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I must confess, this post is driven purely out of laziness for producing three separate recaps for these shows, so I am here to combine them all here. So prepare thineself, for the season finale of American Horror Story, some major plot developments in The Good Place and…well, Charmed happened, I guess.

Final Girl

Starring Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Cody Fern, Matthew Morrison, Gus Kenworthy, John Carroll Lynch, Angelica Ross and Zach Villa

This week saw the end of one of American Horror Story‘s stronger collections in 1984. Fittingly titled “Final Girl”, the finale provided a fitting ending to all of the plotlines we have enjoyed this season. This episode was told via flashback, as Bobby Richter turns up at Camp Redwood for answers about his father. He is met by Montana and Trevor, who explained what happened at the Camp Redwood massacre years before. They tell Bobby about how they disposed of Bruce, Ramirez and Margaret – all of whom had delightfully brutal endings, as well as recounting Brooke’s helping Trevor and Montana be reunited in the afterlife. When Ramirez escapes his bonds in Camp Redwood and is insistent upon murdering Bobby, he flees to Donna at the nearby asylum, who also provides him with information that Brooke died when trying to take down Margaret. Ultimately, however, it turns out that Brooke is still alive, and has been sending Bobby money the entire time while she raises her family with her dentist husband. Bobby returns to Camp Redwood, where he encounters Margaret’s ghost. Apparently she has been hiding for years, due to the rest of the ghosts believing that she was dead for good after using a wood chipper to kill her. Right before Margaret is about to kill Bobby, Richter appears and stops her, followed by his mother, both of whom protect Bobby. Staring at his family over the line to Camp Redwood, Bobby has the answers he came for and heads off again.

I found this to be a highly satisfying season finale. Both Donna and Brooke survived, which is brilliant, as well as providing a highly upbeat ending, which is slightly unusual in American Horror Story‘s grander history. What I would say, however, is that it was much less of the traditional slasher that has inspired most of this season. It also wasn’t especially scary, but at least AHS made the wise move to cut the episode length so there was no filler going on here.


The Funerals to End All Funerals

Starring Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto and Ted Danson

Shirt went down in The Good Place this week. The experiment is finally at an end, and what’s more is that the results convinced Gen that the points system is flawed. Her solution, however, is less than ideal, as she plans to reboot Earth, and erase all existing life and afterlife there – meaning that Team Cockroach are directly in the firing line. They manage to stall Gen through the help of all of the Janets (including Disco Janet!), but Eleanor is insistent that they need Chidi back to come up with a new afterlife system before Gen manages to reboot Earth.

This episode made huge leaps forwards in the story arc this week, while also providing myriad laughs (one particular highlight is Jason doing a heartfelt dubstep vocalisation at Eleanor’s funeral). Fingers crossed that Chidi’s return next week gives us the answers we need, and perhaps the rest of the season could be concerned with whatever the new normal is? It’s so hard to say!


When Sparks Fly

Starring Melonie Diaz, Madeleine Mantock, Sarah Jeffery, Rupert Evans, Jordan Donica and Poppy Drayton

Last week’s episode was depressingly Macy-lite, as we saw Mel and Maggie desperately trying to gain information on where Macy could have got to, while being sidetracked by a huge demon dog. Meanwhile, Harry discovered that he and his darklighter half are indeed two sides of the same coin, as the Elders separate the dark side from people when they become whitelighters. These dark halves are then kept hidden within bottles, and apparently Harry’s was let out. We see somebody letting him out at the beginning of this episode, but we are still none the wiser as to who this could be.

We see Macy is firmly in Jimmy’s grasp at the beginning of this episode, and she doesn’t take too long to realise that this is not her Harry, but rather his darklighter half. Fortunately, she is not in danger of being attacked by him, since he has feelings for her in the same way that Harry has. Maggie wishes to get a vision so that they can locate Macy more precisely than “New York”, but she needs to touch Jordan to have another vision. During a contrived karaoke session, she receives a slight image that might be helpful, but he pulls away too quickly. Mel sabotages the lift so that Maggie has more time alone with Jordan, which allows her a more helpful vision. This leads Harry and Mel to a bar in New York, where there is a suspicious demon who mistakes Harry for Jimmy and has debts to settle out. Ultimately, Harry and Mel manage to weasel Jimmy’s whereabouts from the demon and head off to find him, while Maggie deduces that the cause of the visions were Jordan’s ring. Distressingly, she also sees a vision of Jordan in danger.

Harry and Mel rescue Macy just in time, as she has just reactivated her powers and started attacking Jimmy. With Macy back home, Harry is eager to end Jimmy once and for all, but Macy begs him to reconsider, since he is so weak from his long orbing. Harry ignores her and returns to Jimmy’s apartment. He uses the green poison on him and then stabs him. Jimmy dies in Harry’s arms, just like Harry did in the season premiere. Things are back to normal, apparently.

OR ARE THEY?

As we see Jimmy waking up in Harry’s and his grave. Apparently, finishing him off will not be as easy as we thought. I feel like perhaps the only solution is to reunite the two halves?

This was a lovely episode, and a demonstration of how much more mature Charmed has become this season. I’m enjoying the way that episodes are structured this year, with multiple interlocking strands, which show us the sisters in different situations. It’s allowing all of them to be a bit more independent and three-dimensional this year. Next week also shows us the return of Abigael, and also…Parker?

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