We are short handed this week. I’d like to think that people are taking a stance against the stupid decision to edit this episode, but we both know that’s a lie. I am here with my AHS gal pal, Melanie, and we slog our way through yet another “riveting” episode of AHS. We tried, we did, but they aren’t giving us a lot to work with, and I’m fucking cranky.
Is this whole season just going to be mostly a series of flashbacks?
Melanie: Yes, but aren’t most season filled with an exorbitant amount? (Kent: You are probably right. I can think of some instances and I am sure I am forgetting a lot more. It seemed to me, and once again I am probably wrong, but it seemed like most of the flashbacks took a jump back in time so it fit the narrative. In this case, they are retelling things that happened weeks or months ago and that just seems lazy in a way.)
Kent: It appears that way, which Kent of 5 years ago would have loved. Kent with no short term memory is struggling to keep things straight. It’s unfortunately confusing at times for me and I practically need a chart to keep shit straight.
Much like Emma Roberts, Mare Winningham showed up for one whole episode. Are you satisfied with her role or would you have preferred more?
Melanie: I was satisfied with her role of a badass bitch. I think that people are doing a one and done because they don’t want to be more associated with this piece of garbage of a season. (Kent: That is slow clap worthy.)
Kent: I want more Mare! I fear that with Frances Conroy being the last familiar face left, she’s gonna be a one and done as well. Which begs the question, if they were going to do all of these one and dones, why didn’t they get more familiar faces?
Does the truth behind the gas trucks disappoint you?
Melanie: I was sure it was wine, so yes very disappointed. (Kent: So just in case any of the readers wish to buy Melanie a Christmas gift, she has been dropping some pretty big hints.)
Kent: Absolutely, unless it’s a lie. I’m still hoping for the joker. This seems all too clever ridiculous at this point.
Give me your thoughts on Meadow and her death?
Melanie: It just shows how people have really bought into Kai’s bullshit. At least she got some dick before she went. (Kent: See, that’s underappreciated. In the end, don’t we all just want a little something something before we die? Granted, I would also be happy with a box of Slim Jims, pizza, and a good horror flick, but that’s just me. Hookers and blow is still the way to go.)
Kent: Meadow has been my favorite character this season and I hated seeing her go down the way she did. It was a real bummer.
When considering AHS’ rich history of antagonists, has Kai done enough this season at this moment to be rated higher than the main antagonist from any other season? I’m not going to try to list them because this has become an exercise in futility. I would say that the first 5 seasons have multiple main antagonists, so you use your best judgement.
Melanie: He has proven himself to be the main antagonist, which is so very hard. Each season has more than one main antagonist…so bravo to him. But he is still not the best of the worst, lol. (Kent: Melanie and i talked about the main antagonists from season’s past. You would think that with all past seasons having multiple “main” antagonists, that with Kai being the top of the heap here, that he would be ranked higher. And then you consider the heap that he is on top of. SIgh.)
Kent: The thing is that he’s the leader and has followers. But he’s also involving politics. The Butcher didn’t stoop to that level. I want to give him credit for being a mastermind, but this has been so over the top that the credibility isn’t what you would like it to be. Until further notice, he’s still in last, but has potential to move past Butcher and maybe the aliens from season 2.
Were You Kentertained by this particular episode?
Melanie: Eh, not really.
Kent: This episode was a step down from the previous 2-3 weeks. It answered so many questions, but knowing that everything is real and not in Ally’s head has really lost a lot of luster. They turned the scope back to politics. Then there was the whole editing thing due to Vegas. That whole thing was a bunch of horseshit. If you are traumatized by violence at this point in time, it’s understandable, most people are empathetic to your plight, but use some fucking common sense and don’t watch a TV series titles American Horror Story. Don’t be a fucking idiot. I’m miserable and cranky. No, I can’t say that I was Kentertained this week, but I look forward to next week in the spirit of optimism! (Melanie: I watched the unedited one, you didn’t really miss much.)
We seem to be making progress this season and it’s nice. While I am in the midst of my horror filled month, I am still trying to best to keep my AHS posse happy. I wish I had more to say, but I am way behind, so please enjoy this blog. Leave a comment letting Melanie, Teddy, and Cece know that you appreciate their hard work Leave me a comment to tell me how bad I am at doing this.
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Will Beverly Hope (Adina Porter) inevitably do something that makes her lose her position or power in the group/cult?
Melanie: I don’t think anyone is safe.
Teddy: I feel like that brashness is gonna come back to bite her in the ass like it did with Meadow. (Kent: That makes the most sense to me.)
Cece: No. I think she’s beginning to be the driving force for Kai right now. She keeps him level.
Kent: She still doesn’t have her name in the main credits. Right now, she is being built up as a power player in the group. That tells me that she’s gon’ get got within the next 2-3 episodes.
Is Meadow in serious danger or is this possibly a ploy to mess with Ally?
Melanie: Meadow is in serious danger. She disagreed with Kai’s wishes.
Teddy: yeah she legit flipped face after dropping the knowledge of the cult to Ally.
Cece: At first I thought it was maybe a ploy. But then when she mentioned about the cult stuff, I realized, this isn’t a lure tactic.
Kent: I thought it was a ploy. Then she mentioned Ivy as part of the group, and then I thought, geez, that would make the ploy all the better. I feel that she’s in danger, but I am always wrong, so I am sticking with a ploy crafted by Ivy.
Did you want the group to try to break the nails in the head record on R.J.?
Melanie: No. The whole scene was so awful.
Teddy: I’m not a squeamish person but that scene was hard to watch…
Cece: Of course. I was waiting on it. (Kent: I’m still waiting…)
Kent: That was the hope and the dream. They did a good job in filming that scene. I enjoyed Harrison informing IVY that she had to hold it to his head. It made me chuckle for whatever reason. Don’t judge me.
Was Kai right that R.J. had to die?
Melanie: No. But he doesn’t like when people feel bad, so in his mind he deserved it.
Teddy: I mean honestly prior to I thought it was Ivy going to be the one who gets it. The other guy at least partook in the activities whereas Ivy ran away and puked
Cece: I mean, probably in that circumstance. But, Ivy showed great weakness too. I see her going next.
Kent: I have really been dwelling on this. How much more stuff needs to be filmed? Yes, you need people that are unquestionably committed to the cause. If you have stuff to film, you need a good cameraman since the videos are a HUGE part of the plan so far. I think that he could have lived, and it was more about Ivy than it was RJ.
Do you think Kai still views Ivy as weak?
Melanie: He views everyone as weak. (Kent: I wonder who he views as strong, like as role models.)
Teddy: I mean if she didn’t pull that trigger she would’ve caught a few nails herself. Also why if she is there why the fuck is chaz bono also there?? Don’t they hate each other??
Cece: He should. I did.
Kent: With that haircut, absolutely.
Why did Bob Thompson have a gimp in his attic, and did it make you think of Pulp Fiction?
Melanie: Because he is obsessed with nipples. It did not make me think of Pulp FIction. (Kent: Nipples have become quite the talking point of blogs this month oddly enough. Glad to keep the trend continuing.)
Teddy: I mean did anyone expect less from a guy openly fucking a news reporter and showing clear favoritism?
Cece: I didn’t think of Pulp when I actually saw the gimp. But I did think it when he mentioned it. Who the fuck knows why he was there. Apparently Bob is a real freak. (Kent: I thought you, out of everybody, would have jumped on that one.)
Kent: I would suggest that Bob once met Tarantino in person and was inspired. Obviously, I envisioned the whole scene as it’s one of my all time fav scenes.
The title of this episode was “Holes”. What was the most important hole in this episode?
Melanie: Many different reasons, but the way this season is going I think it was because Ryan Murphy found a hole in his sock. (Kent: I hope that is in the commentary on one of the blu rays.)
Teddy: Idk man most important would’ve been meadow since A. She was still alive and NOT dead, and B. She dropped the cult bomb
Cece: Ya know, there were so many. I think maybe the hole that RJ left in the group. If you mean physically, his head was the best.
Kent: There are so many ways to take it, and that makes me think of the Gimp’s hole, but that’s just lewd. Meadow being in the hole seemed to be the most important thing to me, but I also enjoyed the dream.
We have now seen a glimpse into Kai’s home life prior to being the leader of this clown posse. Did the backstory make Kai’s character any more sympathetic to you?
Melanie: Yes, but they always make you feel feelings for the main antagonist. Also, this explains why he is bat shit crazy.
Teddy: Not even. The psycho isnt something developed. It’s something that’s always there. This just made it worse. (Kent: I gotta disagree. The psycho is sure as shit crafted from a young age.)
Cece: Not at all. Sure, his dad was a piece of shit. But this doesn’t mean he needed to become one as well. He could have left town and started over as a better person. (Kent: Doesn’t mean that he has to be, but this is a normal cycle, which probably happens more often than it doesn’t. Think about all of the piece of shit abusive fucks in the world. By now, that shit should have been weeded out, but it’s a cycle.)
Kent: I think it did for me. I needed to know what made him tick. Maybe some of that stuff hit a little too close to home for me. I loved the whole idea of locking them in the bedroom as well.
We now know that Kai, Winter, and Dr. Rudy Vincent are all siblings. Does this cement the thinking that Rudy is in on this with Kai’s group in some capacity, working together?
Melanie: I did not see that coming at all. It makes so much sense now. (Kent: Yeah, I didn’t see them being siblings. I’m not sure many people really did.)
Teddy: I fucking called this from a mile away xD. If he is psycho enough to come up with the parent cover up then he is def in on it. Also I’m pretty sure that he is giving Kai pills
Cece: Absolutely. I called it from way early on.
Kent: It makes the most sense, but in all fairness, it was something being discussed from the first episode, so this surprises nobody, but further solidifies the theory in people’s minds. At this point, the bigger twist would be that he’s actually a good guy.
Do you think that if Ryan Murphy hadn’t been so heavy handed with the politics in the season premiere, that perhaps more people would be watching this show at the moment?
Melanie: I think more people would enjoy the season.
Teddy: I don’t think so. People went in expecting way more politics (Remember it was “gonna” be called election night). I feel this show has politics in it but its only minute, such as the occasional jill stein reference or Chaz Bono’s MAGA hat. (Kent: As a person who loathes politics, I can say that you are glossing over a bunch of shit. It’s there, still, and it’s heavy handed.)
Cece: I think so, yeah. The show has definitely gotten much better over the past 2 weeks.
Kent: Ratings haven’t been kind. People aren’t as excited this season. Even the people that I talk to most about this show all seem to have a similar downtrodden way of speaking when the show is brought up. I think Ryan Murphy over thought it, received bad advice, or was forced by FX to do it that way. I don’t know who to blame, but it was a terrible decision. I can say that because we have had 2-3 decent episodes now, but is anybody really excited or jovial when discussing the show? Nope, still morose. (Teddy: I think Roanoke was what caused this not necessarily the politics in the show) To address Teddy, Roanoke caused a lot of bad shit that they have not recovered from, unfortunately.
If you could get to know one of the characters better, one that we have seen in the first 5 episodes, who would it be and why?
Melanie: I really want to know more about the lady drinking wine in the background. What kind is she drinking? Does she recommend it? (Kent: She recommends it, absolutely.)
Teddy: Winter. She is probably my favorite character so far. Well aside from not rolling up her sleeves in the tub diddle scene xD
Cece: I guess the answer would be Kai. I want to know more about what drove him to be the way that he is. I want to understand what he thinks and how he thinks.
Kent: Beverley Hope intrigues me as does Dr Rudy. I admit that Adina has a role that I am enjoying…finally. I am sure we will get more on Rudy. So my answer is Meadow because she is such a fascinating character to me.
Were you Kentertained by this week’s episode?
Melanie: Yes, but only because the previous episodes were shite!!
Teddy: I would say it’s picking up but I think last weeks episode did it more for me.
Cece: Yes. Absolutely. It’s picking up and I am enjoying the gore/horror elements better.
Kent: Every episode is better than the last in my opinion. Right now, things are going well, so yes, quite Kentertained.
At the end of this blog, there will be a TLDR version of what I wrote for your millennial reading pleasure.
This week gave us a lot of background info on the event that led up to the first 3 episodes. Narratively, I would suggest that it was the best episode so far. That’s still not saying much and this would have been the worst episode of season 1 comparatively, so lots of work to go. Meanwhile, I would like to thank Melanie, Cece, and Teddy for stopping by to offer their insight and humor me by answering my inane questions. I want to give a shout out to a former contributor who hasn’t shown her face all season, Kelly, who apparently was too busy, something to do with getting married and that being a higher priority than writing on this prestigious blog. Pfft, I don’t get it either. Anyway, congrats Kelly and Darrin and hopefully she will reappear so we can squabble like children. Finally, any comments in the blog in bold are from Kent unless otherwise noted..
Melanie took some time out of her schedule last weekend to discuss the first 3 episodes of this season with Kent on the Are You Not Kentertained podcast, so please give that a listen.
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Do you feel that having this episode earlier in the season or at least parts of the episode earlier could have helped the narrative better, or was it best to have the first 3 episodes to establish what was happening?
Melanie: I think the first three episodes were intentionally unhelpful. I feel like this is nothing new for Ryan Murphy and nothing makes sense for a few episodes and then BAM! He hits you with all you need to know.
