‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ Season Finale Review – Evil Looks Back

Published 1 year ago by , Updated January 24th, 2013 at 8:14 am,

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To be honest, there were signs that American Horror Story: Asylum was running out of steam when it surprisingly killed off its two primary antagonists, Dr. Arden (James Cromwell) and the possessed Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe), at the end of ‘The Name Game.’ From then on, the series began playing with its structure, formulating an unconventional, but sometimes visually stimulating road to the story’s eventual conclusion.

For the season finale, Murphy and Falchuk brought in Tim Minear – writer of several episodes of Asylum, and AHS season 1, as well as episodes of The X-Files, Firefly and Terriers – to construct an ending to this piece of the anthology that essentially was tasked with wrapping up the tales of the three main survivors of Briarcliff: Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) and Kit Walker (Evan Peters). (Though, after the events of the time-hopping ‘Continuum,’ the audience is left as unsure about Jude’s place as she is.)

In order to help bring out Minear’s story – which shares a lot in common, structurally, with episode 12 – the finale brought in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, director of ‘I am Anne Frank: Part 2,’ which was, up to this point, perhaps the most visually arresting episode of the season.

‘Madness Ends’ manages to stand out in the same manner as the two episodes before — which is to say: the interest in it comes from the creators’ decision to have fun with the episode’s structure. While Minear and Gomez-Rejon don’t play with the arrangement with quite the same energy as Murphy did in ‘Continuum,’ the season finale still doesn’t come through as being another typical episode of American Horror Story. And that could be thought of as a positive, considering how the season wraps up.

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One of the more interesting and frightening moments of last week’s episode was the way in which time felt compressed: years passed for Sister Jude, but they felt like days. It was a dynamic way to illustrate Jude’s predicament, and worked to augment the disorienting effect that her drug-induced hallucinations had on her psyche. Minear is working with similar elements here; he’s playing fast-and-loose with time, setting and structure, but it’s not intended to bewilder or draw out a notion of confusion. It is, a mixture of hopefulness and misery that close out the season.

All obligatory comments and objections about facial prosthetics aside, the choice to set ‘Madness Ends’ in Lana’s present works not only because she’s one of the two most reliable figures left to fill in the blanks (mostly because the audience has been made aware her lies, and the fact that she’s cognizant of them as well certainly helps), but since the season premiere, Lana’s plight, as played through her character’s social status and career ambition — which were certainly important given time period — has been a primary Asylum storyline. Additionally, at this point, it allows her to resolve the Kit and Jude threads, as well as the dangling issue of Son of Bloody Face, a.k.a. Johnny (Dylan McDermott). But the episode is also centered on Lana because the conclusion of her narrative hinges on the completion of her initial task: to expose the wrong doings of Briarcliff.

There was a moment in ‘Continuum’ where Kit calls Lana out for choosing personal gain over the well-being of those caught inside the psychological meat grinder that was Briarcliff – especially Sister Jude, who’d been stamped with a new name and her existence essentially forgotten by the staff and certainly by Monsignor Tim Howard (Joseph Fiennes). Much of what ‘Madness Ends’ works to do is see the surviving characters reconcile their (subconscious?) guilt over those who’d been left behind or had perished at the sanitarium when things had gotten particularly hairy. Jude is remanded to Kit’s care, because, apparently the Walker family residence just isn’t a home anymore unless an unstable person is part of it. Meanwhile Lana sets her sights on bringing down the institution and, in particular, Monsignor Tim. But that’s only part of the story.

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Had Johnny turned out to be something other than what the show presented him to be (a prospect that seemed likely given American Horror Story‘s twisty nature), it feels like Kit could have easily taken center stage in the finale. Instead, he’s relegated to being just another part of Lana’s story. If Lana is Asylum‘s plucky, but sometimes morally ambiguous central protagonist – or at least the closest thing this series can come to having one – then Kit has been the show’s emotional foundation. His scenes recounting the last months of Jude’s life nearly became too saccharine – especially for a series with the word “horror” in the title – but the episode managed to pull back and offer something thematically and visually interesting in Jude’s final moments.

