American Horror Story
As we tightly clench our admission tickets in anticipation for tonight’s Freak Show, we can’t help but be excited about seeing our favorite American Horror Story players reincarnated as their scariest characters yet. One aspect of AHS that we can count on to not be scary is the acting, which is always, hands-down, some of the most unmatched on network television.
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Gargoyles! Psychics! They worship the moon! Oh, sorry, we were just getting worked up, thinking about the upcoming third season of American Horror Story after reading Ryan Murphy‘s new and ever more revealing spoilers. “I really miss Jessica Lange as Constance, that kind of stuff. And I know she missed it too,” the show creator told press at an advanced screening of AHS: Asylum‘s season finale. In addition to confirming that we will still get all the Lange our souls require, Murphy said the next season will be “funnier,” take place in modern times in several different cities and will be “really about female power.” Revealed the Glee creator, “I got Jessica to do it because I did everything she asked … and I also told her she will have hair, makeup, and the best designer gowns ever made. She’s going to play a real glamour cat sort of lady.” Glamour…cat…lady. Oh Ryan. How well you know us. How much you’ve learned.
After burning through aliens, Nazis, angels, serial killers and monsters of several different varieties this season alone, Ryan Murphy is obviously going to need to mix it up next season. The show’s writers return on Monday to hash out the third season, but we are already psyched for what we hear is coming our way…and what terrors we hope could join the mix:
…And we’re back! Our favorite show, American Horror Story: Asylum went on hiatus over the holidays, leaving us twiddling our thumbs on Wednesday nights without Evan Peters on our screens. We had so many unanswered questions about Briarcliff, Bloodyface and Grace’s baby. Rest assured, our beloved horror show returned last night and progressed the plot line in multiple ways. Sister Jude undergoes electroshock therapy after being diagnosed with manic depression, Grace has Kit Walker’s baby, the Monsignor Timothy O’Hara kills Sister Mary Eunice and Dr. Arden commits suicide to reunite with Sister Mary. Some critics have referred to Ryan Murphy’s AHS as the evil twin of his other show, Glee, and we never felt that way more than after watching last night’s episode. From the dance number to the virginity-losing, Briarcliff was less like an asylum and more like the halls of McKinley High. Here are our favorite Glee-like moments from “The Name Game.”
1.The Name Game – This comparison is by far the most obvious. In the middle of the episode, Lana Winters asks Sister Jude if she knows her own name after receiving electroshock therapy. Without answering Winters, a delirious Sister Jude trudges to the new jukebox in the asylum and selects Shirley Ellis’ classic to play, “The Name Game.” When she plays the song, Sister Jude immediately transforms into a glamorous early ’60s songstress and the bleak patients of Briarcliff get their groove on. Where is Kurt to bust out a showstopper when we need him? While we know this is a dream state and American Horror Story has its absurd moments, we couldn’t help but imagine Ryan Murphy in the writer’s room suddenly deciding to insert a dance number into the episode. Even for AHS, this felt out of place.
American Horror Story: Asylum has portrayed it all — from murders to amputations, Ryan Murphy leaves nothing to the imagination. Still, we are used to many of these graphic scenes just from visiting our local movie theater during Halloween season. As gruesome as it is, we are accustomed to the blood spewing, the white-tiled basement filled with murderous tools, and the exorcisms. We love Murphy’s wink to the horror genre and his dramatic flair, but this week’s episode seemed more disturbing than the usual stabbing. Lana Winters finds out she’s pregnant with Dr. Thredson’s baby and is determined to have an abortion — hence the title of the episode “The Coat Hanger.” The titular scene was probably one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen on this show so far. Now that they’ve depicted such a thing, what else can really be portrayed? Have we overcome the shock factor? Where do we go from here? Here is my list of questions from this week’s episode and what’s next for the rest of the season. Let me know if you have any answers, readers. We’re looking at you too, Ryan!
1. Did Dr. Arden take Kit Walker’s tape of Thredson admitting his crimes? Can Kit trust him now that they have this new alliance?
2. Is Grace having Kit Walker’s baby? Do you think she’s even carrying a baby?
3. Is Grace still alive or just a figment of Dr. Arden’s imagination? Did the aliens bring her back to life? What should we make of her?
Last night’s episode of American Horror Story: Asylum was rather hauntingly beautiful. Many of the characters reached their threshold and decided their only escape from their harrowing fates is death. The woman who will take them to the next life is Angel of Death, played by the wonderful Francis Conroy. By the way, did anyone think she looked like a gracefully aged Dita Von Teese here? As the Angel, she arrived at her summoners’ side, cloaked in black, releases her black, outstretched, raven wings, kissed them and sent them off into the hereafter. Her interactions with these AHS characters were our favorite parts of this episode, so here are the Dark Angel’s three best moments:
1. The Devil and the Angel Face Off: One of the best moments of the episode was when Sister Mary/devil incarnate and the Angel of Death faced off. The two crossed paths after Miles’ death and circled each other like hawks over his dead body. The Angel knew that Sister Mary is “a nun perhaps, but not so simple. Something else resides in you, one like me, but fallen.” Though the devil and angel duality is cliched, these two actresses add freshness to the age-old conflict that made us want to see a clash between good versus evil again. We want a Conroy and Rabe rematch!
2. The Angel of Death and Lana Winters: Winters has had it rough throughout AHS, to say the least. Sister Jude subjected her to Briarcliff due to her sexual preferences, Bloodyface killed the love of her life, Wendy, and when Winters thought she’d escaped the horror that is Briarcliff, she found herself in Dr. Thredson’s cavernous basement, or shall we say, Bloodyface’s torture chamber. Winters wanted out, and the Angel of Death heard her prayers. “I don’t think I can do this anymore,” she whispered, as the Angel stroked her face. Before the spirit took her to the afterlife, Winters intercepted and realized her time isn’t now. Obviously, the writers can’t kill Winters yet. She’s not only a main character, but certainly one of the most redeeming ones. This journalist still has her story to crack, and we hope she can see the day when her Briarcliff scoop will make headlines.
3. The Nun and the Angel: Sister Jude’s trajectory throughout the season has been one of a fallen soul herself. Despite being an awful person (okay, we know that’s a big one), she still represented a strong woman as the head of Briarcliff, in charge of her own destiny. In an age when women were only beginning to receive recognition in the workplace, Sister Jude was the one ordering the men around. However, since leaving Briarcliff, Sister Jude has unraveled with no will to live. After imagining her own death, the Angel paid her a visit in a restaurant booth. Apparently, this isn’t the first time Sister Jude has wanted to die, but, the Angel noted, “Your song was different this time.” Sister Jude said she was ready, but needed to do one last thing before the Angel took her away. She visited the home of Missy — the girl she killed in the hit-and-run to transgress her sins. As she was about to admit to the murder to the girl’s family, in walked Missy herself, alive and well. Since she knows she didn’t kill the little Missy now, we hope Sister Jude will skip death, regain enough strength to return to Briarcliff and take a vengeance on Dr. Arden, now that she knows he is a former Nazi officer.