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2012-01-01 04:59:48 PM
I watched every episode of that horrible show, and I hated every minute of it, and I hated myself for still watching it but watch it I still did.

I also hated every single character from the second they were introduced, with the possible exception of Jessica Lange.
 
2012-01-01 05:10:02 PM
So, in order, the concept, everything else at first blush, and everything else upon further viewing? Seriously, I tried so hard to like that show, but watching it became a chore. I'd see it on my DVR and be reminded of just how much I hated it.
 
2012-01-01 05:15:14 PM
A BUNCH of friends keep recommending it and I did like Nip/Tuck. But now I don't have to watch the first season, I can just pick it up next season since it's a completely fresh story? Interesting proposal but dumb from a money-making point of view. I would have bought or downloaded the 1st season so that I'd be ready for the next one but now I don't have to.

On to Once Upon A Time, I guess.
 
2012-01-01 05:18:29 PM
I thought the show was pretty good. I was close in my prediction that it would be a different family every season, but I did not think everybody would die.
 
2012-01-01 05:21:24 PM
Also it won't be a foregone conclusion that everybody dies every year. It doesn't even have to be a haunted house for that matter.
 
2012-01-01 06:12:29 PM
I don't know, I liked it. It was trash but it was well made trash. And I think they wrapped everything up rather well this season. And Jessica Lange deserves an Emmy. And

tnation.t-nation.com
 
2012-01-01 06:14:54 PM

Mugato: I don't know, I liked it. It was trash but it was well made trash. And I think they wrapped everything up rather well this season. And Jessica Lange deserves an Emmy. And

[tnation.t-nation.com image 350x407]



Enough said.
 
2012-01-01 07:04:25 PM

Mugato: I don't know, I liked it. It was trash but it was well made trash. And I think they wrapped everything up rather well this season. And Jessica Lange deserves an Emmy. And


Agreed. I liked it, and not just because it exposed me to that yummy young lady.
 
2012-01-01 07:24:00 PM
Shark-jump was around Ep4, when it was revealed that everyone was related to everybody else, and became a soap opera.
 
2012-01-01 07:25:35 PM

Splish: So, in order, the concept, everything else at first blush, and everything else upon further viewing? Seriously, I tried so hard to like that show, but watching it became a chore. I'd see it on my DVR and be reminded of just how much I hated it.


I thought it got better as it went along. Early on, it felt very much like it was being made up as it went along, but they seemed to wrap up the stories nicely by the time the season ended.


Not sure why people would be made about the recasting for next season as there's not much else that could be done with the story.
 
2012-01-01 07:43:55 PM

Devoid:
Agreed. I liked it, and not just because it exposed me to that yummy young lady.


She was also in True Blood, nekkid of course
 
2012-01-01 07:46:43 PM

FeedTheCollapse: Not sure why people would be made about the recasting for next season as there's not much else that could be done with the story.


Exactly. Where do you take the story? Hell the finale turned for a moment into BeetleJuice there with chasing off the new homeowners.

Let it go and let them move on to something else.
 
2012-01-01 07:49:09 PM

Mugato: I don't know, I liked it. It was trash but it was well made trash. And I think they wrapped everything up rather well this season. And Jessica Lange deserves an Emmy. And

[tnation.t-nation.com image 350x407]


I'll just leave this here. (NSFW)
 
2012-01-01 07:52:04 PM
I've got to say, "American Horror Story" had me hooked from episode one, mainly because it was a thoroughly baffling program. In the first episode in the span of five minutes or so the father had seen the old/young nurse in a compromising position, jacked it by the window in another room, started crying, and then noticed a burned man in a suit watching him from the garden. It all begged so many questions.

Having watched the entirety of season one I can safely say there are certainly things to like about the show. The ghosts for instance. There are so many ghosts! You couldn't so much as look at a ghost in that place without another ghost blocking your field of vision and saying, "Pardon me sir, were you trying to look at that ghost? It just so happens that I am also a ghost." Which brings me to my main problem with the show. There are too many ghosts! It's wall to wall ghosts in that place, and they keep making more ghosts. Sometimes it's people making other people ghosts, or people making themselves ghosts, even the ghosts get in on the ghost making action.

Now while near exponential ghost growth would seem to be a pretty major flaw I think that all the show really needs for a successful second season is a little rebranding. They should change the name of the show to "Too many ghosts!" and create a teaser for season two that reads as follows: "Too Many Ghosts season 2, Even. More. Ghosts."
 
2012-01-01 07:53:19 PM
I enjoyed the show, but only because it was so trashy and over the top. Moving to a new locale is the only way it could do another season, but I'll be disappointed not to see Lange every week.
 
