So I had simmering high hopes for this season of AHS. I was not a fan of “Hotel” because it visually ran high on gore and intellectually was a snore. I admired their attempt to introduce Valentino to Millenials, but the story line was, in my opinion, uninspired. Denis O’Hare’s Liz Taylor was on fleek (hope I used that right, 20 somethings), as was Kathy Bates and Angela Basset. Because. Always. And Matt Bomer is just so…I don’t know…luminous. He is also totally believable playing straight. And if you’re into intense, creepy guys who hang out in corners and look at you from underneath troubled eyebrows, Wes Bentley brings it. Just for you. . But that’s where my admiration ends.
So I was trepidatious when entering this season. All the fake teasers and refusal to announce the theme. Very clock and dagger. But my hopes were pinned on a season as creepily satisfying as the first, so I dove in..again.
I was not disappointed. Except I’m not on solid land either.
Allow me to elaborate. Because this is my blog… (SPOILERS BELOW!)
I was hooked in a second with the Paranormal Survivor/Reality Show intro. Because in my darkest of shame closets I will watch these types of shows. And then we saw Lily Rabe. And Sarah Paulson. And Cuba Gooding Jr. Who were playing parallel characters reenacting real events. SOLD $$$$
Matt and Shelby are a young, interracial couple who, after two tragic events, escape L.A. and retreat to the wilds of North Carolina. They find a picturesque farm house, which, you know, they just walk into, and win it in a bidding war with some extras from Deliverance. Soon after, they begin experiencing slamming doors, voices, and a tacky welcome wagon gift on their porch, not to mention a threat on Shelby’s life. But they’ve invested so much that they can’t just leave…
Enter Angela Bassett, Matt’s tough, ex-cop sister clinging to her sobriety. She agreed to stay with Shelby while Matt travels for work, which clearly sets up for bad juju and negativity in the air. Shelby drinks alot of wine after completing her yoga practice and Lee believes she is full of…yeah. that.
Events escalate when the women are alone in the house and creep down the stairs to the basement, guided by disembodied voices. What they find is unexplained and decidedly creepy and may lend more explanation later on.
The end of the episode comes quickly, with Shelby’s reenactment of hitting a woman whilst fleeing from her home and then getting lost on the woods, but not before she encounters strange wooden and yarn contraptions hanging from trees. Oh, and the guy with no skull… And did I mention the tie into Roanoke? (Look it up…)
All in all it was creepy and very atmospheric. Exactly what I LIKE! No typical blood and guts, low on the shock value.
Which is exactly why I am not trusting that this is how the season will roll.
I’m fully expecting things to get really, really off topic and weird. And because I like this format so much, I feel it will change quickly.
However, I found some tie-ins to previous seasons which I’m paying attention to: Interracial couple, miscarriage, haunted house, and the PIGMAN!
So, keep it coming Falchuck and Murphy! I’m. All. IN.
And of course we have to see what Gaga will do.
Till the tea kettle rattles and the storms blow in…