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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.

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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.

 

Halloween Horror Story!


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Happy Halloween everyone!  Today is the day to get your spectacular horror fest on.  Time to dress in your best costume and go trick-or-treating to collect all the candy you want.  Just be sure you know what’s actually inside your treats you collect.

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Oh that’s right… I’m guessing you haven’t heard of the latest tall tale.  It’s a horror story like no other, prompting you to think TWICE before collecting unusual pieces of candy.  The story happened in Los Angeles last year – three innocent boys took in a strange piece of candy, only to be in for the most bizarre night of their life.  This tale is called…Sugar High.

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Note:  The names, identity, and locations have been altered due to confidentiality purposes.  Only the story itself remain the same. 

            Three high school kids were roaming around the streets of Los Angeles on Halloween night.  One was dressed as a football player, another kid was dressed as Batman, and the other was dressed as Indiana Jones.  They’ve been wandering for hours, taking in the same types of candy each house

“I’m so sick of getting the damn Nougat bars!”, shouted the football player.  “Why can’t we get some decent candy with good flavor to it?”

“Most of these houses suck anyways.  Their decorations are looking tackier now that that stupid Star Shower got so popular”, said the Indiana Jones character.  He lured around the neighborhood as trick-or-treaters wandered around each house.

Halloween was in full bloom in Los Angeles, with hundreds of kids roaming around the streets looking for their pieces of candy.  Everyone dressed in their favorite costume for this spooky night.

“Let’s not give up yet guys!” remarked Batman.  “There was a house I heard nearby on the corner gives out plenty of good candy.  Maybe they’ll hand out something tasty for once.”

“Come on man, get real”, said the football player. “What would be so special about that small and dingy place?  It sticks out like a sore thumb in this suburban neighborhood.”

“Well I say we check it out.”, said Indiana Jones.  “I’m still wide awake for some good trick-or-treating adventure.”.

The kids took off, walking closer towards the small house on the corner.  It sat nestled between two streets, pinpointed right at the intersection.  This bright yellow house had no Halloween decorations nor were there barely any lights on.  They knocked on the door a few times, waiting for some response.  Footsteps were heard from inside the house; an old man leaning onto a cane opened up the door.

“Ah, welcome!”, said the man.  “What brings you fine boys over here?”.

They all stared at each other, weirded out by their encounter.

“Uh, well”, the football player croaked. “We…we heard you may have some tasty candy for us.  Do you have the good stuff or not, old man?”

“Let me see here”, said the old man.  He rubbed his chin as he thought about what candy he could offer.  “I think I may have something extra special for you boys.”.

As the old man went into his house, the boys looked at each other for a bit.  What special treat could they be in for?  Would this candy be tasty at all?

“There it is!”, the old man shouted. “Got some special chocolates for you!”.

Lying on the man’s hand were three individually wrapped pieces of chocolate, each in the same size.  It was milk chocolate truffle with a hard shell on the outside and oozy flavor on the inside.

Not to seem rude, the three kids consumed the chocolate. “Oh wow!”, the football player cried.  “That was definitely delicious.”

“Definitely packed in the flavor with those.”, remarked Batman as he swallowed his chocolate.

“Oh absolutely!”, said Indiana Jones.

“Wonderful!”, the old man said with a grin.  “Glad you enjoyed those special chocolates.  If you liked those chocolates, then I got a REAL Halloween treat for you inside.  Come right inside and check it out.”.

Each of the boys agreed that they weren’t scared, so they went down the steps of his house.  Step by step, the room became darker and darker.  There was no light switch around and the boys kept walking down.  At one point, the finally got to the room.  Only problem was that they couldn’t see since it was so dark.

“I don’t see anything around here guys.”, remarked the football player.  “Any of you see anything yet?  Guys?”.

“I’m actually starting to get a dizzy”, said Batman.  “Is it just me or is the room really spinning?”.

One by one, each of their visions became blurrier.  In one motion, they fell onto the ground.

After minutes have passed, the football player was in a dimly-lit room.  He grunted until finally waking up.  The creaking sounds woke him up from his small slumber.  Dark red stains covered the walls, a small light-bulb was barely shining bright, the room echoes with series of creaks and croaks.  A small door was ajar in front of him.  Weird noises were coming from the other side, specifically grunts and moans from two creatures.

“What the—”, the football player whispered.  He slowly walked towards the door, curious to see what was on the other side.

What he peeped into was simply shocking– a naked male donning a deer’s head mask was banging another man who wore a mask resembling a pig’s head.  The two men moaned in ecstasy, banging each other for the sake of pleasure.  It was the most bizarre sexual scene he ever encountered — walls splattered with blood, a lightbulb dimly light in the middle, horror-themed music playing in the background, soaked sheets that barely stretched through the bed.

At one point, the men stopped moving and slowly turned their attention towards their open door.  They noticed the football player staring right at them.

“Oh SHIT!”, he screamed.  He slammed the door shut and ran out of the room.  Those masked men ran into the door, banging as hard as they could to break it open.  The football player hid into the corner, covering his ears and eyes while rocking slowly back in forth.  Bang, bang, BANG!  That door kept banging, until one point it suddenly stopped.

After cowering for a bit, the football player got up slowly and walked towards the door.  He creaked the door open, staring around the abandoned room.  The masked men were GONE!  One minute they were lunging themselves towards him and the next minute they simply vanished.  All looked the same, except for the masked men parading through their disturbing sexual ritual.

The football player screamed, running out of the bedroom and into another dimly lit room upstairs.  He opened up the trapdoor, only to see his friend staring aimlessly at the wall.

“Holy shit!”, the football player cried as he found his friend dressed in his Indiana Jones outfit. “Thank god your alive man!  Oh my god…I can’t believe I found you here.  What happened?”

“Oh I don’t know dude”, replied Indiana Jones.  “I remember swallowing that piece of chocolate.  Next thing you know, I woke up in this strange room.  I don’t know about you, but this room sure is trippy!”.

It certainly was trippy – various rubber suits hung onto railing, each one consisting of different features.  One particular suit, which featured a large spike on top of the head, was hanging off lower.  At one point, the suit fell onto the ground.

The boys yelped, looking around to see what made a sudden noise.  As they leered around the room, the rubber suit starting moving a bit.  First its legs slowly pulled itself up, then the body itself stretched for a bit.  It needed to stretch its legs after being hung on the rail for so long.  After stretching around for a bit, the rubber suit located the two boys and slowly headed towards them.

Both boys continued to look around, until they noticed the rubber suit with the silver spike heading their ways.

“Shit, dude!  RUN!”, shouted the football player. The boys quickly headed down from the ladder as the rubber man was edging towards them.  They shut the trapdoor, hoping the rubber man wouldn’t reach them anytime soon.

Shortly afterwards, they ran into their friend (the Batman!) lying on the ground.

“Wake up, man!  WAKE UP!”, they screamed.  There was no answer; their only option was to carry him up the dimly-lit stairs.  They pulled him up into the exit and quickly lunged the door open.  The trio walked faster and faster, getting far away from the house as they could.  It was truly a nightmare to behold, but their nightmare was finally over.

To this day, the trio still don’t understand what happened.  No authority figure believed their twisted tales of the disturbing sexual ritual or the rubber man chasing after them.  All that they recounted was that they consumed the special piece of chocolate from the old man and the rest became one horrific trip.

Was this all for real?  Or was they mind playing twisted tricks on them?  What kind of candy did they consume?

Either way, this twisted tall tale certainly proves one thing – always beware of unidentified pieces of candy that come in regular plastic wrap!