Teddy: I feel like the first few episodes are purely to make Ally seem crazy, and then build forward from there
Cece: I like how it has gone so far. We needed an intro in real time and now this episode has been great to show a back story into things!
Kent: This season needs all the help that it can get. Adding some of these elements earlier in the season would have helped develop characters better, or at least adding intrigue to them.
Was Chaz Bono’s part an homage to Saw or just over the top storytelling?
Melanie: Over the top. I couldn’t watch it.
Teddy: over the top to say the least.
Cece: I loved it. Not over the top. It was psychologically wonderful.
Kent: Over the top storytelling. How fucking absurd was this shit? How much did I enjoy it still? Significantly!
Does this mean that all of the clowns that we saw in the first 3 episodes were real? Does that change your outlook on those episodes in hindsight?
Melanie: They are real. It validated my feeling that Meadow was the small female dominatrix clown.
Teddy: the three clowns are real, and I’m pretty sure it’s kai, meadow, and harrison. Also shows that everyone is in on it.
Cece: I don’t think they were real necessarily. I mean, they’re there, yes, but I don’t think they were there when she was ‘seeing them’.
Kent: It appears that clowns were, in fact, having sex in the produce section. This somehow makes the season premiere all the worse to me. All of my theories are pretty much ruined, aside from the Joker and the gas. Next week they will probably ruin that one for me too. Thanks Ryan Murphy….dick. (Melanie: So, reading your answer I went back to the scene. The clown receiver was wearing a yellow thong-I think it is the silver haired cop. He looks like a bright yellow banana hammock fan.)
Emma Roberts returned to AHS only to promptly be killed. Was this a total waste of a great talent? Yes, I said great, deal with it.
Melanie: I was glad after she let her boss diddle her nipple like that. EWWW!
Teddy: oh man watching her get knifed must’ve been poetic for Evan peters lol, idk I dont think she is too great a talent so I’m not gonna miss her
Cece: Meh. I loved how they already killed her off! Her character was a slut with no talent.
Kent: Absolutely huge waste of star talent and beauty. She’s the hottest chick in the show so far, and probably will be for the season. I know it’s terrible for a straight white male to want eye candy in this day and age, but I still want something pretty to look at. I really enjoy her acting though if I am being honest. She’s great in the bitch role and would have done great in the world of wrestling.
The pussy grabbing video, funny or not funny?
Melanie: I chuckled a bit.
Teddy: it’s as annoying as the actual people who did it in real life, I did like that they “songified” it though.
Cece: Not funny. The fact that they auto tuned it was funny to make nod at today’s YouTube shit, but the actual dudes doing it so much. Stupid and annoying.
Kent: I laughed. It was annoying, gratuitous, and summed up the past few years of what society deems as cutting edge art.
Did this episode give you a deeper appreciation for Kai’s character?
Melanie: No, it just showed that he is a master manipulator.
Teddy: I mean the stuff he said in the episode made sense to me, which means that he is good at being a manson character. It does make view his character as a good one (better than roanoke EP for sure)
Cece: Not necessarily. He definitely is super smart and fucking charismatic. But, he is definitely a Charles Manson.
Kent: Absolutely. It’s easy to see why people would align themselves with him. He found the easiest targets and went to work. That’s how cults start, and despite what you would think after seeing this terrible season, thinking that it was AHS: Election or AHS: Down With The Clowns, no it’s actually AHS: Cult. This provides me with hope.
Who’s the better character: Harrison or Meadow?
Melanie: Harrison, one liners are my jam.
Teddy: Harrison, Meadow seemed only thirsty for dick while Harrison actually is a well defined character.
Cece: I like them both, to be honest. I feel for both of them. However, they’re obviously weak minded and Kai got them when they were down the most.
Kent: Harrison has been given more to work with, but I admit, I have a certain fondness for Meadow, and I have no idea why. I really don’t, but I look forward to her now. Her line about how she shouldn’t be allowed to vote just struck me as brilliant. It’s so nice to have some self awareness, and the reality, most people voting aren’t educated enough to make a good decision. I would guess that over 70% of the people voting wouldn’t pass the test.
So Ivy worked with Winter prior to being hired as the nanny. Are we going to find out that Ivy has played a more sinister role in what we have seen play out, or was this a one time thing?
Melanie: My first thought was that she is a clown and wants to put Ally in a psychiatric facility and be with Winter. Ladies who don’t roll up their sleeves really butters Ivy’s bread.
Teddy: at this point I feel like the only people not involved is Ally and the kid.
Cece: I believe Ivy, and every other single person we’ve really seen so far, will all be a part of the big picture. And all of this is coming down on Ally.
Kent: I hope they go balls out and have Ivy just be a big bad bitch. I would thoroughly enjoy this. I like seeing this. The more evil characters, the better.
Did this episode make you wonder how much of the season has been dedicated to simply mindfucking Ally?
Teddy: this episode is on intense therapy session aimed at getting Ally past all of her phobias. Starting to believe the whole “in her head” theory.
Cece: Yes. I believe like I mentioned above, that this whole season is going to be based on fucking with Ally’s head so damn bad.
Kent: It makes me wonder, how many people are actively trying to fuck with her, and did she do something more sinister in the past that deserves this much attention and terrorizing.
Is this the first season of AHS where they have started to say “fuck” and not have it censored?
Melanie: This much yes, but not the first season.
Teddy: FCC seems to be getting more lax for shows lately…I remember when you couldn’t even say bitch on TV without a beep lol
Cece: I don’t think so, actually. If I remember right, they did it in Roanoke too.
Kent: I think so, but I am not sure. I am just looking for confirmation. If you simply binged it on NetFlix, your response may not be accurate.
Who was the star of the episode for you?
Melanie: Anyone drinking wine in the background.
Teddy: Kai for sure…but dude can I just scrub the jacking off in the shower scene from my mind?
Cece: Kai. Duh. Evan Peters knows how to creep me out, yet turn me on at the same time. Talented boy, he is!
Kent: Chaz Bono in all of his greatness. Good for him! A lot of people stood out, even Adina Porter to an extent.
Were you Kentertained by this week’s episode?
Teddy: Waaaaaaaaaaaaay Better this week than all the other episodes combined
Cece: Yes, finally! A good episode. I hope it continues to go this way.
Kent: Yes….I finally liked an episode. Took way too long, but it finally happened.
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Well, at least this episode did some stuff, so that’s what we’re here to discuss. We had exploding pets, nude men looking for lesbians, sombreros, a sweet opening with coffins, video footage of a sleeve getting moist, and a chemical truck. That is something. Anyway, I wanna thank Melanie, Cece, and Teddy for stopping by to offer their insight and humor me by answering my inane questions. Finally, any comments in the blog in bold are from Kent.
Give me your thoughts on the opening scene with the coffins.
Melanie: The therapist is taking his patients being cured really hard.
Cece: It was kind of a cool way to start the episode.
Teddy: made me hella suspicious of the therapist. (It was the moment where the writers were like “Hey, just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, this therapist guy is going to have a bigger role”.)
Kent: It felt like an opening that you would have gotten from season’s past, if that makes any sense. It was quick, to the point, and cool. I miss that sort of thing happening more frequently.
What do you make of the chemical truck? What do you think that they are spraying?
Melanie: Is it wine? I hope it is wine. (Oh man, I hadn’t considered that but I am totally in favor of it being wine!)
Cece: Truck was weird. I think they were spraying some sort of hallucinogen. (So you are also on board with my Joker gas. See people, I’m not 100% crazy.)
Teddy: they were clearly spraying gmo’s that turn people into clowns (bet thats what Ally legit believes xD) (If that happens, I would laugh, and be incredibly sad at the same time.)
Kent: I feel that The Joker is behind all of this. Yes, Ryan Murphy has made a deal with DC and that’s what we are seeing. I guess it could be the Riddler, but the Joker seems more likely. In all seriousness, this is actually the most interesting subplot so far for me.
The detective that has been at Ally and Ivy’s place numerous times, Jack Samuels, is also friends with the “Neighbors From Hell”, Meadow and Harrison. Give me your thoughts on this.
Melanie: The detective is Harrison’s boyfriend or someone he wants to be his boyfriend.
Cece: He is Harrison’s boy toy and he is also part of what I think is the cult forming.
Teddy: I believe that everyone including the cop and the therapist are part of this cult. I believe they’re torturing Ally and her wife due to the coffee spilling incident with Kai (he’s already shown how vindictive he is) (This reminds me of the ludicrous plot to the remake of Shaft with Samuel L Jackson. Basically the whole plot revolves around a guy’s lunch or dinner being spilled on him. As always, I am up for randomness.)
Kent: Jack is Harrison’s buddy with a butt. More importantly, Jack has some good connections and will hopefully be involved with the clowns giving them a big time “inside guy” in certain capacities. He could be a big character.
How does Kai have that much control over the protesters, that he can simply say “enough” and they all scatter?
Melanie: He paid them.
Cece: I think Ryan Murphy was making a nod at all the ‘paying protestors’ stuff that is happening in today’s political climate. So, I believe Kai paid them. (Teddy gets credit for realizing this, although, I agree) (Alright, then your answer is disqualified. You get the consolation prize. teddy moves on to the next round.)
Teddy: I told cece last night that its a reference to the real world claims of paid protesters. Kai is trying to either groom or terrorize Ally
Kent: I got nothing. Everything about it was inane. Even if the paying protesters thing is legit, think about how fucking dumb that shit is. The reality of it, baffles me. I’m also apparently the only person who didn’t know that paying protesters was a legitimate thing. I don’t watch the news when at all possible.
Was the microwave scene a little too much or over the top for your tastes?
Melanie: I was still focused on the terrible way the boy said I would rather be saying goodbye to you from the previous scene. (Yeah, that was a pretty awful thing as well. He’s still my #2 fav character so far.)
Cece: I mean, it is what it is. It didn’t bother me as much as it could have, but the idea was gross.
Teddy: I bet peta has an annuerism from this. Personally, I hate guinea pigs xD while I would never do this, I wasn’t heart broken
Kent: Over the top for me considering how this season has played out. In other seasons, an exploding guinea pig would fit right in. Over the top for the sake of being over the top rather than caring about the story. It’s like jump scares in a movie just for the sake of having a jump scare that doesn’t add any value or merit to the film (cough…Insideous…cough cough). Or Saw 7……in it’s entirety minus anything involving Cary Elwes.
Kai talked to Meadow and Harrison separately. In the end, we know(assume) that something bad has happened to Meadow. Was this Kai’s doing or somebody else’s?
Melanie: I don’t think anything happened to Meadow. (This answer intrigued me most of all. )
Cece: I believe since Kai spoke with Harrison, he was behind the incident but maybe not physically.
Teddy: it was definitely Kai’s hand that gave the order. He is a very vindictive person as he shows time and time again.
Kent: Kai seems to be the one in control, but I think he’s at best, second in command. The real answer is in my response to #7.
Do you think that Dr. Rudy Vincent (Ally’s doctor) is a protagonist or antagonist in this season?
Melanie: He is both. He is working both sides of this terrible coin.
Cece: I literally believe he is THE antagonist. We see Kai being the voice, but maybe he is the brains behind everything. (Pet Peeve alert. I’m sorry, but you used literally. How does literally fit the sentence? We are through the looking glass, people! Literally has been so overused that people just flippantly toss it in to sentences and it makes zero sense. Parents, punch your children in the face every time they utilize the term literally improperly. This is a fight that we can win! Also kick your children for improperly using the term epic. Together, we can make a difference.)
Teddy: knowing people’s fears is definitely the doctor, but I feel like the doctor is still number #2 in the operation. Kai is this shows Manson and we all know how convincing Manson was to people (Ahh, so you have the top 2 spots inverted from my theory. I can see that working. I would guess that Kai has been a patient and that’s why I think doc is the head honkey.)
Kent: If this guy isn’t the lead puppet master in all of this, I am not going to be a happy Kent. He knows who and how to manipulate. He needs to be the leader. Whether that makes him the antagonist or protagonist is beyond my cares.
Who was more inane in the moments after Oz showed his mom’s the video of WInter getting her sleeves wet: Ally or Ivy?
Melanie: I was too busy staring at the sleeves to notice. Seriously, such a weird scene. (The sleeves are going to be what I take away from this season first and foremost.)
Cece: Ally. Ivy had every right to be pissed off and leave.
Teddy: i feel like Ally just felt like her fears were justified with all this shit going on
Kent: Ivy saw all of 3 seconds and wasn’t hearing anything. I get it, but it was foolish of her to at least not ask Ally, “Why didn’t she roll up her sleeve?”. I get why most people are going to say Ally. You just got caught in a bad situation and rather than try to explain what happened, you focus on the big issue at hand. Seriously, what’s more important in that moment: hurt feelings over something that you don’t know the full story to OR the fact that somebody is recording shit in your house and mother fuckers are dying left and right in your neighborhood? Women, they’re silly in times of crisis.
Are Ally and Ivy the worst TV parents of the past 5 years?
Melanie: Nope not even close. (Ohhhh, this is something that we must discuss on the podcast. I don’t watch enough TV to offer alternatives.)
Cece: I mean, maybe. I truly believe Ivy has done nothing wrong though, and frankly, I feel bad for her. (She’s certainly not very firm in the least bit.)