As striking as the conclusion to Jude’s tale was, Kit’s felt almost like a footnote, as mysterious and mysteriously underdeveloped as certain aspects of the Asylum storyline had been. By the end of the season, aliens, demons, Nazis, killer Santas and mutants all felt like fringe elements heaped on to an already overloaded premise. Perhaps the Ryan Murphy kitchen-sink style of horror ultimately suffered under the weight of all of these extraneous plot devices and familiar horror tropes. One of the key problems with this everything-that’s-scary approach to the season is that the thematic weight and importance the show attempted to apply to these separate, and somewhat disparate elements, didn’t really fit with the amount of time ultimately granted to them in the overall storyline.

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Instead, by ‘Madness Ends,’ Asylum was far more interested in Lana’s forsaken offspring. Essentially, the finale, in addition to significant portions of ‘Continuum’ and ‘Spilt Milk‘ – if we want to take it back that far – came off like they were trying too hard to heap the season’s questions and examinations of mental illness and the roots of evil onto a relatively minor character whose introduction occurred more than half way through the season.

Although the Johnny arc may have failed to excite in terms of offering a truly comprehensive climax to the Asylum chapter, it did its best to bring the Lana character back to Briarcliff (emotionally, anyway) one last time – which had been an ongoing theme throughout the season, and no small feat, considering the institution no longer existed at this point. However, it was in these moments that it became clear just how much weaker Asylum became when the characters and storylines were taken out of Briarcliff. Even when Lana turns the tables on her son and would-be killer, and then does what, in any other show, might be deemed unthinkable, ‘Madness Ends’ still has to circle back to the moment when the madness first began. It makes one wonder how much stronger the season might have been if it hadn’t been necessary to turn the proverbial car around so many times.

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  • A great deal of credit should be given to Gomez-Rejon and his cinematographer, Michael Goi. There were several visual elements at play in ‘Madness Ends’ that really enhanced the episode. The way Jude’s bed, in her final moments, were pulled toward the screen and the Angel of Death (Frances Conroy), or the twisting and inverting of the camera as it crept under Lana’s coffee table to sneak a peek at Johnny’s rap sheet are just two examples of how the imagery helped make this an enjoyable episode to watch, even if some of the story elements didn’t quite match up.
  • Leaving no horror stone unturned, ‘Madness Ends’ even managed to slip in a brief moment of found-footage shock horror during Lana’s expose that would eventually shut Briarcliff down.
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  1. The scene where Lana goes back into Briarcliff was definitely inspired by the report Geraldo Rivera did on the Willowbrook State School. They actually directly quote him when Lana talks about the smell.

    • You are absolutely right about Willowbrook. I remember that. That was decades before Rivera sold out.

  2. Sooooooo disappointed in season two ending. Loved, loved season one and two up to two weeks ago, what the heck happened. Did the writers quit???? The ending was so boring and uneventful. Nothing like pulling the carpet from you. Kind of a waste of hour of my life. Questionable if season three will even be worthy of my time.

  3. There is so much potential in a mature slow burn psychological horror anthology that is formatted for TV. That potential is wasted on this show. I get the feeling that the writers are trying to keep the audience interested by revealing things but those things make the show burn out to fast. They need a long slow build to a dramatic and terrifying conclusion not twist after twist that reveals the thing you thought you were afraid of is actually stupid.

  4. I’m not sure what show some people were watching. I loved it, every moment. It’s a smart show, and with all the mindless dribble that is usually being shown on television (how many shows feature Kardashians and pregnant teens for instance), it’s refreshing to see that. I thought the characters were fantastic, and so was the ending. When Kit saved Sister Jude, she also saved him. Her end was sad and beautiful at the same time. We all knew Kit would be “saved” by the aliens someday – Dr. Arden even said it himself when he stopped his heart to bring them back. Lana had to stop her son, the urge to kill wasn’t going to go away. Johnny would kill again. There are no cures for psychosis on that level, I studied psychology, that’s just the sad truth, and a smart woman like Lana would know that too. Bottom line is that it’s a show, a good show. Why tear it apart, why nit pick every detail, just sit back and enjoy the ride.

