American Horror Story: Halloween, Part 2

Posted on November 03, 2011

Y’know, when this show first premiered, it was savaged by the television critics. And while we have a lot of respect for a lot of television critics, it felt to us like the claws were out and fully sharpened on this one, because a lot of them were ready to pay back show creator Ryan Murphy for foisting Glee on them – and also because Murphy has a history of strong openings, but a distinct lack of ability to sustain quality over time. But we watched the first episode (Tom, because he was intrigued and Lorenzo, because he has worshiped Jessica Lange like a goddess going all the way back to King Kong and would pay top dollar to watch her sip water and go over her utility bills onstage) and when it ended, we turned to each other, wide-eyed, and asked “What the HELL did we just watch?!” In typical Murphy manner, the show just keeps throwing everything it can think of at you until you’re completely overwhelmed. Quality television? Maybe not, but it’s at least an experience and since it’s swimming in a sea of mediocrity, it stands out as something watchable.

Last night’s episode caused the exact same “What am I watching? What did I just see?” reaction in us that we experienced when we saw the pilot episode, which is good, because even we have to admit, we have no idea how they’re going to be able to sustain this story over time since they’ve thrown so much at the viewer already. And we have no idea how to recap a show like this because it’s all jump cuts and shocks, with bits of story thrown in here and there to tie it together. And even then, it doesn’t all really hang together that well.

But complaints? We no has them. As long as Jessica gets at least one scenery-devouring moment in each episode, we’re good to go. Fortunately for the show’s creators, even when they give her little to work with, she still chews up everything on the screen and demurely spits it into a hankie before exiting a scene, leaving a trail of lesser actors behind her, questioning their career choices. We admit, we were a little disappointed, because after Addie’s death last week, we assumed we were going to get one hell of a barn-burner out of her. Instead, she played it kind of quiet (or at least, quiet for Constance); applying makeup to her dead daughter’s face while the tears practically leap off her own, and then having Violet over for some late-night tea and revelations.

Was anyone surprised that Tate is her son or that he died years ago, pulling a Columbine on his high school? Not a chance. It’s kind of funny, for all the jump-out-of-your-seat scares, the writing doesn’t really try to prevent forecasting some of the show’s secrets way ahead of time. We got a kick out of the dead high school students chasing Violet and Tate through the streets at night. The only thing that could have possibly made that scene better was if they all went into “Thriller” flash mob mode.

And can we just say that Zachary Quinto gave a HIGHLARIOUSLY on-point portrayal of a high-strung Martha Queen? Good for him for coming out of the closet this month, although he must have known that this dead-on portrayal would have had plenty of people questioning his sexuality (if they hadn’t been for years already). It’s very rare that a straight actor can give THAT acidly accurate a portrayal of a particularly unlikeable strand of queenery. But let’s face it, married gays, a lot of us saw the darker sides of ourselves in him, didn’t we? God knows we’ll never approach pumpkin carving with quite the same gusto again.

As for the Harmon marriage, it’s an absolute mess and Ben is low down, dirty dog of a man. But hey, how about Hayden, the plucky ghost who just wants to hang around long enough to destroy his marriage utterly? You go, dead girl! But why did she have time to fake a poodle blowing up in the microwave but couldn’t come right out and tell Vivian that her husband killed her? And by the way, how stupid are these two that they can’t figure out the stream of mysterious people who keep traipsing in and out of their house every day are, ALL DEAD, YOU MORONS. Sometimes, watching this show, we remember Eddie Murphy’s wise words about horror movies and feel shame as white people. We really are all incredibly stupid when it comes to the supernatural, aren’t we?

Which reminds us, Hello, hot security guard who used to be on V and now has the hots for Vivian. You’re black. Which means you won’t be around much longer because this is a horror story and those are the rules. Then again, we wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the writers deliberately introduced a heroic, romantic black male character simply to upend that incredibly tired old trope.

So what’s coming next? Who the hell knows? Isn’t that awesome?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.l.wyatt Jessica Wyatt

      Love Quinto.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HBS4KWJ6XTPDEL2JMD37ZS5YHA Ben

      Undoubtedly the best episode yet, and man, Jessica Lange is great. She’s creepy and heartbreaking at the same time. 

