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thoughts on american horror story: afterbirth

After Birth, I decided to avoid any AHS-based discussions so that I could enter Afterbirth completely theory-less. However, I was expecting a murder/suicide starring Ben and Constance, and considering the show’s affinity for all things gross and disturbing, I also prepared myself for some literal afterbirth. Well, I got part of that right.

I didn’t see last night’s season finale as “game-changing”. Instead, the whole episode felt like closure. In a morose way, the Harmon’s got a “happily ever after” and we won’t have to spend the next few months wondering what happens to them. All things considered, game-ender would be a more appropriate description. The perfect way to close out one horror story and make room for a bigger and better one next season.

  • I don’t know, maybe it’s haunted or something.” Although Ben casually wondered why the house was so cheap, his gut instinct was that buying the house in L.A. would be the perfect fix for their dysfunctional family, while Vivien’s gut was telling her to grab Violet and head down to Florida. Watching the flashbacks to how horrible everything turned out for the family over the last few months, and knowing it was almost avoided, was like a cruel joke.
  • Moira and Vivien become best friends (literally) forever. Vivien figured out her new reality pretty quickly, but is still lurking around Ben. Moira wants her to let go of Ben and tells her to consider “the end game” (potential clue for next season??). The ladies have similar, good-natured personalities, so it’s not surprising that they continued to click post-mortem.
  • Ben planned to commit suicide. His wife, daughter and the twin that was his all died, so he organized everything and headed to his former office to shoot his brains out. Vivien stopped him and he made peace with his family. All signs pointed to Ben leaving, but there were at least 40 minutes left in the episode so I figured the house would keep him there somehow. I didn’t expect what came next…
  • Hayden (and two of the home invaders from Home Invasion) killed Ben. The scene played out fast and the end result was Ben hanging from the chandelier. Did Hayden have a reason for staging a faux-suicide instead of just murdering Ben outright?
  • Marcy adopts Halley and sells the house again. Stacy (Lisa Vidal, The Event), Miguel (Anthony Ruivivar, Third Watch) and Gabe Ramos (Brennan Majia, iCarly) move in. Stacy and Miguel have happily married kitchen sex, while Constance and Ben watch. Violet flirts(?) with Gabe, while Tate watches. This could have been another happy family in a horror-filled home.
  • No one knows Violet is dead. Outside of Constance, who else would benefit from this? Another potential clue for next season??
  • Constance and Ben pull a Beetlejuice. Watching Stacy fight off Ben in the Rubber Man suit and Miguel initially see old Moira signified that this family was a lot stronger than the Harmons. The icing on the insane cake that sent them running into the night, with Patience and Prudence’s ‘Tonight You Belong to Me’ as the soundtrack? Vivien ripping Ben open, followed by Ben shooting her square in the forehead. Bye-bye Ramos family.

  • Tate fears he’ll never be forgiven. He was willing to kill Gabe for Violet, which was twistedly romantic. He finally admits to every horrible thing he’s done the past few years, as if that will offer him solace. Unfortunately, his story ends (at least for this season) with two things he wants far, far out of his reach: Violet and forgiveness.
  • Vivien gets at least one of her twins. Nora and Moira were the only two that knew the baby survived for a moment before dying. Vivien took over the motherly duties and made Moira the godmother. Complete with a Christmas celebration, this was such a cozy ending.
  • “You’ll come to understand Violet, that the word ancient will lose all its meaning when your entire existence is one long today.
  • Don’t tell mom, the babysitter’s dead. Three years later, we find Constance raising Michael as her son. She notes that he is a remarkable boy that needs a mommy who was “forged in the fires of adversity.” She comes home to find that her golden boy, giggling as the babysitter he killed laid bleeding at his feet. Tate was nurtured into a monster, but it seems his son was just born one.

Of course Constance is the lone survivor from this horror story. I don’t see where else the show can go with the Harmon family, but I doubt this is the last we’ve seen of them.

Update: Looks like we’ll be starting (relatively) fresh for the second season. Check out ‘Next Season of American Horror Story Will Be in a Whole New Haunted House‘.