Teddy: Ally is the worst person ever, i feel like she is gonna pass Kai in the crazy scheme. Ivy needs to take her boy and gtfo
Kent: Rick and Laurie Grimes have held this prestige for awhile, season 2 of TWD was a fuckeroo in parenting. I know, let’s all blame ally. She killed wrestling hall of famer, Pedro Morales, in front of her kid. I get it. She should have stayed with Oz rather than simply telling him to wait somewhere because clearly he doesn’t get punished much so he is gonna do whatever he wants, due to shitty parenting. The fact is, Ivy is becoming aware that she is married to a fuckig whacko, and she should have never left Ally alone in such a situation. Also, this is why I am so glad that I do not have kids. Also also, seriously, Pedro Morales???? Look him up. He’s a wrestling great. You could have gone with anything aside from Morales and Martinez and been fine.
Do you think that AHS is going downhill due to Ryan Murphy spreading himself too thin with American Crime Story as well Scream Queens and Feud?
Melanie: Downhill, no. Boring as fuck, yes.
Cece: I don’t think it’s going downhill because he’s working on other shows. I think he just needs to go back to his earlier seasons in the fictional style. No more real-time. I watch TV to escape real life. But also, I respect him for doing it this way. It just doesn’t play out like his Hotel and back seasons.
Teddy: i dont believe this is the case at all. Hollywood and actors usually have too much down time in between projects and I feel like he is just keeping busy. (I think downtime is absolutely needed when it comes to the creative process as a writer or actor. That shit takes a HUGE ass toll that the common viewer often is like “Well it’s their fucking job, so just do it and move on” but often, you engulf your whole life into certain projects, so the break is needed. Otherwise you just become Nic Cage.)
Kent: I liken this to what happened with Seth MacFarlane. He finally gets to come back with Family Guy, Then, a year or two later, he gets to make American Dad. Shortly after that, he is allowed to make The Cleveland Show. So here’s what happened, Family Guy’s quality went down big time around seasons 7 and 8. American Dad stayed pretty great throughout. Cleveland had one good season out of 4, the rest were hit and miss. Some great episodes, but it didn’t last long for obvious reasons. Of course this is hurting AHS. Take a mental break. The past 2 seasons have not been nearly as good as Hotel, not anywhere close. If you think about it, it’s not like Hotel was GREAT as far as the overarching story, but what it lacked in that regard, it made up for in really great characters. We are missing great characters.
Would you be okay if the ending of this season showed that this has all been imagined by Ally as she is currently in a mental ward?
Melanie: Sure. Whateves at this point. (Great, I got Melanie and her bottles of wine on board.)
Cece: I think that would be cool as hell, but I don’t think that will happen. I think it’s really going on.
Teddy: I feel like it would be a big fuck you to all the other characters in this show. (Like this season already isn’t a big enough fuck you. I say reach for the biggest fuck you that they can offer. I doubt they can outdo the finale of Roanoke, but I would love to see them try.)
Kent: This would be the saving grace. I’m not going to spell it out for you, but go ahead and watch the past 3 episodes and think about it. Ally is in a mental ward. She sometimes is willing to talk to the doctor, but not always. She has to deal with a crazy nude guy. She has a phobia of clowns. Maybe the election pushed her over the edge. All of this could tie together so well. No, it won’t happen. BOOOOOO!
Were you Kentertained by this week’s episode?
Cece: Meh. It was a bit more exciting than last week, but, it looks to be getting better as per next week’s preview!
Teddy: I feel like there was alot going on in this episode at least in the murder sense so thats a plus.
Kent: Well at least Ryan Murphy delivered the man ass. Seriously, what took so long? Best episode of the season, no doubt. With that being said, I was bored more often than enthralled unfortunately. I’m close, but not quite there yet. So nay, I am not Kentertained. Bring back the nude guy, name more people after pro wrestlers, give me more HLA in bathtubs, some female nudity, and more Evan Peters slapping bitches, and we may have something here!
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The group is back to discuss this week’s AHS. So far, not a lot of positivity going around, but even worse, not much of a plot. I sense some of us are struggling to truly enjoy this season like we have in season’s past. Still, we will trudge on! This week, we have Dom, Melanie, Cece, and Teddy helping out. I should note that this isn’t the typical 9 Deuce blog because there’s not enough substance for us to answer that many questions on a week to week basis. Finally, any comments in the blog in bold are from Kent.
1 Was Ally on the verge of cheating on Ivy with Winter in the tub?
Melanie: I was more concerned with Winter not rolling up her sleeves. (Yeah, you bring up a great point and it really bothered me in a weird way.)
Cece: Yes. It was gross. (Why gross? It was fantastic!)
Teddy: she was definitely being groomed by the nanny
Kent: My little head thought so, so my big head is going to concur.
Was that the most ridiculous bathroom that you have seen in a TV show?
Melanie: I thought this bathroom was amazing and one I want to have…therefore the most extra bathroom in AHS history.
Dom: Sure. I don’t have a bathroom fetish or anything so I don’t stalk shows to see the bathroom layout but hey I’ll say yes (Are you implying that I have a bathroom layout fetish? If so, you may be on to something. Seriously, the room deserves recognition damnit!)
Cece: I can’t recall. Probably the ones in AHS. They’re all fun!
Teddy: omfg that bathroom is soooooooo extra (Millennial talk right there.)
Kent: I am struggling to think of a more unique bathroom, but I got nothing. I am hoping others think of better examples. Just the layout was incredibly unique to me. Also, I have no idea why 2 people used the term extra, and I’m not going to ask why.
Did the guy with the ladle seriously think that he was going to win the fight against Pedro, who had a knife?
Melanie: Machismo is a strange animal. (Especially with ladles, so strange.)
Dom: It’s not the size but how you use it. Nah, it’s always about size. (That was an impressive ladle, I’ll give you that. How one can use it, well, I’m at a loss and may not want to know of the varieties that one can use it for.)
Cece: Nah. But then again, he’s white, so he probably thought so… (If he was black, would he have not tried using a ladle? What utensil would he have used?)
Teddy: he was just another asshole feeling empowered by the political climate. (I assume it was warm in there.)
Kent: In the moment, his anger blinded his thinking, I think. That or he thought it would be “Everybody beat up the Pedro day”. Kinda silly scene in a show that has been chock full of them.
Give me your thoughts on the new neighbors.
Melanie: Love them! Billy Eichner is hysterical. (I had no idea who he was, then I looked him up and know his voice from Bob’s Burgers. Apparently I’m the only person who is not familiar with his work.)
Dom: I keep waiting for him to be nasty as he is in Difficult People. And then I’m so waiting for the “teens” from Popular to show up. But so far I like ‘em (I’ve never heard of these shows that you are referring to. Yes, I live under a rock. I showed you that on Sunday.)
Cece: I love Billy Eichner. And he’s playing a good role. I think they’re a little odd but fun. (Odd but fun is a good representation so far, which is cool.)
Teddy: I love the irony in making Billy Eichner a gun toting right-winged person (he has a staunch stance against it irl) also Kent she doesnt like to touched due to her cancer (billy explained it) (A moment of honesty. I was falling asleep during it, which also probably explains just how bad my questions are this week. Thank you for the head’s up, I totally forgot that was mentioned.)
Kent: I found them interesting at the very least. I liked how they didn’t mind just saying whatever. I am curious if she also gets a free weekend to get her sex on, or if only he gets the weekend. I am curious how the bees will play a role in this season. Most importantly, this just seems like a convenient way for Murphy to include man ass, probably on a homoerotic content. Meanwhile we have lesbians and I doubt we will see a single female butt cheek or breast. We (Me) demand equal opportunity!
Ally killed Pedro. We all saw that coming….right? Name another death in the AHS franchise that was obviously foreshadowed.
Melanie: I having a hard time thinking of one in particular. This season has zapped all of my excitement from the show.
Dom: My desire to keep watching. I’m sooooo sick of this clown thing. MOVE ON Already. ( and are we sure he’s dead?)
Cece: Probably Elsa Mars in Freakshow. (That is a good one. I almost chose Fiona in Coven.)
Teddy: I call a lot of things in this show. Its what I do. I would say biggest foreshadow for me was Wes Bently in hotel being the killer. (Yeah, I nailed that prediction during the first episode, which people can vouch for and call it a “lucky guess”, which it totally was. He was the only one that made sense if you only watch the first episode though.)
Kent: Myrtle Snow in Coven. I loved that scene!
Were you Kentertained by this week’s episode?
Dom: This is so slow moving. And again Stop. With. The. Clowns.
Cece: Meh. It was kinda boring and annoying.
Teddy: I don’t think it was boring but predictable to say the least
Kent: I wasn’t as irritated, but nothing really happened. This was a typical second episode in a season. Just stuff to build up the story. We may get another 2-3 weeks of this before it picks up. Look at how long it took for Hotel to build up before it got great. This still has potential, and it was less political at the very least.
There you have it ladies and gents. Another week of people being relatively disappointed. I hope that it picks up because I struggled to come up with questions this week. I may have to lower the bar again if this nonsense keeps up.
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We are back to discuss this season of AHS. I really wish we had started doing this from the first season. Alas, we are starting the Cult season and while it is too early to judge it properly, the numbers aren’t lying and neither is the viewer feedback. I have heard a lot of negative things in regards to this, and the best I can say is that for the people who are going to see this through, I think the vast majority of the fans are hoping for less politics. It’s like Facebook or Twitter came alive on my TV screen, in the worst possible way. This week, we have Dom, Melanie, Cece, Teddy, and Tom (for one question) helping out. I am hoping to get a couple more people on board for next week. I should note that this isn’t the typical 9 Deuce blog because there’s not enough substance for us to answer that many questions on a week to week basis. Also, starting next week, Melanie and I should be doing a podcast, so you will get a verbal companion to this blog. Finally, any comments in the blog in bold are from Kent.
This season clearly has a political undertone. There is no avoiding that. Does it make sense to use politics and elections as a backdrop for horror?
Dom: It does. Politics is a scary thing. It can be a force unto itself and like religion can be volatile. (The religion part of your comment, it’s a good one. We tend not to think twice about religion in horror but politics can bring out a whole other beast.)
Melanie: I think this particular election makes a great backdrop for horror. It’s also is the election that everyone is still talking about.
Cece: Absolutely. From what I can tell, Murphy is tackling everyone’s greatest fears and focusing on the whole ‘people crave fear’ aspect. It’s working.
Teddy: politics enables people to feel empowered. So it makes sense that it makes crazy people (like evan peters character) feel empowered as well
Tom: Traditionally no, I’m not sure it makes sense but I’ll give Murphy credit for trying the unconventional. It has truly worked for him before. (Thank you for your one and only response.)
Kent: It sort of worked for The Purge part 3. There was an episode of Masters of Horror that didn’t work so well. I HATE politics. I vehemently loathe them. I hate discussing them. I hate most everybody’s perspectives. I am not open minded to it. I don’t give a fuck. So I suppose that if a story could be crafted intelligently, then sure, it could work, but by and large, it’s usually stupid shit. Politics and horror don’t mix. It sure as shit isn’t helping this season. I will gladly accept more weekly man ass if it removes all of the political garbage. I will also accept payments of more female ass, but Ryan Murphy just tuned me out.
Is there a character that resonates more with you than other ones? Someone that you may identify most closely with.
Dom: To early to tell for me
Melanie: I am any background character you see drinking wine. (Well played.)
Cece: I mean, I can’t exactly say as of yet. I’m definitely more on the Ivy and Ally side, I guess.
Teddy: I related to the Asian guy who flipped out on Jill stein voters…I kinda did that after the election so it was right in the feels with that one. (I don’t even know who Jill Stein is.)
Kent: I know everybody expects me to say Twisty. Well naturally, there are some things that will resonate with me, especially wearing big, comfy clothes and the urge to kill morons. WIth that being said, I will go with the child, Ozzie. He likes horror comics and would rather stay up late scaring himself. He also has a crazy parent.
Are clowns scary or silly?
Melanie: Fun birthday clowns, scary. Fucking terrorizing clowns, scary. Ronald McDonald, terrifying. Dom: depends on how they are presented.
Cece: I don’t find them scary at all. They’re silly, of course. Except John Wayne Gacy.
Teddy: Pennywise chose my fate when I was 4…
Kent: When done right, they are both. I don’t find them scary, but they can be if done right. By next week, I may have more to say regarding clowns after I see IT. Look at other clown horror related things and by and large, it’s more silly than scary. I could go for seeing Killer Klowns From Outer Space again though. There is also Clown and Stitches that are both more modern. Clownhouse, Clowntown, Ginger Clown, and Clown Kill also exist.
Regarding all of the things that Ally (Sarah Paulson) keeps seeing in this particular episode, are they: A) All in her mind, B) Partially really and partially in her mind, or C) Entirely real?
Melanie: B Dom: I’m gonna go with B.
Cece: Everything is in her head. The harsh reality of things has been triggering her deepest fears and she is letting it all get the best of her in her own mind.
Teddy: I honestly don’t know yet, because if its all in her head then how is her kid also seeing them? I feel like stuff is being covered up.
Kent: B seems the most likely, but for right now, I will say C. She will eventually see something real though, if she keeps looking.
Name 3 actors or actresses from past AHS seasons that you want to see this season.
