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  • Hunter-ish
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    #1202195732

    I will definitely wait to watch before I judge. I see what Geridax is saying, but let’s wait to see what he has to say about these characters before we judge. And I disagree with people saying each season drops in quality. Roanoke was great and some of the most innovative (while still being very flawed) TV ever.

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    I think you guys are overreacting a bit. This is Ryan Murphy we’re talking about. The worst that ever happens when he goes ‘political’ is episodes that feel like an after-school special. He’s just bigging up the season to be this great psycho-political commentary to get the coverage but in reality we all know that will all end up being talk and the season will be similar to the others and will sink or swim based upon the storylines and not anything else.

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    I know that AHS has already been renewed for Seasons 8 and 9 but I am wondering about if the show keeps falling in quality like it is and this new season is as controversial and upsetting as it looks like it’s going to be will FX pull the plug? In the article Murphy says that Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange might come back. Does he know how bad this new season is and wants to give the network an incentive to let it continue? And if Cult is as offensive as I’m thinking it will be will the likes of Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates even want to come back?

    FX won’t pull the plug on it. The show is still their top series in the ratings, gets a heck of a lot of buzz/internet chatter, and fosters their relationship with Murphy. The only way it’ll get cancelled is if Murphy gets tired of doing it and/or it undergoes 2-3 seasons of sizable ratings declines.

    To illustrate: Roanoke averaged a 1.57 in the 18-49 demo.

    The most recent seasons of FX’s current dramas:

    American Crime Story – 1.33
    Legion – 0.46
    Taboo – 0.43 (this is also what Snowfall’s averaged thus far)
    The Strain – 0.42
    Fargo – 0.31
    The Americans – 0.19

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    I expect that Sarah Paulson, Leslie Grossman, Cheyenne Jackson, Colton Haynes and specially Evan Peters and Billie Lourd give good performances

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    I can’t wait to read the reviews. If I’m not mistaken, the reviews will start posting on August 31.

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    The embargo ended an hour and a half ago, but FX only provided the press online access to the episodes fourteen hours ago. I just finished watching them myself, but I certainly did not also write up and publish a review. (It is possible that Ben Travers saw the episodes a few days ago at the premiere screening.)

    This is a weird one. Especially in the first episode, it is hard to tell what they are getting at. The first episode actually does not seem to have much on the page; it is very much a product of the director’s decisions. Your response could be to want to wait to see more to form an opinion or you could just call it a mess. There are a fair number of jump-scares, but it is not scary. As Travers says, the clown/hallucination stuff seems unnecessary. The political allegory is an ambitious idea, but ultimately a missed opportunity. Something significant happens in the third episode (or maybe it was the second) that the show brushes off; never try to apply too much logic to a Ryan Murphy show.

    Cult—not sure why it is called that—is not an ensemble effort like past seasons; American Horror Story is finally The Sarah Paulson Show. Evan Peters must get good stuff later in the season because he is clearly supporting in these and it is not the most challenging role. Sarah Paulson gives an extremely committed performance and I feel kind of bad for her, like find a better project to give your all?

    Adina Porter is a newscaster. She is not in the first episode and is only a voice in the second. I do not expect her to figure into the plot or for her “character” to be developed. I want to see more of Cheyenne Jackson and I am sure that we will. For now, it might be most noteworthy that he is wearing an insane amount of bronzer. My favourite is Billy Eichner, who is just playing himself as Paulson’s neighbour. Also funny is Colton Haynes just because it is ridiculous that the local cop is a muscular twenty-nine-year-old model with dyed silver hair. I also got a kick out of the pop culture references that come out inorganically in character interactions. Billie Lourd is the worst nanny. The child actor is good. The Chinese neighbour actor is not.

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    The embargo ended an hour and a half ago, but FX only provided the press online access to the episodes fourteen hours ago. I just finished watching them myself, but I certainly did not also write up and publish a review. (It is possible that Ben Travers saw the episodes a few days ago at the premiere screening.) This is a weird one. Especially in the first episode, it is hard to tell what they are getting at. The first episode actually does not seem to have much on the page; it is very much a product of the director’s decisions. Your response could be to want to wait to see more to form an opinion or you could just call it a mess. There are a fair number of jump-scares, but it is not scary. As Travers says, the clown/hallucination stuff seems unnecessary. The political allegory is an ambitious idea, but ultimately a missed opportunity. Something significant happens in the third episode (or maybe it was the second) that the show brushes off; never try to apply too much logic to a Ryan Murphy show. Cult—not sure why it is called that—is not an ensemble effort like past seasons; American Horror Story is finally The Sarah Paulson Show. Evan Peters must get good stuff later in the season because he is clearly supporting in these and it is not the most challenging role. Sarah Paulson gives an extremely committed performance and I feel kind of bad for her, like find a better project to give your all? Adina Porter is a newscaster. She is not in the first episode and is only a voice in the second. I do not expect her to figure into the plot or for her “character” to be developed. I want to see more of Cheyenne Jackson and I am sure that we will. For now, it might be most noteworthy that he is wearing an insane amount of bronzer. My favourite is Billy Eichner, who is just playing himself as Paulson’s neighbour. Also funny is Colton Haynes just because it is ridiculous that the local cop is a muscular twenty-nine-year-old model with dyed silver hair. I also got a kick out of the pop culture references that come out inorganically in character interactions. Billie Lourd is the worst nanny. The child actor is good. The Chinese neighbour actor is not.

    What would you say about the show’s chances at Emmys, Golden Globes?

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    #1202199938

    Worse than ever.

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    #1202200123

    IM excited

    “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
    ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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    #1202200184

    I kinda wish this season was coming after Hotel because then it would at least probably be a rise in quality for me but after Roanoke I fear I can only be disappointed. Paulson can definitely lead a show though imo so maybe I’ll love it..

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    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/american-horror-story-cult-review-1034029?utm_source=twitter

    This review made me excited

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    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/american-horror-story-cult-review-1034029?utm_source=twitter

    “Murphy has talked about how flashbacks will let Peters portray a number of cult leaders throughout the season, but that doesn’t begin in the opening three episodes. (Also not in the first three episodes? Cult guest star Lena Dunham, so those suffering from irrational Dunophobia can watch without fear.)”

    LOL

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