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American Horror Story: Hotel “Checking In” REVIEW/MAJOR SPOILERS: Hotel California

MAJOR SPOILERS

It’s been a while, but I’m back and planning to actually be more consistent with my posts and fix up the blog(when I first made this blog I had just started high school, so a lot of my early posts kind of sucked which is why I have privated so many posts).    Anyways, I was actually really pleased with this episode.  I wasn’t a huge fan of “Freak Show”, and “Coven” really fizzled out by the end, so I’ve kind of learned to lower my expectations for this show.   However I think there’s actually a good chance this season might be on the same level as “Murder House” and “Asylum”.

The intro with the hot Swedish girls was a little weird, and kind of lasted a bit longer than necessary but it serves as a pretty good introduction to the kind of things we can expect from this season.  Elizabeth’s “children” remind me a lot of the creepy ginger kids from season one, and the maid was Pepper’s sister and Kyle’s mother in “Freak Show”/”Coven”(Spoilers I guess, I’m pretty sure she’s a ghost and her character is going to be in the flashbacks with Evan Peter’s character this year).  I was a little surprised at how depraved Kathy Bates character ending up being after having playing the moral center of last season(the way she had the girls locked up seemed to be a callback to Delphine’s torture methods in season three methinks).   I’m also really digging Sarah Paulson’s character this year, and I’m happy I don’t have to worry about her dying seeing as she’s already a ghost(Ryan kept good on his promise of finally killing off her character, I was actually pretty surprised when it turned out she was a ghost but it definitely makes sense given her 90’s style clothing and continued residence at the hotel).    She hasn’t really had that many scenes with Kathy Bates before so it’ll be interesting to see how they play off each other as the season goes on.

Now to address the elephant in the room, which is Lady Gaga taking over in the wake of Jessica Lange’s departure.    I’ve been a little skeptical about her casting, she’s so big and so well known it’s kind of hard to look at her and not think LADY GAGA and not Countess Elizabeth, but I was pleasantly surprised by her in this episode.   I can’t say I’m a huge fan(she’s obviously a talented artist, I’ve just never really listened to much of her music, nothing against her), but I thought this role seemed made for her(probably because it was).   Her and Matt Bomer’s first scene is a very memorable, very rock and roll scene in which the two get hopped up on cocaine and head to a outdoor LA screening of Nosforatu(Spongebob Flashbacks) where they seduce another young couple into a foursome before slashing their throats and drinking their blood(Can you say goals, lmao).    They have really good chemistry, and Lady Gaga looks incredibly sexy, even when she’s covered in blood.

We also get introduced to Wes Bentley and Chloe Sevigney’s characters.   John Lowe seems kind of like a boring Will Graham(aye, if I don’t get to doing a Hannibal write up let it be known I loved season three), and I hope there’s more to Chloe Sevigney’s character(hopefully she gets some sexy scenes too!).   I have to say what with the creepy Addiction Demon rape scene with Max Greenfield, the dead body in the mattress, and the Commandment Killer’s first tableau this episode was a lot more shocking and scary than anything in the last two seasons.  We also meet Will Drake, his son and the return of Marcy the relator from season one(she also reveals the Harmon’s dog, Hallie got put down, though she refers to the dog as he so maybe she’s talking about a different dog or Ryan Murphy just has a hard time keeping track of continuity.   Probably the latter, but I’ll hold out hope that Hallie lives on).  I have a feeling the son is going to be very annoying as is the case with most kids in horror movies but who knows.

The trailer showing what’s coming up was pretty brief but it looks like we get to see a really fun, crazy Sarah Palson this season which I’m psyched about.    Finn Whittorock is also going to be back, and unfortunately there wasn’t a lot of Angela Basset in the trailer(she’s my favorite on this show tbh, her character this season looks epic, I’ve heard she first shows up in episode three).  I’m pretty optimistic about this season, it’s got the theme and visual style of season one, the scares of season two, and the glamour of season three.    Let’s hope they don’t fuck this up!   Lily Rabe in a few weeks, also shoutout to Denis O’Hare who I didn’t really mention but gave a really good performance in this episode!  I’m feeling like I’ll review this whole season, I know I mentioned last time I posted here I was really depressed but I’m feeling a little bit better and more motivated now, so yay!  Also planning on writing about “Scream Queens” soon!