      • Terence Ng

        The mortality/immortality delivery was beautiful.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HBS4KWJ6XTPDEL2JMD37ZS5YHA Ben

      One complaint though: WHERE IS RUBBERMAN? Ugh. 

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Supposedly Murphy plans on changing the casts once in a while – next season could be a new family moving into the house or even a new family in a new location. That should keep things fresh, especially given his habit of petering out.

      • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

        well I hope if that happens that the current cast dies in the house so some of them can keep coming back…

        • http://e-scapism101.livejournal.com/ K

          That’s what I’m hoping for. 

    • Anonymous

      I resisted this show for a while, but yes, it’s good. I think the hand under the bed was Addie. Looks to me like Constance is going to get her daughter back after all. Would love to know what’s up with Tate’s selective memory.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        I assumed it was Hayden – the hand was all muddy.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, that’s true. I guess I just want Addie back because she knows what’s going on.

      • http://twitter.com/hmbscully Wendy

        No, not Addie. I read an interview where it was confirmed that she’s dead and gone (other than flashbacks) because she died in the street and not on the property of the house. They talked about how Constance was trying to get her on the property for that very reason, but she didn’t make it.

        • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

          aha….

      • MilaXX

        Addie didn’t die in the house or on the grounds so I’m not sure she’d be able to come back. Maybe the hand was the infantata?

        • Terence Ng

          Plus, she didn’t want to be a ghost. Good for her. I’ll miss her and her unflappability in the face of malevolent supernatural spooks. :(

        • olivelovetree

          This is probably old news, but the kids at the high school didn’t die in the house or grounds, either.

      • Terence Ng

        But I thought she didn’t die on the house property. It seemed like Constance was trying, but was dismayed to realize that Addie had died before she could drag her to the lawn.

      • Anonymous

        It was confirmed in an interview the hand was Hayden’s. Murphy can’t keep his mouth shut in the interviews. 

      • Anonymous

        I think some of the “newer” ghosts haven’t yet realised they are dead
        And with Constance trying to keep Tate unaware of his sister’s death, I think she may have kept his won death from him. does that make sense?Also, maybe he had some kind of phsicological breakdown before… he died…because of what he had done?Maybe?

    • Ledasmom

      How did Tate die? And I feel as if I don’t quite have a handle on the rules governing ghosts yet.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think the writers do either!

      • Sobaika Mirza

        He came back to the house after the school shooting. I’m thinking he knew of the house’s capabilities through Addie. The preview shows a SWAT team storming the house, so I think they got him after he killed the Breakfast Club.

        • Terence Ng

          That’s what I figured as well. The preview shows the SWAT team and clearly you can hear Constance scream ‘Don’t hurt him!”

      • http://twitter.com/Goldielox73 Goldie

        I think Tate probably downed some pills possibly.  He doesn’t have any outward signs of being dead unlike the kids he apparently killed.

        From what I’ve been able to figure out, the ghosts are bound to the house except on Halloween.  On that day, they can go where ever they choose and they have physical bodies.  It’s possible other ghosts are bound to the places that they died, ie Tate’s victims.

        • Anonymous

          I think there must be something wrong with his chest since he didn’t let Violet undress him

          • Joseph Lamour

            There’s also something wrong with his… you know. He really didn’t want to have sex with Violet, and we know ghosts can have sex from the first ep. bt/wn leatherman and the mom.

            • Anonymous

              I must confess that was my first thought too!
              For some reason I felt shy about “writing it out loud”
              so…thank you!

              2011/11/4 Disqus

      • Anonymous

        My guess is that he slit his wrists. He always wears long sleeves and it ties in with his first scene with Violet. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

      I hate to sound like one of the overly fawning minions who dittos in the comments, TLO, but I must say that this post perfectly encapsulates everything I’ve been thinking about this show so far. I’m all turned around and confused and, you know what? I like it.

    • http://twitter.com/Goldielox73 Goldie

      Technically, Ben didn’t kill Hayden.  Larry, the burnt guy, did.  Ben just got rid of the body.  And does Hayden realize she’s dead?  She seemed confused about the blood and guts she was coughing up.

      Obviously, Tate went home and killed himself after what he did (which is why he’s stuck in the house) but why doesn’t he remember what happened?