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thoughts on american horror story: birth

It’s hard to believe this was the last episode before the season ends. It feels like we just met the Harmons and now we’re about to say goodbye…for now, forever…who knows? Birth may have answered a few questions about the lady Harmons, but even then, we still don’t know the fate of the family. American horror story’s don’t have happy endings and if this one does, they really should have went with a different and lighter show title.

  • Little Tate meets little Thaddeus. Constance was passed out and Tate makes his way to the basement. Before Thaddeus (Infantata) can grab him, Nora saves Tate and now we know why he felt so indebted to her, that he was willing to rape, steal and kill to get her a baby. We don’t know how much they interacted throughout the years, but for that moment, she was the mother he wanted. Did anyone else notice that Nora’s clothes were lighter in 1984, but by the time we bounced back to the present, she was wearing darker clothes?
  • Daddy (still) doesn’t know. For some reason, the scene between Ben and Violet, when he tries to make her go visit Vivien, really struck me. We knew she wouldn’t be able to leave, but I was hoping there would be a twist here and she wouldn’t disappear once the car left the property.
  • Chad got his man back and they are planning to raise the twins, together. Except, Patrick doesn’t really want any of that. All he wants is to be with the man he was going to be with before Tate killed him. Chad over hears all of this and crosses himself off the list of people/ghosts that want those babies.
  • “I’m dead, don’t you get it? Of course he doesn’t Violet, your father isn’t going to get it until the very end it seems.
  • One red crib and one white crib. I highly doubt this was by accident. Even if Chad and Patrick simply “broke up” before finishing the painting.
  • Chad called Violet “Elvira”. Wednesday would have been much more appropriate. But speaking of snippy Chad…
  • Constance and Chad should have had a scene together weeks ago! A lovely battle of the bitches, with Chad mocking Constance’s failure as a mother and her mocking his entire lifestyle.
  • Billie Dean is the real deal. Although the spell she gave Violet didn’t work, she can definitely speak to the dead, as evidenced by the telepathic moment. But why does she hate Tate? Sure, there are a few reasons to dislike him, but what’s her reason? And I didn’t see it before, but I’m wondering now if she’s Constance’s fourth child. This theory isn’t based on anything substantial, except they looked so alike in this episode and her Tate hatred.
  • “Dr. Harmon, it’s time.” The twin gingers vandalizing Ben’s car helped set the mood, but Charles and the ghost nurses delivering the baby really added to the creep factor of this scene. The first baby is born “stillborn” and passed to Nora (I don’t think they mentioned if it was a boy or girl) and the second baby boy is immediately scooped up by Constance.
  • “From blood and pain come perfection.” I was waiting for psychotic Hayden to make her entrance and she did, but I don’t think she’s going to get that baby from Constance. That woman has survived the death of pretty much everyone around her, surely she won’t be killed by Ben’s former mistress.
  • “Or did he change when he raped your mother?” Violet finally believes that Tate is a monster and calls him “the darkness”. She sends him away. I’m not sure if this means she can no longer see him or if he’s sent to some other realm briefly. Stupid AHS ghost rules.
  • The house wins again. Vivien and Violet are dead, together. No cliffhanger. No going into the season finale wondering what will happen to Vivien. She died during childbirth and unlike the other ghosts in the house, she’s stuck there with someone she actually loves. I doubt Tate will like that, but then again, I doubt she’ll be happy to hear he was the one who raped her.
  • Ben is alive and alone…for now. I’m pretty sure Ben will be dead next week too and I think he’s going to take someone down with him. I can see him committing suicide too, but I don’t want it to be at the house, Violet and Vivien have been through enough at this point.

Check out Ryan Murphy’s interview for this episode.

Next Week: Afterbirth (season finale)


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similar show showdown: the lying game vs ringer

[Editor’s Note: Article first published as Similar Show Showdown: The Lying Game vs Ringer on Technorati. -Nicole ]

Two shows. Two sets of twins. Two actresses (both playing their own twin). Two mysteries. Two love affiars. Ok…you get the point.

