By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 10, 2013 at 10:24AM
Yeah, so, about that bonkers intro sequence with Kathy Bates... And you thought Django Unchained was insane.
I missed its TV premiere last night, but was able to catch up this morning, finishing it minutes ago; and, well, without fully digesting it just yet, it looks like we're in for another hysterical season of American Horror Story - this installment in the franchise titled American Horror Story: Coven.
The acting, as usual, is great, which, now that I'm all caught up with the series (I binge-watched seasons 1 & 2 recently, since I wasn't a viewer when they were actually on the air), really is its strength. The maniacal nature of the stories the series tells is helped by the the fact that the actors are convincing and engaging. In the hands of lesser talents, American Horror Story might play more like chintzy spectacle.
Not to say that the writing isn't fine... but you need actors who can really sell the wackiness of it all. And these actors (especially the core, from season 1 to the current) do, in my not-so humble opinion.
Needless to say, it wasn't a perfect beginning, and I took issue with a few things, but I won't nitpick... yet. I'll be back for episode 2. I'm certainly curious to see what's done with Marie Laveau's (Angela Bassett's) story, and how matters of race, slavery, oppression and Voodoo are handled throughout. And I'm sure we'll be talking about some, or all of those issues as the season progresses.
For now, your thoughts? Reactions? Likes? Dislikes? Concerns?