2012-01-01 07:59:03 PM

Elliott Smith Reference: jacked it by the window in another room, started crying, and then noticed a burned man in a suit watching him from the garden


I was hoping there was an animated gif of this scene, but I don't have the nerve to GIS "Dylan McDermott masturbating"..
 
2012-01-01 08:00:16 PM

VenomousDuck: I enjoyed the show, but only because it was so trashy and over the top. Moving to a new locale is the only way it could do another season, but I'll be disappointed not to see Lange every week.


QFT. Aside from Breckenridge,she really made the show far more enjoyable than it had any right to be.
 
2012-01-01 08:04:04 PM
Anybody remember 'Harpers Island'?

That was supposed to do the whole 'every season a totally different story' thing too...
 
2012-01-01 08:05:43 PM
Ghost take meds and knock up their girlfriend mothers?

/FAIL
 
2012-01-01 08:07:22 PM

AaronSynn: Anybody remember 'Harpers Island'?

That was supposed to do the whole 'every season a totally different story' thing too...




I remember Heroes was originally supposed to be this way. I think the series would've fared better that way.


I'm pretty sure this anthology aspect was the intention from the beginning and was rather obvious that the show's main plot was going to be tied up by season's end.
 
2012-01-01 08:10:27 PM
The tard was hilarious. Too bad they killed it off without making it a ghost.
 
2012-01-01 08:25:08 PM

FeedTheCollapse: Elliott Smith Reference: jacked it by the window in another room, started crying, and then noticed a burned man in a suit watching him from the garden

I was hoping there was an animated gif of this scene, but I don't have the nerve to GIS "Dylan McDermott masturbating"..


Just scroll down to the video of Worst TV moments of 2011 here. (new window)
 
2012-01-01 08:25:25 PM
This was my surprise favorite of 2011, and I can't wait for Season 2. There was really nothing about the show I didn't like. It took classic horror concepts, and threw them all together into a mish-mash that managed to come out looking like a finished product.
 
2012-01-01 08:36:57 PM

duckpoopy: The tard was hilarious. Too bad they killed it off without making it a ghost.


Sorry, but the preferred nomenclature is "mongoloid".
 
2012-01-01 08:50:11 PM

duckpoopy: The tard was hilarious. Too bad they killed it off without making it a ghost.


It didn't die in the house. Its probably out on the road, tard-haunting passersby.
 
2012-01-01 09:09:09 PM

AaronSynn: Anybody remember 'Harpers Island'?

That was supposed to do the whole 'every season a totally different story' thing too...


I had just about blocked that entire shiat fest permanently from my memory and you had to go an bring it up?


/grrrrrrrrrrrrr.... watched every episode of that craptacular thing because my Wife insisted it couldn't be as bad as it seemed and that they were going to have a wonderful dramatic twist at the end that would make everything that went before okay, and that I should stop being such a farking know-it-all and thinking I could guess the entire plot of the show from the pilot. (I did)
 
2012-01-01 09:12:14 PM
I walked like a I had cerebral palsy for an hour after I watched the stupid premiere. Just call it, mindless jump cuts and furniture masturbating the series.

Not smart, scary, sexy, anything. It was a plea from an industry if anything.
 
2012-01-01 09:14:42 PM

Elliott Smith Reference: I've got to say, "American Horror Story" had me hooked from episode one, mainly because it was a thoroughly baffling program. In the first episode in the span of five minutes or so the father had seen the old/young nurse in a compromising position, jacked it by the window in another room, started crying, and then noticed a burned man in a suit watching him from the garden. It all begged so many questions.

Having watched the entirety of season one I can safely say there are certainly things to like about the show. The ghosts for instance. There are so many ghosts! You couldn't so much as look at a ghost in that place without another ghost blocking your field of vision and saying, "Pardon me sir, were you trying to look at that ghost? It just so happens that I am also a ghost." Which brings me to my main problem with the show. There are too many ghosts! It's wall to wall ghosts in that place, and they keep making more ghosts. Sometimes it's people making other people ghosts, or people making themselves ghosts, even the ghosts get in on the ghost making action.

Now while near exponential ghost growth would seem to be a pretty major flaw I think that all the show really needs for a successful second season is a little rebranding. They should change the name of the show to "Too many ghosts!" and create a teaser for season two that reads as follows: "Too Many Ghosts season 2, Even. More. Ghosts."


I loved the ridiculous number of ghosts in the house. No one was safe while on the property
 
2012-01-01 09:28:41 PM

Confabulat: I watched every episode of that horrible show, and I hated every minute of it, and I hated myself for still watching it but watch it I still did.

