American Horror Story ends its second season on a not-good WTF note
Did anyone else exit season two of ‘American Horror Story’ saying to themselves, “what the hell did I just watch 13 episodes of?”
As strange and unique as last season’s American Horror Story was, I dug it. I fully admired the uniqueness of the show — at least to anything else on television last year — and the times it stepped outside any sort of comfort zone to try and make us feel … uncomfortable. When I heard the second season was going to completely start a new story from scratch, I criticized it as a possibly dumb — albeit brave — move; it would be like starting a completely new show, and possibly confuse old fans not aware of the non-continuing storyline from the first season. However, it didn’t stop me from wanting to tune in, so I did.
What originally started off a a promising new story to tell in the AHS-verse turned out to be a jumbled mess of evil where I’m still not sure what the overall plot was supposed to be.
We started out with the mystery of Bloody Face, which quickly brought us to aliens, an insane asylum run by insane people, mysterious “people” in the woods, an angel of death, mad doctors, rape, torture, murders, suicides. As I said, it was a jumbled mess.
As the final scene of the finale came to a close, I couldn’t help but think there was supposed to be a bigger message at play with this season. “Look evil in the face, and it will look right back at you.” Close in on Sister Jude’s eyes. Think back to what had transpired all this season. What was it all about, really? The sorry state of mental health care in our country? OK, I can see where … aliens fit into that … And an old Nazi doctor incinerating himself with a dead nun. …
Here’s to hoping next season of American Horror Story picks a theme that’s not so all-over-the-place and establishes a true horror story that makes sense from beginning to end. Then again, is horror every really supposed to make sense?