It must be October already, because AMERICAN HORROR STORY is finally back, this time under the guise of “COVEN”. And I might say as far as first impressions go, this is both exactly what I needed and exactly what this show needed to stay relevant.
When AHS first premiered three years ago, I would call it somewhat of an accidental hit, but you certainly can’t go wrong with a terrific cast, great story and genuinely frightening material. As they moved from season 1 to season 2, it’s like they didn’t fully fall into the same groove. Asylum wasn’t bad, it just lacked the level of polish that the first season had. There were genuinely incredible moments, but none of them were utilized to the extent they should have been. Not to mention those damn aliens… I’m still not over that.
Now enter the third season. From the very first frame of film I get the distinct feeling that they’ve ironed out the wrinkles, learned from their mistakes and are firing on every cylinder. The premiere was gorgeous in every way, from the quality of the cast to the cinematography to the downright horrific material. Series sweetheart JESSICA LANGE is in absolute top form and makes a far superior witch to last season’s nun. It’s also great to see TAISSA FARMIGA back in action as she was sorely missed last season.
The additions to the cast are excellent with KATHY BATES at the helm (and rightfully so… she’s awesome), and ANGELA BASSETT who is merely teased in the premiere but looks incredible in the previews. And Precious. Precious is surprisingly great too. I will continue to address her as such since I don’t want to constantly try and spell her name. Most of the ‘regulars’ are back in one form or another, although I was disappointed that LILY RABE (who was by far the best part of ASYLUM) was burned at the stake in the first 15 minutes of the show. I have a feeling she’ll be back soon.
There is the perfect mixture of drama and humor and horror and schlock all brought to us with a distinct Tarantino-like artistic flair. As far as teasers are concerned, we are going to be seeing magic, voodoo, witchcraft, zombies and a whole lot more. What else could you possibly ask for?
Official word: The premiere was the highest rated AHS premiere yet. With nearly 8 million viewers, it looks like we’ll be getting several more years of this anthology horror series before all is said and done.
My verdict? Watch this show. It is never for the feint of heart (obviously) but it looks like it’s going to be a doozy of a season and a hell of a fun ride. A+.