      I loved, loved that last scene between Chad and Moira at the end.

      • Isana Leshchinskaya

        he’s not really stuck at the house; he met up with dylan mcdermott for therapy at some diner. i’m starting to think they’re all dead a la the others or something. plus miss the gimp!

        • Sobaika Mirza

          That was on Halloween, when the dead world and our world sort of come together – that’s why everyone (Tate, Moira, Chad’s lover who was probably at some gay bar) was able to leave the premises and had to be back at sun up. That’s also why the people Tate murdered were able to come to him.

          • Terence Ng

            And also why Tate was able to finally go on a “date” with Violet.

        • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

          The dead can roam at Halloween. All the ghosts left the house.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22407329 Ashley Wint

      I was hoping you guys would start writing about this show! 

    • Anonymous

      Watching this is like spending the day hanging out at the lunatic asylum. None of it makes a damn bit of sense and I don’t even try to figure out what’s going on because I don’t care, I’m going to watch it anyway. Who can resist ultimate demon mother Jessica Lange, dead gay decorators, creepy kids (most of whom are dead or you want to kill), loony real estate agents, a horribly disfigured wannabe actor (who may also be dead), buried lovers that pop in to say Hi!, and the cheesiest performance by Dylan McDermott as THE WORST therapist in the history of the profession. I mean, what’s not to like?

    • Sobaika Mirza

      So here is my question: during Tate’s therapy session, he was pretty blunt about what he’d like to do with Violet. But out on the beach, he seemed sweet and awkward, didn’t want things to progress.We can take that to mean that he’s starting to really care about Violet and get sentimental. OR being in the house makes him act different? I really wonder how much the house is in control of its supernatural residents and how much it’s using them to meet its ends.

      • parissweetheart

        Or he is a teenager who talks a big game but has no clue/ gets scared when faced with the opportunity.

        • Sobaika Mirza

          Hahaha that too.

        • Terence Ng

          I figured it was more of him first and foremost trying to goad Ben, since every ghost seems to have that on their agenda, and also him gradually getting to know her and care about her. Mysterious and James Dean-y initially, cute and cuddly and sensitive and James Dean-y later.

          Initially, I figured that the house had some sort of will that the ghosts were bent toward fulfilling (such as with Moira). But after this one, it seems that they all have their own agendas with a touch of personal insanity. Nora, Hayden, and Chad all seem to demonstrate that they have their own wishes. Chad only cares about the house being his, Hayden wants to destroy Ben and would harm the baby, the Rubberman/House impregnated Vivien, but Nora wants to protect the child and their marriage.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

            Is the Rubberman usually someone other than Tate, do you think?

            • Anonymous

              I think the Rubberman has something to do with death. He was the one that killed chad and possibly his studly lover.

            • Terence Ng

              I feel as though the Rubberman is a threatening embodiment unique to each person. It appears to impregnate Viv, kill Chad and Patrick, and the Tate thing was just to fuck around with viewers.

      • Ledasmom

        I wonder if he can’t have sex because he never had sex while he was alive.

    • Anonymous

      yay!  makes me all fuzzy when you guys blog about a show i like. 

    • MilaXX

      I don’t know if it’s because I’m not a fan of the 3 stars with the large fan bases (Dylan. Jessica & Constance), or if it is the old Eddie Murphy joke coming true, but this show bores me. Even hot Morris Chestnut did little to spark my interest. I watched the first episode and was like, “whatever” and didn’t watch again. Because everyone was raving (and TLo said they would recap) I watched the marathon.  Still *YAWN*. I’m not even gonna tell you how hard I rolled my eyes when they finally did even think about selling the house.  I dunno, this just doesn’t grab me. It’s not creepy, or scary and it takes about 2 seconds to figure out who’s dead and who’s not.

      Didn’t Zachary play a swishy gay on some other series before he was on Heroes? I saw a clip somewhere, but I can’t recall where.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        It’s only been 5 episodes, and I think it was only 2 episodes in when Viven said she wanted to sell the house. I find it not so much creepy as unsettling, like the sewing of animals to the baby and how so much of the plot is inspired by real life situations, hence the American Horror Story.

        Quinto played a gay guy in So Notorious, a Tori Spelling show.

        • MilaXX

          I find it all been there and done before.

