‘American Horror Story’ barely meets expectations


In the new season of “American Horror Story”, society is separated into two factions underground. FX Photo.

The bombs have fallen, the world is riddled with nuclear fallout, the elite and fortunate have gone underground and somehow ghosts and witches get involved – eventually.

“American Horror Story” had the fall premiere of its newest season with “Apocalypse” on Sept. 12. The show began to spark interest when it was announced that the storylines of the first season “Murder House” and the third season “Coven” would be crossing over into this new season. It was highly anticipated after trailers were released for the new season with returning fan favorites, Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon, Emma Roberts as Madison Montgomery and many other cast members from “Murder House” and “Coven.” So it’s unfortunate that the first episode was anything other than “meh.”

The concept for the season is that humanity has done it, as the news announcer says throughout the episode. The world basically blew itself up, and the world’s elite, most fortunate and genetically perfect are put into an underground bunker named “Outpost” that was converted from an all-boys school. One of the main characters this season, Emily Campbell (Ash Santos) at one point says, “What kind of all-boys school happens underground?” I would have to agree. The underground bunker was the product of “The Collective,” a private organization funded by America’s elite class. They are not part of the government. These facilities are broken up into two groups, the Purples and the Grays.

The Purples are the elite. They are the ones who funded these various underground bunkers and therefore they are pampered by the Grays. The Grays, in contrast, are just regular people that are lucky enough to be here instead of taking their chances out in the radiation.

There are a couple of rules in the bunker – never step outside, and no unauthorized copulation. But of course the two of the new main characters Emily and Timothy Campbell (Kyle Allen) are unable to follow these rules simply because they can’t. The whole reason they’re in the bunker in the first place is because they have “ideal” genetics. The first episode doesn’t answer much about what these genetics mean, but viewers will find out toward the end of the season.

My biggest gripe with the episode and maybe the series as a whole, is how predictable the show has become. Throughout the episode, I could guess every twist that would happen or predict parts that were meant to shock and confuse viewers. The reality is that these intended “surprise” scenes just came off very crappy and predictable.

At the end of the episode, a mystery character from another collective, comes to Outpost to say that the other facilities have been overrun and that this facility is the last trace of humanity left. He initially came to take them to another secure location where they can keep a better eye on everyone. But due to the circumstances, he can only take people that he deems worthy. The gray and purple separation is an interesting concept, but if they wanted to be proficient they should have everyone work instead of having the Grays work and the Purples be the elite of the compound.

Overall, I really shouldn’t expect realism from American Horror Story. The season started off as “okay” as it could have. I am extremely curious how the Murder House ghosts and the witches from Coven get involved. I was waiting for them to show up in this episode but they never did. Hopefully, the rest of the season lives up to the hype.

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

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