GRADE: A

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American Horror Story: Freak Show “Blood Bath” MAJOR SPOILERS/Review: Mother’s Greatest Gift

MAJOR SPOILERS….

Gloria:  No.   I can’t live without you.

Dandy: Okay.  (shoots her)

I wasn’t a fan of this episode.  Or the last.   Or maybe even the whole season.   I’m not sure.   But what I know is I didn’t care much for this episode, and that this season has a lot of wasted potential.   I mean when I looked at the credits and saw Danny Huston and Gabourey Sidibe were back, I was so excited then this episode just…happened.    It was a mess, I feel like the season might go down as my least favorite if they don’t speed up soon.

Okay, so in my time of reflection I realized Finn Wittorock is actually really fucking awesome.   I feel like I was taking his performance too seriously at first, but now I’ve seen the light.   Having said that his storyline isn’t really going anywhere.   Like he still hasn’t really tied himself into the “Freak Show” enough.  While I’m sad to see Gloria go(Frances Conroy deserves a much better role next season, I mean don’t get me wrong she was great this year, it’s just her character wasn’t), that death scene was fucking brilliant and probably one of the few bright spots in the episode.  Gabourey Sidibe’s character better have a purpose, I mean I love Gabby, but I feel like this might just be another one of those “LOOK WHO’S ON THE SHOW? BAM DEY DEAD!” moments or worse…a Patti Lupone, where she ends up having no purpose and is just there to look pretty.

The Angela Basset and the Freak Women thing was so fucking campy.  Like I really wondered if the dialogue was a joke or not.  So bad, yet so good.   Seriously Angela Basset, Kathy Bates, and Frances Conroy are gonna run this bitch next year without Lange.  Speaking of, Ethel’s death was too soon, and not necessary at all.   Though, this “American Horror Story” we’ll probably get a couple flashbacks of bearded Kathy Bates in all her greatness.  Jessica Lange brought the camp, and it was great, even though that dialogue was also really awful.  Also why did no one assume that Strong Man doucheface Michael Chiklis might have had something to do with Ma Petite’s death after what he did to Amazon Eve?

Also mega props to Denis O’Hare, he is killing it this year.  His character is great, Emma Robert’s on the other hand…  It’s a shame, really.   I know people give her a lot of shit, but I loved Madison last year and she and Myrtle were my two favorite parts of “Coven” so I’ve been really excited to see what Emma Robert’s would get to do this season.   Well, the answer to that is still up in the air.   The character has done nothing.   Plus what the fuck was with her suddenly being the voice of reason?   I’m hoping she get’s a psycho character next season, I love Emma Roberts, and I really wish she had more to do.

Overall, there was some great acting, and some unintentionally funny moments, but overall this episode was pretty shitty.   It’s not even fun to hate watch.   I really hope they step it up.   Also Danny Huston is back, or was, hopefully they do something with that.   Next week, Lilly Rabe as Sister Mary Eunice and Briarcliff return so YAY for that!   I miss season two, and I’m really pumped to see Briarcliff even if for five minutes or whatever amount of time it’ll be.   That said Pepper hasn’t really done anything this season, so it feel weird we’d just through her off the island in one episode and give her focus just to let her go.

GRADE:  C 75%

American Horror Story: Freak Show “Edward Mordrake”(Parts One and Two) Review/Major Spoilers: Douche Clown Rises

MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW, Duh

Another year, another “American Horror Story” Halloween special. I have to say that each year these episodes deviate more and more from the Halloween theme, but “Edward Mordrake” two-parter really got me interested/a little worried in seeing where this season is going. Last night’s episode was much more fun and faster paced than the others before it, but I do have some minor fears about this season.

