American Horror Story’s second season, “Asylum”, premiered last night with with more scares, sex, and mystery than ever. While returning cast members like Jessica Lange and Evan Peters are back in full creepy mode, there are many new faces to this season, which can only mean new characters to enter into the twisted world that is Ryan Murphy’s imagination. Among the new cast includes Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine! In honor of his smooth transition from the soulful crooner to brooding actor, we are recapping this season’s premiere episode with corresponding Maroon 5 songs because, come on, some of these dark characters might just need a bit of upbeat rhythm in their lives!
“Hands All Over” (from the album Hands All Over) – How can we not begin our recap with this smoldering Maroon 5 song? AHS: Asylum opens in the present day with Leo (Levine) and his new wife Teresa (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) spending their honeymoon at a haunted mental asylum called Briarcliff Manor (what ever happened to the Paris honeymoon getaway?). The two literally cannot keep their hands off one another, as they begin a make out session that takes them into the asylum and involves strapping Teresa into a hospital bed. Unfortunately, their role playing quickly goes awry – the manor’s dark past plagues the present. While some may be turned off of getting it on in the former largest tuberculosis ward on the east coast, it’s Adam Levine and Mrs. Channing Tatum – Too. Much. Hotness.
“Secret” (from the album Songs About Jane) – AHS: Asylum is filled with secrets, but there are several worth noting in this episode. After Leo and Teresa’s love fest turns terrifying, we flashback to 1963 when the asylum is a fully functioning operation run by the Catholic church. One of its newest inmates, Kit Walker, enters the ward for allegedly killing his African American wife. However, the marriage itself was secret, since society admonished interracial marriage amidst the segregated culture of the time. The other repressed romance is between Lana Winters, a reporter, investigating Briarcliff Manor, and her lesbian lover. As more secrets slowly seep out, we realize how twisted the asylum and its overseers really are.
“Shiver” (also from the album Songs About Jane) – While “Shiver” could probably capture most of our feelings this episode, some of the eeriest parts of the episode involve Dr. Arden, a creepy gent who performs torturous experiments on his patients. His latest victim is Kit Walker, and his examinations incorporate shocks, torture devices for your eyes, and even some extraterrestrial elements. If these scenes in his “doctor’s office” in the basement don’t leave you with shivers up your spine, I’m not sure what will!
“Harder to Breathe” (from, you guessed it, Songs About Jane) – Many moments throughout this first episode kept us holding our breath, so we can only imagine how Teresa was feeling running away from a monster/zombie creature in the haunted asylum at the end of the episode. What Teresa thought was a sexy stroll through a haunted, vacant building turned into a nightmare come to life. Briarcliff Manor is alive and out for revenge!
“Must Get Out” (Songs About Jane) – The episode ends with Lana Winters trapped at Briarcliff after Sister Jude disapproves of Winters’ attempt to expose the asylum in all of its twisted truths. After the sadistic nun discovers Winters’ lesbian love affair, she blackmails the couple to keep Winters at the asylum or else she’ll tell the very small town about their taboo relationship. As much as she wants to leave, Winters is strapped in the hospital bed at Sister Jude’s disposal. The scene and episode ends with Sister Jude telling her new patient, “We’re gonna get you cured”, leaving Winters and her partner sick to their stomachs.
AHS: Asylum‘s premiere provides a lot of questions and new plot twists to explore filled with misbehaving nuns, mad scientists, and sinful sex, leaving us psyched and spooked for Episode 2!
[Photo Credit: FX]