    • Why tear it apart, you ask? This is Screen”rant”, you know. I agree with what seems like the majority opinion here…both this season and its finale were a disappointment. I thought the following comments from the author of this article were particulary descriptive:

      “By the end of the season, aliens, demons, Nazis, killer Santas and mutants all felt like fringe elements heaped on to an already overloaded premise. Perhaps the Ryan Murphy kitchen-sink style of horror ultimately suffered under the weight of all of these extraneous plot devices and familiar horror tropes.”

      Having registered my displeasure with this season, I will say that I enjoyed Jessica Lange’s performance, as I did last season as well. Sarah Paulson also did a good job, with what she had to work with.

      • I have to side with you (and seemingly the majority): this season didn’t impress me as much as the first. I’m still looking forward to season 3 where they’ll have likely ironed out more problems with their ‘formula’. But I feel like they exhausted too many possibilities in one shot. They should have chosen perhaps one or two themes and stuck to them- perhaps this season would have been served well with the theme of serial killers. The aliens and demons were a bit much.

      • I agree with you and pretty much everything in this article, although given the tangle of elements this season presented, I did like the finale because it had some of the focus that much of the rest of the season lacked. Untapped potential was the best way to describe much of this season and as much as I liked parts and wanted to like it even more, it actually led me to delay catching up with Season 1 when it appeared for streaming on Netflix. I only just watched it and was surprised by how cohesive it was as a whole compared to this one. Here’s hoping they tighten it up a bit for the third go-round.

  5. I’m totally with you on everything Kelli! I think the ending was perfect and everyone is totally over analyzing everything. The show is one of the best shows on tv right now and I hope it’s around for a very long time! My favorite actor on the show is by far Jessica Lange she is amazing and really gives her all in every character that she plays and it really shows. She is a freaking goddess!

  6. Bad ending to a bad, overly contrived, and not very scary season. Neither the great acting of Jessica Lange (and worthy mention to Sarah Paulson) nor the visually pleasing direction of the show make up for the overly busy and unnecessarily convoluted story.

    Aliens, a demon, a serial killer, a killer santa, a nazi, mutants, a priest and nuns acting less than Christianly, and all sorts of sexual deviancy in one story…really? In the end, it was largely ridiculous, but not very scary.

    • Re: “…a priest and nuns acting less than Christianly…”

      I can understand that you feel like the season was too bloated, but this particular nit pick was darkly humorous in light of what’s happening with the Los Angeles Diocese. Church officials hiding predatory attacks against the helpless? Check. A Cardinal seeking to mitigate his complicity in terrible things? Check. Old records now brought to light and implicating institutional failures in the Church for enabling systematic abuse? Check.

      Irony:
      “Clerics apologize to abuse victims as lawsuit files become public” http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1300266.htm
      “Cardinal Mahony’s moral failure” http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-mahony-sex-abuse-20130122,0,6143220.story

      • Ah…if you could get over your apparent hatred of Christians and reread my comments, you will notice that I did not deny that there are poor examples of religious people in the world. My criticism was clearly directed at how many different villains were employed in the story this year. As for your taking one clause out of context and exaggerating/misrepresenting it, perhaps you need to question yourself why you did that…

        • Re: “…taking one clause out of context and exaggerating/misrepresenting it, perhaps you need to question yourself why you did that…”

          LMAO ironic that you said this when you started off with “… get over your apparent hatred of Christians …” Good thing you quickly made assumptions about my point of view even though I said nothing of the sort in my post. How about YOU reread my comment and notice that I clearly stated that I simply found dark humor in that particular clause, considering current events. I merely aligned what was happening in reality with how this season played out, since you made a point of bringing it up (it’s a conversational tangent).

          If you’re inclined to read more into it than that, then might I suggest you do some self evaluation as to why… You seem to have your own way of interpreting things. If it makes you feel better, and “right” in your own thinking, to cast aspersions, then go right ahead. This is Screen”rant”, after all.

          Also, I found it extra humorous how you decided to extrapolate my comment and conflate it with the idea that I might like to think sexual deviancy in the Church is the norm. Nowhere in my comment did I say such a thing, but feel free to throw out such statements, since you’re just another anonymous person on the internet to me, so your jibes have no force or power behind them. My mistake for linking news articles that have unfortunate resonance with the denouement of the season.

