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    Re: American Horror Story - Hotel on FX

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    Yeah ... No ... Pretty sure I'm out on this one.
    I watched the full episode, and over-all I was left feeling miserable rather than intrigued, interested or even frightened.

    I don't need TV for "miserable" ... that crap is EVERYwhere, and I try to avoid it whenever I can.
    I would've preferred even the "What the Hello Kitty" (to bowdlerize it) as I did the first episode of "Roanoke" over this slice of life idea they did.

    This one left me with nothing except "I'll go watch an hour of (insert whatever news station) and get the same feelings and emotions."

    For most shows - that can very easily be the kiss of death. None of the other seasons I've seen (Murder House our cable didn't have FX, so it's the only one I haven't viewed) left me feeling nothing but ennui.

    Evan Peters may be its one saving grace this season if he doesn't go over the top all the time. If he's as good of an actor as I think he is, he will study all the presidential candidates of 2016 (yes, including Johnson and Steen) and take the good and bad out of all to create an unstable character. It is nice though for him to get a fairly consistent amount of good - or at least memorable in the case of Roanoke - characters. (The last series I think he had scheduling conflicts which lead to the decreased roles. Still, I remember the episodes with Mott and Rory more than I do most of the other ones).

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    Re: American Horror Story - Hotel on FX

    I'm out too...haven't watched a full season of AHS since Freak Show. Too much gratuitous violence and the plot revolving around the election seems like a rush job and not well constructed. I think I already know the big reveal in this plot...Sarah Paulson's wife in this story is a member of the cult and has been giving them all the info on Paulson's character's neurotic phobias. Her motive? Full custody of the boy and full ownership of their business and home. This is just a guess, I could be wrong but it just seems like the Paulson character is being gaslighted by someone who knows everything about her mental illness.

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    Re: American Horror Story - Hotel on FX

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    I'm out too...haven't watched a full season of AHS since Freak Show. Too much gratuitous violence and the plot revolving around the election seems like a rush job and not well constructed. I think I already know the big reveal in this plot...Sarah Paulson's wife in this story is a member of the cult and has been giving them all the info on Paulson's character's neurotic phobias. Her motive? Full custody of the boy and full ownership of their business and home. This is just a guess, I could be wrong but it just seems like the Paulson character is being gaslighted by someone who knows everything about her mental illness.
    (Please note this is an analysis of what I'm seeing in this show this season).

    Well I tried to give it a second chance - but guess what? I saw the ending coming for this particular chapter from a MILE away.

    Seriously - this one I'm done with it. Even Twisty can't save it, and that's sad because he's actually become more of a saving grace of this season. Peters is good, but he's an expy of their view of Trump, plain and simple.

    Honestly, they made a HUGE mistake not going literal cult this season. We see this behavior every day on both sides and IMHO, in the director's dislike (to be nice) about the election results he's created a plodding, easy to predict season as you've mentioned.

    I will tell you that "Hotel" is actually pretty good, if nothing else for Evan Peters as Mr. March, Dennis O'Hare as Liz Taylor and Finn Wittrock as Rudolph Valentino (not so much his rocker character - played well though).

    Don't worry about Roanoke - it isn't as good. It's honestly gone downhill after the poor choices of how to handle Roanoke (too confusing) and of course the weak choices this season.

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    Re: American Horror Story - Hotel on FX

    So disappointed. I was enjoying the creepy neighbor thing they had going, the clowns...and then we went xenophobic and political again in an ending Stevie Wonder could have seen. They should have went with a literal cult theme, something Charles Manson-ish. It would have been so much better than this crap.

    Big thumbs down.
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    Re: American Horror Story - Hotel on FX

    Quote Originally Posted by waywyrd View Post
    So disappointed. I was enjoying the creepy neighbor thing they had going, the clowns...and then we went xenophobic and political again in an ending Stevie Wonder could have seen. They should have went with a literal cult theme, something Charles Manson-ish. It would have been so much better than this crap.

    Big thumbs down.
    I agree - their hatred toward Trump has affected the quality of this season. Doing a generic cult story similar to other seasons - a generic freak show, generic hotel hauntings, etc. would've worked better.

    Even Roanoke was a masterpiece compared to what I've seen, and honestly it was the worst one to me of all of them. That one at least would've been far superior if they had just done it more "Big Brother" style and had the original couple tell things in flashbacks, and the others contestants.

    The show will likely still survive to another season, but it's going to take a massive hit I think with this one. Sure there are plenty of those who disagreed (to put it nicely) with the election results, but I don't think it'll bring in enough viewers to make this one a high ranking one.

    Though I know she can lean politically in her views, it's no wonder Kathy Bates didn't appear this season. I wouldn't blame her: any politics aside, this would've harmed her renaissance as an actress.
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    Well, at least it wasn't an hour of Paulson's character wailing and carrying on. Not a big surprise that Kai is rounding up cult members, but still - too much political crap mixed in. The story could have stood without it.

    Since Ivy and Winter knew each other before, are they trying to recruit Ally or push her over the edge?
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    Re: American Horror Story - FX

    while I do agree with you guys that there's just way too much politics in this season, but when I first heard that this new season was going to be based on the election, I suspected that it was going to be quite politically-driven, so I'm not surprised at all. I've had my doubts about 'Cult' since the beginning even before the season began because of the theme, and although Cult has shaped up to be more creepy than I had initially expected, mainly with all the scary clowns and Evan Peters' character, but I agree that so far Cult just hasn't been as interesting as the previous seasons were...not that I'm saying it's boring, it's just less interesting as the previous seasons, but still watchable for me. As for the ratings for Cult, well so far its ratings have been on par with 'Hotel' & 'Roanoke's ratings, so it's holding on well. I thought with so much politics thrown into the mix the ratings would suffer, but obviously I was wrong about that.

    I agree with Waywyrd about a literal cult theme, I would've preferred a season based on Charles Manson than this.
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    Well I must be the outlier this season. I have thought this show was on the decline for the last few seasons. I really hated Roanoke. I have always said that one of the things I thought was most brilliant about the first season was that it focused on the everyday horrors in our society wrapped up into the story they were telling (infidelity, school shootings, suicide, etc). To me this is a return to that but with new everyday horrors: mental illness, politics, cults. I really like the direction. I find the politics to be the undercurrent. Over the last few episodes the "cult" part has been taking center stage and they have brought in references to Manson, Branch Dividians, Jim Jones, etc. I had never heard of Valerie Solanas, so that made for a bit of interesting reading. Maybe it's because I went in with low expectations, but I'm enjoying this season.

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    I am really disappointed in this season. Took me three episodes to get interested and then it started getting stupid again. I watched it because I'd watched all the others. Way too political. I watch my shows to get away from that. And I didn't understand the way it ended, either.
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