TV Review: American Horror Story

Things are getting pretty disturbing on American Horror Story. Have you been watching? In case you missed it, read on for my review…

OK, I apologize for my review being put up late, as Thanksgiving put a damper on my normal schedule. Now that things are settled back in place, here’s my review.

 

Last week, both Lana and Kitt decide to take up the offers Dr. Thredson made them. Lana goes through some extensive and radical attempts to reverse her homosexuality, and Kitt confesses on tape to murdering his wife Alma and the other Bloody Face Victims. After an episode of fornication between Grace and Kitt, they are sentenced to sterilization. However, Sister Mary Eunice comes and saves Kitt, and as Grace awaits her surgery the next day in isolation, she has a hallucination of her under the knife and a dream sequence similar to Kitt’s alien experience in the first episode, including a vision of Alma. Dr. Thredson helps Lana escape and takes her to his apartment (which would be the last place authorities look according to him) and Lana discovers that Dr. Thredson is NOT who everyone thinks he is. After seeing a few items in his house, and stumbling upon a small lab, she discovers that Dr. Thredson was the Bloody Face Killer and he killed her lover/girlfriend. Due to Kitt’s confession on tape, he was arrested for killing his wife Alma and the other women. It was Dr. Thredson’s plan all along to lead the police down another way so he could continue his activities. Anne, who was retrieved by her husband and who’s real name was Charlotte was released, then admitted again after she tried to kill her baby. Dr. Arden gets permission to perform a frontal lobotomy, which also secures him from being outed as a Nazi Doctor. After Anne’s discovery last week, Sister Mary Eunice, who’s actually possessed by a demon, gets rid of Shelley’s newly deformed body, which is discovered this week by a group of school children climbing up the staircase on the side of a school building, using her stumps and arms, incoherently mumbling for help and looking like a monster.

 

This week, Dr. Thredson’s intentions with Lana become clear: he does not want to kill her, but make her his mother figure. Dr. Thredson explains that he never had a mother or mother figure and always wondered why he had these inclinations to do evil things. He decided to study Psychiatry, and in Medical School he realized that he needed the touch of a mother’s skin. HIs infatuation developed into skinning his victims and trying to make a dummy with the skin, but it wasn’t the same as a live touch. He said he believed that Lana was that mother figure. At Briarcliff, Dr. Arden’s past is starting to catch up with him. Sister Jude’s inquiry into his past through a Nazi tracker comes up with her finding out that he is in fact a former SS Doctor who aided in the killing of thousands of people. The Monsignor is called to a nearby hospital to perform last rites, which turned out to be Shelley, who was found by the school children. Her deformed body was hard to look at, and the Monsignor recognized a barely recognizable face, and realized Dr. Arden might be more evil than he thought. We saw a flashback to when Dr. Arden the the Monsignor first discussed the Dr’s mission, and how he wanted to help people and working in the Asylum would give him human trials. The Monsignor, believing he would do good, gave permission. However,w hen he saw Shelly’s condition, he threatened Dr. Arden to expose his true person and what he was doing. But Dr. Arden threatened to expose other things that were happening at Briarcliff. Dr. Arden’s only demand was that the Monsignor dismiss Sister Jude. The Monsignor dismisses Sister Jude and transfers her to another facility. A new character is introduced, Jenny, a pint-sized embodiment of evil, who’s mother abandoned her at the Asylum. She gets some evil-doing advice from Sister Mary Eunice. We also got some insight into Mary Eunice’s tormented past, as she always felt out of place and tortured by others. We also saw a present-day scene where police are called to the abandoned Briarcliff, and come upon a gruesome discovery of “copycat” Bloodyface Killers strung up in the front entrance hallway like Christmas ornaments.

 

Now the questions remain: With Sister Jude gone, will Dr. Arden reek havoc on Briarcliff’s patients? What will happen to Lana and Dr. Thredson? And what is to become of Kitt? Stay tuned next week and we may have some of those answers for you.

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