I also hated every single character from the second they were introduced, with the possible exception of Jessica Lange.


And we are done in one.

Short version. It sucked.
 
2012-01-01 09:28:52 PM
Was good. All the way until the last episode turned into lovey-hug-fest-solve-everything. If it had ended in tears I'd have loved it. As it is, the last episode all but undid my enjoyment of the rest.
 
2012-01-01 09:57:38 PM

Elliott Smith Reference: I've got to say, "American Horror Story" had me hooked from episode one, mainly because it was a thoroughly baffling program. In the first episode in the span of five minutes or so the father had seen the old/young nurse in a compromising position, jacked it by the window in another room, started crying, and then noticed a burned man in a suit watching him from the garden. It all begged so many questions.

Having watched the entirety of season one I can safely say there are certainly things to like about the show. The ghosts for instance. There are so many ghosts! You couldn't so much as look at a ghost in that place without another ghost blocking your field of vision and saying, "Pardon me sir, were you trying to look at that ghost? It just so happens that I am also a ghost." Which brings me to my main problem with the show. There are too many ghosts! It's wall to wall ghosts in that place, and they keep making more ghosts. Sometimes it's people making other people ghosts, or people making themselves ghosts, even the ghosts get in on the ghost making action.

Now while near exponential ghost growth would seem to be a pretty major flaw I think that all the show really needs for a successful second season is a little rebranding. They should change the name of the show to "Too many ghosts!" and create a teaser for season two that reads as follows: "Too Many Ghosts season 2, Even. More. Ghosts."


Perhaps they need a camera obscura.
images.wikia.com
/hot, and not at all obscure(a)
 
2012-01-01 10:00:55 PM
I have to agree with a few others in this thread. I watched it, but didn't quite care for it. I really wanted to like it, and some of the acting was fantastic, but I just didn't care for any single one of the characters.
 
2012-01-01 10:23:28 PM
I loved it.

Jessica Lange was mind-blowingly awesome. The red-haired hottie will provide years of material for the spank bank. And I really liked the Tate character. And the daughter character. And Super Gay Sylar.

I loved all the wild plot twists and ridiculousness of the show. It was very, very satisfying, and I normally hate ghost stories. I'm glad season 2 will feature a whole new set of characters and setting, because I don't think there is more story here, but I am amazed that the story went a whole season without becoming stupid (mostly by becoming stupid right out of the gate).
 
2012-01-01 10:52:57 PM
I was hoping for the show to be at least a little scary but it totally failed. Death has less consequence than World of Warcraft where at least there is a respawn timer. It's hardly horror if you can spend half the season dead, and not know it. The hot redhead was the only redeeming quality but she disappeared at the end of the season (with no explanation as to why she had to be ugly and old either.) I'll try to give the next season a chance, but the first one underwhelmed.
 
d3
2012-01-01 11:06:46 PM
I really enjoyed this show. I think it is the right move to start fresh next season. The 1st season was done and not much new to be gained/learned from it. I love how they've incorporated real American horror stories as plot devices. Good blend of creepy hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck moments, gore, and psychological WTF moments. Compared to the extremely predictable major network programming, this was a very fresh take.

I notice they don't rule out Jessica Lange returning next year. Maybe she moves with the little AntiChrist boy to get away from the murdered helper?

My only complaint is every time they put up warnings about nudity it meant we'd see Dylan McDermott's naked ass instead of Alexandra Breckenridge's.
 
d3
2012-01-01 11:11:19 PM

chapman: I was hoping for the show to be at least a little scary but it totally failed. Death has less consequence than World of Warcraft where at least there is a respawn timer. It's hardly horror if you can spend half the season dead, and not know it. The hot redhead was the only redeeming quality but she disappeared at the end of the season (with no explanation as to why she had to be ugly and old either.) I'll try to give the next season a chance, but the first one underwhelmed.


She could control how others saw her. She chose to look ugly and old to the women in order to gain their confidence and young and hot to men to gain theirs. She was desperate to get anyone to find her body and learn the truth about what happened to her. Sadly, no one ever just asked her "What happened to you?" and found out about Constance. It seemed a curious limitation that none of the ghosts could talk about why they were dead.
 
2012-01-01 11:23:15 PM

Funbags: tard-haunting


I am *so* stealing that.
 
2012-01-01 11:32:07 PM
Overall, I liked the show. While it had some bad moments, I think it shows real promise. To me, Jessica Lange's character was the most interesting, while the Tate kid was a dull, whiny dork. He was interesting the first few episodes, but then he got really boring.