          • Anonymous

            I think it all has been, and that’s one of the reasons I like it.  Trying to pick out references to other horror movies and the like.  I catch some, but I know I’m missing a lot of them. 

            I don’t find it overly scary to watch, but I think it’s sometimes creepy and it’s definitely fun.  

          • Mariah J

            I think that’s part of the point. There are shades of The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby, Fatal Attraction and I’m sure many others I can’t identify.

      • muzan-e

        Heh! My experience was the direct reverse: the opening episode floored me, but the second-half of the Halloween episode was the first to actually let me down. I suspect it’s because they’ve held so little back so far – but this episode felt strangely restrained: a thousand set-ups  - tepidly resolved. Perhaps my expectations were too high – and perhaps it’ll prove the exception to the rule. I hope so; television’s always been littered with a host of lukewarm nods to horror, and I’d avoided watching this one until very recently, expecting more of the bor-*yawn!*-ing same.

        I agree that it’s not scary, though. *g* It’s not even particularly creepy.  But then, the last genuine scare I saw on television was the Twilight Zone. The old Twilight Zone. God, I shudder just remembering.  *g*

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=29704163 Paige Hinson

      This is hands down my favorite show on tv right now. I love how it pretty much bucks all the rules of the average tv show: The teenage daughter (and Constance) smoke cigarettes on the reg, we’ve already found out so much about what’s going on in the house instead of the writers trying to drag this thing out, there’s really nothing to feel good about (and honestly I’m just really uncomfortable most of the time), etc…

      Jessica Lange is AMAZING. I can’t tear my eyes away from the screen whenever she’s having a moment. And at least once during every episode, I end up either yelling with surprise or laughing my ass off.

      Also, I am 100% in love with Zachary Quinto. (Have been ever since I saw him as Siler in Heroes.) His lines last week when he was telling his boyfriend to man up and get him some gala apples had me rolling.

      I lovelovelove this show.

      • Ledasmom

        Oh, the whole apples thing!  Beautiful, just beautiful (and the husband and I were having a discussion along with it, on what apples would be best for dunking. I believe I settled on Blushing Gold).

      • Anonymous

        God, I loved the Quinto’s scenes with the bf last week. Delicious.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=29704163 Paige Hinson

      Nooooooooo! I love Addie!! I thought maybe Constance had pulled her back in time. :(

    • Anonymous

      I am OBSESSED with this show, and I squawked with delight when I saw the pic of Violet on my homepage this morning (yes, you are my homepage). I haven’t even read the post yet, I’m simply bursting with pride in your ever-exquisite selection of material and had to comment :)

    • Anonymous

      I think this is the first show (apart from PR) you’ve blogged that I’ve been watching. And purely by chance; for some reason I’ve turned on the TV exactly when it’s on (last night at 1 a.m., in rerun). This show’s a mess. Yet I get sucked in.  But the main thing I wanted to say is:

      HOT SECURITY GUARD.  Yes, oh, my.  

    • http://twitter.com/Goldielox73 Goldie

      Two things I read yesterday (spoilery speculation, I’ll leave some space):

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      1.  They are purposely leaving the Addie question hanging.  They want you to wonder if she’ll be a ghost.

      2.  Apparently people are speculating that Constance was the one who ran over Addie.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        Wasn’t Connie at the hospital gaping at passed out nurse when Addie was run over?

        • http://twitter.com/Goldielox73 Goldie

          Constance is the character played by Jessica Lange.  Connie is the name of the actress playing Vivian.

          • Sobaika Mirza

            I was referring to Connie/Vivian. So people are thinking that Constance did that to her own daughter? She seemed rather surprised and devastated by the whole thing.

      • Anonymous

        Even though a lot of people think it was Constance I don’t buy it.  For one thing, even if she was abusive, she really loved her daughter and also, if she did want to kill her she would have made sure it was on the murder house property so she’d stay there through eternity (that’s why she was trying – and failed – to drag her to the lawn before she died).

        My theory is that Moria ran over Addie.  She has a score to settle with Constance and she might have wanted to take her daughter away from her as poetic justice for taking Moira away from her mother.  Halloween is the one night of the year she could move around freely so it would be her only chance to pull it off.  I also thought there was a hint – after Addie is run over they cut immediately to the next scene of Moira at the nursing home preparing to put her mother out of her misery.  My guess (and yeah, it’s a just a guess) is that the set-up was to show Moira’s path – first she killed Addie, then she went to the see her mother.

