We were promised that Cult would be about the 2016 presidential election, with Trump and Clinton involved in some sort of bloody business. It wasn't.
We were promised that Apocalypse would be a class reunion, bringing back characters from every season.
In the first 15 minutes, the bombs fall. I guess some actors from previous seasons are there, getting ready for the end of the world, but that's it.
Whoever doesn't die instantly is taken out by nuclear winter. The world is lifeless, except for a few outposts run by the mysterious collective, where some survivors have paid for admission, and others have been chosen thanks to their superior DNA.
The rest of the episode takes place in Outpost #3, an elite boys' school turned bunker, run by the stern, sinister Miss Haversham...um, I mean Ms. Wilhelmina Venable (Sarah Paulson) and Ms. Miriam Mead (Kathy Bates). They have divided the survivors into two groups, the gray serving class, who mostly scrub floors and look miserable, and the purple elites, who mostly sit around looking miserable:
1. The uber-wealthy, entitled Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt (Leslie Grossman).
2. Her hairdresser, the bleached-blond Mr. Gallant (Evan Peters, top photo).
3. Gallant's grandmother, famous actress Evie Gallant (Joan Collins, playing a daffy version of her Dynasty persona).
4.-5. Gay couple Stu (Chad James Buchanan, left) and Andre (Jeffery Bowyer-Chapman, below).
Both are played by fashion models turned actors, and neither take off their clothes.
6. Focus character Timothy Campbell (Kyle Allen), a high school student chosen for his excellent DNA, who does take off his clothes. Into cute young things, Mr. Director?
7. A girl for Timothy to fall in love with.
There's nothing to do in Outpost #3, no books, movies, or music (except for one song piped in over and over). In the near future, is everything streaming, so no DVDS or CDs exist?
Copulation is forbidden.
They have electricity, but they prefer to use oxygen-consuming candles instead.
There's no food except for small cubes, and human stew for special occasions. Surely in such a vast space, one which has apparently been in readiness for some time, there's room for whole warehouses of canned goods, and maybe a few chicken coops?
Turns out that they could have better stuff, but the Collective has gone dark, and in its absence, Ms. Venable and Ms. Mead are having fun torturing their "captives," and occasionally killing one. They may be vampires.
How do they expect to start civilization over again, if they keep killing survivors?
The first named character they kill and eat is Stu, leading to the line "The stew is Stu!"
American Horror Story has always been very good with lesbians, but bad with gay men, either killing them or having them say "I'm not gay, but..." over and over. In this case, they went with the killing.
See also: Kai's Cult.
See also: Kai's Cult.