          BTW, if I sound angry, I’m actually not, LOL! I’m simply copy-pasting your own lines just to make a point of how ridiculous it is to respond this way. It’s okay, Jeff: I understand you didn’t like the season; I’m good with that opinion ROFL.

          • Samatict, I knew I should have avoided the phrase “your apparent hatred of Christians” immediately after I wrote it, as I figured you might attempt to use my own words against me, but frankly, my assumption was clearly reasonable, as the only thing you cared enough to criticize in my prior comment was that one brief clause about Christians. Plus, you completely misrepresentated, if not misunderstood, my meaning. I still wonder what made you focus solely on that one brief clause, but nevertheless, as for your attempting to use some of my other comments against me, you may think it both witty and profound, but I find it lazy. Were you in the habit of plagiarizing in school? Haha. Now in the interest of ending this on friendly terms, I did get a chuckle from your response. I also hope you enjoy the third season of AHS. Perhaps we’ll eventually squabble over that as well…

            • Re: “… my assumption was clearly reasonable …”

              LOL! Why are you even making assumptions when you don’t like it when others make assumptions about your responses?

              Re: “… you completely misrepresentated, if not misunderstood, my meaning …”

              ROFL WAT?! I certainly did no such thing. You’re clinging to the idea that I implied you’re denying there are poor examples of religious people in the world. That is not in my reply whatsoever.

              Re: “… I still wonder what made you focus solely on that one brief clause …”

              LULZ I don’t know why you need to wonder, since I already stated that it’s a conversational tangent. You brought up the topic, I noticed that that topic is in the news, so I mentioned it. Surely you’ve had these kinds of conversations where one thing leads to another.

              Re: “… as for your attempting to use some of my other comments against me, you may think it both witty and profound, but I find it lazy …”

              LMAO It’s not meant to be witty nor profound. It’s exactly as you stated: laziness. I couldn’t be bothered to explain the ironies inherent to your responses, so I just recycled your own words and relied on you to sort out what’s happening.

              Re: “Were you in the habit of plagiarizing in school?”

              Haha! Keep at it, Jeff! Casting aspersions makes you look good! Thumbs up! (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ

              Anyway, just to clarify how this entire conversation came about from my point of view, here’s a summary of our conversation with the subject matter replaced:

              YOU: I hate this shopping list! It’s bloated with milk, green apples, bleach, deodorant, toothpaste, and onions.

              ME: Speaking of “green apples”, I noticed in the news that green apples are on sale over here. Apples? Check. Green? Check. On sale? Check.

              YOU: ಠ_ಠ WTF I DINT SAY DER NO GREEN APPLEZ! DUN TAKE WAT I SED OUT OF CONTEX! U & STEVEA HAVE UR WAY OF INTERPRETING THINGZ! U THINK GREEN APPLEZ ARE DA NORM! DUN READ STUFF INTO WAT I SAID! I SUGGEST U THINK ABOUT Y U DID DAT! (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻

              ME: … (″・ิ_・ิ) … ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) … LOL Is this guy for reals? Let’s have fun! Sparkle party! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*: ・゚✧

              It’s okay, Jeff. Everyone has their weird days. I myself am weird about American Horror Story: I view it as a black comedy, not straightforward horror. I guess that differing vantage point is why you responded badly to my comment. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

              • I think Jeff works for the Vatican ;-)

                I love the campiness of AHS and as creepy as it an be, it’s also pretty funny.

    • I agree. They focused so hard on bringing all these so-called scary elements together and then didn’t have a clue what to do with them and how to write them coherently into an entertaining plot. It IS possible to do so but obviously the writers and showrunners are not creative enough to do that.

      The only thing that kept me watching was Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe and Sarah Paulson.

      I’m totally bewildered that it’s been picked up for a 3rd season! Seriously, what’s up with that?

  7. Horror and scary are two totally different things. Jeff doesn’t seem to understand that.

    • If you could look after your reading comprehension, I complained about more than just it not being scary, which is, in fact, equated with horror, but if it makes you feel better, and “right” in your own thinking, to belittle me, then go right ahead. You’re just another anonymous person on the internet to me, so your jibes have no force or power behind them.