        • Terence Ng

          Maybe I’m not reading into it, but I think Moira is really focused on her own loneliness. So she wouldn’t have divided her night into “touching reunion/liberation for her mother” and “kill this woman I hate’s daughter with a car”.

          Personally, I think it’s better as a senseless act that takes someone you love away from you.

          But I guess that since the car never stopped, that leaves it open for a reveal about the driver…

          • Anonymous

            AHS just seems like the kind of show where nothing can happen as a mere senseless act.  If a hit and run happens someone or something must be behind it. 

            Moira represents a dual nature, not just as sexy seductress/haggard old maid, but also a protector of the home’s inhabitants who sternly reminds Constance that those earrings “belong to madame” while in her other incarnation casually drugs Ben’s coffee between her attempts to seduce him.

            She is focused on her loneliness and her longing to pass on to a better place where she can at last be free, but there’s also a side of her that’s consumed with rage – her overt sexuality isn’t playful, it’s angry and aggressive.  Her anger is centered mostly on men, but also on Constance because after all, she’s the one who killed her and continues to taunt her.

            So it’s just a theory but what I love/hate about this show is its ability to get me to give way too much thought to some pretty silly things!

    • BerlinerNYC

      The show is such a delectable hodgepodge. On top of all the over-the-top-ness, and Daddy McD’s over-the-top hotness, Jessica Lange is REMINDING us why she has two Oscars. What a wonderful role for her. I kind of can’t believe they got her for the show, but I think it’s a win-win situation.

    • http://twitter.com/RobertSanchez36 Robert Sanchez

      Love this show. You’re right, I have no idea what’s going on, and it frequently doesn’t make any sense, and the town (and the house) is overrun with dead people, but it’s impossible-to-look-away TV/

    • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

      his name is Morris Chesnut.

      • Terence Ng

        His name is Robert Paulson.

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      I’m a huge fan of Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights, which is why I started watching this even though I’m not a big scary show fan. But this is more Twin Peaks, which is why I like it, plus JESSICA LANGE! So awesome…  I’m bummed that Addie is gone because I thought she was a great character. I hope she comes back somehow, even though she didn’t die in the house….

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      For a bit I was wondering if the security guard was really dead, too, but it doesn’t seem like it. 

    • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

      Two things I hope the writers bring back:

      1. Vivian took some crazy hormones in the first episode, right before she got pregnant. I wonder what they are doing to the baby.
      2. Vivan is all about the natural remedies and the environment and what have you. I want this to come into play later.

      • muzan-e

        I’d forgotten the hormones.  Which is awful, because that sequence with the doctor – by turns fatherly, cajoling and outright threatening – was genuinely horrifying. I hate to make the obvious Rosemary’s Baby comparison, but that sequence earned it. 

      • Sobaika Mirza

        I think the crazy hormones were taken a year ago: after the doctor’s visit she came home to discover Ben in bed with Hayden. 

        I don’t know, the timeline is sort of confusing in this show. I still don’t know how Viv had sex and then she discovered she was pregnant in the space of an episode.

    • sweetlilvoice

      Damn it…..I was hoping not to watch anymore of this because I got so freaked out after 2 episodes but I may have to again. Damn. Now, what about Ms. Frances Conroy as the creepy/sexy maid?

      • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

        I love her! Great casting on this show.

    • Anonymous

      So glad you’re reviewing this, guys. I was pretty underwhelmed with all the wham-bang of the first episode, but have had the repeats on in the background and found myself growing interested in it in spite of myself. Last night was the first time I sat down and watched a whole episode from beginning to end, and I’m willing to accept this show for what it is and go along for the ride.

      I hope we haven’t seen the last of Addie. Somehow, I don’t think we have… [eta: Just read other comments and it looks like she won't be back. Too bad.]

    • Anonymous

      i am sooo so so over the moon (lol) that t.lo are recapping some of my favorite shows this season. jessica lange is evarythang in this show, and i’d literally keep watching the shark jumping ~ if mr. murphy plays true to type ~ just to watch her. she is fire and no one can play that bitchy faux sweetness better than she.

