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thoughts on american horror story: dark cousin

Previously on AHS: The Origins of Monstrosity

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WHO WE MET

The Kiss of Death

Miles, a patient at Briarcliff, is having a battle royale with the voices in his head (“Somebody’s got to be the hero, so why not you?”), which prompts him to slice his own wrists. His suicide attempt fails and when Sister Eunice comes to check on the hoopla, she sees some ancient Aramaic written on the wall in his blood. She assumes Miles has summoned Shachath (the Angel of Death). Although the thing that inhabits Sister Eunice appears uneasy with the arrival of its “dark cousin”, the Angel is neutral and doesn’t seem like much of a threat.

Several of the ladies had brushes with death, but ultimately Grace was the only one who died. It wasn’t the alien invasion, which ripped out her lady parts, but the bullet shot by Frank the guard. Grace was given just enough time to save Kit before she received her kiss of death and left this season’s horror story.

The Saga of Sister Jude

Missy Stone isn’t dead, which means Sister Jude spent all that time with a heavy soul for no good reason. It seems that after the accident, Missy went home with no more than a few broken bones. I’m assuming that because Sister Jude went right into her new life as a nun she didn’t follow up on the accident; clearly she didn’t even bother to read the obituaries or send flowers to the family for their loss. With that weight lifted, Jude is still saddled with indirectly causing Goodman’s death.

Sister Eunice has framed Sister Jude for the murder, but this little plan only works if Goodman was investigating a crime that we now know Jude never committed. If Sister Eunice did this just to get Jude to commit suicide then she failed twice. Also, if the thing that’s possessing Sister Eunice is satanic, why is it so steadfast on destroying Sister Jude? She’s hardly an innocent and she doesn’t even know that Eunice is possessed…so what’s the major reason for getting rid of her?

Lana’s Escape

Poor, poor Lana. Somehow she went from being Thredson’s mommy stand-in to being whatever the heck role he has her playing this week. It’s unclear how/why Thredson went from seeing Lana as “mommy” to “patient” so quickly. This whole thing made me as confused as he is deranged. Now I’m all for Thredson being crazy, but I can’t tell if his lack of consistent insanity is a brilliant storytelling technique, or an unnecessary way for the writers to include rape scenes and other things that further torture Lana and do nothing to move the story forward.

Alas, Lana doesn’t wait around for Thredson to kill her and has a great escape. I cheered, and then I felt foolish for thinking it would ever be that easy with so many episodes left in the season. Instead of running into the night and never having to go back to dark basements and insane asylums again, Lana runs right into the arms of a hardcore he-man woman hater. She really should have been tipped off by his blasé attitude to her getting in the car, but in all the excitement, I can see how she was just happy to be somewhere safe. The driver shoots himself in the head, the car crashes and Lana wakes up at Briarcliff. Poor, poor Lana thought she was safe, but now she’s back in hell and the devil (aka Sister Eunice) will probably have Thredson on the way in the first few scenes of the next episode.

Other Bits

  • “Don’t look so frightened, OK, I don’t want to hurt you. I want this to be as painless for you as possible, so I will give you a choice; I can either cut your throat or I can strangled you, I don’t believe in guns.” – More great delivery by Zachary Quinto
  • Why did we need to see the guy from Save the Last Dance kick Sister Jude out of the band? We already knew she was at a low point in her life, did they really need to add that in there?
  • Until Kit was attacked, I’d forgotten about Arden’s monsters in the forest.
  • Speaking Kit, he’s going back to jail…right? Even if it’s proven that he’s not Bloody Face, he still killed his lawyer.
  • I’ve decided to bet on who makes it to the final episode of the season: Kit
  • On a note unrelated to this specific episode [SPOILER ALERT] Dylan McDermott is returning to the American Horror Story universe as the modern day Bloody Face. This could be amah-zing.
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thoughts on american horror story: tricks and treats

Previously on AHS: Welcome to Briarcliff

(Different seasons, different characters, different storyline. But it’s still worth noting that last year’s 2-part Halloween episode was significantly scarier than ‘Tricks and Treats’)

WHO WE MET

  • The Head Doctor: Dr. Oliver Thredson (played by Zachary Quinto, Heroes, American Horror Story, Star Trek, etc.)
  • The Possessed Farm Boy: Jed Potter (played by Devon Graye, Dexter)
  • The Priest: Father Malachi (played by John Aylward, ER)
  • The Hit-and-Run Victim: Missy Stone (played by Chelsey Valentine)

Jed’s Exorcism

The Potter family comes to Briarcliff because they are concerned about their son, Jed. After finding Jed in the barn, covered in the blood of their best cow he’d ripped open and killed, they decide he’s possessed. This theory is further confirmed by the strange language Jed is muttering. Your standard possession symptoms. Dr. Thredson thinks the boy can be cured with medicine and other by-the-book methods, while Father Malachi gets his exorcism on and tries to free Jed from whatever demon or being has a hold on him. Sister Jude is kicked out of the room because of her affliction (aka she’s not a man), but is later brought back in when Malachi fails to get the job done. Nothing seems to work and Jed taunts Sister Jude, reminding her of the “53 dicks” she’s had in her mouth. She snaps, strangles him and it’s not until the boy dies that the ‘possessor’ leaves his body…and seemingly enters Sister Mary.