The Lying Game is the Sarah Michelle Gellar-less, teen version of Ringer. Both shows center on one twin who takes over her twin’s life when she goes missing. If that sounds confusing, it’s only because I’m talking about two shows with similar plots and is no way indicative of the depth of either show’s respective plot.

I tuned into Lying Game by accident (I watch most of those ABC Family shows and they have mastered the art of showing awesome promos. The show looked cool…I was defenseless). I waited obsessively patiently for Ringer to premiere as soon as I heard Buffy was back. I’ve been doing an unintentional compare/contrast on these shows for weeks, so here goes:

The Lying Game Overview:

Who: Emma Becker (the “good twin”) and Sutton Mercer (the “bad twin”) played by Alexandra Chando.

What: Emma is a foster child and her twin sister Sutton is a rich bitch who finds her. Sutton convinces Emma to visit and take over her life while she goes off in search of their biological mother. Emma doesn’t realize Sutton has tons of secrets, but she eventually fits into Sutton’s world…a little smoother than her twin planned for.

Why (I love it): The show had a very awkward first episode, but by the time the second week concluded, I was genuinely interested in the characters and the big mystery. Lying Game does a great job of balancing plot twists with relevant story lines. Emma becomes Sutton, but with heart. You can watch this show and not feel like you’ll see every little thing coming. Also…Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli on Heroes) and Blair Redford (Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on Passions) are fun to look at and remind me of shows I used to love.

Why (I hate it): Overall, there’s not a lot to hate. Some of the steamier parts of the show are stifled because it comes on ABC Family, but that’s hardly a gripe about the show itself.

Ringer Overview:

Who: Bridget Kelly (the “good/troubled twin”) and Siobhan Martin (the “bad twin”) played by Sarah Michelle Gellar.

What: Bridget and Siobhan have been estranged for six years, but after witnessing a murder, Bridget runs to her sister’s home. The two are rekindling their relationship when Siobhan disappears. Bridget is on the run from her past, so she takes over Siobhan’s life, secrets and all.

Why (I love it):Buffy is back. I get to see Sarah Michelle Gellar again, which is always great. The show promises a lot of character development and has a film noir thing going on. Siobhan’s husband Andrew and stepdaughter Juliet could be interesting, but I’ll need to see them more outside of Siobhan’s world to confirm that. There are a lot of mysteries that have potential to interconnect and as we learned with the pilot, nothing is exactly what it seems with this show. Also… Kristoffer Polaha (Baze on Life Unexpected) is a really underrated actor and the newly introduced Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls on Veronica Mars) never disappoints (officially tied with Lying Game on the nostalgia and ‘guys that are fun to look at’ fronts).

Why (I hate it): Buffy is NOT back. Neither Siobhan nor Bridget has even a tenth of the personality of Buffy Summers. The plot moves v e r y s l o w l y and I’m nervous that there will be little pay off. We don’t know why [SPOILER ALERT] Siobhan faked her death or why the mob is so insistent on finding Bridget. I want the show to find a rhythm, but I think the recurring theme is less film noir and more tricky promos followed by ‘bleh’ episodes.

Overall Verdict:

The Lying Game just wrapped up the first half of the season with ten episodes and has an unfair advantage over Ringer, which just aired its sixth episode last night. Both shows center on twins that have a lot to lose if they’re caught. The stakes are higher on Ringer, but the suspense level on Lying Game far surpasses the former’s promised excitement.

Taking that into account, I’d still have to say I prefer the less-adult twin mystery, Lying Game. Both shows underutilize their supporting cast, but Ringer makes EVERYTHING center around the twins (mainly Siobhan). Lying Game isn’t completely innocent of doing the same thing, they just do it better, putting mysteries inside of mysteries and heightening the “What the heck is going on?!” factor.

Lying Game also has better “twins”. I can’t decide if that’s because of the acting or the way each set of twins is written, but regardless Ringer’s Bridget doesn’t have the type of personality that viewers invest in for season after season. It hurts me to prefer a show on a network that birthed State of Georgia over one that brought SMG back into my life. I may revisit this when both shows have wrapped their first season…but for now Lying Game is the winner.

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