FX’s ‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’: Episode 8, “Sojourn” Recap

FX's 'American Horror Story Apocalypse,' Season 8, Episode 8, Sojourn, Michael Langdon

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Yep, I am officially bored with American Horror Story: Apocalypse. However, I am not at the level of rage-capping I saw with AHS Roanoke or giving up completely as I did with AHS Cult. No, I am merely bored and will continue on until the bitter end.

CF: As there are only two episodes left it wouldn’t do to bail now.  But I’m with you on the bored–and this episode had it wholesale.

So, here’s what happened in Episode 8 (titled “Sojourn”) of FX’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

We open this episode of AHS Apocalypse with Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) devastated at the loss of Ms. Miriam Mead (Kathy Bates). While he is there, Cordelia Goode (Sarah Paulson) turns up and tries to get him to turn to the light. Michael is having none of that, though, because Cordelia is also the one who had Miriam burned alive at the stake. So, he threatens to kill them all.

And, that’s how the apocalypse started.

But, first Michael needs to find his tribe.

CF: Now, can I point out the obvious? Why the FUCK didn’t The Coven just show up right then and there and kill Michael? I mean, I get it: we’re seeing this all in flashbacks and if we kill him there’s no point to the episodes we saw before hand.  But damn: he had no one watching his back at that point and if Cordelia had really wanted to stop the apocalypse, it was right then and there she could have done so by getting all the witches together and killing Micheal’s ass. This is one of the real problems with these flashback episodes: stuff that seems so simple, stuff that could have prevented what you’ve already see, didn’t happen because… well, plot.

RT: I absolutely agree, Cassidy. Such a simple fix. Yet, plot… *sighs*

He heads off into the woods to have a quiet word with his dad. When his father doesn’t appear, he does what any petulant child does: he draws a circle, sits in the middle and refuses to come out until his dad shows up.

Four days later this hasn’t happened and Michael is having all sorts of hallucinations. But, in the end, he wanders off and finds himself a nice little Satanist club to become a member of.

Cue Sandra Bernhard.

FX's 'American Horror Story Apocalypse,' Season 8, Episode 8, Sojourn, Sandra Bernhard

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Seriously, she is fantastic as the leader of this cult — even if it seems ridiculous that people would actually prefer to make human sacrifices and are looking forward to the end times and total oblivion.

We also get to find out that if you sell your soul to the devil you can have sex with Brad Pitt every day and not OD on your substance of choice.

Oh, and potluck is still a thing, regardless of how evil you are trying to be.

CF: This was the one part of the episode I loved.  Sandra Bernhard just ate up the role as the head of this part of the cult and you could tell she was having a blast.  Maybe AHS could do a whole season around her being a crazy ass bitch trying to start a satanic cult.  I’d watch.

RT: I totally agree! Sandra was AWESOME! And, if we are getting wishes, could we also have the bowl cut boys as well?

CF: I could handle a season of Bill and Even being idiot dorks snorting coke and doing hookers while building crazy robots.  AHS: Westworld.  Oops. I think I just gave it away.  Wait: you did that below.  Oops.  🙂

During this time, Michael opens up to one of the Satanists, Madeline (Harriet Sansom Harris), and talks about Miriam Mead. And, Madeline is not at all concerned about Miriam being dead thanks to the fact that Satanists run robotics now and that’s probably why everything is so fucktarded in Westworld.

Michael is then sent to a corporation that can create realistic robots and we get to see Dumb and Dumber: Devil’s Edition.

FX's 'American Horror Story Apocalypse,' Season 8, Episode 8, Sojourn, Dumb and Dumber, the Devil's edition

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Even though Evan Peters has a ridiculous bowl cut, he still manages to whip up a robotic version of Miriam Mead for Michael Langdon and now the question about her origin has finally been answered.

We also discovered that Ms. Wilhemina Venable (Sarah Paulson) started off in this corporation as well.

FX's 'American Horror Story Apocalypse,' Season 8, Episode 8, Sojourn, Ms Venerable

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Which means she just might have something to do with why Outpost 3 was the only one to survive the post-apocalyptic world. Also, considering we have already seen an Evan Peters character die at Outpost 3 and his fellow robotics engineer from this episode, Mutt (Billy Eichner), turn up at the outpost after living outside in the post-apocalyptic world for years, it seems likely they are somehow all interconnected.

However, we will likely have to wait a little longer to find out how the pieces fit into the AHS Apocalypse puzzle.

CF: It was also at this point in the episode that AHS decided to see how many “fucks” they could drop during the episode.  It turned out the number was “a lot”, because Evan, Billy, and Sarah were totally blowing them out.  Seriously, FX should just advertise as “The Network That Gives a Fuck” ’cause that’s what they were doing last night.

What did you think of Episode 8 of American Horror Story: Apocalypse? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

American Horror Story returns to FX with Episode 9 (titled “Fire and Reign”) of Season 8 on Wednesday, November 7 at 10 p.m. ET.

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