Adam Levine just an appetizer for 'American Horror Story'
October 18th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

Adam Levine just an appetizer for 'American Horror Story'

[Editor's Note: If you don't want to know what happened on the season premiere of "American Horror Story: Asylum," stop reading now.]

"American Horror Story" is back, and already better than last season.

Mind you, I thought that the first season (which was more of a mini-series, especially as far as the Emmys are concerned) often veered into self-parody, only finding its way toward the end.

Stop me if you've heard this one: Wednesday night's season premiere - now with the subtitle "Asylum" - featured an amorous couple (the new groom played by none other than "The Voice"/Maroon 5 star, Adam Levine) exploring an old, abandoned house. Before long, their curiosity got the better of them.

Aside from providing the first of more sex scenes than I could count (this show has more sexual themes than last season, if that's possible), one could say Levine gave us a disarming performance. Yes, quite literally.

So far, nothing here was groundbreaking in terms of horror scenarios. When it came down to it, our couple was just there to provide a then-and-now perspective on the mysterious, staircase-filled asylum of the title. (And perhaps the Maroon 5 haters out there enjoyed seeing Levine's character getting killed off – or was he?)

Flash back to 1964, where we have the always enjoyable Sarah Paulson returning to the series in the much larger role of Lana, a reporter snooping around the asylum to find out about the deranged serial killer, Bloodyface. (As we've already seen, snooping around the asylum is a very bad idea, as Lana discovers when she winds up committed.)

We also met the rest of our cast of characters in the asylum, among them:

  • The newly-committed Kit Walker (last season's fan favorite Evan Peters), who was apparently abducted by aliens (maybe they were fans of The Phantom?)
  • The judgmental, more-than-meets-the-eye Sister Jude (portrayed by Jessica Lange, with even more opportunities for scenery-chewing)
  • Sister Mary Eunice, who seems to know more than she lets on
  • Shelly the Nymphomaniac, whose name tells you all there is to know (Chloë Sevigny, brilliant as ever)
  • And Dr. Arden, who boasts about being a man of science when he's not arguing with Sister Jude or performing disturbing experiments.

I liked how this season started with much more of a structure and, well, a purpose than the series premiere.

On the other hand, I fear the show may be covering a lot of the same ground and themes from last season, but maybe that won't end up being the case. One theme I'm not a fan of is the show's apparent obsession with disabilities and deformities, such as the microcephalic girl introduced this season, and last year's girl with Down syndrome.

Overall, what remains about the show is its complete and utter lack of subtlety. When the young bride from the first scene comes face-to-face with Bloodyface, it turns out that he has - get this - a bloody face.

Despite these tendencies, I am intrigued by this new incarnation of the show (and still waiting to see Zachary Quinto's character introduced), so I'll keep watching.

Did you check out the premiere? Will you tune in again, or was it all too much for you? Share your view on video or comment below.


soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. icons designs

    I am final, I am sorry, but it does not approach me. There are othyer variants?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. @wow

    he is soooo hot i love this show!! :)

    November 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. maia

    But they showing the one were I am complaining ha ha !

    October 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. maria

    Why is my comments not showing? I am being polite and follow the requirements .....it really sucks !

    October 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mary

    Where is Dylan McDermott in this new season...?!

    October 26, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Carmen L

    Now, with Adam in it, that would get me to watch the show for the first time. For the record, I had never even heard of this show before.

    October 25, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. kirk cloud

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!

    October 25, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. kirk cloud

    I WANNA F JESSICA LANGE

    October 25, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mistylynn

    I really have mixed feelings about the show. I really liked last season, so maybe it's because the first show was so different. I will watch it again though:)

    October 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Who Cares

    the characters were forgotton from day 1

    October 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    When I heard that a lot of the actors from Season 1 were returning I was a little skeptical and thought it would be distracting. However, it's a testament to the skill of those actors that they have been able to make me forget their characters from the first season.

    October 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Felix Clauss

    Lumber products was a great supplier.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thomas R. Clauss

    Michael meister was my favorite sub contractor.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mark

    Quinto was in the episode! When the reporter drives up to the asylum gates the first time, the guard is Quinto. You only see him in profile (with a cap) but the profile and the voice is unmistakable.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. divo

    I love the new characters . better set up than I expected, ( abduction scene the scariest bit) BUT throwing Lana in the coup so soon felt unnecessary. I would have had this happen in episode 2 or 3.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  16. Beached Whale

    good show and what great job last night

    October 19, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  17. Sheldon

    Live long and suck it, Zachary Quinto.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  18. this show

    gets me going-he's an animal

    October 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Photo Shoot!

    bye.

    October 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  20. norez

    I actually find myself wondering if it's too disturbing for me to watch on a regular basis.

    (That's a compliment.)

    October 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  21. PictureGirl--bif

    thanks

    October 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Luann

    I’ve only seen a few episodes of the first season of “American Horror Story,” but it was enough to make me a fan. I missed the premiere of “American Horror Story: Asylum” because of my new work schedule at DISH. I am really excited for this season; I love Adam Levine, and I heard they are bringing back Dylan McDermott. I recorded the first episode on my Hopper, and since there is a ton of DVR recording space I will record the rest of the season. I wish they would bring Connie Britton back as well, but maybe she will make an guest appearance in one of the upcoming episodes.

    October 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Sybil

    you should join us i'll put you in the front row ...... do you have ear muffs?

    October 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  24. TO @ TRUE

    you wanna come see it tonight–i'm sure your not doing anything later.

    October 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  25. tammye

    uhh ok whatever...love dan

    October 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Tammye

    @ jean The show is great for those that appriceate horror but if you don't, don't watch it!! You are just a HATER!!!!!

    October 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  27. go yankees!

    :)

    October 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Dick

    we can help him raise it.

    October 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jerry

    This show is definitely a trip, am excited for next weeks episode.

    October 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Tammye

    PLEASE KEEP ADAM LEVINE ON HERE.......I AM AN OLD LADY (48) BUT I LOVE TO WATCH, LISTEN, AND LOOK AT ADAM =)

    October 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Been There

    so if you watched the episode, you know that Leo (Adam Levine's character) is not dead.

    October 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janie

      That's exactly what I was thinking too... I can't wait to see more of him!

      October 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Grimmy2016

    What happened to mentioning Ralph Fiennes as the head priest?

    I thought the show started a little odd, but I hope it pulls me in like last season. Lookinng forward to more gore and guts

    October 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Cheeznutz

    Didn't watch the first season but caught the Asylum premier last night and loved it! You've definitely earned a new fan here.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  34. mikey u?

    black satin (womans) tuxedo suit...my cousin hand made it when i went to italy..sequins only on the lapel and sleeve
    the song-right after "and i'll ask myself why" lyric...i pull in as much oxygen for oh no...everybody went nuts–
    bzy–gots to run–clientos are here.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  35. wearing?

    what.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  36. truebloggingfriends

    night went well..this kids are so talented its amazing..you have to hear this rock band..they did 4 songs..
    and i slam dunked the end...

    tonight finale...lol

    October 18, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      That is Super Great ! Lots of us were sending happy thoughts your way. Hopefully tonight will be even better !

      October 18, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • @true

      Nobody is buying your crap. Give it up. Talking to yourself all day long is usually a sign of mental deficiency. Better go see a doctor before it gets worse.

      October 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  37. the best mane

    AMERICAN HORROR STORY IS THE BEST

    October 18, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  38. Jean..

    shut off...nothing here...

    October 18, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  39. Herman

    Gosh this is a good show. Not kidding. Probably even a great show. If you watch it you will be surprised – I definitly was. It is awesome.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |

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