Dom: Kathy Bates, Denis O’hare and Lily Rabe
Melanie: Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Denis O’Hare
Cece: You mean people we haven’t already seen? I’ve kept up with the cast list up until now, so, I don’t think anyone else I want will show up, unfortunately. I am happy to see Evan, as always. (Yeah, how bad is the announced cast list? Fucking trash! If you don’t know what we are talking about, just look it up and prepare to be wildly unimpressed. We still get Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, Lily Rabe, Adina Porter, and I may be forgetting somebody else from the past, but no Bates, Bassett, Lange, O’Hare, Chloe, Taissa, Gaga, Cuba, among others missing. Sigh. End rant.)
Teddy: The girl who murdered her mom and stepdad in asylum (I miss her pretty eyes), Lady Gaga because she needs to redeem herself after terrible Roanoke, and Dylan Mcdermott.
Kent: Denis O’Hare, James Cromwell, and Taissa Farmiga or Alexandra Breckinridge
Well all know that I have at least 20 other names that I want to list, but Denis is always first in my heart.
Were you Kentertained by this week’s episode?
Melanie: Not particularly Dom: Middle of the road for me
Cece: Yes. It was a great start to be a thrilling season.
Teddy: I wasn’t let down but so far it was overall pretty meh (props to the fucking/masturbating clowns)
Kent: No, not really. Waaaaay too political for my enjoyment. The clown stuff was fine. The show is on it’s last legs. It’s starting to show by the lack of a great cast. It’s a shame. STill, there were parts that I liked. I liked how Murphy almost poked fun at the hyper sensitive, over reactionary people after the vote. I can appreciate that. I can appreciate killer clowns. Just no more politics, PLEASE!!!!! Also, the main picture of the clown sex is basically how I felt on the receiving end of this particular episode.
Check out this article about how amazing this episode did in the ratings.
Hi everybody. I have been staring at my PC screen for most of the past 16 hours. I am fatigued to say the least. As a lot of you know, I have been working diligently on a variety of things to do with my website, 9deuce.com. While I didn’t get everything done, I will let you know what has been done, what will be getting fixed over the next month, and some cool announcements.
Fudge it, let’s do announcements first before people stop reading. The first announcement is that this weekend, the public will get to see the newest blog feature to the site. It’s called “Tales From the Plunderbund Consortium”. I have zero input on this. It’s a blog put together entirely by my buddy Eric. Now, unfortunately, I wasn’t prepared to launch it for quite some time now. I have excuses, some more legit than others, but I’m waiting on some final touches to the logo. Aside from that, we’re all good to go. If you like role playing games, or even if you like Lord of the Rings type stuff, I think that you will be in for a treat. Hell, I’m not too crazy about a lot of that stuff, but this is actually really well done. So that will be up soon.
The second announcement is that I will be adding a second weekly podcast to my rotation. For the time being, it’s all under the Are You Not Kentertained umbrella. As some of you know, my buddy Chris and I have been doing a podcast every week on Game of Thrones. We both really enjoyed it and have been discussing ways to keep going. So for the foreseeable future, Chris and I will be doing a weekly Top 10 type show. We have a lot of horror topics, but we will also branch off on various other things, I’m sure. I imagine video games, other films, TV shows, really, we can discuss anything, and that is precisely what we will be doing.
The third, and final announcement is in relation to my 9 Deuce Horror Group on Facebook. We do 2 blogs a month, and usually the films are voted on. We try to be democratic. Anyway, for the month of October, I will once again be walking into Hell and doing 100 horror films. To incorporate the group and any well wishers, there will be a daily horror blog. The list of those films and questions will be out by the end of next week….I hope. On top of that, every day, we will be doing a poll in the horror group, and the following day, the results of the poll will be announced in the daily blog. It should be a good time.
As for updates to the site. Honestly, I am trying to find ways to direct more traffic to my actual website and then to the blogs. That’s always been a long term goal. I have taken some optimistic steps towards that goal. Today, you can go on your PC or mobile device and check it out for yourself. It’s a lot simpler and more streamlined for a better user experience. Yes, you can actually navigate the site on your phone. That has been a HUGE hassle for me, trying to learn what to do and iron things out. Please remember, I never took any classes in any web design, so I am just learning as I go. The Wrestling and Film Review sections are pretty good at the moment. The Podcast and Television aspects of the site will be getting my attention over the next few nights. They should be a simple fix. The majority of my views are wrestling and film based, so they got the prioritized attention. PLEASE, if you find something isn’t working right, let me know. It’s probably something on my end.
The other big thing that is a much bigger project is moving all of my older blogs from Blogger over to Word Press. I intended on having that done, but it is beyond time consuming. So I apologize for any inconveniences, but by the end of the month, I should have all of the film related blogs moved over, at the very least. I am not looking forward to that. The gallery will also get an overhaul I suspect. I’m still not sure. I really have no idea if anybody even looks at it. If you ever look at the gallery, let me know, please. I’d hate to waste time on something that nobody is looking at, or perhaps my presentation is awful.
I need to get a few more tiny things done and then I shall rest. Please, take a few seconds out of your day to send me a picture of you giving me the 9 Deuce hand sign. This weekend, you should see the season finale Game of Thrones blog along with the companion podcast. For horror fans, we have Tales From the Hood coming out today, and tomorrow we should have Housebound and Honeymoon. Yesterday we hit up the wrestling blogs. And of course we have the Tales From the Plunderbund Consortium.
Finally, I just want to say thank you to everybody who either participates in the blogs, the podcasts, the Facebook groups, or just lurk around without ever saying anything to me. I gotta give very big props to Russell and Keri because they do the blogs and podcasts damn near every week, and I know that they have much better things to be doing. Without them, I wouldn’t even have much of a wrestling branch of 9 Deuce. Also props to Steve for doing the long winded post PPV podcasts with me. Then there’s my horror group that was started in the summer thanks to Kristi’s input. With her, Chris, Teddy, Cece, Dom, Sara and some occasional contributors, that blog has been a huge success for me. There’s all of my TV show people. Without naming people redundantly, for Game of Thrones I have Chris, Jim, Kristi, Raylene, and Briana. For The Walking Dead, I had Bitty, Bob, Briana, Eric, Cece, Teddy, Jessica, Chris, Kristi, and probably others that I am forgetting. I have my harem of AHS ladies with Melanie, Kelly, Stefanie, Cece, and every once in awhile Tom or Kayleigh. There’s the Orange is the New Black with Jamie, Kristi, Cece, Melanie, and Kelly. The Santa Clarita Diet girls including Bri, Kristi, Cece, and Melanie. The Stranger Things crew with Jennifer, Sandra, Thomas, Bri, Raylene, and Jim. Thank you to Eric for proving me with connections to a large portion of the talented people that help, plus the Plunderbund blog. Thank you to Sara for getting her 10 year old son, Thomas, to not only do some horror blogs, but also have him do a podcast with Russ and I. A huge thank you to Jay because he’s really the reason why this is even a thing. Without him giving me pep talks and guiding me through this mess, none of this happens, so major props to him. I am positive that I am leaving out some people, but in my defense, we all know that my memory is awful. So please yell at me in a comment if you want.
Hopefully there will be a blog on Wentworth this month, and Stranger Things returns in late October. I still owe people some blogs and favors. Yeah, I am aware of some of those at the very least that I have inadvertently put off.
Now, I will shut up and enjoy the day. Find yourself a copy of Dr. Dre’s “Dre Day” and listen to the end so you can hear him say 9 Deuce. You’ll feel great.
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the last AHS blog of the year. Yes I know, it’s kinda sad. Not as sad as this season, but fairly sad. This is also our biggest blog to date because we figured that you needed something to remember us by. Whether you loved this season, thought it was adequate, or straight up hated it, I think that it is safe to assume that next season should be good because it’s an odd numbered season. As usual, I am joined by my for lady friends: Cece, Melanie, Stef, and Kelly. They have been here for a good portion of this season, and my heartfelt thanks goes out to all of them for making this a joy to do. Please enjoy and if you want to leave a comment, please do so in the comment section at the bottom of this blog. Anything written in bold font is from me.
Tell me your thoughts on the opening segment before the went to commercial. This includes the Paleyfest panel.
Cece: I thought the fans were fucking weird. Especially the chick who was obsessed with Lee. I knew it was gonna be the Polk dude who was shooting up the station. I’m tired of Lana Winters and Lee. (Lane is hopefully gone forever.)
Melanie: Well…Audrey thinks rather highly of herself. So weird to go back to them “living” after we watched them all “butchered”. Something I noticed, the FX in the corner of Lot Polk’s video, then they panned out it was a youtube…but the FX was in the corner of the youtube video. Well played, FX…well played. (Good catch. I have a picture of it later on.)
Stef: Simply, I think it was a total waste of time, and they could’ve used that time for making a better GD ending. (Are you implying that this wasn’t a good ending, and perhaps they could have spent 45 minutes to better develop characters and their history? HA! Never!)
Kelly: This entire scene made me want to turn it off immediately. But no, I had an obligation to this damn blog and here I am! It’s not like I’m surprised they threw this into the show – it has been horrible the whole time. I did however have a slight idea right at this moment that MAYBE season two of MRN was faked and we weren’t ever going to know about it. This scene led the finale off just how I expected – SHITTY. (Obligations to this damn blog kept me watching the past 3 episodes. I feel ya.)
Kent: What in the blue hell is that? That wig is fucking terrible. Audrey is as obnoxious as ever, and yet people wanted her to live. Seriously? I did love Agnes at the very least, but that drag queen is the sort of things that My Roanoke Nightmare is made up of. Fuck man, who did the makeup. I can’t help it, that is just the worst thing. “Uhmmm, what’s your favorite color?” Are you shitting me with this? And his response about the full spectrum…..for fuck’s sake man. It’s like, they are trying sooo hard to be terrible. I do love how Audrey looked sad about Rory hugging the dumb girl, and Dom being an attention whore himself. Bristol Windows, that’s the name. She was actually portrayed well because people really act this dumb. I did like the subtleties of Matt, Dom, and Shelby. Bristol’s commentary on turning something wonderful into something crass, yeah, you said it. At least Lot Polk looked handsome. Of course, I see the gun and can feel the social commentary just screaming out. Despite Denis O’Hare’s dapper ensemble, I hated this.
Did you like how they did the Crack’d segment?
Cece: No. I mean, it’s so cheesy. I hate shows like that normally.
Melanie: I did enjoy it. It was a spoof of the TV show Snapped, where they tell the story of ladies who go crazy and kill people (husbands, husbands and their mistresses, or anyone who looks at them funny. (Well, now I learned something new, like the name of a show that I can’t imagine that I will ever watch.)
Stef: I snickered. I enjoy the show “Snapped”, so I found this amusing. I thought it was a semi-clever way to show how it all went down with Lee after she escaped the house. (If it was a show that you didn’t watch or enjoy, would you find it clever?)
Kelly: I was so nervous at this point that all we were going to get for the finale was a reality television style of writing; a bunch of different little reality shows here and there with their take on the MRN show. This wasn’t the worst part by any means, it did dive into the trial with Lee which was pretty interesting. I love how they end up making it seem like Flora made it all up and let Lee go. Shocker. Can you taste my sarcasm? (Flora did make it all up. Fact.)
Kent: This just felt like a shitting Making A Murderer or any number of other shows that I do not watch, so there are probably better comparisons. Is this a fucking clip show? Lee’s lawyer was pleasant to look at. Gotta look at the positives, right? Under what logical circumstances would Lee ever be found not guilty given all of the overwhelming evidence? Even if you take away Flora’s testimony, there was legitimate evidence. This shit is straight up insulting. Also, Adore Me ads would be made better by seeing how well they fit, so that everybody would know if it’s something that a dude may want to buy for a special lady friend.
After the build up from last week’s preview, did the Lana Winters appearance go as you had hoped?
Cece: Exactly as expected. Boring and awkward. (I was sooo bored.)
Melanie: It did! I enjoyed how she tried to relate and deescalate a crazy in good old Lana Winter’s style.
Stef: Eh, I really had no expectations. I was more pissed about how/why they brought her on here looking like she was 60 at best, when she should be like 75-80 at this point. But that bitch took a hit! Surprisingly no bruises or anything… hmmmm. (Good point about no bruises. She’s old.)
Kelly: Okay so she definitely aged unlike the trailer suggested! So my theory from last week flew out the door. I think it was a bullshit interview, to say the least. Lana was a bitch. I’ve never been a fan of her character though. I did enjoy Lee stickin’ it to her with regards to what she did to her son in Asylum. It was pleasant having Lot bust in though and steal the show. I’m really getting tired of this Sarah Paulson gravy train they’re running. (I like gravy more so than the next guy, but yeah, Paulson needs to have a smaller role, like take a hit like Evan had to this season.)
Kent: Total waste of time just to bring Sarah Paulson back on my screen and to tie this season to Asylum. Absolutely unnecessary, and unbelievable that her 70 or 80 year old ass looks that good. Fucking terrible. Plus, the character sucked to begin with, if I may be so bold, which I shall be. Her character was actually a big reason why Asylum sucked. Let’s not put the old nostalgia shine on it. Her character was terrible, and this was terrible, and we should all feel terrible for having sat through this. At least Bloody Face got mentioned. I did enjoy how silly factor of Flora going missing. So dumb.
Considering everything we know about Lee, she was the star of the season. What did you think of her overall, and looking back, was she a good character to make the main focus?