I would like to see the future seasons show the lives of different residents of that house. You could show the lives of the gay dudes, or show a family in the 1940s, or something like that. Even show the hot maid's story, and show what led up to her death. (I know that they showed how Jessica Lange killed her, but show what led up to that moment, and then what was the aftermath for Jessica Lange's character.)

I'm looking forward to season 2. I hope that it's at least as good as this one.
 
2012-01-02 12:05:18 AM
The Columbine esq recreation was haunting. Even used the same school colors.

Looking forward to next season!

\\ Jessica Lange was SMOKING HOT in the 70's King Kong
 
2012-01-02 12:11:38 AM
I don't know, I don't really want them to change it up too much. We already had one show that went on too long, that seemed to restart itself every season, that never had to play by its own rules, that left huge questions unanswered, that insulted the fans, that left everyone wondering why they stuck around, and seemed to treat each new season as a way to get even more capricious with the writing.

So, basically, don't make this another Lost.
 
2012-01-02 01:07:12 AM

Scrotastic Method: I don't know, I don't really want them to change it up too much. We already had one show that went on too long, that seemed to restart itself every season, that never had to play by its own rules, that left huge questions unanswered, that insulted the fans, that left everyone wondering why they stuck around, and seemed to treat each new season as a way to get even more capricious with the writing.

So, basically, don't make this another Lost.


Heroes was SUPPOSED to work like this, except Tim Kring and NBC farked that ll to hell. Seasons 2+ could have been sooooo good...even if you had one or two holdover plots (The Bennetts, The Petrellis OR Sylar - not both.)

Sadly, there will always be season 1.

Hopefully, AHS has taken notes on how to do this properly - not LOST style.
 
2012-01-02 01:25:13 AM
Is it confirmed that season two won't take place in the same house with the same cast? I can see losing some characters as there are way too many but would like to see some of them back, especially the young maid.
 
2012-01-02 02:55:02 AM
I like it and it is 10x better than any "reality" trash out there
 
2012-01-02 03:53:35 AM
I watched one episode, mostly because I didn't remember to check the internet for it after it started airing.

That one episode was apparently halfway into the season, the one about the rubber gimp suit.

Not only was I extremely confused as to wtf was actually going on in the show, I was bored, and all of the characters were simply one dimensional variations of the exact same flavor of crazy. If I want that I can watch Family Guy.
 
2012-01-02 04:41:17 AM
The house was recently put on the market, with no filming rights clauses attached.

That pretty much confirmed that the house would not be in season 2 long prior to this announcement.
 
2012-01-02 10:03:40 AM
The only show that has actually pulled this off is "The Wire" - and I don't think Captain Gleetard has the attention span or talent to do something like that. I bet it fizzles out by the middle of next year.
 
2012-01-02 10:47:57 AM
I loved it but there were a few things left unanswered. Who is Constance's fourth child? Where was the dog the entire season? Why was Ben such an insufferable asshole?
 
2012-01-02 11:07:49 AM

katerbug72: Who is Constance's fourth child? Where was the dog the entire season?


I did wonder about those. I forgot the dog even existed until it was reintroduced 6 or 7 episodes later.
 
2012-01-02 12:11:38 PM

Lsherm: The only show that has actually pulled this off is "The Wire" - and I don't think Captain Gleetard has the attention span or talent to do something like that. I bet it fizzles out by the middle of next year.


I think it will be like the Halloween franchise. Originally the Halloween films were intended to be a different story with each film or couple of films. That's why they made that weird Halloween 3 that had nothing to do with Michael Myers, But then that flopped horribly and they went back to the Michael Myers well. I can see the same thing happening with this.
 
2012-01-02 10:53:23 PM

Lsherm: The only show that has actually pulled this off is "The Wire"


You didn't understand The Wire. I bet you think it was a cop show.

The Wire did exactly what it wanted to do -- portray the systemic, internal causes of the death of American cities, and the cycles* of Really Bad Things that happen in them. They weren't telling five different stories in five seasons...they were telling you how Baltimore died, and necessarily how Detroit etc. also died. It's why they needed to examine the psychology of law enforcement, the approach of the schools and the constraints money has on it, the way politicians abandon principle for power, the way kids turn into monsters, the way communities fail, what happens when jobs leave...etc.

* you notice how season four, with the kids, has an intro montage full of circles? A merry-go-round, a car tire, a kid with a hula hoop, lots more? Not a coincidence. Michael became the new Omar, Dookie the new Bubbles, Kennard the new Avon, etc. Everything comes back around because nothing will change until it changes.
 
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