Discussion in 'TV + Film' started by Someboy, Oct 4, 2011.
Yes girl, the each in a hole kind with Kai's 19 year old recruit/doppelganger.
Sarah Paulson is a very pretty woman but she doesn't really have the sense of humor that you need to do American Horror Story.
...she's literally been in every season and almost always plays a major role?
At this point, she IS American Horror Story.
It's crazy how small Sarah's role was in Murder House compared to all the other seasons.
Asylum, Roanoke and Murder House are the examples of the AHS concept working at its best.
Freak Show is greatly underrated, Coven is vastly overrated and Hotel has the best production design and costuming of any season and some fantastic set pieces and characters but it never pops quite as much as it should for a season containing vampires with grudges. The obsession with serial killers also really began to get tiresome and grimly unpleasant.
Cult was nails down a chalkboard, with Evan Peters shouting obnoxiously for 11 hours and people killing other people for reasons. A deep, heavy, exhausted sigh.
I always hoped for a cult theme but not like this, I wanted it set years ago but not be about Charles Manson etc go back to pilgrim times and create something creepy. The Village done well if you will.
I will say that Ally's arc exceeded my expectations and I appreciated Beverley Hope coming out the other side of the shit show a changed and stronger woman.
The Angela Bassett directed episode with Ally cooly putting her plan into action amid the turmoil and the delicious revenge dinner is one of my favourite episodes the show's done and the final confrontation at the debate was great at least on a thematic level.
Even the ending with Ally's muted conversation with her son and preparing for a SCUM meeting of "powerful women" has grown on me in how quietly unsettling it is. At least they nailed the final shot.
I kinda thought the meeting at the end of the finale would reveal Ally meeting with Lana Winters/the other female survivors of their seasons which would've been fun, but whatever it was a pretty shitty season for a multitude of reasons already discussed. It's annoying because Roanoke felt like a new chapter of the show, but this season regressed back into old shitty habits.
So Kai comes to the conference room and nobody in the building stops him for minutes? Also, if FBI was going after him couldn't they basically come anytime sooner (because at the moment they came nothing specific or different was happening) before many (less or more) innocent people died? Ok... ok.
Mess but I think my favourite thing about the entire season was the little running joke about who Ally really voted for in the election. I legit screamed each time it was mentioned.
I enjoyed the season as a whole. I got to the end of Episode Three and thought about giving up - another hour of Sarah Paulson hysterically crying and I'd have probably smashed my face into the TV - but it got progressively better. AHS is always too on the nose, always obvious, consistently balancing on the tightrope that stretches over the gulfs of plot holes but that's also sort of its charm. I liked Cult for what it was.
The revenge dinner was easily the best scene of the season.
It was definitely a season of highs and lows. Episode 4 made me think we were in for an absolutely classic season and it held that for a few episodes until Lena Dunham came and ruined it. After that point the plot became messy and it lost complete track of what it was doing. I actually thought it pulled it back for the finale which was character driven more than the last few episodes had been. Worse than Roanoke but much better than Hotel and Coven (probably even Freakshow).
It was certainly better than previous seasons but what I loved about it was the whole clown faces and the radioactive looking truck that was going about. They should have run with that storyline instead of shoehorning flashback scenes with fucking Lena 'fake feminist' Dunham.
Agree with everything, but above all this season has made me realise Freakshow was actually pretty great. It just wasn't as good as the seasons before. For me Hotel was style over substance and Cult was just an inconsistent mess.
But Evan has replaced Jessica as the star of this show and I hope he's the centre of the next season as well. He is one of the best actors on TV and I'll keep saying it!
Kai was a truly awful and unbearable central character though, the worst of any season, and only worked when he was used as a foil for Ally, Beverly and that one scene with Frances Conroy. The Nasty Woman moment almost made it worth while, but not really.
I did watch until the end but I'm kind of glad it's over. I feel like if Ryan fucks up next year I'm done with AHS.
It was probably the worst season ever, even worse than Hotel, capitalizing on everything bad about Ryan Murphy, from dubious narrative solutions to going over the top about every aspect of the show yet not conveying anything remotely sensible. The actors are still amazing (Evan and Francis especially), but they haven't been given enough quality material to work with.
Mad how Charles Manson is dead after just being portrayed last week.
That’s how bad this season was.
Sometimes I think Ryan Murphy starts with an idea for an amazing scene and then clunkily works backwards and creates story and characters from there. It explains why there are some amazing scenes or set pieces but everything else stinks.
It's like starting with a catchphrase and then building a comedy skit around it. Doesn't work.
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