  8. When younger, I used to go run a summer camp and at night, sit around the campfire telling ghost stories. The idea, of course, was to push the campers to the edge of fear–of the dark surrounding the campfire circle and of the things in the dark. I loved this season of AHS because it was really good story telling that pushed me. Yea, at times there was too much going on, and a deeper psychological narrative would have been appreciated. But this was just good stuff, and the fact that the rest of your hung with it shows that it caught and kept your attention. There are always things to complain about, but all in all, I liked its resolution, particularly the final retro moments when we realize that the evil looking back at us is each other.

  9. This finale was a complete waste of time. For me the season ended when Mary Eunice and Dr. Arden died. The final 3 episodes did not worked for me in any way :(

    Still hoping that season 3 brings back the horror of the first.

    • I sooo agree. The episodes after Sister Mary Eunice died were PATHETIC. I don’t know if that had to do with her absence or becaue the writers’ brains stopped working. Either way, I lost the thread of pretty much everything after Mary Eunice was killed off.

  10. That was a pathetic finale. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be but terrible nonetheless. After Lily Rabe was killed off, the show had been spiralling.

    What was the deal with the aliens?? What about Sister Mary Eunice’s possesion? We’re just supposed to swallow whatever bile-inducing idea pops into Murphy’s head without getting answers to even one!?

    I can’t believe this pathetic show has ben picked up for a 3rd season! The ONLY reason I watched season 2 was for LIly Rabe and Jessica Lange. Aside from them, there wasn’t much else to like. The plotlines were complete bull and nothing made sense.

  11. I expected so much more from this show. I’m left with so many questions. I felt it was all over the place and so much was left unexplained. I hope they do better with season 3.

  12. Personally I enjoyed the finale. I think it was a lot better than the season 1 finale.
    ***SPOILER ALERT FOR SEASON 1***
    Is everyone forgetting the Ghost Harman Family Christmas? That was a huge letdown IMO.
    I’m not saying this season was perfect bye any means. There was way to much going on that just dragged down more than a few episodes. But at the end all I really cared about was seeing The end game for Lana, Kit and Sister Jude. And that’s why I’m happy with the finale.
    Also…
    Bravo to Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The episodes he directed were visually amazing and not like anything we’ve seen on TV before. I’ve read that he will be directing even more episodes of season 3 and than info alone is exciting.
    I’ll be tuning in…

  13. @Kevin7

    I totally disagree with you about Season 1. Ghost Harman Family Christmas?? If season 1 had ended like that, I could see your point. And at that time, I was so disappointed that it was going to end that way.

    I thought Season 1′s ending was excellent. It looked like it was going to be a happy ending, and then they brought us back to the terror of the little boy killing the baby sitter. It was brilliant.

    Season 2 ending was awful for all of the reasons listed in comments above. Last 2 episodes were completely weak.

  14. Ending seemed kinda rushed, with spotlights for everyone. I wanted to see the Father get his, but all we got was a quick shot showing he had committed suicide. Really? He hadn’t shown a conscience up to that point.

  15. I can agree that there were moments in this season where the writers introduced too many twists and turns for the audience to keep up with. However, what I liked most about this season is the fact that it didn’t follow a formula. It stands on it’s own by virtue of not following the well established rules of storytelling. Considering that most programming these days is little more than visual bile, I found this season to be full of style, nostalgia, campiness, and intrigue. I don’t think that because it’s called “American Horror Story” necessitates the need for every scene and plot line to be 100% terrifying. What the creators seem to be after if more of an homage to the horror genre in general. Remember the first episode where they used the theme song from Carrie? Little things like that combined with the weird, stylized flashbacks (like that of the Ann Frank episodes), etc, made this season such a joy to watch. Let’s not forget the amazing performances of Lily Rabe as possessed Sister Mary Eunice, Jessica Lange’s Sister Jude and of course Sarah Paulson. This is something the likes of which we have never seen on television before. So let’s all just enjoy it while it lasts.