      WHENEVER these dumb-dumbs let someone in the house, i’m like “really, bitch? didn’t you almost DIE two weeks ago for opening your door to a stranger?!?” white people on tv may do that shit, but if it were my white ass, i’d’ve never bought the house bc as soon as the dog wouldn’t stop barking at the basement, i’d be exiting stage left. the dumb white people thing is a trope, too. but an endlessly entertaining one, so there ya go. :)

      also, pleather man: scariest thing ever or just me?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

        Scariest EVER.  Is it always Tate, or was it Ben the time that Vivian got pregnant?  Or someone else? Theories?

        • Anonymous

          Well my theory is that it was only tate that ONE time when he was trying to scare the daughter. bc the pleather man has a very specific look to him, body-wise, and his shape has always been the same (even in the bitchy queen’s flashback) except for that one time when tate put on the suit. full disclosure: i have yet to see part 2 of tue halloween ep, so if something new about pleather man was revealed in this ep, i’m oblivious for now. but my working theory is that it’s no one we know yet, but is the central entity of the house, similar to the demon that lives in the basement, except in the attic.

    • Anonymous

      Just yesterday I was looking at your Glee recap and thinking, damn it, Glee is old news, I wish TLo would start recapping AHS – the most batshit insane show ever!  Wishes do come true – yay!  Now how about that pony I’ve always wanted…and a million dollars…hey it’s worth a shot.

    • Terence Ng

      Love Morris Chestnut. So hot.

      It’s rough writing up a recap. I write the Wiki recaps each episode, but it takes a lot of rearranging to make the narrative make sense, especially with the opening murders. Sort of disappointed that another murder wasn’t portrayed in Part 2′s opening. They could have pulled a Six Feet Under and make it focus on one of the main characters.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        You know, I was sad it didn’t open with another murder either. But given that it was a two-parter, maybe they’ll continue with the trend for the next episode.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UQHEKG5EDX4T6NMARUC565TPQ Amy

      I agree with the others..thank you for reviewing this! I was DYING to know what you both thought ;)

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Is it really gory?  I can deal with suspense and maybe some scares if watched through my fingers but I cannot deal with gore.

      • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

        occasionally yes… 

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          Thanks Laura!

      • muzan-e

        So far, it feels to me like it’s hovering around a True Blood level of gore – and intermittently, at that.  It never approaches anything like an Argento or Hostel level of ick;  if it did, I’d have to watch it with a remote handy. *g*  Personally, I’m yet to find it even remotely scary. Mileage varies, of course – but aside from two or three jump-scares? 

        Nah. It’s just great, fun story. *g*

        • Anonymous

          I don’t find it scary either.  I think it works as a pitch black comedy.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          Thanks muzan-e!

      • Terence Ng

        It’s not torture porn gory, but when people get killed with sharp things, there is blood. Just not blood spraying in fountains or anything.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          Thanks Terence!

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Thanks everyone – looks like I”ll have to give it a shot!

    • Anonymous

      …But really, how long can a show this far out crazy and incoherent last before it gets so very tiring (if it isn’t already)? It’s just aimless endless provocation without substance or story. Typical Ryan Murphy. The guy NEVER learns.

    • muzan-e

      Then again, we wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the writers deliberately introduced a heroic, romantic black male character simply to upend that incredibly tired old trope.

      My money’s on exactly that – because by the second episode, I was convinced that these guys knew their horror tropes inside-out and back-to-front, and wanted to really have some fun with them.  The experience so far has left me perfectly charmed: it’s a little Tales of the Darkside, with a smattering of American Gothic‘s cunning and of course the liberal dose of Twin Peaks…. oddity. *g*  It says something in its favour, perhaps, that the show’s winning over an audience that isn’t necessarily interested in horror films at all…  and the occasional genre-fan like myself.   

      But then, Mr Muzan and I agree: it’s a reminder of what American horror used to be; those days when it was all about clever, electrifying story, and a film didn’t have to dress itself in giblets to prove its horror credentials.   Good stuff.