Cece: I liked Lee at first. I was hoping she would pull through and be the last one standing. She pretty much was; except she started being crazy obsessed with seeing her kid. Then she murdered her ex-husband and killed lots of others off. She was downright shitty.
Melanie: I do think she was a good character. Being the breakout star, I wonder if she will be in future episodes. (If Ryan Murphy is kind, no she won’t. SO within a season or 2, probably.)
Stef: She was never my favorite, so no. Plus, the ending was just a ridiculous way for her to go out. smh
Kelly: Knowing that I was not a fan of this season, and though I was nervous with ‘new’ actors in the show, I think she did a fabulous job. I think she was the unsung hero, even through her dastardly ways. Kent, you predicted she would play a big part in this season and were totally right. Although I agree with your idea that Murphy has a “hard on for Paulson,” he did a really great job NOT making Sarah the absolute focal point of the season by the end of it. Hell, he even gave her one of the worst death scenes in AHS history. It was a nice change. (Thank you. You know, traditionally, the most beloved characters get the best, goriest deaths. But this season didn’t follow that tradition.)
Kent: I feel the need to point out that Adina Porter was consistently listed as “Guest Starring” yet ended up being the focal point. That’s amazing. To answer the question, who was often considered the least favorite person? Lee. In the second half, did she get better? Yeah, but not a great deal. Looking back at the iconic characters of the past seasons, aside from The Butcher and possibly Pig Head, this season was lacking. Still, Lee is far down on my list of interesting characters and I was ready for her to after the second episode. Sorry, but she was a shitty character, in my opinion.
A lot of you said that Lot would play a role in this finale, and you were right. Was it handled well?
Cece: Absolutely. The writing of his character’s revenge made sense. About the only good thing this episode. (Yeah, it made sense. One of the few bits of logical closure.)
Melanie: I think it was handled well and in typical Polk crazy creepy style. My favorite line…,”The world is watching you young man.” (Despite my disdain for her, it was a good line.)
Stef: I’m just glad he got capped. None of those inbred bastards needed to live. I was almost afraid he was going to kill Lana & Lee first though. (Would that have really been so bad if those dumb bitches got got first? Wouldn’t that have been better? Have you ever seen Wrong Turn? Deliverence? I Spit On Your Grave (classic not re-make)? Question mark?)
Kelly: I think they brought him in for a good scene. At first, it caught me off guard so it worked!
Kent: “She talks too much.” That was clearly the line of the episode. I don’t buy the fact that he had that particular style gun. Once again, it felt insulting. Would the Polks have them? We’re talking about mountain men, so shotguns or a hunting rifle makes more sense, preferably the shotgun.
How did you feel about the whole Spirit Chasers part of things? Were they just tossing as many different garbage style shows into the mix at the end or did this work for you?
Cece: It was pure garbage. I hate those stupid paranormal shows. I can’t stand it. It was pointless and I hated it. (Nodding in agreement.)
Melanie: Loved that shit! I ate it up!!! I knew it was coming and was so excited about it. I do love a good Ghost hunter type show. So much cheese! Also…we got a couple bad asses over here, lol.
Stef: Definitely garbage. Stupidity beyond all beliefs. WHY would ANYONE go back there during the blood moon?? Plus, the acting was terrible. (Stop bringing up logical points. This is horror damnit!)
Kelly: Tying back into my answer for #2, I did worry we were just getting stupid reality style scenes the whole finale. This was exactly as you describe it, garbage. I don’t have many thoughts on it as I believe the majority of us will feel the same. It was a careless way to take up ten minutes of the finale. This whole season was just cut and paste stupidity. (Laughing and nodding in agreement.)
Kent: Well, at the risk of insulting my colleagues or readers, I think that this style of show is on the same level as the Kardashians. I seriously think that it is absolute filth, and people should be ashamed of watching this fake shit. What is the point? Then, they film themselves breaking through the gate, and then had a guest star. So which is it? You don’t invite a guest celebrity to come and break into a place that you don’t have permission to enter. Where the fuck is the logic??? It makes no fucking sense!!! You wouldn’t film that to air on TV, and possibly expect people to believe it. Well, at least they have Emma Bell. I may be intrigued, only because of her. Wait, they are telling us that there was trauma there, I think where Dom got killed. Once again, it was filmed, they’ve seen the footage. Why state the obvious? I fucking hate this god damn episode. “I almost peed my pants” is a funny line as she does that in a film called Frozen, no not the Disney fuckery, but rather a horror flick. Why did it take Lee 2 weeks to come back to the most likely hiding spot for Flora? And who the fuck thought was a good idea to come back to a place with numerous confirmed murders during the blood moon? Pig Head showing up was welcome, plus Ashley screaming Croatoan made me giggle. Yes, go Chen’s! It’s kind of bullshit that they didn’t give the nurses a kill. Haha, the Butcher strikes. Why the hell are the arrows the weapon of choice? How dumb are those fucking cops?
Was the final segment, from the news reports to the final frame, a good way to wrap up this particular season?
Cece: I mean, I guess. I don’t see where else they could have necessarily gone with it. I’m just disappointed in this season.
Stef: Hated it. None of it made much sense to me.
Kelly: Do you want to know what a good way to wrap up this finale would be? Crumple it up, throw it in the trash, and forget it every happened. Yes, I’m bitter about this one. (Doing my best Palpatine voice “Gooood gooooood”)
Kent: I was happy to see Denis O’Hare made it in the last segment, as William Van Henderson. More Lana, oh the joy I feel. Am I wrong in saying that Lee should have immediately alerted the cops that Flora was in there? Hell, she got away with murders, so she seems fairly untouchable. I did enjoy Lee’s thing about drawings and parenting. I do love how Lee is so fucked up, being a shitty parent, but thinking that she can be a better parent to Priscilla. Think about that logic. Then it ends with settlers and their torches approaching the cops on the blood moon. And it ends, so abruptly. Like, could they not have given us a massacre at the end? No, this was shit. Flora somehow just walked away from an exploding house totally unscathed.
Was Flora being selfish, manipulative, or perhaps put up to doing what she did, in regards to Lee?
Cece: I think Flora was justified. Her mother is a piece of shit.
Melanie: I think maybe she gained some cra cra from her Mama! (The cra cra is strong within this one. I actually think older Flora will be on a later season.)
Stef: I think she was mostly being a little wretch. However, I do think she was being manipulated by Priscilla, and she HAD seen her mother beat her father to death with a rock. That’s gotta do something to a kid. (But Lee wasn’t guilty. Flora made it up. C’mon, weren’t you paying attention?)
Kelly: I was surprised at how Lee’s demise panned out. I am quite confused on the motives of Flora in doing what she did. I assume since her parents weren’t really there for her for a while, she found comfort in Priscilla like a sister. They both were lonely, “lost” children. I don’t know if she was “put up” to it really. I think most of all she just was unstable mentally with the loss of her parents, one to death and one to the media/law enforcement. (I think the fact that she had gone through so much and then was put in the spotlight from everything, it definitely played a role.)
Kent: I’m going with manipulative, but am probably over thinking this one. I think that she wanted to be rid of her mom after the Mason kill, and when Lee didn’t go to prison, Flora knew her back up plan. We’ll go with that. Also, did anybody else notice how similar that Priscilla looked to Gaga’s character when she was alive?
Priscilla finally had her big role that I had longed for. Do you feel satisfied with Priscilla’s story arc?
Cece: I was actually very confused by it. Is she the Druid chick? (I can’t determine if it was intentional to make them look so similar. It was apparent at the very least.)
Melanie: Nope! Still don’t know who she was.
Stef: There was no story! Again, could’ve wasted less time in the beginning, and spent more time on important things such as this. (Hell yeah!)
Kelly: Though I wasn’t invested in her the way you were Kent, I definitely don’t think she got her moment to shine that you were so longingly looking forward to. Her backstory wasn’t really explained well, if at all. I peeked at your answer, and I think you have a great idea there about Thomasin’s husband being her father. I assumed the Butcher had a problem with the nurses because my bets were on her husband having an affair. That’s what assumptions I’ve collected myself as to why the Butcher is bitter and dislikes certain characters. I think her husband was a cheater. (It really is the only reasonable thing to ascertain from this. I have a feeling that there are more answers in deleted scenes, or at least I hope. As a matter of fact, I think this is going to be a big marketing thing.)
Kent: NO NO NO NO NO NOOO! Are you kidding me? We still don’t know who her mom or dad were. I think the safest assumption is that Thomasin’s husband had an affair and knocked up a bitch. Otherwise, why hate the girl so much? As the writer, you need to fill in these blanks. You need to tell us why the Chen’s are how they are. So, while I was thrilled to see more Priscilla, it left me terribly unsatisfied. I was not Kentertained.
Bonus Deuce Cubed (Math is fun)
Who was your favorite and LEEast character from this season? Feel free to elaborate?
Cece: Favorite was probably Rory/Edward Mott. Call me cliche, but I love Evan Peters and his two characters were fun. Least was probably Audrey and Lee.
Melanie: I see what you did there! Favorite- Hmmmm…so tough…I think both Evan Peter’s characters. Least- Leslie Jordan, both characters. He is just creepy as fuck.
Stef: I enjoyed Cricket – I love mediums, and I have a sweet spot for gay men. Real life Lee was really probably my LEEAst favorite. ugh
Kelly: Evan Peters as Rory was ridiculous. I didn’t enjoy Cuba in his ‘big hot actor’ form either, but the one that first came to mind was Rory and Audrey – together, separate, whatever. They both sucked. As for my favorite, it very well could have been Kathy had she had a bigger part after MRN. They wrote her off pretty quickly. Even Gaga didn’t get to shine. It feels like they threw everyone away this time around. (That was a big issue. Nobody got to shine. You need to have a few bigger roles every season, even if they aren’t great.)
Kent: Pig Head, Butcher, Cunningham, Cricket, and Dom as favorites. LEEast favorite is Audrey, real life Mama Polk, Real Life Matt, Lee, and the thing with the wig on the season finale. Also, props to the Uber Driver. Gay for pay!!!
What story arc or subplot was your favorite from this season?
Cece: Honestly I don’t really have one. I mean, maybe Cunningham’s plight.
Melanie: I really liked the last episode for the Crack’d and Spirit Chasers sub plots. Both those type of shows are my secret pleasure tv shows. Also, the first episodes, paranormal documentaries are my jam!!!!
Stef: The back story on the witch was pretty good, and the first real massacre of the second half of the season was pretty outstanding.
Kelly: I enjoyed the nurses. I wanted more of them to reminisce a Murder House style. But alas, my dreams were crushed.
Kent: I really liked episode 4 where we actually had a story and some character development. The nurses is probably my favorite story because they told so many details and took care of them, and then gave them all of one kill. I really enjoyed The Witch’s past story, and how Thomasin became The Butcher.
Who’s death was the best or most satisfying from this season?
Cece: I loved Agnes’ death.
Melanie: Uhm…I think the nurses. The bad guys killing the badder guys is kind of their MO…and I love it!
Stef: Well, though we can’t be positive whether he was under some sort of trance or not, I’m gonna go with Shelby snapping and beating Matt to a bloody pulp. It came as a complete surprise, I think making it one of the best.
Kelly: Kathy got a good death being that she was so happy to have the real Butcher be the reason of her demise. Reminds me of how happy the Laundress was in Hotel when JPM offed her before the cops busted in.
Kent: Agnes’ based on the brutality and meaning behind it, the original Pig Head, and probably Cricket’s. Most satisfying death belongs to Audrey, because it was dumb and she was so dumb.
Out of the six seasons, where does this one rank?
Cece: I think this was my least favorite, unfortunately.
Melanie: In the middle for me I think.
Stef: I would say it’s 4th in my book – beating Asylum & Freak Show. Incase you haven’t figured it out by now, Freak Show will always be bottom of the barrel for me. I don’t know how it could possibly get much worse than that.
Kelly: LAST. I started to rewatch Freak Show after this finale so I could retouch on how I felt about it. I still think there are better storylines in Freak Show and even Asylum than Roanoke. I just – I have no words honestly. It was so bad. (I re-watched the Freak Finale, and I stand by it being the worst, but I can totally see both sides of this one.)
Kent: 5th tentatively, only above Freak Show. This season, the first 75% was fairly watchable and I enjoyed it. There were so many boring or shit episodes of Freak Show, well over half of them sucked big floppy donkey dick.
Looking ahead to next season, what would be your theme or premise, or horror aspects that you may want to see play out?
Cece: I’d honestly like maybe an anthology type season. Maybe I’m using the incorrect verbiage but what I mean is, like they hinted before this season. I’d like to see each episode play a different story. For example, say, one episode does a horror lore story such as Children of the Corn or something we grew up watching. The next episode does sort of a Creepypasta story like Slenderman and so on. Through an entire season. This way they can tell many stories, and also bring in new actors to AHS, and also recycle our favorite actors into new stories and characters!
Melanie: I would love for them to do like. Frankenstein theme.
Stef: Oh dear… I couldn’t even begin to wager a guess. This is why I don’t write movies.
Kelly: Can we please just go back to the writing styles of the earlier seasons? I had such high hopes and was pretty scared based on a few of the teaser trailers for season 6, but it just let me down worse than I ever imagined possible. I can’t predict a theme yet for the next season. Give me a few months.
