First 2 seasons are pretty good. 3rd is ok, kind of different. 4th seems like the writers suddenly went full retard, horrible character development and awful plotholes. I can't bring myself to watch the 5th, I've heard is even worse than the last one.
>Freak Show 8.5/10... honestly pretty surprised that people are shitting on it. To be fair, it wasn't "scary", but it was the most interesting season to me with Asylum being not too far behind.
>Hotel (the current season) 5.5/10 not worth watching. Tries too hard to be edgy, and tries to act "sexy" in the way that gay fashion designers think that straight males want to fuck models who look like emaciated 13 year old boys with long hair and facial expressions that read as "Ughhh...". I really should have stopped watching but once I got five episodes in, I figured that I might as well see it through.
The worst thing about the series are the fans though. Not that I go online and chat about it (except for this thread), but whenever I hear it brought up, I get the impression that the average viewer is a 14 year old girl who watches it before bedtime while chatting on Facebook with her friends.
2nd season is best season. it is a bit chaotic, but it comes together and ends in a very satisfying way, something that can't be said about any of the other seasons.
1 is prolly second best, 3 has a good first half but falls apart when stevie nicks shows up, 4 is the worst like everyone says. couldn't bring myself to finish that season. i've watched some of 5 and it seemed better than 5 and 3 but still not good enough to keep my interest.
>watched seasons 1 and 3 >many different plots, none of them resolve satisfactorily >not really scary >pretty corny >season 3 at least has a pretty unique premise as far as current tv shows go, music is good too The season 3 intro is pretty /x/ though: https://youtu.be/mmRXT7w2C1s
if you are watching for the spoops and some awkward psuedo porn murder house stretches an average slasher flick into a whole season.
asylum used rape in place of characters and plot
coven had some x-tier sub plots about the big easy but otherwise ran as a teen paranormal romance.
from an artistic standpoint the actors reinventing themselves in every season is an interesting progression. That brings up the point that there is so little immersion that the actors themselves stand out. If you want spooks, or good writing look elsewhere. if you want a heavy handed writing with a rape brush you have a winner.
I watched the first season because I kept thinking it would have to get interesting and go somewhere, because to their credit, it's set up very well. But nope, it's just edgelord bullshit that leads nowhere, and has the dumbest dialogue in any tv show I've ever seen.
You literally have to be brain damaged to like this garbage.
Freakshow wasn't bad at all. It's not traditional horror, more just... well, freaky. And it ties into Asylum. It's more just choose your favorite Freak, and wonder how/when they will die.
Best episodes were the first few with Twisty the Clown. Not because of his edgy killing, but because when Halloween rolled around and Edward Mordrake came up, his story was absolutely tragic, and suddenly you feel for a character you felt uncomfortable around. Towards the end it got really good. Pic related.
Hotel has been absolutely stupid. It had its moments, and I really enjoyed the 10 Commandments Killer arc, but couldn't give a shit less about The Countess. It was a fucking ploy for Lady Gaga to sell her albums. It just sells her. Each episode dedicates anywhere between 5-15 minutes of just sex. Which isn't bad, but not particularly important to most scenes.
Asylum introduced the corrupt affairs of mental institutions in a day and age where anyone could be thrown in just because someone else said they were crazy. But add to the mix satanic possession, deranged surgeries and exoeriements, and a psychotic serial killer in their midst, and it was a very entertaining season.
Coven was good, but lacked in certain spots. Very girl-power and typical. But the Voodoo story arc, and Kathy Bates characters are very interesting.
Murder House was great because it was the first of its kind, and really kept it's feet on the ground without going too crazy with character story arcs.
Above everything, the score is really fucking good. And it seems to get better every season. I feel Freakshow really stood out because it sounds like a carnival soundbox, which combined with the stop motion dolls is pretty spooky. Hotels has a sense of isolation to it, while still being modern. Best part of Hotel, if you ask me.
Anyway OP, Each season is only 12-13 episodes. Just give them a watch and decide for yourself.
>>17187853 Looks like you feel the same way about it as I do. If you actaully watched the first, it'd probably fall somewhere between Freakshow and Coven. I love witches and creole voodoo shit, so Coven was such a letdown. I didn't think it could get worse until Hotel aired.
>>17188410 I'm pretty sure it's not intended to be scary, even at its best. Actually, I think it's at its worst when it's trying to be scary. The bits that I enjoy, I actually only enjoy in the same way I enjoy shitty B-horror.
>Season 1 The plot is fucking bananas, and not in a good way. It starts off good and the season's horror pretty much peaks in episode 2 with Tate in the basement, followed closely by the man haunted by "pigman". If you're watching it for the plot, prepare to be disappointed. The "rules" of the house are inconsistent, nobody's motivations make sense and the ending just throws everything away, including the threat drummed up all season long. I will give a thumbs up to the twist hiding under the floor boards.
>Season 2 Best of the first 3 by far. Psychological horror at best, but it does what it does well. All of the stuff with the blonde haired kid is terrible, the woman hosting Satan is an absolute riot to watch but her motivations are dubious at best. The entire plot with Bloodyface is great and it's the only part of AHS I've seen which has a satisfying conclusion. For a look into the human psyche and well-rounded characters, this season is worth a watch.
