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AHS 1984 Season Premiere

Last night was the premiere of American Horror Story: 1984.  As you may have seen from the teasers and trailers, the newest season is a tribute to the classic 1980s horror slasher films.  It has been heavily influenced by films like Halloween and Friday the 13th.  The season premiere was chock full of surprises.

Here are some of the highlights of the season 9 premiere:

AHS: 1984 Intro

This season starts in 1970 where a group of campers are having fun at night.  It isn’t until later on that a mysterious man enters the cabin where he goes on a killing spree.

After watching the mysterious killer take out his victims, we are first treated to the colorful 80s intro theme.  The typical AHS theme song had a new wave remix playing throughout.  Neon lighting, Ronald Reagan, and even the number ’84 flashed throughout the introduction.

Camp Redwood Counselors

The next scene after the intro takes place Xavier’s aerobics class in Los Angeles.  Brooke, Montana, Chet and other join Xavier’s class for some fitness.  After class, Xavier mentions to some of his classmates that he will be a counselor at Camp Redwood.  He invites some of the crew to come along.  Everyone, except Brooke, are already interested in the idea.

Later on, Brooke come face to face with a robber who takes her jewelry.  He even threatens to find her again in the near future.

By the next morning, all of the camp counselors make their way to Camp Redwood.  Brooke joins the gang along for the ride.  On their way, they stop by a gas station to fill up for gas.  They meet a creepy gas station attendant who tells them to go the other way.

But that wasn’t the only danger they face on the road.  Xavier hits a random hitchhiker wandering through the area.  The gang take him to Camp Redwood to get healed by Rita, the camp nurse.

Mr. Jingles Origin

While the gang are sitting around the campfire, Rita stops by to tell the origins of Mr. Jingles and what went on in Camp Redwood.  Mr. Jingles used to be in the army, but was discharged due to his murder spree.  He was arrested for his heinous crimes.  It was the main reason for why Camp Redwood was shut down years ago.  Since then, Mr. Jingles was held in a psychiatric ward… until now.

Jingles Release

Mr. Jingles ends up escaping the psychiatric ward by stealing a set of keys from one of the guards.  Not only that, but he opens up all of the doors for the others to escape.  He makes his way over to Camp Redwood for some more fun.

Brooke’s Encounter

Brooke runs into Mr. Jingles after leaving the cabin for a bit.  She flees from him after allegedly seeing the hitchhiker dead.  The gang return to the scene of the crime, only to see that nothing was really there.

Moments later, Brooke answers a phone call from the payphone nearby.  She answers the phone, only to hear a set of keys jingling.  Not only that, but she runs into the robber once again!


AHS Apocalypse Season Finale

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Alrighty folks, after mere months of weekly horrific surprises… American Horror Story: Apocalypse has finally come to an end.  It has been quite a wild ride, running into many crossovers this past season.  Each character (especially those from the previous seasons!) played their unique role in this apocalyptic madness.  After just the first episode, the crossovers just kept coming.

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Let us begin with the story – Back in 2017, Myrtle infiltrates Jeff and Mutt’s lab while there were plotting who will escape to which outposts during the Apocalypse.  Myrtle forces the two that Coco is guaranteed a spot at Outpost 3 (which also goes for her family as well).

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In the swamp, Cordelia and Myrtle cast a special identity spell on Coco and Mallory so that they easily hide out in Outpost 3 while Michael Langdon instigates the nuclear war.  Their plan is to break the spell on Mallory after the Apocalypse and use the time-traveling spell (the one that was used in the last episode) in order to stop Michael Langdon from starting the Apocalypse.

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Flash-forward to 2021 and we have Madison, Myrtle, and Cordelia awakening from Misty’s shack.  They make their way over to Outpost 3 to resurrect Coco, Mallory, and Dinah (which ALREADY happened earlier in the story).  At this point, we travel back to where we left off in episode 3.  As Dinah asserts her loyalty to Michael, the voodoo queen Marie Laveau returns.  Marie Laveau was released from hell by Papa Legba in exchange for Dinah’s soul.

It is then that the real battle begins – Marie kills Dinah with a machete while Cordelia casts a spell to make Mead explode.  While Michael stood there looking stunned, Madison arms herself with Mead’s inbuilt rifle and shoots him dead.

Meanwhile, the other witches grab a strand of Michael’s hair and take Mallory to a safer place in order to begin the spell.  After being stabbed by Brock, she loses too much energy to go on.  In order to save Mallory, Cordelia offs herself so that Mallory could become Supreme; thus, rejuvenating her and enhancing her powers.  With that, Mallory successfully casts the spell to travel back to time.