The Escapees

Lana is given electric shock therapy to erase her memories, but it’s not entirely effective and she is able to keep notes on the things she can still remember. She also recalls the secret tunnel in the basement and decides it’s a means for escaping. She brings Grace in on the plan, but doesn’t give her all the details since she doesn’t want Grace to bring Kit along with them. It’s kind of funny that Lana is so sure Kit is guilty when she’s innocent and still locked away at Briarcliff. A glitch with the exorcism messes up the electricity and all the doors open, giving the three an opportunity to escape. Lana sacrifices her own chance at freedom to make sure Kit stays locked up and yells for the guards when he and Grace try to make a run for it, which was quite the asshole move on her part. Because I’m convinced of Kit’s innocence, it only made me dislike her character. Lana is rewarded for being a traitor by not receiving a whipping from Sister Jude. Instead, she watches as Kit takes the lashes for himself and Grace. Chivalry at its finest.

The “Good” Doctor

Dr. Arden is so twisted, and I love it! He turns down Shelley’s advances because she’s a dirty whore in his eyes. This is understandable, given her general attitude of always being down for some sexual action and the time this show is set in. But as we soon learn, Arden’s dislike of whores goes just a little bit deeper than that. He invites a prostitute over for a romantic candlelight dinner, which she ruins by being forward in a way that turns him off. He requests that she put on a nun’s habit, remove her skanky makeup and prepare for whatever he has plans, which I’m assuming is hours of respectable, strictly missionary-style lovemaking. Unfortunately, she sees his BDSM photos, which show women who are bruised, battered, beaten and possibly dead. He catches her, she bites him and flees into the night. Knowing what we know about Arden now, it makes sense now why he’s so nice to naive little Sister Mary.

Sister Jude’s Past

Last week’s red lingerie was just a taste of what Sister Jude has going on beneath the surface. It seems that before she gave her mind, body and soul to the Lord, she was singing in nightclubs and giving it up to any soldier that would look her way. Also, she once pulled a DUI and hit a little girl, Missy Stone. We don’t know if she was tried for that crime and we can’t be sure if that was the event that sent her life in a more chaste direction, but it should be fun to see the rest of her secrets unravel. It’s hard figuring out who the “bad guy” is in all of this, and the more we learn about Sister Jude, the more I’m thinking it’s not her. I believe she’s the way she is to somehow fix all the mistakes she feels she made before and not because she’s the real Bloody Face.

Other Observations

  • “I’m a school teacher, they won’t understand.” Something about Wendy‘s last words before being stabbed by Bloody Face just felt weird to me. I just can’t put my finger on exactly why they seemed off.
  • Dr. Arden and Sister Mary Eunice’s little exchange with the candied apple reminded me of Eve and the serpent. Given the religious themes of this season, it’s possible there’s some symbolism there.
  • Sister Jude’s comment that Kit is a “James Dean copycat” is pretty spot-on.
  • Leo is definitely dead, but will Teresa escape Bloody Face? Also, who the hell is Bloody Face?!
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thoughts on american horror story: welcome to briarcliff

We’ve heard for months now that American Horror Story and American Horror Story: Asylum are two related, yet separate entities, and whether or not this concept is a good one is definitely debatable. For my two cents, I think it’s a brilliant idea.

We’ve seen that Ryan Murphy’s best seasons are typically his first, (take a second to compare Nip/Tuck and Glee during their first seasons to the season that followed and tell me I’m incorrect) and this means every new season is just like the first time. Specifically to AHS, this concept also allows for the return of great actors — Evan Peters and Jessica Lange as my personal favorites — in new roles. Sure, Tate was great and Constance was remarkable, but it’ll be just as fun to see them develop new characters under the twisted direction of Mr. Murphy. But most important of all, setting the second season (and all that follow) in a new place means that you don’t have to remember all the various twists and turns of the first season, which could be great for new and returning viewers alike.

After reading a bit about what we can expect from this season, I knew that for the next few months, I’d spend my Wednesday nights scared to make the quick (yet dark) journey from the living room to my bed. Fortunately, this first episode of the second season didn’t disappoint.

