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apexxx

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« on: 11-02-2011 05:24 »

anyone else watching this show? it just started recently and this Wednesday is like the 5th episode.

to quote a friend of mine, "AHS is creepy, weird as hell, and off the wall, which makes it awesome."

http://www.fxnetwork.com/shows/originals/ahs/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDb4SqqiQag
apexxx

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« Reply #1 on: 11-03-2011 04:30 »

guess im the only one tuning in around here. all y'all missin out.
Juliet

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« Reply #2 on: 11-11-2011 01:59 »

Just starting to watch it. I thought it is brilliant and creepy.
airbagfailure

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« Reply #3 on: 03-06-2012 12:23 »
« Last Edit on: 03-06-2012 13:07 »

Is no one watching American Horror Story?

I just started attaching it now.. It's twisted and strange and creepy and like the shining.

Just move out of the house people!!
birdman

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« Reply #4 on: 03-06-2012 15:36 »

I watched it. The whole season don't skip an episode or you'll be lost. It's a great show so many things you don't see coming, or at least i didn't anyway. I hope there is a second season I really like this show. Won't say anything else about it don't want to ruin it for ya. It is very creepy and twisted, maybe why I like it? laff
WitchRaven

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« Reply #5 on: 04-02-2014 13:37 »
« Last Edit on: 04-02-2014 13:43 »

Another one of my favorite shows.  Next season will take place in a circus.  The coven season was cool.

Beamer

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« Reply #6 on: 04-03-2014 02:19 »

Coven was unwatchable, but the first two were hilarious.
JoshTheater

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« Reply #7 on: 04-03-2014 21:44 »
« Last Edit on: 04-03-2014 21:48 »

I agree, Coven was a travesty. It started off with an interesting enough premise, but then it failed to deliver on that premise whatsoever. Having an almost all-female cast was a bold move that I support, and most of the actresses were pretty talented, but the writers wasted that talent on boring soap drama storylines. Some of the gore was fun, but there wasn't even close to enough magic considering the whole thing was about witches. And the ending was pretty much a textbook example of how to conclude a story unsatisfyingly. Even more so than the second season (which was also guilty of this but seemed to be able to pull it off decently enough anyway), this season felt like they started writing all the scripts before they even planned out how everything would go down, and the result was a mess. For the first time in a while I felt like I really wasted my time watching an entire season of television.
JoshTheater

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« Reply #8 on: 10-29-2014 01:57 »
« Last Edit on: 10-29-2014 01:58 »

Although I was unsure if I would after finishing the shit that was Coven, hearing the premise for this season Freak Show compelled me enough to give it a shot. It's three episodes deep, and it's already better and more sure of itself than Coven was this early on. It's very exploitative and self-aware about it, but it's also darker in a more serious way like the first two seasons and unlike Coven which couldn't decide whether it was trying to tell a real story or just winking at the audience. Also, Michael Chiklis is a welcome addition to the cast.

I've enjoyed what I've seen enough to hang on for the season, I suppose, unless it really makes a bold misstep into shitsville. I'm already a little annoyed that they brought in a supernatural element in the third episode that feels unnecessary, but I don't mind the tone of it and it might not stick around for too long. My main hope is that this one doesn't string out into too many different storylines that it fails to wrap up cohesively like the last two seasons.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #9 on: 01-22-2015 14:52 »

Season 1 started out really great then became shit halfway through, season 2 is pretty good but it seems like they wasted too many ideas on it, season 4 was fucking dreadful and lacked any "horror" and I haven't watched season 3 because 99% of everyone who has seen it says it is awful. Some say it's worse than season 4, so I am definitely giving it a miss.

This show is beyond overrated.
Beamer

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« Reply #10 on: 01-22-2015 15:38 »

...season 4 was fucking dreadful and lacked any "horror"...

I still haven't checked out season 4 yet, though really: Did the show ever contain any "horror?"
JoshTheater

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« Reply #11 on: 01-22-2015 19:34 »

Do 99% of all horror movies contain any either?
DannyJC13

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« Reply #12 on: 01-22-2015 20:43 »

If I wanted to watch a show about character-development or drama I'd go watch something like Breaking Bad again.