      (Also: thank you so much for writing this feature; I read it wide-eyed and delighted, absolutely curious as to your impressions. Plus: there are so many great things to be said about AHS’ score that I won’t even begin to spam them here – except to mention that the theme playing during Larry’s incineration of his family is so reminiscent of Mussorgsky’s finest that I’ll be fangirling this thing for months yet. *g*)

    • Anonymous

      I agree about the Harmons kind of being idiots for not leaving the house, but if they did, there wouldn’t be a show, so it’s one of those things that one must just accept. 

      Love Jessica Lange in this…she’s brilliant.  It’s such a meaty role…she’s got to be having a blast with it.  I really think all the cast, writers and scenery is brilliant though.  I’m hooked, and very glad TLo is blogging it.  :)

    • Anonymous

      Totally just watching this show for Zachary Quinto. I am completely in lust with the boy. The big fussy pumpkin-smashing gay that he is…

    • Anonymous

      So far I’m digging this show a lot, although I wonder whether it will be able to truly hold my attention long-term. Last night’s episode didn’t grab me like the previous ones and they were really slinging everything at us last night. Love how Lange chews up her scenes, digging Quinto a lot and I don’t know about you, but I always feel better when hot security guy shows up.

    • Anonymous

      the show is super fun and both halloween episodes were pretty great — love the running gag-motif of the real american horror story being what’s happened to american real estate and how flipping houses ain’t the cash cow it used to be – bring on the fluffers

    • http://twitter.com/vintagegoddess just julie

      Ah, Jessica Lange broke my heart in the mortuary…..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OFWWARTPHODCKNQSHNFQMSYBF4 Anthony

      To be fair, the first episode was quite literally a mess of epic proportions. I am convinced Ryan Murphy cannot direct to save his life (i.e. “Eat Pray Love” and “Running with Scissors”) and that he was a big part of the reason the first episode came off so…badly. I was intrigued by how bizzare it was and because I love the horror genre which is why I kept watching and I’m glad I did. It’s definitely gotten better and more coherent from the second episode on. It’s still bizarre and not TV friendly but it’s also captivating, unique and has some genuinely creepy moments.  

      • Sobaika Mirza

        I don’t think Ryan Murphy has much focus, but I think the first episode would have been messy either way. There was a convoluted setup and a massive download of info.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

      Thank god you love the show too.  I watched it with great enjoyment, then read the scathing criticisms and questioned my sanity.  No, I’m not sane, and that is WHY l love this show.  Jessica Lange is great, the shocks are exciting, and it is creepy and scary.  The Harmons don’t seem so much dumb to me as trapped.  It’s a huge metaphor for upper middle class ennui: trapped in a terrible marriage, trapped in a house you can’t sell and can’t move out of, your demons trapped inside of you, all your failed relationships that won’t go away… Is it a little heavy-handed in the symbolism?  Sure.  But I love watching Tami Taylor take on the ghosts.  “It’s a haunted house, y’all!”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MBZQXGWCTBDTAZMEM4S2EJUNUQ Katie

      I have a feeling that there’s some kind of ghost rule that ghosts can’t tell living people they are dead or how they died. The teenagers also skirted around telling Violet what happened to them as well. There is a lot of great acting on this show. Frances Conroy just breaks my heart.

    • http://happyhealthyhopeful.tumblr.com Em

      I am SO happy you guys are covering this. I just started watching it on Halloween and I love it. I don’t know why, because this is so not my genre but it is so…weird. I have no idea what’s going on, I’m sure it’s a bad quality show if I really looked into it…but I don’t care. It is so intriguing and keeps me amused while I blog, or read you guys blogging. I hope you keep it up!

    • Anonymous

      So glad you guys are covering this and Revenge!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for recapping this.  I am not a fan of the horror genre, but Mother of God I am a fan of “The Jessica Lange Show” aka “American Horror Story.”  It’s been a mind-f**k from jump.   Ghosts, man in rubber suit, a creepy basement, occasional shots of Dylan McDermott’s ass equal good times even if we have no idea what is going on. 

