Creators: Brad Falchuk & Ryan Murphy
Stars: Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Joseph Fiennes, Dylan McDermott
If series one hadn’t been a big enough of a surprise when it hit the screens, series two does not disappoint. Following the first series, the majority of the main characters had died and this left the obvious question being, now what?
Well, fear not they had the answer. This series is an entirely different list of characters, a new scenario and new horrors and supernatural quirks. Series two is set in the walls of mental asylum Briarcliff in the state of New York. Run by Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) we dive into the lives of the patients following Kit Walker’s (Evan Peters) imprisonment after been accused of killing his wife, amongst other women.
Twists and turns are at every moment and when Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), an aspiring reporter, makes her way into the asylum, the story starts to take off. Each episode has a new element and with mental patients often misinterpreting their environment and losing track of the days, it’s a real labyrinth trying to find out the truth and the real core of the stories dancing around the lies.
The series was star studded with Adam Levine playing a cameo role at the start and Chloe Sevigny as one of the mental patients, who meets an incredibly unfortunately sticky end. As in series one, contextual issues entwine themselves with the story line and in this series, set in the 1960s, topics of civil rights, human experimentation from an escaped war criminal and anti-homosexual attitudes are tackled.
Treatment in asylums was highly controversial in the 60s, often involving lobotomies and electric-shock treatment, and whilst this is a topic covered before by fascinating books and films, Girl, Interrupted and One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest, as usual, American Horror Story makes itself unique.
Supernatural touches and historical elements make the series fascinating and each episode keeps you guessing on how it’s going to turn out. Despite the tangling of stories and lives they wrap it all up neatly in the end, not without a couple of surprises of course, ready for American Horror Story: Coven.
A must-see series.