The month of October held hostage two of the most highly anticipated shows of the fall lineup.
The return of both “American Horror Story” and “The Walking Dead” were rivaled only by that of the return of the pumpkin spice latte.
The third season of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” centers around a theme that inspired an ecstatic thrill swiftly followed by a fear of disappointment: witches.
The fear witches once inspired has been neutered by shows like “Charmed,” and it was unclear if Murphy would be able to deliver the same scares as in the previous seasons.
Truth be told, he delivered like Domino’s.
Though the promos with leggy girls levitating in fierce stilettos made the show look as if it might be more campy than creepy, “American Horror Story: Coven,” promises to provide a hayride of horrors from the title sequence to the credits roll.
The third installment stars alumnae of American Horror Story, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Taissa Farmiga as descendants of the witches of Salem who fled to New Orleans during the witch trials.
Lange fits right into the role of Fiona, the all-powerful “Supreme” witch obsessed with youth and immortality while Paulson’s soft character, Cordelia, is the complete opposite of last season’s fierce journalist, Lana Winters. Farrigan plays young Zoe, who discovers she’s a witch after a very unfortunate accident with her power, a power that can best be described by saying if she was a superhero, her name would be Black Widow.
Murphy’s “go big or go home” approach with his projects enlisted Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett to play Delphine LaLaurie and Marie Laveau respectively.
While Bassett is right at home in the role, Bates does not deliver, though it is not the first time Murphy has cast someone just for their name
Gwyneth Paltrow as the singing substitute Spanish teacher in “Glee.”
Instead of fearing Bates, her Louisiana accent has viewers waiting for her to yell, “Foosball is for the DEVIL!”
Her character Fiona is so fierce and iconic if she were to put a hex on me, I’d probably say, “Thank you.”
However, Lange rarely disappoints, and this time is no different.
If zombie-lovers want entertainment. they will have to wait for Marie Laveau to resurrect some on “Coven.”
Even though 16.1 million people tuned in to see what kind of “thangs” Rick and his people were up to on season four’s premiere of “The Walking Dead,” it is doubtful they were pleased with the episode.
In an attempt to establish new character background, half of the episode was wasted.
What the show lacks in a consistent and interesting storyline, they make up for in skull-crushing and rib-tearing gore.
Season 4 highlights include fan-favorite Daryl and his trusty sidekick the crossbow.
Norman Reedus is without a doubt the show’s major redeeming quality along with his character’s love interest, Carol, whose character has come a long way from the timid battered wife she once was.
Viewers get a glimpse of the Samurai sword wielding Michonne’s softer side as well as some more femme fatale zombie fighting, proving that a sword is always the best weapon choice for a zombie apocalypse.
The good news about the rest of the fourth season is they have nowhere to go but up.
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