill and The Matrix) but then considers ‘the remix’ and its importance in technological development and then the issues raised by copyright law.

Thanks to John C for the link!


Celebrity culture unpicked from the inside

It’s been a year nearly since the broadcast of season 3 of Game of Thrones so, with another six weeks or so to go before the start of season 4, fans of the show will be gearing up for the next instalment of HBO’s fantasy drama. One of the pleasures of the programme is the ability to hate King Joffrey who, unlike so many modern TV drama villains, does not have a single redeeming quality and is not in any way complex. He’s a character you can safely hate. The actor Jack Gleeson on the other hand seems like a pretty thoughtful and balanced guy and, despite being catapulted to fame whilst still in his teens, has clearly given the effects of celebrity culture some careful consideration and offers both a strong argument and a fascinating insight. Apparently he intends to pursue a career in academia rather than Hollywood once Game of Thrones is finished.


Free Media Magazine Articles!

I was chuffed to find out last week that one of my articles has been selected to be included in a sample edition of MediaMagazine – now available for download from the EMC download site. I’m really pleased to have had one of my pieces (on pop and politics) chosen for inclusion alongside articles by David Buckingham and an interview with David Aaronovitch.

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I was a fan of MediaMagazine before I began to contribute to it. Studying media is made doubly difficult by the fact that things are ever changing and media students need to deal with new texts, issues, technologies and ideas every year. MediaMagazine offers a range if ideas and perspectives, focuses in media issues and ideas crucial for examination success but crucially, presented this information in an easily accessible way for A Level students.

More information and download instructions here.


American Horror Story Series 3: Episode 11 – Protect the Coven

The opening of episode 11 gives us some insight into the start of Delphine’s blood lust. It is 1830 and, wearing the most amazing puff sleeves, Delphine is annoyed to find herself back in New Orleans. Having experienced the sophistication and glamour of Paris she sees New Orleans as a backwater and she fears her life in America is doomed to be both harsh and boring. She has to kill a chicken for the family to eat but finds the warmth of its blood appealing. She then takes advantage of a wounded slave and uses his body to satisfy her gruesome and murderous curiosity.

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Back in the modern day, the coven are at the cemetery attending Nan’s funeral. Cordelia feels responsible for not preventing Nan’s death but Marie and Fiona show no remorse. They are all surprised when Queenie turns up as it has been assumed that she died in the shooting at the salon. Not only has she survived, but she has also managed to reaffix Delphine’s head (without visible scaring). It appears that her powers are growing and so Queenie is back in the running to be the next Supreme. She is, however, livid with Marie for leaving her for dead but she and Delphine (who she has on a collar and chain) join the others again and they go back with the other witches to the school.

Delphine’s voiceover provides us with an insight into her thought process (as well as implying the passing of time), both as the murderous 19th Century slave mistress and as the women in forced servitude to the coven. She is shown being humiliated and threatened by Fiona and Marie and is clearly alienated form the modern world she finds herself in. She is troubled by the three-way sleeping habits of Zoe, Madison and Kyle; she watches Cordelia obsessing over trying to regain the sight; she worries about Fiona’s nocturnal trips out ‘without her undergarments’ (we later learn Fiona’s noir-tinged affair with the Axeman is still on). 

Our sympathies are stretched however when we hear Delphine found pleasure in mutilating animals and then moved on to humans. However appalling Delphine undoubtably is, there is a perverse pleasure in the fact that she may be getting her own back in a small way by serving the witches ‘dirty’ food. Interestingly Myrtle seems to be the only person who appreciates the work Delphine is doing – she is particularly enthusiastic about Delphine’s cooking. The injury of a garden worker gives Delphine an opportunity to go back to what she enjoys most and she captures the man and takes him to the doll-filled attic. Here she indulges her desires and she ‘experiments’ on the hapless Gardner and ends up eviscerating him. It is at this point that she realises that she is not alone and Spalding is in the attic with her. He tells her he is the spirit of the murdered butler and manages to persuade Delphine that he can help her kill Marie if she does a small (but costly) favour for him. She buys him an ‘authentic 1890’ china doll and he returns the favour by giving Delphine a potion to that will undo the magic making Marie immortal – he gives her Benadryl!