So the biggest twist of last night’s episode had to be Twisty’s death, which I admit was sort of inevitable because keeping him and those kids in the bus around longer might have pushed the boundaries of disbelief(then again, this is “American Horror Story”, so….), but it was still a shock to me. John Carrol Lynch really killed it this week, and I did sort of find myself feeling for Twisty a bit(though it’s a little crazy to think the sweet clown in the flashbacks just needs someone to reject his toys for him to go on a killing spree, but hey…”American Horror Story”). Also place another bingo chip on the severe mommy issues free space on your “American Horror Story” bingo card(Twisty just wanted to make momma happy, you guys. Jeez, I’d really like to meet Ryan Murphy’s mom).

Then the other twist is Dandy a.k.a Douche Clown is now the new Twisty, ew. He also killed Dora, aka god. Like fuck you Dandy, Ryan Murphy better bring back Dora or I’m done with this show. Luckily she gave birth to Gabourey Sidibe who will be back in a few episodes, hopefully to slap the shit out of Dandy and call Maggie a bitch. Honestly the Dandy twist has me worried, because he’s the worst, and I’m so sick of these douchey serial killer boys on my television. Someone just needs slap that little shit in the head(I think I just got possessed by the ghost of Dora)

Elsa lost her legs when she got raped by “watchers” in a dirty German snuff film(because, of course she did). There’s also fem-dom dog play, BDSM, and all sorts of other sex acts torn out of the kinkiest editions of “Savage Love” column. Also how hot did Jessica Lange look in that leather Elvira, vampire mistress of the night, outfit? I’d be her dog any day…did I just type that for the whole internet to see?

Also Maggie and Jimmy are going to fuck soon, I can feel it. I’m kind of bored by Emma Robert’s character this year, I just want her to smoke cigs, and call people bitches again like last year(her best line so far is “I’ve got to go pee”, forealz). Still the physical presence of Emma Roberts is still enough to keep me watching. Also Evan Peter’s character is good again, and we must forget that he killed an officer for doing his job because duh, the freaks are the good ones, it’s the real world that’s bad.

Del and Desiree are going through a sexual rough patch, in what might be the most unsubtle bit of foreshadowing this show has ever done(Spoilers you guys: Del is gay!). Which is you know a bit problematic because it implies that the only people that could love or have sex with a woman with a penis are closeted gay men(btdubs: I know real intersex people do not have penises, but the show seems to be telling us that Desiree does, so therein lies the problem). However this is a Ryan Murphy show, therefore any expectations of the show delving into the nuances of human sexuality in a more complex way beyond straight=vagina lover and gay=dick lover, with a catty reference to bisexuals being confused, should be left at the door.

I’m really digging Kathy Bates character this year, and her scene with the doctor was fantastic. She’s definitely got a much meatier role than sassy racist serial killer head from last season(omg, when she was just a talking racist head, oh god, “American Horror Story” I love you so much). Also Jessica Lange covered Lana Del Rey, it was historically inaccurate but also amazing. Got to admit I’m digging these musical numbers more than I thought I would be. Denis O’Hare’s character has a lot more flare this year than in the other seasons. Very Russel-ish, he’s a much engaging foe than Spalding or Larry. Anyways “Edward Mordrake” started a bit slow, but by the second hour it seemed the show was finally ready to show us the good stuff.

Other Things

+  We’ll always remember that time Dora dressed up like Woody the Woodpecker, and didn’t give a fuck what anybody thought about it.   We’ll miss you Dora:(

+Pepper is still awesome/underutilized.

+ Lilly Rabe will be back in episode ten reprising her role as Sister Mary Eunice from season two. I would show concern because it’s GOING AGAINST THE RULES OF THE SHOW, but who the fuck cares? It’s Lilly fucking Rabe, who the fuck are you?!?

+Edward Mordrake kind of sucked.

+ Happy early Halloween!

GRADE: B(Part One)/A-(Part Two)