American Horror Story Cult – S:7 Ep:6 “Mid-Western Assassin”

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.

 

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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?

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.)

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American Horror Story Cult – S:7 Ep:5 “Holes”

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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  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.  

 

  1.  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.

 

Bonus Deuce

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.  

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Channel Zero: No-End House Ep. 2 – “Nice Neighborhood”

This week on Channel Zero, we got to see how Margot handles seeing her dead father being not so dead, more info on Jules, watching JD deal with his cooler doppelganger, see Dylan in action, and learn about the cannibals.  Thankfully, Kristi is back to help me try to make sense of everything.  I gotta say, I keep rewatching some parts just to look for clues.  I’m very compelled by this show.  You should watch it on SyFy or the network’s app!

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  1.  Assuming that our main characters are in a version of “room 6”, do you think that all of these characters are still together, or do they each have their own versions?  For example, is the Jules that we see in Margot’s current situation really Jules, or could it be another entity like her father is?

Kristi:  Hmmmm… this is a good one. I’m unsure. On the one hand, I feel like they are in different rooms. Reason I say this is because when the one dude goes to find his wife and she doesn’t know him, it seems like that would be his nightmare, if they went in together and were in the same place, how would she have forgotten him already?  (We saw that Room 3 takes people one at a time, so that could be a part of the problem.)  Although, I’m thinking that Margot and Jules are in the same place.  I think their friendship will be the cause of their demise somehow.

Kent:  This is one of those questions that are trippy.  Does everybody who exits Room 5 end up in their own dimension or plane of existence?  In a way, that would make the most sense to me.  Clearly we have at minimal, 2 planes of existence.  We have the real world, and we have a world where Margot’s father is dead.  We have also seen JD have a doppelganger and the mysterious stranger is shooting Lacey in the head why people are taking out garbage and then he finds Lacey in a house.  So from my perspective, it would almost make just as much sense if everybody gets their own plane of existence where certain people act as you would expect them to.  For example, Margot would expect Jules to say the things that she has said so far, and JD would expect Seth to have waited by the house and be the hero, so it is possible.  Not probably, but possible at the very least.

 

  1.  Do you feel that Jules was a lousy friend in Margot’s time of need considering it was the start of college so many other variables in their young lives?

Kristi:  As someone that had gone through a lot of loss in my life, not really. She was there as much as she could be. We can’t expect our friends to stop their lives just because we are hurting.

Kent:  Well, we don’t know the circumstances as to why Jules doesn’t have a father.  Did he just leave his family or is he dead, and did Jules already experience that pain and just couldn’t stomach reliving that?  I don’t have enough info yet to really judge how she has acted.  All I can say is that there are scenarios when you can understand why she acted that way while being empathetic to Margot’s situation.  

 

  1.  What did you make of Jules’ room 5, where was the giant sphere in the room?  Also, when she woke up in the bathtub and saw the sphere, was that her room 4 or something else entirely?

Kristi:  Im honestly a little lost with Jules. Being as the only one we got a back story on was Margot, the others are a mystery so far.  (I really wish they would have elaborated one or two more minutes on Jules’ story when she was at home.)

Kent:  We see her walk into Room 5.  She appeared dry.  So in the beginning, when she woke up in the tub, was that Room 4?  It would have to have been room 3 or 4, or simply a dream.  A dream would make sense as room 3 for Margot was based off of her dreams, so maybe they foreshadowed that a bit.  As for the giant sphere, I have no god damn clue.  I wish somebody smarter than me could point me in the right direction.

 

  1.  Is Margot’s father, John, what the show has referred to as a “cannibal”?  Does this explain why the omelette tasted like nothing to him?  Do you think the eggs actually tasted good to Margot or was that a lie?

Kristi:  I would say yes. That creepy scene at the end makes me think he is for sure. Not sure about the eggs. I think Margot was just trying to get through breakfast so I’m not sure she really had an opinion on the food.  (In that situation, I don’t even know if I would have ate.  I loved Jules shaking her head.)

Kent:  Well, if you remember in Episode 1, in Room 1, it did suggest to beware of cannibals.  At the end, we see how John eats, with these bodies that look human but are filled with these odd balls.  Which makes me wonder if the tiny balls are somehow tied in to Jules’ Room 5 ball.  I assume only those balls have flavor or feel like sustenance to the people that inhabit this plane, possibly limbo for all I know.

