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American Horror Story Season Two

Okay, I suppose it’s not embarrassing to say I’m fascinated by Season Two of American Horror Story. A few of the actors returned from Season One, as entirely new characters, in a different story, and it’s not just a creepy ghost story like Season One was. No, this one features a conspiracy to hide a former Nazi doctor who experimented on Auschwitz prisoners, aliens, abusive Catholic Nuns, demon possessed people, and a few “innocent” folks who got stuck in a mental hospital.

I told my wife this morning, you really know it’s a creepy story line, when you decide watch another episode of Dexter Season 7, just to “lighten the mood” a little. I mean, Dexter is bizarre, but not as whacked out as AHS:S2. Wow!

American Horror Story – Season 1

Just finished watching season one of “American Horror Story” on Netflix. Such an AWESOME creepy, scary story. I’m not normally attracted to scary shows, I usually find them to be derivative, but this whole thing was really well done.

There are a total of seven seasons on Netflix, each season tells a new story. I’m totally ready to dig into season two right now, but I just wanted to say right now, if you like ghost stories, if you like mysteries, if you can stand those genres, this is a really enjoyable show to watch. If you aren’t hooked after two episodes, just move on. But I suspect you will enjoy it like I did.

I was mostly blown away by the final two episodes, which were a kind of sequel to the main storyline. The central characters of the season were already dead, so I totally expected like 15 minutes of sequel action, to show how the house keeps consuming victims in an evil way. But it didn’t end the way I expected at all. I am very impressed with the writing. 5 of 5 stars.

So, buckle up, here comes season two!

Dexter Season 6

Is it JUST me? Or does Colin Hanks (yes, Tom Hanks son) remind you a LOT of Sean Murray of NCIS fame. When I first looked his name up, I was totally convinced they were related somehow.

I heard from a friend, before I started, that the series seemed to “jump the shark” after a few seasons, long before the end. And I have to admit, I did have a hard time getting through season 4, the one featuring John Lithgow as the guest villain, and Dexter dealing with his family.  But I finished it, after a few weeks break. And Season 5 renewed my interest in the series.

So, I finished season 5, and really thought it was one of the best, story wise. Now I’m into Season 6, featuring Edward James Almos as the featured guest villain, and its just weird and creepy enough that I’m am drawn to the story. I have to think, though, that the convenient disappearance of his wife’s two children, Cody and Astor, helps the story line. The two kids were missing all of Season 4, and most of Season 5, leaving Dexter to deal only with his infant son. The idea of a relationship between a serial killer and his son, who he desperately want to avoid passing on his “dark passenger” to, is somewhat fascinating.

I have no such dark passenger, but I admit I have fantasized about dispatching people I’ve felt wronged me in the past. It’s not a serious idea, just a normal fantasy, one of being all powerful, being in total control of my life, being able to get away with such awful, evil, dark thoughts. I suppose that’s normal, up to a point. I could never actually do anything like that, because I’m awful at lying. Just ask my wife.

I suppose that’s why Dexter was such a hit show. It lets us fantasize about “what might have been” if we were evil, like some of the people we see on TV every day. I’m thinking Donald Trump level fantasies. He truly seems deluded about reality, but considering his position, and his perception of reality, he undoubtedly thinks he can get away with all the lying and deception, too. And the majority of voters have shown they support his version of reality too. Sad.

After last night’s election results, I have to say, I look forward to next year’s top TV shows, especially the new ones featuring a rich demagogue who does whatever he feels like, saying anything he likes, to get whatever he wants, and suffering no consequences as a result. Then again, unless it’s shown on the Fox News Channel, none of DJT’s biggest fans will recognize the patterns and change anything.

Dexter (Season 5)

When I first started watching Dexter on Netflix, I heard that the story loses it’s lustre after about 4 seasons. In fact, one of my good friends told me his favorite season was #4, featuring John Lithgow.

I paused so many times during season 4, avoiding the next show for days at a time, that I decided that, so far, Season 4 was my least favorite. Dexter just seemed to act very much unlike the character which attracted me during the first 3 seasons. It’s a dark series, I think anyone would say that, but what I think attracts any fans is that he is usually true to his goals, to punish serial killers he finds. Season 4 just shows a Dexter that is confused and lost.

But Season 5 is totally different. His preteen children are sent away, and Dexter is presented with a series of brand new dilemma, mostly involving finding a murderous soul mate. He seems to embrace her need for revenge, and lets her join him in submitting to her primal instincts. It’s one thing to allow him to take revenge against evil people, but something else for him to let a victim of torture to do the same thing, with his assistance. He spends half the season trying to convince her not to do it, and the rest helping her.

I am really enjoying Season 5. It’s back to being dark, and satisfying. And the stars this season are Jonny Lee Miller (of Sherlock fame), and Peter Weller (of Robocop fame), both excellent actors, playing two evil bastards I love to hate. Such a great show.