I picked up Crow's Toes Season of The Witch quite a while ago, and while it's a really lovely polish, I didn't have much to say about it until the most recent season of American Horror Story rolled around. I've been a fan of American Horror Story from the first episode, and while the last season tried to jam about three times as many plots as would actually fit into it, I thoroughly enjoyed the most recent season, Coven. If you haven't finished it yet, maybe jump off after the pretty nail pictures because there will be spoilers aplenty!
Before you go though, be sure to stop and take a look at this beautiful polish, Season of The Witch. Crow's Toes Nail Color are known for their wide variety of stunning duochromes and multichromes, and Season of The Witch is no exception to the excellent I expect from this brand.
Like almost all duochromes it's a little sheer, but two coats over a plain black base allows the lovely green to burgundy colour shift to really shine. Because it uses a very, very small microglitter, it's also quite easy to remove.
The colour shift is a tiny bit shyer on the nail than in the bottle, but it's still very plainly visible.
I bought my bottle from Femme Fatale Cosmetics, but since they're actually sold out of it now if you're looking for your own bottle you'll have to trundle over to Norway Nails. I actually originally bought this because not only do I love duochrome polishes, I also love completely tragic movies, and there is an AMAZINGLY tragic movie starring Nicholas Cage and Ron Perlman as medieval witch hunters (no, seriously) that is also called Season of The Witch. I was intending to write about it, because it's so delightfully, incredibly bad; there are even monks that turn into poorly computer generated demons at the end, so if you're looking for something hilarious I recommend it.
|I promise you, Season of The Witch is every bit as dumb as it looks.|
|The Supreme witch, played by the amazing Jessica Lange, and her coven of young charges.|
|I still can't decide if I want to be on this throne, or at Angela Basset's magnificent feet more.|
This is not to say there aren't some major, major problems with this season of the show. There are dozens of plot points that are either abandoned entirely or completely contradicted later on, and the inclusion of Stevie Nicks as a real life White Witch was pandering of the highest order. I didn't mind, because I love Stevie Nicks, but to be honest, her inclusion really didn't make a lick of sense. The writers seemed to lose interest in the whole race aspect of the show, and in fact the entire black section of the cast for a while, and as much as I love Angela Basset's performance as the Voodoo Queen, the depiction of Louisiana Voodoo isn't exactly what you'd call accurate. The perception that men are all awful is hammered home pretty hamfistedly at times - all the male characters have at least one major failing or flaw, and the vast majority are just out and out evil, which isn't entirely helpful in a show trying to portray feminism in a positive light. There is an attempted gang rape scene very early on in the show, and some pretty unpleasant sexual assault scenes later on, none of which are really what you'd call essential to the story. If you really feel like picking apart all it's failings, Buzzfeed has a pretty comprehensive roundup of all the problems. But the thing is, none of these issues even occurred to me until after the show was over, and I was discussing the finale with (much more perceptive) friends. During the last episode, Mr. Reluctant Femme jokingly mentioned a baby that had appeared several episodes earlier and never seen again, asking what had happened to it. This SHOULD have been a real what-the-hell moment for me, because losing a whole baby in the course of a story is pretty damn shonky. But it take away from how utterly delighted I was by the final sequence, where female characters who had previously not known how to take control of their lives step up, take charge, and start taking names.
I can't say American Horror Story: Coven was flawless: Angela Bassett and Jessica Lange's performances certainly were, but the show as a whole was pretty damn flawed. But as I've talked about before, women have so little visibility in the media that my excitement at seeing SO MANY WOMEN at the same time totally overrode my common sense. I wish I didn't have such low standards for television, or the media in general. I had a horrifying moment talking about this show with a friend where she rightly critcised the amount of rape portrayed, and I found myself thinking, "But there are girls in it, of course there's going to be rape." That is FUCKED UP. I wish it was better, I really do. I wish there were so many shows with a majority female cast that I didn't pee myself with excitement whenever I see two women on screen and they're not fighting over a guy. I wish I didn't assume that if there is a female character in a movie or a TV show, that someone is going to at least attempt to rape them at some stage. I wish that I needed two hands to count the number of shows on TV that have more than three women in the main cast.
I also wish I had a nice neat soundbite conclusion to this whole train of thought. I don't think people should stop talking about the crappier aspects of Coven just because of all the women in it - that kind of thing is ridiculous, and doesn't help anyone in the long run. But if it gets too much criticism, TV execs will take that as an excuse not to make any more shows with so many women in them, because when you're looking for a reason not to change the status quo, correlation ALWAYS equal causation.
In lieu of a conclusion, I'd like to hear your thoughts on this - should we support the show despite the crappier aspects, or demand better female centric entertainment? Can we do both? What do you think?