While it might be too far away to make any solid predictions about the fourth season of American Horror Story, the recently announced Freak Show, it’s not too soon to talk about what we don’t want to see. We’ve noticed certain plotlines or tropes that have popped up regularly in the show’s first three seasons, and some of them aren’t working for us. So, if Ryan Murphy could do us all a favor and axe these tropes, Freak Show might be that much more enjoyable than Coven.
Evan Peters Is Easily Forgiven
In Murder House, Tate commits mass murder in the form of a school shooting, but he’s forgiven. In Asylum, Kit is accused and sentenced for a string of murders, but he’s forgiven (in this case, he’s innocent). In Coven, Kyle murders his mother, but he’s forgiven because his mother abused him. We understand that Peters is charming, but he commits some pretty heinous crimes and is forgiven too easily. We’re not buying it; dimples can only get him so far.
Okay, not everyone dies. But by the end of each season of American Horror Story, the majority of the characters are dead. In Murder House, it didn’t matter much because they’re all ghosts anyway, but in the other seasons it came off as unnecessary. Also, if a show kills off characters so often, their deaths become less and less impactful. That was the case in Coven when Misty Day was killed off at the very end of the season.
Yes, pregnancy is a part of life, but it shows up every season on American Horror Story — usually to the end of strange or freakish baby being born. Murder House had Vivien’s anti-christ child, Asylum had Bloody Face’s child that grew up to also be a serial killer as well as Kit’s alien children, and Coven dealt with Cordelia’s inability to have children. If you didn’t have a fear of children or giving birth to demons before watching American Horror Story, you probably do after watching three seasons of it.
Most of all, American Horror Story should cut down on the number of unnecessary and poorly developed plotlines. The show includes at least one, sometimes more than one, storyline dealing with rape each season. In Murder House, Vivien has sex with who she thinks is her husband in a bondage suit, but is actually Tate. In Asylum, Dr. Oliver Thredsen rapes Lana Winters and the possessed Sister Mary Eunice rapes the Monsignor Howard. Finally (we hope), Coven depicted a very graphic gang rape scene in the premiere episode. Rape is a serious subject and to see it poorly addressed for the sake of horror again and again on American Horror Story is atrocious.
Taking all this into consideration, Murphy might be able to give us a satisfactory fourth go 'round.
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News about the next X-Men film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, has been both really revealing and extremely vague in terms of new characters. The upcoming film, set in the ‘70s, will see the return of many mutants from each of the franchise's past features, and earlier versions of figures we've come to know. However, since they’ve added so many new or rebooted characters (and we won’t blame you if you can’t keep track of them all) featured in Empire, we’ve got a handy guide for you.
QuicksilverPlayed by Evan Peters, Quicksilver is one of the most anticipated new mutants in Days of Future Past. He is the fastest mutant alive and, in the comics, is the brother of Scarlet Witch (who will not be appearing in the film).
Bolivar TraskHead of Trask Industries, he is a robotics genius and seriously anti-mutant. He has a lot of traction in the political world and will be played by Peter Dinklage.
William StrykerOne of the staples of the X-Men universe is Stryker who appeared in both X2 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. A younger version of the character, played by Josh Helman, will appear in Days of Future Past.
ToadThough his character details have largely been kept under wraps, we know Toad’s powers from his previous appearance in X-Men: super strong legs, extra long prehensile tongue, and paralyzing mucus.
Blink, Warpath, & Sunspot These three mutants will appear in the post-apocalyptic future portion of the film as an ally team. Blink is a teleporter, Warpath is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, and Sunspot can harness the power of the sun.
BishopSimilar to Sebastian Shaw in First Class, Bishop can absorb energy and redirect it. Played by Omar Sy, Bishop is one of the mutants living in the post-apocalyptic future.
Evan Peters has been a staple of American Horror Story throughout the show’s three seasons. First he was Tate Langdon, the adorable psychopath mass-murderer, and then he was good-guy Kit Walker, who had some weird relationship with aliens or whatever. Now he’s playing Kyle Spencer, a college frat boy who died and was brought back to life.
But since American Horror Story: Coven is all about the witchy power, Peters hasn’t been getting as much screen time — in the most recent episode, his naked booty was on screen more than his face (that might be an exaggeration), not that we’re complaining. However, we’d like to know: what’s with the lack of Peters in AHS Coven?
He’s certainly proved himself to be a fantastic actor, and willing to do whatever is asked of him. He even squeezed himself into that gimp suit in the first season. So why has he had such a small part in Coven? So far, he was incredibly charming in the first episode, and then a mumbling mess of a pseudo-zombie guy ever since.
Maybe the writers are putting Kyle on the back burner in the first part of this season so that he can become more integral to the story later on (at least, we hope so.) All he’s done so far is become an after school special warning the witches why you don’t bring people back from the dead. Thanks for the butt-shots, but we want to see Peters play a bigger role this season.