Freak Show's only horror imo was the gore/murdering/serial killer(s) and the ghost aspect with Edward Mordrake. Both of these things have been done way too many times on the show in previous seasons.
Beamer

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« Reply #13 on: 01-23-2015 01:12 »

I wasn't aware that anybody watched American Horror Story for the "horror." It's far too campy to be genuinely scary - I always just went into the show with the mindset of watching a D-grade movie and had a blast in the process.
JoshTheater

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« Reply #14 on: 01-23-2015 02:41 »
« Last Edit on: 01-23-2015 02:43 »

Agreed with you there, Beamer.

I just finished season 4, it wasn't terrible. It was definitely leagues better than Coven. I actually thought this season felt more coherent and concluded more naturally than Coven and maybe even Asylum, which was surprising considering it seemed like there were just as many characters and side stories, if not more. Maybe that's just because I'm used to how loosely they play things now, though.

Still guilty pleasure TV to be sure.
Beamer

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« Reply #15 on: 01-23-2015 03:10 »

Maybe that's just because I'm used to how loosely they play things now, though.

Eh, even Murder House went on some utterly bizarre tangents (the home invasion, Piggy, the whole antichrist thing). This show's writing process has always seemed to be "throw everything at the wall and see what sticks," and the ideal end result is a glorious incoherent mess of nonsense, akin to, say, Saints Row IV or the finale of South Park's most recent season.
JoshTheater

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« Reply #16 on: 01-23-2015 05:23 »
« Last Edit on: 01-23-2015 05:25 »

Well the Antichrist stuff turned out to be kind of important at least. I do remember thinking about how bizarrely random and pointless the Piggy bits were.
Beamer

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« Reply #17 on: 01-23-2015 05:36 »

Well the Antichrist stuff turned out to be kind of important at least.

That's true, but it still came out of nowhere. And I absolutely LOVED the way they revealed it.
"Whenever they elect a new pope..."
Still quite possibly my favourite moment in the entire show.
Juliet

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« Reply #18 on: 12-06-2015 23:15 »

Hotel with Lady Gaga was a good start of the season but it gone down hill latey
JoshTheater

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« Reply #19 on: 12-07-2015 03:51 »

I've been thoroughly enjoying it, actually. I might go so far as to say it's my favorite season since the first one.
Beamer

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« Reply #20 on: 12-07-2015 04:00 »

I gave up on this show after the first few seasons. Given some of the reviews I've read, I think I made the right call. The show went from "campy guilty pleasure" to "unwatchable mess" pretty damn quickly.
JoshTheater

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« Reply #21 on: 12-07-2015 04:42 »
« Last Edit on: 12-07-2015 04:43 »

Seasons 4 and 5 have been significantly better than the absolute shit that was season 3, and I'd say they've at least maintained the quality of the mixed bag that was season 2. But the show certainly hasn't gotten any better than it ever was.

I'd disagree with your assessment about the progression of the show there, but I guess it's not actually your assessment since you haven't actually seen the newer seasons. Soooooooo
Beamer

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« Reply #22 on: 12-07-2015 05:05 »

I'd disagree with your assessment about the progression of the show there, but I guess it's not actually your assessment since you haven't actually seen the newer seasons. Soooooooo

I've seen enough of Coven that my statement remains valid. Three seasons is a very short period of time for the quality to drop as rapidly as it did here, regardless of whether or not the show bounced back to some extent after that.

Ultimately, season 3 squandered the goodwill I had for this show, and there's just far too much great tv out there to warrant giving American Horror Story the time of day now. It's pretty much the same reason I bailed on The Walking Dead - the genuinely great moments were just too few and far between to keep me watching.
JoshTheater

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« Reply #23 on: 12-07-2015 07:08 »
« Last Edit on: 12-07-2015 07:11 »

That's totally fair. I interpreted your statement as being specifically about the seasons you haven't seen, but just talking about the first three seasons, I agree. Also, I wouldn't ever actually try to convince you that it's worth picking the show back up again. Just that season 3 was a significant low point and that it hasn't continued to slide downhill from there, in my opinion.