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Zoe uses a spell to discover that Fiona and Marie murdered Nan and the gulf between her and Madison grows larger as Madison is disinterested in what happened and when Kyle rejects Madison’s sexual advances, Madison attacks Zoe launching a lamp at her head. The violence is ended by Myrtle but Madison, confident that she is to be the next Supreme, dismisses the idea of Myrtle’s authority and vows to change things when she takes over. As she leaves she threatens Kyle saying, ‘putting you together was fun but taking you a part is going to be even more fun’. Later Myrtle summons Zoe to give her a Rosenthal piece of jewellery that she is to sell as Myrtle insists that Zoe and Kyle escape the coven giving them a pair of tickets to Epcot.


Cordelia tries to make peace with Queenie but her apology is rejected. Queenie accuses Cordelia of putting the coven in danger and reminds her that it was her husband who shot Queenie in the stomach. This clearly pushes Cordelia into a dramatic decision. She has realised that if he is able to see, she cannot have ‘the sight’ so she blinds herself with a pair of secateurs. Fiona rushes in and Myrtle tells Fiona that Cordelia has regained the second sight and so Fiona will risk being ‘read’ if she goes to her daughter. Fiona decides to wait and says she’ll be back once she’s had a drink!

Hank’s part in the salon shooting is covered up by the Adelphi Trust who are struggling under the pressure of the SEC investigation. Renard recognises the need to attempt to get the witches on-side but intends to kill them once the Trust has a chance to recover. His plan, however, comes to nothing as he underestimates Fiona and Marie as the Axeman infiltrates the meeting set up between the witches and the witch-hunters by posing as a waiter. He brings the meeting to a bloody end after Fiona rejects Renard’s offer of a century of peace with the gleeful slaying of the representatives of the trust. He does most damage with his axe but is not so inflexible that he is unable to use his enemy’s gun even when it is still in his dismembered hand. The axeman gives Fiona the pleasure of dispensing with Renard herself and, with that, it seems that the threat from the witch-hunters has been removed.


After having a drink together to celebrate, Fiona leaves Marie at the school as she goes to reward the axeman for his services. Marie has been drinking and Delphine believes that she has been mortally weakened by the capsules provided by Spalding. Delphine stabs Marie through the heart. Marie is upset but nowhere close to dying of course. She chases Delphine but, at the top of the stairs, Spalding hits Marie on the head with his china doll and she tumbles unconscious to the bottom of the stairs. Delphine realises she’s been duped and Spalding suggests Delphine gets rid of Marie by burying her and ensuring that she wouldn’t be able to dig her way out. Spalding said he wanted Marie out of the way and it appears that protecting Fiona and the coven may not have been his main motivation. He takes the baby Marie stole for Papa Legba to the attic. In perhaps the most disturbing scene of the series so far, dressed in his nightgown and bonnet once again, Spalding takes a creepy pleasure in having a ‘living doll’ of his own.

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Taking Myrtle’s advice, Zoe persuades Kyle to leave the coven with her even though he worries that he will be danger to Zoe given his propensity for violent outbursts. They make their way to the bus station and, whether it is the upbeat music, the beaming smiles on the faces of love’s young dreamers or the fact that the last time Kyle was on a bus things didn’t go well for him, something in the final shots of the episode seem to indicate that this story may not get a happy ending.

Threats to the Coven

Throughout the series the nature of the threat to the coven has changed – from Marie, Hank, the Axeman (briefly) and the Adelphi Trust – all these external threats have either been eliminated or assimilated into the Coven. With the swift dispatch of the Trust this week it is clear that these external threats have been distractions, MacGuffins even.

Myrtle identifies the location of the real threat to the Coven and it’s been present since the first episode. There are ‘no enemies from the outside perhaps, but danger lurks within’. The biggest threats lie within the Coven itself. Fiona’s desperate attempts to avoid death have led to her murdering her own (Madison and Nan) and she has vowed to ‘kill them all’. Madison’s belief that she is the new Supreme means that she threatens the safety of other witches she perceives as a threat and Queenie harbours huge resentment for the Coven and foe Marie. Even Kyle recognises he’s a loose cannon as he has little control over his violent urges and, although she’s more in control of her emotions, Delphine is a psychopath with a grudge. Even Zoe has shown she can kill when it is necessary although, like Cordelia, she tends to act to protect the Coven. Finally, as death is never the end, being bashed unconscious won’t be either. Both Marie and Misty are likely to be back and neither is likely to be very happy! With two episodes left it is anyone’s guess which of these threats will rise and be at the heart of the final battle. Even after this episode’s high death count and the fact it was awash with blood, no doubt a fair bit of blood is yet to be spilt.


