Well it is Thursday everyone which means yesterday was Wednesday and THAT means American Horror Story [Season 3] Coven was on! I am not sure how many of you do or do not watch this show but in my opinion it is one of the most unique shows out there. Ryan Murphy basically created a show where each season focuses on a set of specific fears or supernatural ideas, however, he uses the SAME actors each season to play different characters! He can do this because each season is like it’s very own show, they do not go in any order, nor do they coincide with one another. It is amazing especially if you are like me and sometimes miss a season of a show (you don’t need to watch the previous before the new one starts). He also adds new actors to the original cast to keep you on your toes so you don’t get too bored seeing the same faces.
So, let’s start with Season One, shall we? There is no title to this season. It was the first one so it was just called American Horror Story, but the theme was Murder House, and it took place in present day Hollywood. Most people couldn’t get through it because they found it too confusing. You see, although it was set in present day, it continued to flash back to different time periods to tell a story of every family who lived in the house at one point in time. Reason being that the house was cursed and if you died on the property your soul would be trapped in the house forever (so there were a bunch of ghosts roaming about). Also, the ghosts can choose who can see them and when they want to be seen, so that confused some people as well. All in all it was a rough start for the show but honestly if you sit through it and pay attention it really was a pretty decent season. Some well known actors too: Jessica Lange, Evan Pearson, Dylan McDermott, Zachary Quinto, Kate Mara, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga (most know her older sister) I mean the list goes on.
“Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I was destined for great things. I was going to be somebody. Person of significance. Star of the silver screen, I once thought. But… my dreams became nightmares. Instead of laurels, funeral wreaths. Instead of glory, heh, bitter disappointment. Cruel afflictions. Now I understand. Tragedy was preparing me for something greater. Every loss that came before was a lesson. I was being prepared” -Jessica Lange (Playing Constance)
Now for Season Two: Asylum, which has been my absolute FAVORITE so far. The theme of this season was a Catholic Insane Asylum (hence the title). It starts out in present day with the Asylum being abandoned and a young couple entering to explore while on their honeymoon of “exploring the top haunted locations in America” or something. As the show actually starts it takes place in the 1960’s I believe and it goes forward from there with no flashbacks (making it less confusing) only periodically some flash forwards to the present (where the show originally picks up). Now the whole set of this season is by far the best, I mean the Asylum itself is so dark and creepy, and then to top it off Jessica Lange as a bitchy Nun? I mean it is just pure genius. Some new actors were added to the cast including: Adam Levine (small part), Joseph Fiennes, and Chloe Sevigny. The storyline is much easier to follow and definitely has more depth to it from aliens, to mental patients, and it wouldn’t be a Catholic Asylum without an appearance by Satan himself. Not to mention you have Zachary Quinto playing a sexy psychiatrist (yum). The best part was that it continued to stay on one path the entire show even with all the different sub plots going on and it all somehow ties together in the end so you are not left anything short of satisfied. HIGHLY RECOMMEND it. (Warning: it is more graphic than the first season and there are some scenes that some people I have talked to said they could not watch, so keep that in mind, but I really loved it).
“All Monsters are Human. You are a Monster.” – Jessica Lange (Playing Sister Jude)
Finally on to Season Three: Coven. This is the one that is currently on TV right now and I am sure you can guess that it is OBVIOUSLY about witches. It begins in New Orleans in the house of Delphine LaLaurie (look her up she is based on a real person). This was the time of slavery and she used to torture and kill her slaves, some even say she was an Elizabeth Bathory type woman who thought their blood on her skin could help her keep her youth. This character is played by the one and only Kathy Bates and let me tell you she does such an excellent job. In this same opening you see one of her slaves that she tortures is the lover of a famous practitioner of Voodoo, Marie Laveau, also based off of a real person and played by Angela Bassett. Now although these characters are based off real people remember that the story is not entirely accurate. From there the show moves forward to 300 years after Salem where witches have been forced into hiding due to fear of being found out and killed. A school is opened in Louisiana for young witches to be safe and to learn about their magic and etc. The new actors added to this season (in addition to the ones listed above) are Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, and of course the White Witch herself: Stevie Nicks. Obviously in all stories of witches and covens there is a counsel and in this shows case a Supreme who is played by Jessica Lange (who else?) and the entire show takes place in the present day besides maybe a few flash backs when discussing where they came from and their past, etc. This season has two more episodes left and although I am enjoying it very much I still stick with my original favorite which is Season Two.
“I am a Millennial. Generation Y. Born between the birth of AIDS and 9/11, give or take. They call us “the Global Generation.” We are known for our entitlement and narcissism. Some say it’s because we’re the first generation where every kid gets a trophy just for showing up. Others think it’s because social media allows us to post every time we fart or have a sandwich for all the world to see. But it seems that our one defining trait is a numbness to the world, an indifference to suffering. I know I did anything I could to not feel. Sex, drugs, booze. Just take away the pain. Take away my mother and my asshole father. And the press, and all the boys I loved who wouldn’t love me back. Hell, I was gang raped, and two days later I was back in class like nothing happened. I mean, that must have hurt like hell, right? Most people never get over stuff like that, and I was, like, “Let’s go for Jamba juice.” I would give everything I have or will ever have just to feel pain again. To hurt.” -Emma Roberts (Playing Maddison Montgomery)
As far as Season Four goes: Rumor has it that the theme will be Circus and I gotta tell you if that is true then I can only imagine what kind of freaks await us!
All I know is that I am utterly shocked that Ryan Murphy is also the creator of Glee (even though I do love that show as well) it is just odd to me seeing as the two are just so completely different!!! If you have not started this show yet then I suggest you start watching! Season One and Two are both on Netflix. I hope I didn’t give away any spoilers for you but I am pretty sure nothing I said is going to ruin anything in any of the seasons for you. If you already watch it then enjoy the last two episodes of Coven, and Remember: On Wednesdays, WE WEAR BLACK!
[Currently watching: American Horror Story COVEN]