>Season 3 What the shit? I was hyped up for this season because of the premise but it dropped the ball hard. Season 1 might have had a hardon for preaching against adultery and season 2 might have downright hated everything about rape, but season 3 just gets fucking silly with the anti-racism, pro-girl power tripe. Gabourey Sidibe's character is particularly obnoxious and kills a lot of the positives in Kathy Bates' character. The plot is pulled out of its arse. Papa Legba is the ONLY thing good that came out of the writers writing themselves into a corner (how to deal with the fact that two characters are immortal?) as he steals every scene he's in. It flip flops back and forward so much, characters moods change at the drop of a hat and Emma Roberts' character makes a monologue about feeling empty and cold before being a narcisistic cold bitch 5 minutes later, for the rest of the season.
If you're a white, straight male who has had adulterous thoughts, be prepared to have 3 seasons of AHS railing against you.
2 > 1 > 3 > 4 ? 5 (never watched 5) It's okay It's very base entertainment Not thought provoking in the least, sustains itself on cultural memes and cheesy plotlines It mostly follows the new brainfrying overly-social drama miniseries meta, where interesting motifs become secondary to bitchfights between characters
>>17188613 I agree with all but the 3rd season, I thought it was pretty good, better that season 1 by a long shot, and I enjoyed it. The 'seven wonders stevie knicks' thing was fucking dumb though, so was the retard zombie boyfriend. I liked the hell concept, it was pretty hellish, and The voodoo witches were cool.
Every now and again I try to get through season one because it's on netflix, I have two thumbs, and people apparently like AHS? And yet every time I'm just wildly disappointed. It's pretty edge for the sake of being edge, with a metric ton of rape and sexual assault instead of plot. I got to the episode where they introduce dead gay Sylar before I stopped most recently, and I'm hard pressed now to remember an episode that doesn't have at least one sexual assault in it. I wound up just feeling so bad for the main character, the dad; shit just keeps happening to him, and he keeps getting touched on and unwillingly ~seduced~ by dead people. And there's a love plot between the underage girl and her dead murderer neighbor?
>how the fuck
On the other hand, going into it like I'm watching a comedy made it infinitely better. Treat this like the B movie it is, and fuck, you might enjoy it. You can tell the actors are aware of exactly what sort of plot they're in, and in some glorious moments, you can see them lean into it and just start chewing the scenery because there's nothing they can do to rescue the plot.
TL;DR >3.5/10 on the spooks scale >6 on the spoop meter
Its made by the asshole(s?) who made Glee so this should be your first warning sign,
AHS is really "intro to horror for teenage girls". This means that it has almost every horror cliche shoved in so the kids can look at something generally familiar and everything is given with 'polished' tumblr aesthetics which ruin horror most of the time.
Its also stylisized as fuck, which can be great, but in this case it looks like it has been stylisized for gays and girls by gays and girls which makes it all a little cringe-worthy and juvenile.
Tumblr is home to the AHS fanbase, this should also tell you something.
Personally, I mostly enjoyed season 1 and 2. I thought coven was made literally for 13 year old 'alt' girls, and freakshow and hotel have literally music numbers in them where some protagonists sing songs. Maybe not so much in the current season with gaga but this season is even worse than having music numbers in it-instead it has HUGE ass montages of lady gaga (literally playing her on stage persona) being ''''mysterious'''' and '''seductive''', doing things while literally a whole 4 minute song plays.
Seeing a lot of hate for season 3, and I mostly agree with it, but I actually think it starts off being good. The acting, aside from Zoe's (the bitch with the black widow power who opens the show) is really good, especially Angela Basset as Marie Laveau. It really focuses on the female perspective and uniquely female issues(loss of beauty with age, peer pressure within groups of women, using beauty to manipulate men, etc.) which I guess you could call 'girl power' but I don't really think so. It also has a big focus on racism, which I think is handled pretty well, but if you are a racist you probably won't like it. The characters are (mostly) pretty interesting and varied, and the occult theme is handled pretty well. They do a great job of showing off New Orleans too. My issues with it are its lack of internal consistency(especially when it comes to resurrection) which get worse and worse as it goes, warped motivations for otherwise good characters, and worst of all, extremely jarring shifts in tone from scene to scene. As I said, it doesn't start off this way, and I actually think the first episode of season 3 is the best episode of American Horror Story, but at a certain point, shit just gets stupid, and its a real shame.
>>17194571 Well then if it was meant to be shit then it certainly succeeded at being shit, but it certainly didn't start off that way. I'm referring to shit like Queenie randomly meeting up with the other witches at the cemetary with the immortal bitch on a leash and nobody reacting literally at all besides vague annoyance and 'sassy' disinterest, or the witches totally destroying the head witch hunters without any resistance (raising the question as to why they didnt just do that 100 years ago), or the Stevie Nicks fan girl disintegrating after getting stuck in hell and then everybody just decides to play teleport tag like 5 minutes later and then one of them just impaling herself on a spike and everyone's sad again. It's shit like that that ruined the season for me in its later episodes, and it's still stupid regardless of whether or not it was intentionally so.
My statement about her acting, by the way, does not just refer to the scene in which she kills the guy, but to her entire character in the show, in both the third and first seasons. I just think she's a horrible actress overall.
>>17194723 Actually in this week's episode Queenie stayed at the Hotel Cortez, while in LA to attend a screening of the Wheel of Fortune, which she was certain she would be selected to contest on, as her ticket was "enchanted" by her supreme
So anyway she encounters Romona Royale, played by the same actress as Marie La Vois, however, she does NOT recognize her
and then she dies and whatever but the point is, like, how could she NOT remember Marie la Vois? She lived and studied and nearly died while trying to protect her, less than THREE years earlier
so you see it all plays together like get with it you fuckin casual
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