 

  1.  JD’s room 5 had the guy with the mask, from room 2, only this time it was a “mask” of JD.  We know that there is a more confident or cooler version of JD in the one house.  Looking back to last week, was Room 1 and 2 all about trying to mess with JD?

Kristi:  I didn’t consider that but now that you mention it, yes. I do think so. It definitely creeped everyone in the room out after the molding of them were destroyed but I think JD may have been the target victim in those rooms.

Kent:  Yeah, it appeared that JD was made an example of last week and now with this week, there’s something to it.  Then I wonder if the house is all about your fears or more importantly, confronting your fears.

 

  1.  What was up with the eggs reappearing in the fridge?

Kristi:  I am assuming there are no grocery stores or anything in the so called town- room they are now in, I’m thinking maybe that stuff just happens there. Like, oh we are out of milk, Bam, milk appears.  (Good point, I can’t imagine that grocery stores exist in this plane of existence.)

Kent:  That was probably the oddest thing of the whole episode for me.  That also gave me another wacky theory.  I like theories and they are almost always wrong.  What if the moment that you step into No End House, you enter a portal of sorts to an alien dimension.  Now aliens have been studying us and have some ideas about us, but they don’t fully get us yet.  They could have a virtual reality for every single person that enters the house, and that would go along with everybody having their own reality.  Maybe aliens programmed eggs to be in the fridge and when they got moved, the coding simply said that eggs should be there, sorta like a really shitty video game.  It would help explain the people taking out their garbage, the fact that aliens see vehicles but don’t know all of the engine parts, and the eggs, and why when JD’s cool version hits him in the head, like it kinda caught it off guard that JD still wasn’t totally put down.

 

  1.  The mysterious drifter (His name is Dylan) was seen going through vehicles, breaking stuff, but most importantly, did you notice the license plate on the truck that had no engine?  What do you make of the license plate? This is around the 8:55 mark if watching without commercials.

Kristi:  I did not notice it at first but now that I see it, I have no freaking idea!

Kent:  To revisit my answer from question #6, wouldn’t the odd writing coincide with an alien virtual reality?  So I’m going all in on my theory.

 

  1.  Dylan shoots Lacey in the head because he knows it’s not really her, and the guy takes out the garbage like nothing happened.  He goes to his and Lacey’s house and he alludes to the fact that he got out but that she didn’t.  Is it safe to assume that he knows how to find the exit?

Kristi: I like that theory. There has to be a door or portal to get out so I think it could be very possible he knows where the exit it.

Kent:  I do believe that he knows how to get to the exit, but why didn’t Lacey go with him?  What prevented her?  Could it be that it was never her in his reality?  I think in circles here.  I need answers!

 

  1.  Seth sees the chick in her undies in the window who waves at him, and then sees the people in the circular cage at the end of the cul de sac.  What do you make of that?

Kristi:  I’m thinking the chic was a cannibal. Perhaps that is her way of getting him to go to her. Like maybe they have to go to them for them to take them. The people in the cage could be others that ended up there but couldn’t find a way out. Maybe they see the cage and somehow in their mind at the time, they saw an exit door. So now they have just lost it and are just roaming aimlessly in the cage? I’m sure I’m wrong but I like it.  (The cage as an exit possibility would make some sense.  I’m not sure that we see the cage at any other point other than from Seth’s perspective, yet.  Also, I like the idea of the chick being something like a Siren, using her sex appeal to lure him.  I kinda want to see her eat him now.)

Kent:  I hate to say this, but I don’t have a damn clue.  Knowing that the next episode is about cannibals, I am guessing that those in the cage were cannibals.  I don’t really get it though, nor do I get the hot chick yet, but more of her would be nice.

 

Bonus Deuce

  1.  Out of the 5 main characters. Which character’s story intrigues you most: A) Margot, B) Jules, C)J.D. D) Seth, E) Mysterious Drifter?

Kristi:  E. I feel like he has some grand purpose of being there but we just don’t have enough information. Maybe he is even the guy that is behind it all.  (Wouldn’t that be fun if he had a part in building it?  That would be similar to some of the stuff in the Cube film franchise, which is a great franchise.  Only 3 films, but they will get in your head a bit.)

