Thursday, 20 July 2017

American Horror Story — Series 2: Asylum — Episodes 12 and 13: Continuum and Madness Ends

19th July 2017

I have to admit, there are SOME days?

That I hate letting the side down.


Like today.

To be brutally honest, my innards are a wreck that mystify me: let alone any medical staff.

This morning … ?   They decidedly put me out of whack: by making sure I threw up.

A day off work it was, then: I’d HATE to have thrown up ono a keyboard.

To be EQUALLY frank, though?

My guts are seriously annoying: as they’ve caused me lose a day’s pay.


The only real upside … ?

Hmmm … I don’t know if there is one.

Bar the fact I could, at least, catch up with the last two episodes of series two of American Horror StoryAsylum — and think I’ve seen some very powerful stuff.


Episode 12Continuum — show us Kit — Evan Peters — two years after being released from Briarcliff: living a life with Alma — Britne Oldford — and Grace — Lizzie Brocheré — until the day things go fatally wrong for the family.

With an axe.

Flashing forward to 2013, we see Johnny — Dylan McDermott — tracking down a copy of a book about Bloody Face: written by his mother, Lana (Sarah Paulson).

He’s got plans, there … 

Episode 13 — Madness Ends — is set in the modern day: and told mostly in flashbacks.

Lana?   Is now an old woman, happily married to her wife, Marian (Joan Severance): being interviewed about her life as an investigative repoert, her involvement in seeing Briarcliff finally closed down.

And her involvement in to Monsigneur Howard — Joseph Fiennes — hiring of Dr Arden as the medical director of the Asylum.

In the midst of all this … ?

We learn what happens both to Sister Jude — Jessica Lang — … and to Kit.

And to Lana … 


Now … 

Was I impressed?   Was I satisfied?   Did I get a warm fuzzy feeling of deep joy from Asylum?

Yes, I certainly did, thanking you!

Series one, Murder House?   Set the emotional tone for the series: supernatural horror, deep in an American psyche, and cultural history …

But with plenty of twists lurking around.

Series two, Asylum?

Does two things.

It refreshes the franchise by going in a completely different direction: recasting regular members of the ensemble in new roles.

For me?   I have to say that Sister Jude’s story — as Kit and Lana’s — were very engaging: and tied off in a way that felt far more satisfying than the Harmons, in series one.

I’d ALSO have to ask something else.

Bless her, Frances Conroy appears in this series: as Death.   A very sympathetic one, at that.

Indeed I think her scene with Jessica Lange — at Sister Jude’s death — is both touching, a tear jerker …

And reminiscent of some of Terry Pratchett’s work with the character.

Grsante, Frances Conroy isn’t a seven foot skeleton with robes and a scythe.

But just as sympathetic as her Discworld equivalent.

Hmmm … 

He says, glancing briefly at an ever advancing clock.

There’s something else I noticed with Asylum.

Beyond the aliens plaguing Kit and his family, the presence of Death, and the Devil possessing Sister Mary Eunice?

Asylum isn’t necessarily about a supernatural evil.

The serious damage in the series?

Is done by Johnny and Thredson, and by Dr Arden.

It’s about the evil done not by ghosts, or devils?

But by people.

We may want to keep that in mind.

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