American Horror Story: Double Feature (Part 1 Red Tide)

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I’m a bit behind on reviewing the latest AHS seasons but I figured I’d save them for October. It’s spooky season! And what could fit the spooky theme better than American Horror Story? Today I’m going talk about the first half of season ten. Make sure to come back on Friday for my thoughts on the second half!

The Plot:

A writer, his pregnant wife, and their daughter move to a quaint place in Massachusetts. The plan is simple: he works on a script, she flips the house, and the girl gets to practice the violin on peace. Only this town has more in store than any of them bargained for…

The Rating:

I watched all AHS season up until now and I watched American Horror Stories before embarking onto season 10. Especially after Stories, I lowered my expectations significantly (aka I buried them and salted the ground). Past season of AHS often started out strong but somewhere around the middle things went downhill. For this season we get two stories instead of just one, which means that today I’m talking about the first part of the season and the finished story that encapsulates.

Guess what?! I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Sure, I was expecting pretty much nothing at this point, so it wasn’t that hard to catche me unawares, but this was actually quite good! I think the tighter concept was rather beneficial. Six episodes was the perfect length for the story and had I been dragged out longer, I just know it would have suffered the same fate as past seasons.

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Halloween Horror: American Horror Stories – Season 2

Hello, my darling readers!
We need to talk about American Horror Stories’ second season that I just finished watching. Let’s get right down to it, shall we?

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

“American Horror Stories” is a spin-off of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s award-winning anthology series “American Horror Story.” The weekly anthology series features a different horror story in each episode. Since 2011, the creators of the series have redefined the horror genre with various installments featuring a creepy asylum, a coven of witches, a traveling freak show, a haunted hotel and the apocalypse itself. The television series sprouted a legion of dedicated fans who anticipate what terrors the next chapter will hold.

The Rating:

Strap yourselves in, we have an entire new season of American Horror Stories to talk about! The last season was *very* underwhelming and I was pretty unhappy with pretty much every episode. I do, however, really like the idea behind this, the concept has the potential to be good. So, I figured maybe now they’ve got it figured out and season two will be better. I’ll briefly talk about each episode since they all are essentially standalone stories!

Dollhouse

This was interesting enough. I like the idea of the story and especially the twist at the end that ties it into the grander scheme of all things American Horror Story. But as much as I wanted to love this, something threw me off. Overall this episode felt a lot more mediocre than it deserved. I’m not sure if it was some of the acting or the dialogue, or simply how the story unfolded. All I can say this didn’t live up to its full potential.

Aura

Another episode that could have been good, another fail for me. My biggest problem was that for large parts the writing felt so extremely lazy. Characters kept repeating the same empty phrases over and over again that already sounded like a cliché the first time around. This put me off so much, it killed everything about this episode that could have intrigued me. So much of the story was very far-fetched, which – again – probably could have been salvaged had it been written better. As I said, the idea wasn’t bad, they just didn’t deliver on it. Also, it is astonishing how many things that make no sense, and how many plot holes you can stuff into a single episode…

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Bonding: Seasons 1+2 – A Review

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Today I want to talk about a show that had been recommended to me quite a while ago. And then – as is customary for me – I forgot about it, so here we finally are! Damn, I really should have watched this sooner…

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Tiff is a grad student in New York City who is moonlighting as a dominatrix. For Tiff, her sexually explicit job is a business, not a pleasure. When she reconnects with former high school BFF Pete, a recently out gay man, she recruits the cash-strapped man to be her assistant — performing such tasks as cleaning up after her clients and serving as her bodyguard. This dark comedy follows the unlikely pair as Tiff and Peter’s new professional relationship redefines their friendship. More importantly, though, it helps them find themselves.

The Rating:

Wow. This show really blew me away. I had expected a lot of things from it, but certainly to be this profound. I mean, Bonding has a lot of funny moments, a lot of weird moments, and definitely some scenes that will make a bunch of people rather uncomfortable. But it also features so many scenes that are heartfelt, honest, extremely well written, and full of things applicable to real life. Honestly, out of all the things I had pictured about this show, this really hadn’t been on my bingo card.

Also, as I have mentioned – and as you can tell from the trailer – this show also depicts some professions and practices most people will probably not be too familiar with. And even though the show does make light of a lot of things and brings humor into the mistress scenes, I feel like it always treats the subject – and more importantly the people – with respect. A show or movie for that matter about this could have gone downhill really fast. This could have been cringy or awkward or just generally awful, so I’m also surprised how well they build the show around this while still making everything perfectly normal (which in all honesty it should be, you do you). The show doesn’t judge any of the things going on or the people it includes, is what I’m trying to say, I guess.

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What If…?: Season1 – A Review

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In my quest to finally catch up with all the Marvel shows released on Disney+, I finally sat down and watched What If…? Let’s see how that turned out!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Reimagining noteworthy events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and creating a multiverse of infinite possibilities.

The Rating:

What an interesting concept!
Somehow this show feels like a discussion among nerds brought to the TV screen and I’m here for it. It’s a little bit “butterfly effect” as we can see how one little change might severely impact the course of history.

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Pam & Tommy: Season 1 – A Review

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Today we’re going to talk about I show that I was quite excited about – and extremely surprised by: Pam & Tommy. Here’s why…

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s honeymoon sex tape is stolen and leaked to the public.

The Rating:

I’m not gonna lie, I only wanted to watch this show because Sebastian Stan is in it. I fully expected it to be trashy and cringy but no biggie, right? And then I sat down to watch it and it was insanely good??? I had definitely not seen that coming. Sure, the show had its weird moments (looking at you episode 2!), but overall I was extremely impressed in literally every department.

First of all, let’s talk about the acting performances. Lily James absolutely killed it. (insert that one Lady Gaga gif here lol). Honestly, you could forget sometimes that she’s not Pamela. She really managed to capture everything so well! Lily really deserves all the awards for her performance. Next up we have Sebastian Stan who also was phenomenal as Tommy Lee. I love how he plays him in a way that makes it seems like Tommy Lee never had more than two thoughts in his entire life. I’m not really too familiar with Lee and his work but I’m just going to assume that Sebastian Stan did a good job here. Also, I did quite some reading as I was watching the show – you know, about what happened irl, and even apart from the tape this relationship was more than rocky. So, Tommy Lee is really fucking lucky that Sebastian Stan plays him because otherwise, I’m not sure I could have refrained from kicking in my TV. Why you may wonder? Well, in the show we do see several glimpses of this not being a perfect marriage, but I get the impression that some things are romanticized or simply polished a little nicer for the show. Because in the series Lee is nowhere near the abusive asshole that he apparently is in real life.

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The Book of Boba Fett: Season 1 – A Review

Hello, my darling readers!
Today we’re taking a closer look at another installment in the Star Wars franchise: The Book of Boba Fett. As I really enjoyed The Mandalorian, I had high expectations for this one. Let’s see if it can live up to that!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

On the sands of Tatoonie, bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand navigate the Galaxy’s underworld and fight for Jabba the Hutt’s old territory.

The Rating:

I’ve got a confession to make before we get to the nitty-gritty of this show. The only reason I started watching Boba Fett was for more Baby Yoda content. Yes, I am fully aware that his name is Grogu but Baby Yoda sounds way too adorbsies to not roll with that.

So, it turns out that this was actually a good reason to watch the show, as it certainly delivered in terms of Baby Yoda. I swear, my poor little heart can’t take so much cuteness! I don’t want to spoil things for anybody who hasn’t watched this yet, but the Dadalorian content is really chef’s kiss.

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