Kent: I call it “The Will”. I have wrote half of the story already, but am not finished. Busy week. When it is ready, I will put it here on the blog for your reading pleasure. I’m not saying that it’s great, but it would follow the AHS formula and be better than this season at the very least. As for what the should do, I could absolutely go for a flu epidemic that isn’t zombie related, but show the real dark underbelly of civilization crumbling.
Are there any actors who you would like to see get a starring role, or any characters that you wouldn’t mind seeing fall back to more of a middle or supporting character? You can choose from anybody in the AHS history.
Cece: Always Denis O’Hare, but I’d like to see more Gabby Sidibe again, or Wes Bentley. It would be cool to always have more screen time for Evan too. Less Sarah. I’d like to see her have a smaller role next season. Also Finn. He’s great. I wanna see more of him.
Melanie: GAGA! I would love to see her be a Dr. Frankenstein/creator type character.
Stef: I would absolutely LOVE to see some of the actors/actresses lost along the way come back, and I don’t even care how big or small their parts… Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, ADAM LEVINE *wink wink*, and most definitely Jessica Lange. I’d like to see Gaga come back as more of a starring role… or even Dennis O’Hare.
Kelly: Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Denis O’Hare would all be great for big roles. Evan has come a LONG way since Tate and I still loved him as Tate. He’s a classic. But he has truly had a great metamorphosis as an actor. I’d like to see Sarah Paulson and even Lily Rabe take a back seat.
Kent: Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Danny Huston, Taissa Farmiga, Kathy Bates (She’s the best so far, no offense to Lange), Andre Holland, Dylan McDermott, Zachary Quinto, Mare Winningham, Wes Bentley, Finn Whitrock, John Carroll Lynch, Alexandria Breckenridge, and Evan Peters. People who can go to the back of the line are Sarah Paulson, Adina Porter, and maybe Angela Bassett. I love Angela, but I would really like to see her have a really big role some season, and it may come with sacrificing a season. But seriously, Sarah, you can take the season off, you will not be missed.
If you could add one actor who is not an AHS alumni, who would you choose and why?
Cece: I’d kill to see Michael C. Hall. Also maybe Matthew Morrison from Glee.
Melanie: I would love to see David Duchovny in a role.
Stef: Hmmmm, it’s a big name and I don’t know how they’d get him there, but Jack Nicholson always plays an amazing f’d up part. I think he could be a phenomenal addition if casted in the right role.
Kelly: James Spader or Kevin Spacey for shits and giggles. Let’s change it up, man.
Kent: Robert Englund, Tobin Bell, Matthew Lilard, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dee Wallace, Sid Haig, or Jeremy Sisto.
Finally, give us your parting thoughts and say whatever else you feel the need to say because we’re gone for 9 months.
Cece: I hope they go out with a bang for season 7. This one really irked me. Also, it’s been real.
Melanie: Thanks for the opportunity Kent!!! Can’t wait for next season.
Stef: I’ll just end up anxiously awaiting the next season, hoping for it to “WOW” and bedazzle me the way Murder House did. I guess it’s like a relationship for me – in the beginning it’s all new and amazing and exciting, then it starts to lose it’s luster, and at times it’s really great again, and you know it’ll never quite be the same as it was in the beginning, but you just keep faithfully hanging in there, waiting for some more good stuff.
Kelly: Murphy, step it the fuck up or you’re going to be losing a ton of viewers.
Kent: While I didn’t like how the last 25% played out, and basically tarnished this season for me, I’m going to miss it because I love horror, and I like seeing familiar faces. I don’t ever want to see “reality based” shows on AHS again because they are all contrived bullshit from my perspective. I know that they are some people’s guilty pleasures, and some people just love the stuff because they do, and that is why E!, TMZ, and other such stuff is so popular. It makes me sad. But with that being said, it was provided this blog with a great deal of varying perspectives, and that is what I was hoping for when I started this. So while I may have great disdain for many things, it hopefully has made reading this more pleasant. Maybe you found yourself agreeing more often with somebody and read their answers more closely, and if so, that’s fucking fantastic. If you think I am a horrible human being but found value in what one or several of the ladies said, then that’s awesome. We are obviously all built differently, and some of us tan better than others or have better hairlines, but I think that we all had fun, most of the time at least. These girls have given me plenty of things to consider and it actually helped me understand this season a little bit better. All in all, I had fun with this. This was an extension of what I had been doing the past couple of years. Kelly and I started talking AHS way back in season 3 and talk about pretty much every episode. It seems like every week, I get at least one article from her during the season about rumors or speculation. Stefanie and , we started talking about it maybe back during Freak Show. Stef has proved to me that she could potentially work well with me in an apocalyptic situation. Cece and I have had many a conversations, a lot about Evan Peters and just in general about why I loved or hated a season and same for her. Her and I may not fare so well in an apocalypse, haha. Melanie is really the only person that I didn’t have an AHS past with, so it’s been nice getting her input. I had fun doing a couple of podcasts with her and hopefully we can do them more regularly next season. I gotta thank my buddy Tom who helped during the first half of the season before he fell behind.
Thank you for reading, contributing, or just having a nice chat with me about AHS. I appreciate it. To the ladies, thank you for taking time out of your schedule to help me do this thing. Have yourself some happy holidays. It’s time to prep for LingFest, which is infinitely cooler than Paleyfest.
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Hello ladies and gentlemen. I would like to welcome you to the only AHS blog that asks the 9 Deuce. I am your Negative Nancy of a host, Kent, and I am joined by my 4 lovely contributors, Melanie, Cece, Kelly, and Stefanie. They all say hi. So here’s how this goes. I ask 11 questions, and the ladies and I answer them. They tend to have a more positive perspective, while I am typically the pessimistic prick. We share a common goal in enjoying this show and we all want the best damn show that this can be. So whether you are enjoying or loathing this season, there will most likely be a perspective that you find yourself agreeing with. With all of that out of the way, let’s talk about Chapter 9.
Are you happy that Lee ended up as the survivor?
Melanie: I predicted it, so yup I am pretty pleased with myself.
Cece: I’m happy that my first prediction was right. However, I’m not satisfied with her ever since her confession. I don’t think she deserved to live.
Kelly: I’m not surprised; there was a good chance she and/or the real Shelby would make it through.
Stef: Though she was my original prediction, no. She turned out to be someone more rotten than I thought she was. And considering even after being axed, and thrown down into a basement, Audrey managed to survive, only to be gunned down in a heartbeat. Annoying. (Kent: In all fairness, Audrey shouldn’t have lasted that long, under almost any normal circumstances.)
Kent: Are you asking me if I am happy that the LEEast interesting character survived, ha, hell no. She killed one of the most likable characters in Mason.
Who did you want to be the final victim out of Audrey, Monet, the remaining Polks, and Dylan?
Melanie: Polks, so gross. I was pulling for Dylan being a veteran and all. (Kent: I found myself pulling for Dylan, but then remembered what season we were in. I couldn’t call a bookie fast enough to take my money that he would be the next to die.)
Cece: Audrey; which, she was.
Kelly: My first desire a few episodes ago was Sidney, but since that ship has sailed, I would have taken Monet out of those four options. (Kent: Yeah, they absolutely dropped the ball with Sidney.)
Stef: Well all I really wanted was see ALL of the Polks die, but it appears as though one managed to get away. ugh And the fact that a highly military trained man didn’t make it as long as the girls was a little disheartening. (Kent: Hmmmm, it’s almost like Ryan Murphy is sexist, isn’t it? Trained military dude or dumb bitches, and the dumb bitches survive. LOGIC!!!!)
Kent: Monet, so we could have had Lee vs Lee. Basically, I would have been happy with anybody that wasn’t Audrey, but……fuck man.
Did you find the shaky cam/go pro camera stuff in the beginning to work for this season, or do you just hate shaky cam?
Melanie: I like the shaky cam in AHS as they actually let you see what is going on. I HATE shaky camera angle when you can’t see shit. (Kent: Yeah, when you can’t see what you want, it causes issues as well, I agree. It’s lazy filming. Trust me, I’ve resorted to it before.)
Cece: I think it worked with the story pretty well, but I am anal about shaky filming because it bugs me. (Kent: It’s downright irritating, so I’m with ya on this.)
Kelly: It’s not my style so I could have gone without it.
Stef: I usually really hate shaky cam because very often it will almost make me nauseous, but this time it didn’t seem to bother me much.
Kent: I usually really hate shaky cam…..and this is no different. There’s no need for it, ever, unless you are watching COPS. To present a story properly, we should have a clear view of what is happening from whatever perspective it is. Then lazy fucks thought to use it, and keep using it, and it’s just a terrible cliché in horror now.
Did you like how Audrey’s final scene played out?
Melanie: I spent the whole time wondering if it was all a sham and she was still possessed, so yes.
Cece: No. I wish she could have gotten away too.
Kelly: Hell no! The woman had been through hell, at the hands of Lee even, and THAT’S how she died? Pathetic writing. (Kent: I concur with your last 2 words. She deserved it.)
Stef: NO! I thought that was bullshit. She was shot down by SEVERAL police, immediately. Wishing she had gotten in a terminating shot at Lee so at least her death wouldn’t have been in vain.
Kent: No. She got cleaved by the collarbone, yet the cops just lift her up by the arms, and no real huge signs of pain. Way to sell your injury! Way to write something that makes no sense. The cops would have seen this injury and helped her in a different way. But boy, did I love seeing that bitch soak up bullets like a sponge. Best part of the whole episode! I had hoped that they wouldn’t find Audrey until she had starved to death, but you can’t always get what you want, like a good finish to what had been a good season. I have no idea what my friends here see in Audrey’s character, BUT this is why the blog exists to get various viewpoints, no matter how many times I shake my head adamantly, and then get a headache. Every single week, haha.
Are you excited to see Lana Winters next week?
Melanie: Yessss!!! I can’t wait.
Kelly: As you know from our personal discussions as well as my opinions so far during this blog, this isn’t my favorite season. In fact, I enjoyed Asylum AND Freak Show more than this. So seeing Lana Winters next week isn’t specifically going to make me jump for joy. What will make me jump for joy is the fact that this hogwash is over. (Kent: It’s weird, because I really liked the first 75% of this season, but under the guise that they would tie up loose ends. With that appearing to be unlikely, I may be forced to say that this is worse than Asylum, but probably still better than Freak Show. Rest assured, next week I’m going to irritate all of you with ranking all six seasons and I can see the eye rolling now.
Stef: I will admit my first reaction was total surprise when they showed next week’s preview, however my thoughts instantly switched to the next question… (Kent……nodding my head)
Kent: For about 5 seconds, yes. Then reality hit me, and she was from Asylum, which sucked in my opinion, especially her character, and nostalgia got pushed aside for logic. Why does middle Lana look worse than older Lana? Is she gonna kill Lee? Just a thought, get vengeance for her doppelganger.
Do you see any issue with a character from Asylum in 1964 appearing in 2016, played by the same person?
Melanie: No and she has aged so well, lol. (Kent: Yeah, ain’t that some shit, right? She looks younger now than she did then.)
Cece: It doesn’t work so well with timelines and continuity…. (Kent: How dare you question the great and powerful Oz…I mean Murphy! Lana met Lady Gaga, who introduced her to a witch, played by Lady Gaga, and that is how the timeline works out so incredibly well!)
Kelly: Nothing surprises me about characters in this series because people come back from other eras. She could be dead for all we know which would explain her youth after all these years later. And maybe, if she did die, she didn’t die in a murderous house or hotel and can roam freely. We don’t know yet. (Kent: Woah woah woah, put down Pandora’s Box and do not open it. This could get ugly fast. What if All characters played by Sarah Paulson joined all of Jessica Lange’s character and sang The Name Game? Come on, you’d watch the hell out of that and it would be a guilty pleasure, like midget films.)
Stef: The whole timing thing irks me. They need to pay more attention to details like this. As cool as the whole tie-in could potentially be, they need to get their shit together in terms of making things more realistic. And if they wanted to bring Sarah in as Lana Winters at all during the season, maybe Audrey should’ve been played by someone else. (Kent: I think just using a different actress for older Lana, or have her daughter ask the questions, or just bring in Adam Levine because this season is just pandering at this point.)
Kent: Is Ryan Murphy even trying anymore? Does anybody else stop him and get in his ear and say: “Listen Ryan, we know that you have a raging clue for Sarah, and you show that by ramming her down the audience’s throat season after season, but for one episode, maybe we should get an actress that is in her 70’s or 80’s.” To which Ryan Murphy would then suggest that he’s got a fever and the only cure is more man ass!
Is it time to give us a break from Sarah Paulson, or do you want to see her as much as you can every season?
Melanie: I love her, so I do enjoy seeing her. I am VERY happy to not listen to that accent. (Kent: it really is the worst accent that I have heard in quite some time.)
Cece: I love Sarah Paulson, but I haven’t loved her characters in the even seasons. (Kent: I 100% agree with that, although I think she did a great job as Dot and Bette, but I disliked them.)
Kelly: I’d rather see her in a better role, such as Sally or Dot/Bette. (Kent: Hopefully Sally and Lana can shoot up before the interview. I’d be so pumped.)
Stef: I don’t mind her, honestly. I really couldn’t care either way.