American Horror Story and Hats

Pilgrim, pillbox, beanie, turban, trilby and cloche. When out and about the residents of Miss Robichaux’s Academy know how to wear all manner of hats!

Nan’s funeral gave us the best collection of hats so far this season.

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Here is some great hat wearing from an earlier episode.

‘Wear something black…’



Season 4 Clues?

Ryan Murphy hinted that clues to the location of AHS: Series 4 would be offered in this and the following episodes. He has let on that it will be set in 1950 and Jessica Lange is practicing a German accent.

Several late 20th Century references were made within the episode – here’s a list of some of the theories. 

My own feeling at the moment is that there may be something in the fact that Renard says ‘sometimes I feel like I’m trying to rid the State Department of Communists’ during his meeting with the witches. Perhaps a Cold War setting is on the cards for series 4? It’s certainly a period that can offers all sorts of American Horrors!

Some fans have come up with their own ideas – like this creepy ‘trailer’ for AHS: Circus.

Quote of the Week

Myrtle (extolling to joy of figs): Ah figs! Mother nature’s brown diamonds. In the fall the rotting leaves smell like an Olympians ejaculate.

There aren’t many other TV programmes that offer lines of dialogue like that!


American Horror Story Series 3: Episode 10 – The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks



Alliances and Deals

This episode begins almost immediately after the last one finished. Marie has lost her home and her community after Hank’s attack on the salon and she seeks refuge in the school with the witches. In a beautifully framed shot with Fiona shown in the mirror on the wall behind Marie, we a placed right back into the action with both Fiona and Marie back-tracking and burying past animosities to make a new, if slightly fragile truce. (Although how much er can trust the two women’s assertions of friendship is yet to be seen.) That night Marie is visited by the magical Papa Legba and we learn that her immortality has come from a bargain made with the voodoo spirit which means she has to pay a price for this ‘gift’. Marie steals a baby from the maternity ward so that she can present the voodoo king with an innocent soul and she uses a high pitched voodoo scream to glamour the security guards into killing themselves and allowing her to escape.


Marie tells the witches that she had paid Hank to kill the witches and Fiona realises that he was not acting independently but was part of a group of witch hunters. Fiona blames Delia for bringing him into the coven and putting them all in danger and even Marie is shocked by Fiona’s anger and the fact that she strikes her daughter hard enough to knock her off her chair. Fiona declares her desire to attack the hive and destroy the threat to the witches. Delia makes the link between Hank and the Delphi Trust identifying that the Trust’s CEO was Harrison Renard, Hank’s father. It appears that the Trust’s history can be traced back to Salem at the time of the trials. Fiona and Marie cast a spell to attack the Trust by destroying its financial strength. The company is raided and investigated. After casting the spell, Fiona collapses and is revived by Marie. Fiona asks her for the gift of immortality and, whilst she cannot give it without condemning Fiona to an eternity of cancer, she tells Fiona that she sold her soul to Papa Legba for an annual gift which included giving up the soul of her own baby.

Politics and Deceptions

In an attempt to tempt Misty into taking the tests to see if she is the Supreme, Fiona tells her about the power and influence the role would give her and introduces her to the white witch, Stevie Nicks  – played by Stevie Nicks. Meeting her idol is too much for Misty and her first response is to faint! The younger witches return back to the school to find Stevie playing Rhiannon for a smitten Misty and a blissed out Fiona.


Madison is jealous that the focus is now on Misty and she can barely hide her annoyance as Stevie gives Misty one of her trademark shawls. Madison and Nan clash as Nan once again gets annoyed because no one seems to think she could possibly be a candidate for the Supreme. Nan demonstrates how her powers are developing but Madison reveals that since she was bought back from the dead her heart murmur has been cured and so she is back in the running for the role. Madison claims that being the Supreme is her destiny and that she intends to challenge Misty for the role.

Nan and Zoe go to visit Luke in the hospital and on the way we learn that neither Nan nor Zoe want Madison as the Supreme and Zoe believes Nan would be a better Supreme given Zoe believes Nan doesn’t have a ‘mean bone in her body’. When they arrive at the hospital Nan senses something is wrong with Luke as she cannot hear him anymore. The two witches visit Luke’s mother as Nan wants to see his body and they plan to ask Misty to reanimate him. She is furious to learn that he has been cremated as there is no way he can now be bought back. Nan also knows he was killed by his mother and in a fit of rage she forces his mother to drink bleach mirroring the cleansing forced on Luke in episode 8.

