Originally Posted by JoeTiVo
The wife and I deleted our season pass to this after last night's episode. We loved last year, but this year just seems to be going over the top for the 'slasher/gore/shock' factor ...
This is almost what I was going to write. The wife and I cancelled the season pass a couple of days ago after watching the latest episode, albeit with a lot of regret, because we loved the first season.
There is a lot going for AHS this season - excellent cast, all chewing the scenery so dramatcially that I'm surprised there's any scenery left, lots of mysteries to solve, and it's not clear to me where the plot lines are going (which is a plus in my book). But the tone has shifted from sublime psychological (and sexual) suspense and mystery to slasher / gore, which is something neither my wife or I are interested in. Not knowing who was a ghost, why they became a ghost, when they became a ghost, etc in the first season was brilliantly done. And having the ghosts assume full physical form and function (with certain limitations) was also brilliant, because there was never a quick and easy answer for the ghost questions (no "hazy outlines wavering in the air" ... and definitely no Caspar characters!).
I'll keep an eye out (hmmm - that could have a different meaning this close to Halloween) for the third season, assuming ratings hold and the show is renewed, to see what differences there might be for the next iteration.