Honestly, I should have stopped after 3, as the end of that season made me feel legitimately stupid for sticking with it. But I gave it another chance and haven't been too burned since, luckily.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #24 on: 12-07-2015 12:01 »

Since I've seen practically NOBODY talk about the latest season of this show (in both reality and on social media), I'm gonna assume it's garbage and/or people have finally realised the show itself on the whole is pretty sucky.
JoshTheater

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« Reply #25 on: 12-07-2015 17:57 »
« Last Edit on: 12-07-2015 17:59 »

I just said I've been enjoying it! Also I know Maz has been watching it and I think likes it too.

The show not being that great is definitely a reason people have dropped out, though it being an anthology show also definitely makes it more convenient for people to do so between seasons without feeling like they're missing anything.
Beamer

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« Reply #26 on: 12-08-2015 04:17 »

They're crazy. I don't think I'll ever get it. They betrayed me, they didn't keep their promise, they tricked me, and I don't care anymore.
any1else

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« Reply #27 on: 12-29-2015 05:19 »
« Last Edit on: 12-29-2015 05:49 »

I fed up with this woild!


I just read this entire page of text, and I guess I'd just like to point out that although initially I didn't like the Coven season, on second viewing with my pal M0le (who hated season 1 and didn't let me force her to watch season 2, and I can't believe she couldn't sit through Freak Show long enough to see Emma Roberts sawn in half) I found it a lot more enjoyable. Now that I have watched the first season of Scream Queens I think I would liken it to that - a lot of fun interactions between bitchy characters, with a somewhat meh story and crazy things happen.

I don't know if anybody would consider the following to contain "spoilers" since nobody is watching except Josh and he's caught up with me as far as I know so...you decide!

I do like the idea of American Horror Story with the anthology aspect. What I don't like is that even though they decide - okay, this year we're doing a Hotel, or whatever it might be - they don't write out a proper satisfying story for that one season, they just make it up as it goes along. I love murder mysteries and shit. They could have done a lot more with Mr March this season, I don't really buy that this serial killing guy who just shoots people or slits their throats without hesitation would suddenly fall in love/lust with the Countess instead of just pushing her out the window. I mean, wuh? I can understand his relationship with Ms Evers and keeping her alive to wash his linens, she's probably the best character this season along with Iris and Liz Taylor. Also, Evan Peters is probably like the next Johnny Depp or whoever; the moment he appeared in the second episode I was like, wait, that's Quicksilver?! and when I watched it a second time with Coldy, the moment he realised he was like "this guy's a chameleon!"

My prediction after the first episode this season was that the policeman guy from American Beauty was the killer, and that he was a descendant of Mr March and/or the Countess with a split personality he was unaware of as yet (he has black hair like March, his son looks like the Countess and all the kids she'd gathered up? I thought they could have been her great great grandkids or some shit) but it turns out he's just some guy that Mr March thought had an inner evil he could bring out and convinced him to finish off the Ten Commandment killings he'd started before he killed himself in the hotel. So I was right about the split personality and him being the killer, but the rest fell flat and I feel like, as somebody who hasn't had a job in a couple of years and is in no way a professional writer, I could have written a much better series.

I'll probably keep watching the show because it still has some funny moments, and I love comedy, and I love black comedy. Oh, I think Sarah Paulson is great but I don't really get the point of her character this season, like they just added her in because they wanted to keep the actress working.

Also, what's with the thingy from the first episode that seemed to enjoy being an analrapist and now maybe once an episode it'll flash behind someone for a second. They better explain that thing before the season ends! OR ELSE.

It would be great if they could get a team together right now to just write the shit out of a specific story for season 6. It's such a great idea to keep things fresh with a new setting each season with similar faces, but so far they're kinda fucking it up. Just write something with a lot of humour, a few little actually scary bits, one mystery, a touch of camp, and a sprinkle of characters we actually give a shit about whose motivations and actions aren't coming from all over the place, only to be explained a few episodes later by something that is very obviously an afterthought.

Edit: I just read the AV Club review Beamer linked to that I forgot I clicked on, and it reminded me - is Wes Bentley a terrible one-sided actor or is it just this character? I want to laugh every time he talks, it's almost like Batman, putting on a dramatic gruff man voice all the time.
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