AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1.02 “Home Invasion”
Who does Ben work for?
Ok, so there are a lot of questions that could be asked at the end of last night’s episode of American Horror Story, but I wanted to start with this one. Seriously, who does he work for? He was a former professor who now is a psychologist, and somehow, he thought he had a patient that was actually a girl casing the place? Wouldn’t someone have had to set him up with a case file or something? Does no one see anything strange with this situation?
Anyway, if you could possibly imagine an episode so vastly different from its pilot, this is it. We had no cut scenes. We had no creepy man in the rubber suit (though we might’ve had his baby). We had little sexual exploits (thank, GOD) beyond Tate’s rather graphic description of Violet. In fact, we pretty much had a straightforward plot. A disturbing one, but a plot, nonetheless.
I don’t entirely know why I watch this show, since it’s completely outside of my usual show that I like, and I’m not the biggest fan of blood, gore, or anxiety, but for some reason, once it’s on, I can’t turn it off. My heart went a-pitter-patter as we saw poor
Zoe from Parenthood Maria tied up on that couch. What was to happen to her? We found out, of course, and it wasn’t pretty. And I did wonder for the entire first scene what happened to the other girl; we later found out that she was drowned face-down in the tub.
While, sure, the actual plot wasn’t that thrilling (people obsessed with serial killers and wanting to reenact their murders), it did prove to be something entertaining to watch, as you desperately hoped that the creepy neighbor would understand her daughter’s cries before tossing her in that horrible mirrored closet, or hoped that Violet could get them down to the basement in time. Entertainment aside, it more so made us think about even more questions:
- What is Tate, the neighbor, and the maid up to?
- Why did they want to help Vivien and Violet?
- What is their plan that their murders would mess up?
- And what was with the cupcake?