Meanwhile, Madison and Misty have joined a funeral parade (apparently for the barbecue) and Madison tries to make Misty doubt Fiona and Stevie’s motives by showing how their kindness is only intended to put Misty in their debt. Madison demonstrates her power by bringing the dead man to life and she claims this proves her own motives are purer than those who may need something from her. As Misty considers what Madison has said, Madison knocks Misty out with brick and watches her body sealed in a crypt.

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Fiona’s second spell of the night seems to be going well as she manages to summon Papa Legba and he agrees to a deal giving Fiona an immortality that would allow her to avoid ageing and illness. Fiona promises to sacrifice a loved one in return but when it comes to finalising the deal she is disappointed. Papa Legba discovers that she has no soul. She is visited by the Axeman and swears to kill all the young witches to ensure she removes any possible threat of a replacement Supreme draining her of any more of her power.

Nan discovers the baby that Marie has stolen from the hospital (hidden in a wardrobe). When challenged by Marie, Nan declares herself to be the next supreme and she threatens to kill the Voodoo Queen. Fiona arrives and sends Nan away but seeing how attached Marie is to the baby she suggests that another innocent soul could be offered to Papa Legba to save the baby. Marie and Fiona work together to drown Nan in the bath. Papa Legba accepts the offering and takes Nan’s soul to ‘the other side’ but not before observing that ‘you two together, big trouble’.

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It’s been a busy day for the coven with Nan and Luke’s mother dead, Misty buried and Fiona having to accept her own mortality. The episode ends with a ballad from Stevie providing the soundtrack to Fiona’s self-piteous grief.


  • There was no sign of Kyle, Queenie or Delphine this week. We appear to have seen Queenie die in Hank’s attack – although Madison does point out that the names of the dead have not yet been released and death has yet proved to be the end in AHS: Coven. We also need to see if cremation stands in the way of reanimation. Luke’s mother was reanimated before so it seems likely she has gone for the final time but it feels pretty safe to assume that we won’t have seen the last of Misty or Nan. There are three more episodes to go after all.
  • Delia has internalised Fiona’s criticisms and receives little comfort from Myrtle who retreats into the playing of a Theremin.
  • Myrtle’s use of language becomes more and more eclectic and poetic. She shows she’s up to date by asking Cordelia not to be a ‘hater’; demonstrates a poetic talent for using alliteration by suggesting Cordelia changes career and sells ‘Cordelia’s Conjured Coriander Condiment’; she throws in some French when she offers her a ‘demitasse de réalité’ and then goes on to make a pointed political analogy when she acknowledges that being in the shadows of power causes problems… ‘what are your options when your mother is Hilary Clinton?’. Myrtle remains the most brilliantly written, visually interesting and insane character on the show.
  • In a brief scene we see that Fiona’s spell against the Delphi Trust has been effective and the Trust is on the edge of collapse. Renard suspects the witches are responsible and says it is time to deal with them. Presumably this is an indication of where at least one of the final threats to the coven will come from.

After playing two tightly wound, uniformed characters in two excellent US dramas Fringe and The Wire it was great to see Lance Reddick as a coke-snorting, top-hat wearing, soul purchasing, debauched spirit.




Quote of the Week

  • Madison (annoyed at Fiona introducing Stevie Nicks to Misty): Im a huge Eminem fan. When does he get here?
  • Fiona: Marshall? You’re not his type – and more importantly, you’re not the next supreme.


First Polly Harvey and now Sherlock: Proof of BBC left wing bias (according to the Daily Mail)

Sherlock: London mayor Boris Johnson has shrugged off an apprent jibe in the BBC show

Using the logic that, if you say it often enough people will believe you, The Daily Mail implies that the 3rd episode of the 3rd series BBC’s Sherlock indicates the left wing bias of the BBC. Following a brief shot in episode 2 of the front page of The Guardian with a headline about a London Mayor described as ‘dithering and self interested’, the final episode of series 3 focused on a capitalist media baron who had politicians (and others) in his pocket given the power of the information he had access to.


I’m not wholly sure what The Mail’s beef is: are they accusing Moffat (and the BBC) of inventing a fictional world of dithering London mayors and politically influential press barons that could never exist in the real world or are they annoyed that this fiction tapped into some real world truths that The Daily Mail would rather remained undiscussed? They don’t seem too bothered by the political stance of Today and other BBC news – unless they dare to offer the occasional alternative viewpoint once in a while. It does make you wonder what they are so afraid of.