Like any true “American Horror Story” fan, Wednesday nights are the highlight of my week. I curl up on the couch with my gal pals and some junk food in anticipation and fear of what’s to come.
This season is called “American Horror Story: Coven.” It’s about a coven of witches in the modern world. The plot mostly takes place at a boarding school where a small group of witches are learning to cope with their developing powers.
What sets “American Horror Story” apart from all the other shows and series on television is, of course, the horror, but most importantly, that each season has nothing in common with the last, aside from a few select cast members. This season all the favorites have returned: Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Lily Rabe, and the impossibly attractive Evan Peters, among many others.
When the previews aired for “Coven” I was beyond excited, but I didn’t think it could compare to the last season, “Asylum.” My personal affinity for haunted mental institutions aside, I thought season 2 was their best work so far. After watching the first few episodes however, this season very well could meet the ridiculously high standard “Asylum” set, on the front of horror at least.
The first three episodes have been a lot to handle, even for an “American Horror Story” obsessed, scary movie addict like myself. The first episode opened with a disturbing scene depicting exactly why Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga) was sent to a witch boarding school: Her lady parts are cursed to kill any man who enters them. After that bloody start, AHS viewers had to sit through a gang rape and then revenge via Zoe’s secret weapon.
I hoped that after the first episode they would stop with the disgusting and start with the scary, because there is a difference. My hopes quickly disappeared once episode two began. Zoe and fellow witch, Madison (Emma Roberts), decide they are going to resurrect Zoe’s crush, Kyle (Evan Peters), who Madison accidentally killed. They proceed to sew together bits of man until they have created the perfect boyfriend.
Episode three airs and it’s worse than the last two put together. There’s your everyday throat slitting, satanic fertility rituals, and head bashing, but “American Horror Story” really outdoes itself with graphic displays of incest. After a reanimated Kyle is sent home to his mother, we find out that she has been molesting him his entire life.
Don’t get me wrong, the show isn’t all bad. In fact, even with all these repulsive additions it’s still one of the best shows on television, in my opinion. There are many interesting plot twists and historical flashbacks that are portrayed by an amazing cast. Not to mention the whole ancient New Orleans black magic theme is interesting.
The acting is superb and there are plenty of new faces this season, like Kathy Bates, one of the most talented actresses out there, Gabourey Sidibe, known for her starring role in the movie “Precious,” and Emma Roberts, who is perfect for her sassy and super stylish character. Another one of the talented leading ladies, Jamie Brewer, has Down syndrome, something Hollywood should embrace more often.
But to be honest, this season is getting a little bit too disgusting to watch. I would rather the directors focus on the fantastic story line, instead of throwing in all of these utterly sickening details. Yeah, I know, it’s called “American Horror Story” for a reason, but this level of grotesque just distracts from what’s going on in the already interesting episode.