American Horror Story: 1984’ Recap
Perhaps it is a sign of our dark times that a show that causes so much bloodshed may look like bright television. Or it’s simply the fact that after the last two seasons of American Horror Story, viewers were reminded with ever-less subtlety that they were already living in the darkest timeline, with or without the existence of the Antichrist, that anything offered simple gore without a lot of psychological trauma is bubbly in comparison.
It seems the summer show shoppers noticed that it was difficult for the audience to remember each season’s subtitle because this year’s audience, at least at any point when they looked at the pilot, would never forget that the year, and the season is 1984. The references of the 80s are so tough and fast that the beginning of the show sounds almost like a sketch that evokes the nostalgia of the 80s, from the neon script that introduces the cast, to ” Cruel Summer “playing within the first fifteen minutes.
After losing part of her core cast, Emma Roberts played against her traditional AHS type as the sweet, shy lace-collar wearer Brooke. Roberts has given AHS some great moments and has given the Internet one of its most important GIFs. But here, dressed in pastel shades, it is difficult to be attracted to Roberts, even in moments that point to their imminent death.
On the other hand, Billie Lourds Montana is fantastic, from the utterly serious fulfillment of her dream of being a competitive aerobics master, to her explanation of why she sleeps under the pillow with a knife (“I have a suspicious nature”). ) It’s hard to say what deliberate leniency it is to go with the standard characters of the Slasher films that inspired the season, and that’s the result of almost all Murphy favorites in an indefinite AHS break.
The 1984 Summer Olympics are a reference that does a great deal of work, from conspiracy to stylistic confusion. A group of sports fans who decide on a whim to drop everything for three months to become camp counselors makes no sense unless they declare that they will do anything to avoid the craziness that brings the games with them. And the labor pool of a camp would dry out if better-paid temporary work was suddenly created in the nearby town due to the Olympics. And it was refreshing to see a panic-stricken Brooke run away from Mr. Jingles during the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
The big question while the pilot ends up with the crazy assassin who has fled the asylum and runs around in the rain near a group of buzzing camp counselors who really, really want to get into each other’s short shorts, is not what next is coming. Anyone who has ever seen a section of a classic horror movie from the 80s, knows what comes next. So what comes next fills another ten or more episodes when it normally only covers the second half of a 90-minute film.
This answer might be found in Brooke’s nocturnal attacker (Zach Villa), who appears in the camp. But his attack at the beginning of the episode, taking a ring that the audience knows is of particular importance to Brooke because she took him out of her jewelry box to look at him as she sighed heavily, feeling awkward and somehow not so scary even before he started losing the name Satan. It was the one moment of the episode that seemed to recall the American horror story of the past. Hopefully, the rest of the season will remain with a sense of simpler times, when serial murderers working with knives cut off young campers’ ears to quench the thrill. No politics or theology to make the bloodshed on the canvas more complicated than it would be necessary.
- Why is there a “release all prisoners” button in the asylum? And how did Mr. Jingles get a newspaper? If his room has only a mattress and a torn article, where did he put the rest of the newspaper when he finished? The showrunners should know that there are only two types of shows on TV – Ryan Murphy projects and thrillers. They can not stand this kind of inconsistency.
- Mr. Schue is back! Murphy’s Wikipedia page contains a handy spreadsheet listing the actors he has cast in several projects. It’s good to see Matthew Morrison join the two-timer club.
- If your camp infirmary is well filled to have professional-looking IV bags, would you need to take something from MacGyver to hook it out of a hanger?
- A unique perspective on the potential dangers of drinking – apparently these beer cans are really spicy and dangerous when thrown by an almost Olympic player.
- For those who keep an eye on the secrets introduced for the season – the identity of the likely dead “wanderer”, the identity of Brooke’s attacker, whether Brooke actually avoided the “sexual revolution” and probably will be the only one who finds out Camp alive and what kind of sport Chet (Gus Kenworthy) would play before he was pushed by the Olympic team.