Oh wow, where to begin with the Season 2 premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum. Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are two seriously twisted dudes and thank god cause it's making for some really creepy must-see TV. In just one episode, they manage to squeeze in terrifying aliens, a repressed, power-hungry nun with a closet full of whipping paraphernalia, and all the drippy, dank asylum details of your worst nightmares, including horrifyingly disfigured characters, mind-jolting loony bin torture tools and apparatuses, and one psychopath doctor who should be admitted to the asylum, not treating patients there.
Oh and that's not all. Not by a long shot. There are lots more shiver-inducing and completely shocking moments in the season premiere that will blow your mind.
SPOILER ALERT. Will be discussing details of the show. If you don't want to know more about it, stop reading.
How does Murphy do it (yeah, this is the same guy who does Glee, for godssake)? First off, I'm hooked even after he started AHS over in Season 2 with a whole new plotline and all new characters. Who does that? And I don't even miss Season 1 anymore. I'm totally on board. Second, he manages to delve into our scariest dreams and tap our worst fears and fill his show with them all. I know some of you tough gals are going to say you weren't scared, big deal, blah blah. But I'm going to beat you to the punch and tell you that you're a bunch of sickos if this stuff doesn't bother you, and I swear to God I'm not wrong about that. And big big kudos to Murphy for also pushing the sexual and social to the max, managing to get in nymphos and nun lust while also tackling 1960s issues like biracial marriage and closeted homosexuality. Holy moley, no easy feat.
Of course, I'd be remiss not to talk about, um, JESSICA FRICKIN' LANGE as Sister Jude, the brutal head nun at Briarcliff. Lange is back in full force with a fervor so dark and layered, we're almost like Constance who? And who didn't adore her portrayal of Constance in Season 1? God, she's good. Also, earning a nod already -- Evan Peters (last season's Tate) as the framed "serial killer" Kit Walker and Sarah Paulsen (last season's medium) as concerned journalist (and closeted lesbian) Lana Winters. These two stood out for me among a large and stellar cast.
Of course, hottie Adam Levine appeared in a very sexy turned bloody opener with Jenna Dewan. Yeow, that "injection"! Oh my. Levine came off almost boyish at times, which was still pretty damn sexy, but sadly, we saw more of his lean, well-inked bod in that one music video he did. Chloe Sevigny is also on board as Shelley, and I generally LOVE her, but I have to say, in this role so far, she has to be the most unsexy nymphomaniac ever. Not sure yet if that's "on purpose" but it felt like a letdown to me.
So what's next? So many questions to be answered! Is James Cromwell's Dr. Arden the Nazi character that Murphy's been teasing us about? Who or what hungry flesheaters are living out in those woods -- former patients, WTF? Will Kit and Lana ever escape? And what about Bloody Face, this season's Rubber Man and pretty damn scary to look at? Is he what becomes of Kit after Dr. Arden gets his sick hands on him? Can't wait to find out!
What did you think of the premiere? Do you like Asylum as much as the first season of American Horror Story?
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