AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1.04 “Halloween, Part 1”
Well, last night’s episode of American Horror Story sure was different. I’d say that the majority of the episode was slow to build, but then we had that ending! Well, who knows what this show holds in store for us next week, but this week certainly gave us a good setup to some dark developments.
I don’t want to spoil too much, so if you’re reading below, you better have seen the episode. If you haven’t, stop now. If you have, and you just want to know more about what’s to come, I highly recommend reading this EW interview with co-creator Ryan Murphy, because I’m certainly tantalized for what’s to come. (There are some spoilers, though.)
Anyway, back to the show…
As mentioned above, the show really had a slow start. Watching Vivien and Ben argue about lying again certainly didn’t send any gears in motion, and for the most part, even the presence of the gay former owners was a little blah. We saw a rather boring killing of Zachary Quinto’s character (by the way, seeing him in this and Star Trek has convinced me more and more how the writing in Heroes was what made me hate Quinto, not his acting after all). In fact, his death was almost predictable. His partner (do we have names for either of these fellows, by the way) wasn’t even shown dying — I’m sure that will be revealed later — and it just wasn’t as horrifying as, say, the killing was in the beginning of episode two. True, we do wonder why the man in the black suit (we’ll just call him that for convenience and ick-factor’s sake) killed them and what his purpose is, but I guess that has yet to be revealed.
Perhaps more will be next week, seeing as the last view we have of Violet in this episode is with her back to him, moments before we discover that she’s disappeared. On the same topic, clearly we’ve discovered that the baby inside Vivien is not what they’re expecting. While we still don’t know what the nurse saw, it was frightening enough to make her faint at the sight. That’s a good clue that perhaps daddy isn’t Ben but someone — or something — else. Whatever is living in that black suit.
One of the most intriguing things about the episode was really how and why the ghosts wander. Moira was able to visit her mother on Halloween. But what was most interesting about Moira was that she was able to kill her mother, and her mother appeared behind her. Moira didn’t turn to see her until it was too late, but her mother asked her to come with her. Moira said she couldn’t, but it almost felt like it was a choice. What would happen if she tried? It didn’t seem so black and white anymore.
We also discovered what was in the basement. Well, kind-of. According to Tate, it’s the deceased Frankenstein of a child that was born and built by the original tenants. It was all horrifying circumstances, followed up by the horror of seeing the mad doctor actually sewing up his child to an animal foot. Personally, I’m glad that’s all we saw.
Finally, there’s poor Addie, who spent the entire time wanting to be a pretty girl. She finally got her wish, only to be killed by a hit and run. Did Constance get her to the grounds in time? Based on her reaction, it didn’t appear so, but I guess we’ll find out. What does this mean — and why did it happen? The more I think about her and her death, the more saddened I become, which is funny, because at the time being, I didn’t really feel much. I guess that’s the sign of a good impact, and I can only imagine what ripples it will cause for the future.
So what do you think is to come in the second part of this Halloween episode? Let me know your predictions in the comments.