There was a lot going on in the “American Horror Story” Season 2 premiere. So much so, in fact, that we kind of wish the show had taken a bit of a breather and saved some insane asylum tropes for later episodes.
By our count, we saw the tropes of horror junkies exploring the abandoned asylum, a serial killer (who skins women), possible alien abduction, sexual deviancy, unauthorized medical experiments, unknown monsters in the woods, someone being wrongly committed and a definite “Cuckoo’s Nest” vibe at moments.
So, there was a lot happening.
It’s not that we don’t trust the show to explore them all and tie it all up by the end of the season — Season 1 rather masterfully showed off how the creators can do that. But it definitely left our heads spinning.
Kudos to the actors, all around. Jessica Lange does a terrific 180, going from the sugar-wouldn’t-melt-in-her-mouth Constance to the sadistic Sister Jude. And Evan Peters continues to be the breakout star of the series, for us. But really, there wasn’t one person we didn’t enjoy in his or her role.
Two plots stood out in particular for us, in terms of wanting to see where they go. First off, Leo and Teresa in the “future.” It doesn’t seem as though they’re in “modern day,” as in 2012. But they definitely are at Briarcliff years after it has closed as an asylum. And we thought perhaps after the opening scene, they were done. But we see by the end that they’re not, though we don’t think Teresa is long for this world, having run into Bloody Face while running down the “death chute.”
Curiously, in the key art released for the series, Adam Levine has his own photo and Jenna Dewan-Tatum does not, which also leads us to believe that her character is dead (or going to die next episode), while his character may live to fight on, despite his missing limb. Guess we’ll have to see.
Secondly, Sister Eunice taking the buckets to the woods has our curiosity piqued. What exactly is out there in the woods? Are the supposedly dead patients that Dr. Arden has experimented on lurking out there, turned into monsters? The unknown in horror films/shows is almost always scarier than what you actually see and that was some of the creepiest parts of the premiere, we thought.
What did you think of the Season 2 premiere of “American Horror Story”? How does the asylum stack up to the murder house? Or is it too early to tell?