    • michelle shields

      did anyone notice the two skeletons doing the bangbang on the lawn? totally cracked me up!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

        On top of one of the larger pumpkins…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQSQJRAL4YYWB2OZNHNUHKZAEY Christopher

      Yay!!!!  Glad you’re blogging this!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713709401 Randy Noak

      Let’s not forget Zachary’s hi-larious portrayal of a fabulicious gay boy on So NoTORIous. He definitely had my gaydar pinging back then.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001195638549 Som Tone

      Thank you thank you thank you. Looking forward to your entries on this one :)

    • sweetlilvoice

      I was brave and watched it and it’s really good. Loved the new faced and dead kids. Loved the house backstory.

    • Anonymous

      Funny, I read nothing but great reviews for this show.  Best show on television.  Jessica Lange is a goddess.

    • http://www.beautifymylifeblog.com Jessica

      This is a minor point, but I assumed that Hayden DID kill the dog, so the dog was a ghost. But I guess since the other ghosts show signs of how they died, that doesn’t really work either. So basically, I have no idea. 

    • Anonymous

      Well, one of the funny side of this show is that you actually wonder who is still alive. Of course, it was kind of obvious about Tate and I wonder about Constance… And Leah.
      As for the black guy, well, my bet is that he’s the rubberman.
      What I like, is the distinct Shining taste of the show, the way the house deliberately screw with his occupants’ mind so that they don’t realise what is it before it’s to late. Of course, the Harmon won’t notice it before they definitely lose their minds. And you have to think about it : would you believe for even one instant that your house is haunted ? Really ? I wouldn’t. But I guess that would make me a future dead character…

      • Terence Ng

        I think Vivien would have noticed that the Rubberman’s eyes were brown and not blue, or that the penis getting her pregnant was black and not white. Then again, I would have assumed that she could tell her husband’s penis apart from another white guy’s and clearly she couldn’t, so…

        • Anonymous

          Well, all you say is full of sense but you certainly know how to kill the mood, don’t you ?
          I was so pleased with my theory, and now it’s all crap.
          Anyway, I didn’t have time to watch the last couples of episodes so I still don’t know about the rubberman. hush hush !

    • Anonymous

      I think this is a great show! I’m so addicted and trying to get my friends to watch as well. I was reading through the comments and I didn’t see anyone post anything about the hands under Violet’s bed. I actually think those could be Addie’s because I think she will be a ghost for sure and remember she likes hiding like that and surprising everyone. What do you think?

      I knew the whole time that Tate’s mom was Constance. So, does she have just the two kids?

      • Anonymous

        Sorry this posted as my company ooopss!

      • http://www.facebook.com/bootszu Kelly Sutton

        Opps!! This posted as the wrong id!!!

      • Anonymous

        I think Constance said she had four kids.

    • Anonymous

      Lost interest. There is something SO VERY pretentious or trying to hard or debauchery for debauchery sake about it all. I Just dont give one rat’s ass about ANY of these people. Ryan Murphy has a real knack for making characters fascinating momentarily and then disenchanting for the rest of the run of a series. I do not give a shit about Rachael, Fynn OR Kurt and I never cared for ANY of these people. It’s all Schlock no substance.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      I’ve been watching this show with guarded interest, seeing so much of the initial good in Nip/Tuck, but also the strong potential of the same show to go off on a tangent & never quite reel it back in. I’m not expecting deep, complex stories here, even though a story like this could benefit in them. I don’t think Ryan Murphy has that much patience for the long plot setup/payoff. 
      I loved Zack Quinto’s portrayal here, it was so good I didn’t get distracted so much by his eyebrows, which entrance me.
      Morris Chestnut probably got this gig because of his (useless) character on V, but I have a soft spot in my heart for him because he’s played The Heartthrob for the last 20 or so years in many black movies. Hope he does stay around – I was kind of disappointed he wasn’t a ghost already.

    • Anonymous

      Ms. Lange is, quite simply, a gift to screens and audiences, everywhere. I too would be happy to pay top dollar (my last, in fact) to watch her merely sip water and review her Con Ed bill on stage. She is simply divine.

    • Mariah J

      I’m not sure about the show itself but it has a hell of a group of actors, I bow to Ms Lange, and just enough mysteries to keep me coming back.  I guess what I’m saying is, it’s alright.
      But how deliciously ridiculous will the monster-baby be? Now THAT gets me excited!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Claudia-Gilbert/875055316 Claudia Gilbert

      Loving it.  Jessica Lange KILLS it!  Every.  Dang.  Time.