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We are now in 2015 back in the Murder House.  You heard me right – we are officially back at the Murder House ONCE again.  More accurately, we are back at the time when Michael becomes a full-grown teenager and kills a priest.  Constance insists that Michael leaves her house at once.  Michael steps outside, only to be repeatedly run over by Mallory.  Michael begs Constance to take him into the Murder House, but she leaves him out on the road instead.

With the timeline now altered, many changes awaited Mallory.  Myrtle Snow remains dead, being that Cordelia never had to resurrect her for the Apocalypse (since it wasn’t going to happen).  Mallory also saved Queenie by warning her off of the Hotel Cortez.  As an act of gratitude for destroying Michael, Papa Legba’s associate Nan returns Misty Day from hell.  Madison still remains in hell, but Mallory would get to her eventually.

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But it wasn’t just the witches’ lives that were completely altered.  Remember those two lovebirds Timothy and Emily from the first few episodes?  They ended up meeting together for the first time.  After a year, they ended up having a baby; three years after that, their child killed its nanny in a recreation of Michael Langdon’s first murder.  Anton LaVey, Samantha Crowe, and Mead arrive at the house to receive the new Antichrist.

And there you have it – the season finale of American Horror Story: Apocalypse.  It was quite a bizarre story, full of foreshadowing and flashbacks.  But after all of that craziness, is the madness really over?  There are still many plot holes that have yet to be filled from this season.

Could next season take off from the Apocalyptic theme?  We may not know yet, but we will have more clues thrown at us next year.  All we have to do now is to look back on yet another fantastic season finale from the AHS universe.

The Twilight Zone… Revived

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Long before the days of American Horror Story and The Walking Dead, there was a unique kind of horror series.  Each episode came with an unexpected twist as well as a thought-provoking moral within the story.  The series was a combination of science fiction, fantasy, suspense and even psychological thriller.  It was a journey into the unknown, a dimension full of mystery and imagination.  This is… The Twilight Zone.

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The Twilight Zone began on October 2nd, 1959 with Rod Sterling as the host.  Each episode depicted characters dealing with a disturbing or unusual event in their lives.  Not only was there usually a shocking twist in most of the episodes, but they also came with philosophical morals as well.  While The Twilight Zone isn’t as graphic as American Horror Story,  but it certainly came with some incredible plot; what lacked in horrific content made up for it with its genius storyline.  There is no ‘Rubber Man’ or ‘Addiction Demon’, but The Twilight Zone comes with its own set of monsters – the monsters that lie within every day people.

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After airing on CBS for almost five years, The Twilight Zone told its final story on June 19th, 1964.  The series would go on to be revived in 1985 (September 27th 1985-April 15th 1989) and in 2002 (September 18th 2002-May 21st 2003).  Fans will be happy to know that The Twilight Zone will be revived for the third time.

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Starting next year, The Twilight Zone will be back on CBS.  The new host for the new revival will be played by none other than Jordan Peele.  Not only is Peele the new host for the series, but he will also produce it as well.

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This will be an interesting TV revival for next year.  The Twilight Zone has been a classic on TV for decades.  Many stories from the show are still referenced within pop culture today.  Who knows what classic tales will be told again during the next reboot.

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Coincidentally enough, I have been binge-watching The Twilight Zone on Netflix lately.  It’s such an amazing horror series with each episode packing quite a punch in the story line.  Even though horror factor doesn’t measure up to my favorite series American Horror Story, most of these plots are absolutely brilliant.  They come with such disturbing scenarios for the characters such as being the only human being on a new planet or having their world taken over by robots.  Each scenario becomes more twisted as the season goes on.

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In the end, this new revival of The Twilight Zone will be something interesting to check out next year.  Who knows what stories will be told (or what classic tales will spring up again) by Jordan Peele.  We will just have to wait until 2019 before we enter into the dimension of imagination and mystery that is known as… The Twilight Zone.

Pose: Stan Bowes vs. 1980s America

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As of now, there is just one episode left of Ryan Murphy’s Pose.  Pose chronicled life in the ball culture happening in New York City during the 1980s. For weeks, Blanca’s and Elektra’s team has been battling it out to be the best House.  After seven episodes left, we will see what season finale holds for the House Abundance and House Evangelista.

While the main storyline dazzled audiences with some fantastic battles, there is another battle happening on the side.  This battle involves Stan Bowes, his family, Angel Evangelista, and the Trump-era Universe of the late 80s.