Kent: Yeah, yes, si, oui, hell yes! Her character was great in Hotel because we didn’t have to see her every 3 minutes, and her talent shined in smaller doses.
Is Ryan Murphy sexist?
Melanie: Against men maybe…
Cece: I don’t think so.
Kelly: I don’t think so.
Stef: Kent, you’re just pissed that a dude didn’t survive. lol (Kent: While I totally agree with you, I am adamantly pissed about this horrible horror cliche, if you do read my tirade directly below, you will see that I have made a legitimate argument. Whether you agree with it or not, that’s entirely your prerogative. Really though, Dylan is an experienced military man and lasted like 1/200th the time that Audrey did? Really?)
Kent: No, he still loves dat man ass! Seriously, he has stopped giving great roles to men, which is a major hit to the overall character development. If you want to do this, just go to E! or Lifetime. I want to state that he did great in the first 2 seasons. Both men and females were featured very equally, and both sexes had roles in which they were allowed to be stars. Then Coven happened, and Aside from Axe Man, the male characters weren’t great in that season, but it was about witches, and that was fine, it made sense. But they lost Quinto, McDermott Cromwell, and Joseph Fiennes with Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett. He even managed to make Evan Peters awful. Still, it made sense to a degree for that particular season, so I give him a pass. Well, Freak Show comes along, and Evan is somehow shittier, a big percentage of the males are gay, Twisty is killed off too soon, and you are left with Dandy and Neil Patrick Harris’ characters, which is fine, but once again, most of the good roles are given to females. Being gay doesn’t mean that it’s a good role, as there are shitty gay roles. Season 5, they tried to bring things back. They developed a great male character is Liz, Evan had his best season, Wes Bentley was suddenly interesting, and…..well that was it, but that was an improvement. Still dominated by far more females, BUT at least 3 big male roles were awesome. Then this season. Aside from short roles from Cricket, Dr. Cunningham, and Sidney, where the fuck were the good male characters? The character of Matt sucked, and Dom was solid, but another short role. Pig Head had the best male role, which is saying loads for this terrible season. So 3 out of the past 4 seasons have been incredibly unbalanced while the other 3 were simply balanced, not male dominated, just balanced. I’m not making this stuff up, and I have presented my case. Murphy needs to get his head out of his dick and make AHS great moving forward. He knows how to. Can we get some hot lesbian action with nudity next season? I mean, we can show asses and we are supporters of the gay community, so let’s see some of that!!!! One of them can be Asian, that would add diversity. Let’s get these girls represented on screen Mr Murphy, unless you hate lesbians.
Do you think that the remaining, living Polk will play a role in the finale?
Melanie: The kids maybe, but not that dude or he will present himself as a changed person to get his kids back.
Cece: Maybe so. It would be cool.
Kelly: Yes I do. He could have died that last episode, but they let him go so he’s got to have some significance.
Stef: The thought has crossed my mind… maybe he’ll see Lee on t.v. and try to hunt that bitch down.
Kent: He should, BUT this season has been about huge, wasted opportunities. This isn’t even a huge opportunity. I will go with no. If you can’t find time to explain the various things that I will be bitching about 2 questions from now, then don’t tell me you have time on a wasted character. I like everything that the ladies above me suggested and I would happily steal from their ideas and claim that they were mine originally, but I don’t think it’s happening.
We have one more episode left, and we’ve seen the preview. Realistically, is there any way that we see Jessica Lange this season?
Cece: I don’t think so. But it is possible.
Kelly: I find it unlikely, but as always, I hold hope for next season.
Stef: Oh my gosh, I’m still hoping she’ll pop in there… even just for a few minutes.
Kent: If I say no now, it will make it look like I don’t know what hell I am talking about, but you know, I told you that Lee murdered Mason, I told you that Lee would be a far more sinister character than anticipated, and I told you that Lange and Taissa would be on this season. So yeah, we will get Lange. If I am wrong, I totally expect to get made fun of, and look forward to it.
Is there any unfinished business in your opinion, where you feel like you were left hanging, and with only one episode left, you are fearing that you won’t get closure on something?
Melanie: Is Lee still possessed? Will she be charged for anyone’s murder? Will they use any of the footage? (Kent: Technically she would have to be charged. We are seeing this found footage, and is being aired. So there’s no covering that up really, well there shouldn’t be, but I am dying for the inane technicality. Whether she is still possessed is a good question as I am curious if you have to be within for many feet to remain possessed. If not, why aren’t there more whackos out there?)
Cece: Somewhat. I was hoping for more character development this season, which didn’t happen much, due to people dying so quickly. (Kent: Character Development? What the hell is that? We’re doing a horror show where we have Taiwanese people crawling on the ceilings for no reason! And you love it!)
Kelly: Priscilla and Flora for sure as well as Dr. Cunningham. Oh, and the nurses too. I wish we had seen more of them. (Kent: Sigh……everything you just said…..sigh. That’s how they use the great Dennis O’Hare?)
Stef: Not really sure… I don’t think so. However, we never did get anymore back story about your girl Priscilla. (Kent: Priscilla went on to take over as the Supreme after Gaga wanted to go into semi-retirement. She also hates evil whores like her idol, the Butcher. But really, they couldn’t give us the final piece to her puzzle in something that could have taken as little as 30 seconds? I need to see Sarah Paulson and her fucking accent more instead of things that would have developed characters and told a richer story._
Kent: Oh gee, what a handsome question. Yeah, how about character development for one? How about who Priscilla’s father is? How about, why the hell are the Chen’s a bunch of creepy ceiling crawlers? Why is the one nurse an evil whore? Why was Dylan the first guy to check on the place? Why did we just waste Dr. Cunningham so quickly? Is anybody 100% with Pig Head’s overall story, or would you like to know why he did what he did? Oh, this last episode may touch on one of these topics if I’m lucky and then I will be left with a bunch of unanswered questions. That’s awesome. That’s really good, talented writing right there. But please, give me more Sarah Paulson because we have barely seen her this season.
On a personal note, I hate to admit this, but I have checked out of this season, but I am 90% through, so of course I am going to trudge through. I really hope that this last episode is amazing, and it would bring me great joy. I am cheering this show on. With that being said, I am a realist, and they supplied us with a solid first ¾ of a season and then it appears that they have flipped us off. I’m hoping for the best and expecting the worst, and I hate that feeling because this show is so good when it clicks together. When it doesn’t, it becomes the aspects of horror that I loathe. As a horror fan, this season is doing what so many bad horror films do. As of right now, I am not Kentertained!!! I’d rather watch Nightmare on Elm Street 2, the bad one, than to sit through more shitty episodes. So please, give your fans a great final episode. No, you know what, screw that. Give fans like me, who have proven to be loyal to a fault, an episode that makes me say that this ended up great. Make this cynic a believer again. From my perspective, you have won over my colleagues to various degrees. Now win over your legit horror fans who have sat through cliche after cliche waiting for that moment when it’s awesome. Also, anybody else remember those teasers before the season? We need to talk about those next week.
Thank you to Melanie, Cece, Kelly, Stef, and Russell Crowe. Without all of you, none of this would be possible.
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Welcome ladies and….well probably just ladies, to the only AHS blog where people are asked copious amounts of questions, and we answer them. I’d like to proudly introduce my special lady friends who helped me out with this blog: Melanie, Cece, Kelly, and Stefanie. Glad to have you all back.
Well, this is an episode that we need to discuss. I think that this is the first time that I have heard the term twat used on cable TV. I have so many things to say, and rest assured, my girls here do too. Just know this, if you loved the episode, you are not alone. If you loathed this episode, you are not alone. I want to just discuss some things and get some varied opinions, which I guarantee. I talked with a few of the ladies during the show, and it seems like I am in the minority, but with this blog, as the only person with a penis, and the smoothest legs, I end up being the minority. This week, I wasn’t satisfied with just the typical 9 Deuce setup so that’s why we are giving you the 9 Deuce Deuce. Enjoy.
On a personal note, i downloaded a bunch of Stone Cold Steve Austin GIF’s to help describe things.
Ryan Murphy claimed that Jether Polk was “The most fucked up character of all time.” How do you feel about that proclamation after seeing this character this week?
Melanie: Fucked up meaning sad…no way. Fucked up meaning disgusting…not even close.
Cece: First off, from what I understand, Murphy said that this was specifically Finn Witrock’s most fucked up character. I don’t think he meant in general. But, I still don’t think I agree with that statement. Dandy Mott was a little shit and I loved to hate him. Maybe there’s more behind ol’ Jether toward the end? (Kent: Well, every source I have read suggests exactly what was written. Ryan Murphy wish he had this quote back because it was an out and out lie to hype up the show. Do a search for “ryan murphy most fucked up character” and you will find plenty of articles. I’ll provide links.)
Kelly: I don’t think he is! I actually felt bad for him. I liked the dynamic between Lee and Jether as they got to know each other. I’m sad he couldn’t be saved honestly because it seemed like he was out of place in the Polk family and could potentially be a functioning human being if he got away and got the right therapy/treatment.
Stef: Just like good ol’ “Crusty the clown” in Freak Show, I definitely wouldn’t go claiming he was the most ANYTHING sort of character. Fucked up & inbred, yes, but don’t hype it all up for us to be let down like that. (I’m glad I didn’t see/hear that statement before I watched the episode. I think they should just not make claims, and let us watch & decide.)
Kent: Are you fucking kidding me? This is a joke, right? I feel that we have seen 5-10 more fucked up characters in some sense throughout the franchise. Even Finn played one in Freak Show. This was strictly false hype to try to get viewers. Even if Jether makes more appearances, the bar is set so high that he would really have to push some limits. Are they truly copying TWD with bad hype mechanisms? TWD did the false Glenn death, the Daryl kill, and then the cliffhanger. SHAME!
We now know more about Pig Head. We know that he was Kinkaid Polk. We know the time frame that he was alive. Was he the same guy that Shelby saw in the woods in episode 2? If so, what the hell did he do? Give me some theories here if you have any because we still don’t have the full story.
Melanie: Ma Polk (shudder) and the youngest Polk (even bigger shudder) mentioned that Kinkaid Polk copied what the butcher did to her victims by putting a pig head on them before roasting them. That is what Shelby saw in the woods, one of The Butcher’s victims. (Kent: Well done!)
Cece: I honestly have no idea on what’s going on with him. I’m sure it was probably the same guy, but I barely remember the exact scene you’re referring to.
Kelly: I sadly can’t contribute to this question as I dont have a good answer about his character.
Stef: You mean the one Shelby saw in the woods over the fire?? I would say that was NOT Kinkaid, because didn’t the Polks say that the butcher stuffed a pig head on a man and roasted him to sort of pay homage to Kinkaid?? Or did I hear that all wrong?? (Kent: No, you’re right as well. I’m an idiot with zero short term memory.)
Kent: While I concur with what Melanie said and can’t say it any better, I will offer my wacky theory that Shelby made up what she saw in the woods based on information that was provided to her prior to filming. Let’s face it, all of these shows that the first half parodied are mostly a bunch of bullshit, so why wouldn’t this be the same? It’s just sensationalized.
Do you feel that they have left out important info on the Chen family?
Melanie: That they were apparently a family of gymnasts. (Kent: I laughed.)
Cece: This is also possible. I feel like they overlooked their story and just threw it in there quickly to add to Denis O’Hare’s stories. (Kent: I agree with that. Unfortunately, if that was the case and you needed more stories for Denis, which is the right decision, he could have told the story of the OG Pig Head or even about Kincaid. They could have left out the Chen’s as they haven’t really done anything. At least the nurses and Pig Head have kills.)
Kelly: They are a part of the season I forgot about… HAPPILY forgot about. I can’t even watch the scenes because they terrify me. The less I know and the less I have to see that family the better for me.
Stef: Ah yes! I almost forgot about the Chens! That would explain the creepy crawly things that look like they came out of “The Grudge”.
Kent: They have really dropped the ball here. The Chens seem like such a fascinating story. They had some important back stories to really delve into. The Chens are the creepiest of the characters to some, but have been treated worse than Priscilla. It’s not like Ju On existed when the Chens got got. We know that they moved into the house in 1973. We know that they came from Taiwan and nobody informed them of the house’s history. They were doing their best to adapt to American life. One girl, Amy I think, was scared by Pig Head and fell down the stairs and potentially hurt her arm. The Chen’s prayed and offered sacrifices to their gods, but it was Blood Moon season, so they got killed. The newspaper reported them missing. That is all I can find. These are the creepiest characters, and that’s the best that you can do? At least the nurses had a back story and have gotten a kill. The Chen’s deserve better! As you can see, even my esteemed colleagues are baffled. It’s not just me.
How do you feel about Lee admitting to killing Mason?
Melanie: We all knew it, so I guess validated? (Kent: Not everybody knew it, so don’t become a cocky jerk. Nah, join me in being a validated jerk! Yay, validation!)
Cece: I was honestly shocked. Was sort of rooting for her to be a better person.
Kelly: I see it. I wasn’t too sure in the beginning if she did it, being that there are many culprits who could have done it. It’s very reasonable though and I can see why Lee wanted to let her daughter know the truth so she could go on with her life knowing what really happened to both of her parents. (Kent: I like the reason for her admission. That was actually smart.)