Kent:  E, the drifter intrigues me because I do believe that he knows how to find the exit.  I will say, if my theory is correct, then Jules is my second pick.

 

  1.  Water seems to be a big part of this season.  Do you have any idea or suggestion on how it will play into the rest of the season?

Kristi:  I have no idea but I am very curious and excited for the remaining episodes!

Kent:  As long as it’s not like Signs, I am happy.  We saw Margot in the pool and how when underwater, it looked like there was no bottom.  Then at the end, how the body appeared from liquid.  Water or liquid may be how things are transported, and somehow ties in with my portal idea.  I really don’t know.  Now I am also focusing on the orchids as well as spherical shaped objects.  

 

Were You Kentertained by this week’s episode?

Kristi:  Hell yeah! I am very into this show. It has got to be one of the best shows on television right now.

Kent:  Huge props in using the song “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” by the Shangri Las.  I love this version as well as Aerosmith’s.  I thought it was a perfect song for that scene.  Hell yes I was Kentertained and I am so into this show.  Will it end foolishly?  Probably, but it’s still the best show currently on TV as far as I know at the moment.  In all fairness, aside from sports and wrestling, I only watch this, AHS, and Fear The Walking Dead at the moment.  Here’s one of my favorite exchanges during the episode.

“So how are you here?” – Margot

“Where, the dining room?” – John

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Channel Zero: No-End House Ep. 1 – “This Isn’t Real”

I’d like to welcome you to the newest addition to the 9 Deuce family.  Channel Zero debuted last year on SyFy and was really well done.  It came back this season with something that I found even creepier.  This is an anthology show, similar to AHS, but not as much man ass or political nonsense.  It sticks to telling a creepy narrative and is probably the best show that most of you are missing.  If you want to catch up on this season or last, you can download the SyFy app and find it all there.  I’m attempting to be the Pied Piper for this show and get as many people on board.  It has John Carroll Lynch this season, and that guy is amazing.

This season, it’s Kristi and myself discussing the show, but we would love to have more people get involved in the conversation.  There’s only 4 more episodes this season, as they do 6 per season, so it’s not too late to join in.  Just leave me a comment of contact me through any number of ways.  As always, any comments written in bold are made by Kent, unless otherwise noted.

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The 9

  1.  Let’s talk about the opening scene.  Do you think that we will get more on Lacey’s story by the end of the season?

Kristi: I think we will. I have a feeling we be getting more information on the other characters more so though. Everyone has a backstory and a reason they were chosen so I think we will be getting lots of info in the upcoming shows.

Kent:  You would think that would a resounding yes, but they really don’t have to.  They accomplished their mission in showing us that Lacey had some unresolved issues with the house, and probably foreshadowed how Margot may end up by season’s end.  Still, I hope that they do, but if they don’t, I’ll understand.

 

  1.  Did you think that we would make it through all 6 rooms in the first episode?

Kristi:  I did. By the previews it seemed as though they made it through and were fighting to live.  (In all fairness, I never saw a preview I don’t think, so I walked in fairly oblivious.)

Kent:  No.  With 6 episodes, I had started wondering if we would get a room an episode.  Well obviously that theory got shot to shit really fast.  I’m not mad, just wrong.  I loved the rooms by the way.

 

  1.  Do you think that we will find out who, or what, is behind No End House by season’s end?

Kristi:  Yes, like last season we will find out what is behind this.

Kent:  I would say that we should.  We may not get a definite name or anything, but we will have a general idea at the very least….I would hope.

 

  1.  Is Margot’s father, John, really alive?  If not, what do you make of what we saw at the end?

Kristi:  No, he is dead. In room 5 they said you have to go through to get to the end and then they ended up outside. They are now in room 6. I haven’t a clue how its possible but I’m assuming it’s some sort of illusion.  (I’m wondering if she took the wrong exit out of room 5.)

Kent:  The preview for next week alludes to “the presence of The Father”.  The fact that they aren’t naming him seems a tad odd.  I think he is a being that is living, and is a manifestation of some of Margot’s biggest fears or regrets.  Something meaningful like that.