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Stan Bowes (played by Evan Peters) works at Trump Tower for his kingpin boss Matt Bromley (James Van Der Beek).  He comes home to his wife Patty (Kate Mara) and his children in New Jersey.  Even in this perfect life, Stan is unhappy with his current conditions.

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Throughout the story, Bowes keeps one secret from everyone – his love of transgendered women.  On the side, he starts seeing Angel Evangelista.  Bowes works diligently to keep his secret from getting out.  His plans fall flat when his wife meets Angel after one of the shows.

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Both Stan and Angel had this unique connection for each other that was rarely seen in the late 80s.  It wasn’t just Angel that was missing from his life; rather, it seemed as though he didn’t find meaning in this ego-driven era he was in.

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What exactly was his motive for Stan to pursue Angel?  Was it his personal fascination for transgendered women?  Or could it possibly be that he de-taches himself from the societal norms of the late 1980s?  Better yet, it could even be a combination of both.

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You’ve heard of this story before – man is tethered to typical American lifestyle of being married with wife and have two kids.  Behind all of this is a tattered and beaten man who longs for his own personal goals.  Pose comes with this kind of side-story but presented in a unique way. Stan Bowes looks to leave typical American life to chase after Angel, a transgendered woman who competes in balls every week.

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There is the main battle going on between House Evangelista and House Abundance; but on the side, you have the battle between Stan Bowes and the 1980s Trump-era Universe.  Will Stan Bowes have the guts to go against American societal norms and be with his true love Angel?  Or will social pressures tether him from having life he always wanted?

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Tune into the season finale Sunday July 22nd to see how it all goes down.  A lot is about to go down in the end.

HIGH-Quality Storyline of High Maintenance

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Weed-related shows are some of my absolute favorite series to watch.  I always like when cannabis becomes the main subject matter in the story.  Bong Appetite, Weeds, Weediquette, and even Disjointed are some of many shows where the plot revolves around cannabis.  In a literature sense, cannabis was known as either a cameo or extra as part of the story in the earlier TV series (mainly because cannabis’s reputation was still heavily damaged in the 20th/early 21st century).  Now that the cannabis community continues to flourish, cannabis plays many aspects of the storyline.  Cannabis can play as part of the main setting, the theme, become tied in with the plot, and even become a major hand prop as well.

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It’s truly a blessing now that cannabis use has become increasingly favorable in the United States each year.  The liberal shift in public policy towards legal recreational use is reflected upon in the latest trending series.  Viceland and Netflix have their share of 4/20-friendly series, but there’s one hidden gem tucked within HBO.  That gem is known as High Maintenance.

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High Maintenance follows unknown cannabis delivery man called ‘The Guy’ (Ben Sinclair) as he delivers cannabis all around New York City.  Each episode showcases a small storyline featuring the clients who purchased the cannabis from The Guy.

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Here is what’s really interesting about this show – this is a series where cannabis takes a BACKSEAT in the plot.  Cannabis becomes a major hand prop for each of the characters, yet it doesn’t overpower the overall story-line.  It’s the character plots within each episode that really caught my attention.

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Each episode centers around various colorful characters– women finding a mouse in their apartment, a couple regretting their decision of moving into the suburbs, a cross-dresser dealing with writer’s block, and many other plots.  The desire for cannabis remains the same amongst each character, but their stories are vastly different.  They’re all visited by The Guy at some point of the episode.

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There’s something else I noticed – The Guy acts less as the main character and seems more like a minor character.  The Guy is the main character, yet his story remains unknown.  We don’t know much about his backstory, yet we learn about another new character in the next episode.  He drifts (both literally and metaphorically) around the storyline and pops up in the plot every now and then.

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I could even say that its almost as if there is NO major character of the story.  What I can say for sure is that cannabis is the major hand prop amongst the characters…and yet, it doesn’t make up the whole plot.  This kind of creativity makes for a very unique way of storytelling.

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This is NOT a show about cannabis; rather, this is more about cannabis consumers and viewing into the worlds they live in.  We know that the average cannabis consuming audience has dramatically changed over the past decades and High Maintenance showcases those new audiences.

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Our public stances towards a 4/20-friendly nation is being reflected upon shows like High Maintenance.  Many TV series and movies overdo it with the cannabis-themed plots, yet High Maintenance is one of few series that did things right.  Cannabis stars as the major hand prop amongst the characters and still came out to be an amazing series.

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In the end, High Maintenance is an amazing weed-themed series on HBO.  With its bold characters and their need for a weed delivery figure called The Guy, the show is definitely worth watching.  High Maintenance surely sets HIGHER standards as a weed-themed show.