Stef: I was disappointed, and a little shocked. I honestly didn’t believe she did it. But I still don’t think she was the one that strung him up like that. How could she have done it alone?? (Kent: I honestly believe that we are going to find out some stuff on Lee over the next 2 weeks. That bitch is sinister.)
Kent: I’m absolutely the kind of guy to say that I told you so because I’m a self-absorbed asshole. Yeah, I feel good to sit among the nay-sayers. I’ll tell you all something else, there is something more sinister to Lee’s character than we know. You won’t find that in any bullshit interview, you read it here first. You’re welcome.
Why did Audrey go for her ring first, once she was free, rather than killing Ma Polk?
Melanie: Because it was Rory’s gift to her.
Cece: It could have been of sentimental value to her and she wanted it back because Rory was dead.
Kelly: (Can I just add that I hate Frances got the reenactment version of Ma Polk instead of the real life version!) Instinct? The last remnant of her husband? That’s what I’d assume. (Kent: I agree, Frances should have been the real version!!! Exclamation points!!!)
Stef: Who knows. They’re traumatized & confused. It’s the only piece of her husband she has to hold on to right now I suppose. But I totally would’ve clubbed that bitch first. (Kent: With that response, you are allowed to survive with me.)
Kent: First of all, how were we getting all of the camera angles in the Polk’s place? We had some overhead shots. This is supposed to be found footage, right? Sorry for nitpicking, wait no I am not! These are supposed to be the real life people, so how are we able to see this footage. Is there a smart Polk that knows how to set up AV equipment?
To answer the real question, because bitches are dumb and don’t think practically. I want to say that it’s only in the films, but no, it’s real-life. Their priorities are completely inane at the most pertinent of times. Now this answer won’t win me any fans, and that’s fine. You kill first. You then arm yourself with as many useful things as possible. You then either execute a plan of attack, or fall back to where you can devise an appropriate, well thought out plan. If you get your ring, great, grand, wonderful. It sure as shit is pretty fucking meaningless if you’re dead because you’re a dumbass. Trust me, any guy who is reading this is nodding his head. In times of great danger, sentimentality will get you killed.
Why the hell didn’t Dom say anything when he heard Audrey and Lee return?
Melanie: adding suspense? (Kent: Yeah, that’s the TV Show reason.)
Cece: I honestly don’t know either. I think he was just burnt out and looked like he’d ‘seen some shit’. (Kent: I wish he had said that.)
Kelly: He just watched a woman he had intimate relations with slice her own throat and realized Sidney isn’t saving his “precious actor” ass. Shock, man. And he didn’t know what was the other side of that bathroom door. Even if it was Lee and Audrey, who knows if they were alone out there.
Stef: I know. I would’ve been freaked out & happy as hell to finally see them return, but he just sat there till they walked in the bathroom. I guess maybe it was done for suspense on the show’s part… keep us wondering for an extra minute or two if he’s still alive. (Kent: Yeah, suspense.)
Kent: Totally lazy writing. That is about as lazy as you can get. You are alone after dealing with that shit, first of all, you are going to be on your guard when hearing anybody come near. Secondly, if you recognized the voices, you’d get them in with you ASAP to add safety in numbers. As a matter of fact, had he acted in that manner, the dumbasses probably would have believed him when he told them what happened. This was the laziest bit of AHS since the final episode of Freak Show, which was trash!
Why was Dom such a pussy about being forced out of the room?
Melanie: He didn’t want to die.
Cece: Again, he was probably a bit traumatized by what was going on. Especially seeing Shelby kill herself right in front of him. He’s just an actor. He hasn’t gone through this shit much. (Kent: In all fairness, how many of us have sat in a bathroom of a haunted house with a white chick that you banged on the side, and watched her slit her throat hours after she bashed her ex-husband’s head in? Hands…..anybody? Just because he’s an actor doesn’t mean that he should lack common sense. I used to act, poorly. I still know enough to not be THAT dumb.)
Kelly: They’re in a house haunted by vicious ghosts and are being targeted by vengeful spirits… I’d want to stick together, too. He didn’t kill Shelby anyway even though he was being accused. They forced him out on allegations they didn’t know were true or false.
Stef: Omg! That pissed me off a bit. I know if I were him I would’ve been fighting for my life, and probably would’ve knocked Lee right the hell out if she didn’t believe me. (Kent: That’s the answer! Knock bitches out until you are safe.)
Kent: The real reason is quite simple. Lazy writing, yet again. The guy that just last week was talking about being the asshole of the group, now suddenly is a complete and utter bitch? No, they changed the character to suit the needs to get from point A to point Z. Unfortunately, they didn’t have Dom stay true to his character. He could easily have over powered both of those dumb bitches. He had the means to protect himself, and that’s how Dom would have reacted and been about himself as soon as they became aggressive towards him. So there you go, the truth.
Why were the women safe from attack while in the bedroom throughout the night?
Melanie: If they killed off everyone there would be no more episodes. (Kent: Real reason, preach.)
Cece: I think by the time they laid down, it was already starting to become morning and everything was stifled. (Kent: I think that is the most logical reason. Otherwise, lazy writing. I’m being generous and giving the benefit of the doubt though. Timing could have been an issue.)
Kelly: You got me! I thought for sure after Dom they’d be targeted. (Kent: That does seem logical does it not, dude?)
Stef: That’s what I can’t figure out. Pig man had been in the shower before, so why wouldn’t things come into the bedroom. I don’t recall any “spirit” attacks happening in the bedroom. ??? (Kent: Wasn’t Rory killed in a bedroom? I’m too lazy to look back to know for sure. But if it’s a bedroom thing, like a safe zone, that is intriguing.)
Kent: Yeah, I think it is potentially reasonable that time may have been on their side. With that being said, lazy writing yet again. All they had to do was show a shot of a clock after Dom’s death, or a shot outside of dawn. We know that Pig Head is pissed and just killed Dom, so there was no reason, no fucking reason why he didn’t come in there and kill Lee and Audrey. Logic fallacies are fun.
Why is Dylan the first person to check on the house? Shouldn’t there have been people trying to contact Sydney or pretty much anybody working on the set?
Melanie: Is it all made up? (Kent: That would be great! And then Jessica Lange wakes up as her character from Coven, Fiona, and Axe Man is all like “You were having one hell of a dream.” That is how I would end this season.)
Cece: He was probably supposed to do a gig for Sidney and be another scare actor to the plan of the weekend. He must have shown up late and stumbled into this fuckery. (Kent: That sounds like a reason that they could use, plus you used the term fuckery.)
Kelly: I hated the cliffhanger, gosh darn it! You give us the first interesting episode (in my opinion) and then leave us like that? Screw you, Murphy! You’d think more “staff” would be trying to get to the group but apparently either everyone involved died or didn’t find it necessary to bother them for the three nights. (Kent: You’re gosh darn right! Screw you Murphy! I just want to say it one more time. Gosh darn it!!! Ah.)
Stef: Right. I understand they’re out there a bit, but nearly everyone is dead now, and there’s been no one checking on them this whole time. Can’t anyone else see what’s being filmed right now?? (Kent: In the real world, yes, people would be running film back to be saved and uploaded for editing. There’s a lot of things that would be happening.)
Kent: I agree with what has been said. My issue is that we know that there are people who are supposed to be running the gags in the house, we know that there are supposed to be other crew. It’s lazy writing, yet again. Just give a reason why these people aren’t there. Maybe you should have done more than 10 episodes and filled in some gaps. That’s a crazy thought, I know.
Bonus Deuce Deuce
Do you believe in the even season curse? To elaborate, it is my belief that every odd season is a better season than any even season. Some may say that the even seasons, such as this, Freak Show, and Asylum were the low points in the AHS franchise.
Melanie: No. I think they have all been fantastic.
Cece: I don’t believe so. It all depends on everyone’s tastes. To me, Hotel and Freakshow were probably my favorite seasons. I need to re-watch Murder House, but I think I really like that one too.
Kelly: Yes. There were parts of Asylum that were worthy of remembering just like Freak Show, but overall I still love the odd seasons most. (Kent: I couldn’t have said it better in just one sentence. They were the oddities with some cool stuff every once in awhile, and the Name Game sequence, which I abhor, and I believe you love it.)
Stef: Yes, absolutely. They’ve definitely been the more terrible seasons.
Kent: Yeah, the curse is alive and well. Murder House, Coven, and Hotel were the 3 best seasons by most metrics, while Asylum had solid acting but forced too many things into a story that would have done better with less. Freak Show was just a fucking disaster on every level imaginable. So many holes in the ideology of it, it wasn’t even all that fun to watch aside from a few characters. It was the worst roles for Evan, Jessica, Denis, Emma, Matt, and even Angela. So how in the hell is Freak Show not complete shit again? Honest question, because aside from the setting, Finn, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Chiklis, John Carroll Lynch, and Sarah Paulson, it was not good.
Who will be missed more: Shelby or Dom?
Melanie: Eh…either/or would have been fine.
Cece: Shelby. Dom was an ass.
Kelly: Shelby, even though I’m not a super fan of her anyway. Dom was an idiot and disposable.
Stef: I personally will miss Dom more. Shelby was too blah… Sulky & kinda whiny.
Kent: Dom, obviously. We don’t need more women killing bitches. We need guys who do work. Dom was not an ass. He was smart up until he got forced out of the room. Big fucking difference. This is why guys get called assholes. Fact. I also really enjoyed Cuba in this role.
Will Dom or Matt return from the dead to get revenge?
Melanie: Maybe Dom, if he is really dead. Matt is happy to be with his bit of strange. (Kent: Points for using the term strange in an appropriate manner!)
Cece: I’m not quite sure. Dominic may come back for the girls, but the person who killed Matt is now dead too…
Kelly: Possibly but none of the others have, like Rory or Sidney or even Edward. Not even Kathy’s character has shown up after her death. (Kent: Didn’t Edward make a brief appearance last week when the 3 girls were trying to escape through the tunnel? You bring up a point that hasn’t really been brought up. Is there a time frame from date of death to when you can revisit as a spirit/ghost? This is horror, and the only way horror can thrive is with established rules damnit. You don’t put Rory in direct light. You don’t get Monet wet. You sure as hell don’t feed Lee after midnight. I like Gremlins.)
Stef: Maybe Matt will step in to help save his sister. Who btw is CRAZY for wanting to go back to the Polk house to try to retrieve the video. I’m sure she wants to be rid of it incase she lives, so that Flora (and the police) don’t see her confession, but c’mon now… Is just worry about staying alive. (Kent: Following every standard set in horror, all of these irrational actions lead me to believe that Lee will be the last one when she kills Audrey or Monet last.)
Kent: While I would love to see Matt return, with Shelby dead, it reduces that possibility. We still can’t discount him being in a trance under The Witch and doing her bidding. Dom, I hope he gets revenge and kills Audrey and Lee. After that, I don’t care if it’s Monet or Wes Bentley’s guy who lives. Either is acceptable, but Audrey and Lee deserve to die. I still think that we will see more sinister behavior from Lee, so she is now the clear cut front runner to survive. She has a wound, so that fits a lot of horror clichés. Don’t be surprised when Lee kills off one of the remaining girls.
Why did you love or hate this episode?
Melanie: I liked it. I didn’t have super strong feelings about it.
Cece: I loved seeing Finn’s sick character. And I liked how the girls got away.
Kelly: Shit happened for once. It’s tying together.
Stef: This is too many bonus questions, Kent. I was satisfied with the episode. Didn’t hate it, but didn’t LOVE it because I would’ve liked to see some things go differently… like Dom’s death annoyed me. Ya know?? (Kent: I will attempt to keep it to the usual number of questions this upcoming week because editing all of this shit takes more time, and I know it keeps you up.)
Kent: I HATED this episode and has made me not give a fuck about the last 2 episodes in all sincerity. It is such a shame. The first half was some of the best stuff that AHS has ever offered us, and then it shit the bed in glorious fashion. The lazy writing, the logical fallacies, the choices that these stupid bitches made, make this episode a grueling thing to sit through. It was indefensible, from my perspective. I know these ladies will tell you otherwise, and if you are reading this, you are most likely a female, as that is the target demographic, and you are probably agreeing with the ladies, and that’s fine. Just try to think about all of the points that I have brought up, really consider them piece by piece, and think about why so many things happened. Take your fangirl glasses off, and analyze it. This episode is the embodiment of lazy horror writing. I have seen this sort of shit happen all too often, and it is very mind numbing, and it is cookie cutter shit. Horror at it’s finest is something that invokes a “what would you do in this situation” thought process. When you watch horror, you think about that at some point and then make fun of the poor decisions. That is the premise of the Scream franchise in a sense. The whole second half was one big bad decision, minus the fun factor, so more like Scream 3. I really am not looking forward to Wednesday’s episode other than to get it done with and hope for some redemption with a Priscilla or Chen’s story arc.
I need to insult people one last time. As of 8:05AM on Monday November, 7, 2016 EST, The top 3 rated episodes per IMDB as voted by the fans are 1) Chapter Six w/ 9.1 Rating, 2) Chapter Seven w/ 9.0 Rating, 3) The Name Game from Asylum w/ 9.0. Here’s a sadder thing, the top 11 Episodes per ratings are from the even seasons. Fucking idiots that rate there, mainly millennials and pompous film people who thing because they took a film class in college, that means that they somehow get things deeper. Fucking people. Back of my hand.
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