WHO WE MET

  • The Newlyweds: Teresa (played by Jenna Dewan, Step Up/the very lucky wife of Channing Tatum) and Leo (played by Adam Levine, Maroon 5 and The Voice)
  • The (alleged) Killer/Bloody Face: Kit Walker (played by Evan Peters)
  • The Wife: Alma Walker (played by Britne Oldford, Skins)
  • The Journalist: Lana Winters (played by Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story)
  • The Dumb Nun: Sister Mary Eunice (played by Lily Rabe, American Horror Story)
  • The Nympho: Shelley (played by Chloë Sevigny, Big Love)
  • The Head Nun: Sister Jude (played by Jessica Lange)
  • The Wise Patient: Grace (played by Lizzie Brocheré)
  • The Crazy Doctor: Dr. Arthur Arden (played by James Cromwell, Six Feet Under)
  • The Girlfriend: Wendy (played by Clea DuVall, The Faculty)
  • The Reverend: Monsignor Timothy Howard (played by Joseph Fiennes, Shakespeare in Love)

WHAT WE KNOW

Briarcliff Manor was built in 1908 and is located on the East Coast. Over 46,000 people have died there and it’s considered one of the twelve most haunted places in the country. It was used as a sanatorium in 1962 and has an underground tunnel. Overall, it’s the perfect backdrop for this year’s horror story.

Sister Jude, under the supervision of Timothy Howard, runs Briarcliff. Sister Eunice is her right-hand nun, but is also helping her adversary, Dr. Arden, do something evil (?) to the patients. While Jude is on the far end of religiousness, it seems that Arden is deep into the mad part of science. Suffice it to say, they don’t get along.

Leo and Teresa are the first victims of Briarcliff that we meet in present day. To be fair, they knew the place was haunted, so that was a knowledgeable (albeit idiotic) choice they made. Bonus points: Leo was receiving oral sex when he had his arm ripped off by Bloody Face (assuming that was who committed the arm-removal), so it wasn’t a fully horrible experience, one would imagine.

Kit and Alma Walker were married in a time when their interracial love was completely frowned upon. So much so that they had to keep it a secret from their friends and family. They were postcoital when Kit heard a sound outside. Upon inspection, he finds a UFO-looking light in the trees and runs back into the house to find his wife. Everything, including his body, levitated to the ceiling, and we see an alien. During this time, Alma was skinned and killed. Kit is named as Bloody Face and accused for this murder, along with a few others. He swears he’s innocent.

Lana Winters wants to write a story on Briarcliff. She goes above and beyond the call of journalism to sneak back into the asylum and steal a few seconds with Bloody Face. Unfortunately for her, she is caught and checked into Briarcliff against her will. She is betrayed by her girlfriend, Wendy the teacher, who signs off on all of this. In Wendy’s defense, she was forced to choose between her career and the love of her life. Hard decision.

Overall, not everyone who’s checked in Briarcliff should actually be there. People are dying, guards are sleeping with patients, morals exist in a weird grey area and something lives in the forest. It’s all very sordid and scary.

What I Can’t Wait to Find Out

  • Was the baby doll we saw at the beginning of the episode significant?
  • Is the bakery relevant or was it just used to explain how Lana got her foot in the door?
  • Does Sister Jude really not know about the underground tunnel?
  • Does the French song that is played on repeat in the common room have some hold on the patients?
  • What is in the forest?
  • Where did the little chip that Arden pulled out of Walker’s neck go?
  • Does Sister Jude always wear red lingerie under her habit?
  • Why does Dr. Arden think the devil is in Walker’s brain?
  • Is Sister Eunice really as stupid as she seems?
  • Most importantly: WHO IS BLOODY FACE?! (I may be biased by my love for Evan Peters, but I’m 75% sure it isn’t Walker)

Quotes

“What are we going to tell our kids about the honeymoon?” – Teresa
“We tell them the truth. We visited the twelve most haunted places in America and screwed our brains out in every single one.” – Leo
“Or that mommy is a horror freak and daddy lives to make mommy happy.” – Teresa

“Mental illness is the fashionable explanation for sin.” – Sister Jude

“He believes the tonic for a diseased mind lies in the three Ps: productivity, prayer and purification.” – Sister Jude

“All monsters are human.” – Sister Jude

“Did you murder your wife?” – Grace
“No, and I’m not crazy.” – Walker
“That’s unfortunate. If they decide you’re sane, you’re going someplace way worse than this.” – Grace
“What could be worse than this?” – Walker
“You think it’s bad not having a chair, just think of the one they’ll strap you into.” – Grace

“Let me give you fair warning, I’ll always win against the patriarchal male.” – Sister Jude
“Bully for you.” – Dr. Arden

Nicole is a TV junkie and TVDM helps her feed a lifelong addiction. She can be found here, providing biased commentary (sprinkled with a few Pop Up Video-esque insights) on her favorite shows, every week.

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