 

  1.  Would you consider this show to be better than American Horror Story’s 2 most recent seasons with Roanoke and Cult compared to Channel Zero with Pirate’s Cove and No End House?

Kristi:  Oh hell yes! I liked Roanoke ok but I can’t even watch this season. Channel Zero is becoming one of my favorite shows now.  (I absolutely look forward to this show more than anything else on TV at the moment.)

Kent:  Yes, yes, a million fucking times yes.  Roanoke was an utter disappointment on many levels, for me.   Cult is just political trash.  This is creative horror and although not perfect, neither was any season of AHS, but they were fun and watchable.  That’s where CZ has the upper hand.

 

  1.  Will we find out more about the other guy that lasted in the House with our main group, the mysterious drifter with the backpack? (It is now confirmed that his name is Dylan, but we didn’t have that info at the time.)

Kristi:  Yes, I agree that he will play a big part in this season. It may not be revealed until closer to the end but I do think we will be learning about him more.

Kent:  He seems like the key to the puzzle or mystery of the season.  He’s been actively looking for this place to pop up again and showed no fear.  I would guess that he has this place better figured out than most.  It would be silly not to bring him back.

 

  1.  Did you find the characters likable so far?

Kristi:  Yes, I am very happy with the cast and characters so far.

Kent:  Yes!  I wasn’t in love with that, but they didn’t irritate me.  I liked how Jules wasn’t treated as the token black person.  Everybody just acted like normal everyday people that we would know in real life.  

 

  1.  What was your favorite room? Choices are: 1: The room with the busts and music and then the busts get broken except JD’s. 2: Guy with mask who shoves JD and the trail of blood. 3:  The Long Hallway. 4:  The room that was like an attic and Margot could see Jules and then her dad on a screen.  5: Her living room with her dad. 6: Margot’s house at the end?

Kristi:  5. The creepy dead Dad was very unsettling.

Kent:  #3 because it came from a dream, and dreams are fucking scary.  At least mine are.  #6 obviously intrigues the hell out of me as well.  I truly liked all of them in their own way.

 

  1.  If you had gone in, what point would you have exited the house?

Kristi: This is hard. I would like to say room 3 because room 2 was not all that bad. They thought it was a haunted house so creepy guy in a mask and blood stained floors would be expected. Realistically I would probably have been out in room one though. A molding of my face, lights out and I’m dead. I’m thinking that’s a whole lot of nope.  (The blood stained floor was expected, but how it was done, just one trail from the girl’s feet to the wall, it doesn’t sit right.  In my mind she’d have to be in on it because how did they get that close to her feet that quickly and do it so perfectly that quick?  Yup, I am over analyzing the hell out of this.)

Kent:  I’m torn, but it probably would have been after the first room unless somebody could have convinced me on the plausibility of all the busts being incredibly well done.  If I had gone to room 2, that would have been it.  Creepy dude in mask, trail of blood, and forewarning by a dude who has been actively hunting this place done.  Fuck that noise.

 

Were you Kentertained by this episode of Channel Zero?

Kristi:  A hell yeah! At first I wasn’t sure but once they got into the house, I was hooked. I’m really excited about this season. Have a feeling this is going to be even better than last season!  (I am right with you on that.)

Kent:  Of course I was.  I cannot wait for the rest of the season.  I’m very excited about it.  John Carroll Lynch is slowly creeping up on my all time favorite list.

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American Horror Story Cult – S:7 Ep:4 – “11/9”

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.

Episode #77 – AHS Cult Discussion With Melanie Part 1

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The 9

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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!

 

  1.  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.)

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.  

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1.  Did this episode make you wonder how much of the season has been dedicated to simply mindfucking Ally?

Melanie:  Yes

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.

 

Bonus Deuce

  1.  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.

  1.  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?

Melanie:  EH…

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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American Horror Story Cult – S:7 Ep:3 – “Neighbors From Hell”

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.

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  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.  

 

Bonus Deuce

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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?

Melanie:  No

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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American Horror Story Cult – S:7 Ep:2 – “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” Edition

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.

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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.)

Dom:  Yes.

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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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!

 

  1. 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?

Melanie:  Nope

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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American Horror Story Cult – S:7 Ep: 1 – “Election Night” Edition

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.

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  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.  

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Debut Ratings Fall From 2016 ‘Roanoke’

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