  16. Odd how the “evil” Sister Eunice actually was better for the asylum than the state.

  17. when lana looks at sister jude at the end and her eyes are light and she says something about evil looking back at you, what does that mean? is the demon transferring from jude to lana? or am i over analyzing

  18. Thanks for the shout out! It was a blast shooting this season of AHS, and I’m very proud of the work we did.

    Michael Goi, ASC
    Director Of Photography
    “American Horror Story: Asylum”

  19. I loved every minute of every episode this season. I liked it much better than season 1. I hope season 3 lives up to the horror. The asylum was filled with horror. I like some feel good at the end of my horror, and Jude getting out filled that need. And Lana shooting Johnny, perfect ending. Loved it!

  20. What about this…
    The last scene with Lana and Jude back at Briercliff troubled me a little, because Jude and Lana seemed ok with each other and Jude just let Lana walk out the door. We know Lana is eager to progress her career so what if Lana made it all up? What if Jude never imprisoned Lana at Briercliff? She could have still gotten kidnapped/Raped/Tortured by Bloody face and still had his son because Dr Threadson was there the day she visited and he could have followed her and kidnapped her as he did his other victims. It would have been hard to corroberate alot of her story because most of the witnesses were nuts and alot of the records wouldn’t have been there after the church stopped running Briercliff and it’s eventual closure.

    Just a thought, you’ll probably pick it to bits. I thought it would be a nice idea making Lana the bad guy all along.

  21. I didn’t get all that, Lana had planned years of incarsaration at Briercliff with Jude for her carrer an fame? It was planned since the beginning? (sorry for the grammar I’m french).

    • Okay, one of us is confused. Wasn’t this seen simply a replay of her earlier (first?) visit to Briarcliff? It felt like it was just a bookend to try and emphasize something about theme.

  22. scene… duh

  23. Yeah can someone share their thoughts about the ending? Did the whole thing even happen of did Lana just make it all up for the fame? The scene at the end where Lana first meets Sister Jude is a flashback. It got me wondering what was real and what was made up. What’s everyone else’s take on this?

    • Your confusion is not unwarranted, as this season was overly convoluted and contrived. Why that particular flashback was necessary to the story, and what exactly did it mean…who knows? As you can see from the comments above, a number of us were disappointed with the story this year. I stuck with it solely because of the great acting of Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson, both of whom, I must admit, are quite alluring as well.

      • I’m sad to hear that season 2 didn’t live up to its expectations. I didn’t watch season 1, but want to now that I’ve heard it was so good. I liked season 2, but thought that things started to get a little to far fetched towards the end. I was also hoping for more answers than questions. Still looking forward to season 3!

  24. Honestly, I preferred this season to season one! Yeah, they did throw too much stuff at us at some point, but I think it served a purpose.
    I enjoy intelligent shows and at some point it felt like this one isn’t, but then I realized that I’ve been looking at it the wrong way. There are different kinds of dramas. AHS Asylum, while having… rich plot elements, is essentially character driven, and not plot driven. When you approach it this way, it becomes clear that it was a great, great season!

    • Great acting, on the part of some, but not great writing. I mean come on…I can envision a group of writers all coming to the table with their own ideas, and some shlep in charge, out of laziness, agreeing to use all of them, if even only briefly. As I said above…aliens, a demon, a serial killer, a killer santa, a nazi, mutants, a priest and nuns acting less than Christianly, and all sorts of sexual deviancy in one story…really? An overly contrived and convoluted story is not a great one.

      • What sorts of sexual deviancy repelled you? I haven’t heard that term tossed about for a while. This was a “horror” story after all and why is the Church off limits?

        • Did I say I was repelled by the sexual deviancy? Did I say the church was off limits? You and “Samatict”, who commented above, seem to have your own way of interpreting things. If you haven’t heard the term “sexual deviancy” tossed around in awhile, you must be secluding yourself from the rest of the world, and I would apply that term to the nymphomaniac who offered sexual favors at the drop of a dime, the display of a possessed nun having sex with a priest, and of course, the rape of Lana by a serial killer. (Should I assume that none of these are “deviant” to you?) Now, as I have indicated, repeatedly now, my problem with this season was the number of villains in it, as it produced an overly contrived and convoluted story. If you and “Samatict” are still inclined to read more into it than that, then might I suggest you do some self evaluation as to why…

      • Yeah, they should have probably let some stories go! The Bloody Face thing was a main plot line, I suppose. The mutants were obsolete. I mean, the only thing they did was prevent our heroes from escaping the Asylum on that one occasion, so I never really understood why that was necessary. They should have dropped that. The killer Santa was a filler thing so I don’t see that as a story of much importance. They just wanted to give the actor a somewhat more important role than say the Mexican that gets killed , from what I believe.
        Now the Nazi doctor, the Demon and the aliens… Is it too much? Yes, it is. At this point I couldn’t imagine the season without all of that, but when you think about it, there was probably a way to not include all of that in a single season. The Demon thing should have stayed, because of the nuns and priests and all things religious this season. The Nazi doctor was best used here because of the period that the season took place at, but I think it was an unimportant thing towards the end… The aliens were important, though! They had a lot to do with Kit’s plot line and, eventually, Jude’s as well!
        So maybe they could have just kept the aliens thing and the Demon + Angel of Death thing along with the Bloody Face story line. But then Arden wouldn’t even be needed this season.
        I don’t know… I think I’ve just confused myself now. It’s a very intricate tapestry at this point. Everything worked out in some twisted way and it kept my interest all throughout the season, so it isn’t that bad a thing. But I agree that they should have thought things through a bit better from the start and found a way to make it all work without throwing too much at us.
        As for all the sex, well… I didn’t mind it. It was a bit disturbing, but you expect such things from a “horror” show. And we are, after all, talking about the creators of Nip/Tuck here.

  25. Terms like “sexual deviancy” remind me of darker times when many people who were merely different, i.e. LGBT people, were classified as such. I don’t like the term. Nymphomaniacs to describe people who have sexual addiction is another term that seems old. Don’t get snotty about self-evauation when you seem to be stuck in the parochial fifties. BTW, the seduction by Sister Eunice wasn’t “deviant” in the sense that it wasn’t her but “Satan” in her in the story and the priest was already corrupt and loved every minute of it. Was it “deviant?” No, it was not deviant in the sense that it was normal for those characters to follow their instincts.

    • You must be a teenager. So the term “sexual deviancy” brings to mind “darker times”, and you don’t like the sound of the word “nymphomaniac”? Please. They are both still used in practice and textbooks, not to mention common language, and it is only your thinking that associates them with “darker times”. As for the display of a nun, albeit a demonically possessed one, having sex with a priest…of course that is a deviant act, although you, and perhaps “Samatict”, might like to think it the “norm”. I also forgot about another sexually deviant act that was portrayed in the show…when Bloody Face had sex with the corpse of Lana’s dead girlfriend. Now again, I was not repelled by any of this, as you originally assumed, but all of these graphic displays (with the apparent teenage intent to “arouse” and “shock” rather than genuinely horrify), coupled with the many villains, made for an overly contrived and convoluted story. As for your policital correctness…pppfff.

    • By the way, even though we are quipping over ideas and words, we are obviously both fans of the show, so we have that in common. I guess I just appreciate it more for the acting, especially on the part of Jessica Lange, than the story itself.

      • Some of the responses to your posts are more melodramatic than season 2!

        • Hahaha…true.

  26. Gees people, the amount of arguing here lol. Anyway I was reading everyone’s comments and do agree with the majority thoughts. I’m just disappointed with the ending. When Sister Jude was killed the show died wth her.

  27. Jeff, your use of so many commas, in sentences that could, easily be three individual sentences, was worse than the writers, throwing nineteen different plot ideas at us, all at once.

    Sorry, it had to be said.

  28. They could have done without the whole Alien arc. It was never really explained that well. To me that part of the season was convoluted. Plus it is American Horror Story, not American Science Fiction Story. Other than that, I enjoyed the season, and the finale.

  29. I was really disappointed by season 2 and felt it was a disorganized, uninspired mess from start to finish. At one point in the finale, the camera does a full 180 turn, and I thought, ‘sure, why not? Let’s watch the rest of the episode upside down, because it can’t get any worse than this.’

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