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Stranger Things: 10 Things Season 3 Does Better Than The First Two Seasons

Stranger Things is the ultimate blend of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg. Due to the fantastic performances, high production value, and unabashed nostalgia, it quickly became an absolute phenomenon. However, this unhealthily binged juggernaut has been through a lot of changes over the last three years. The tone has shifted often, and the beginning of every sequel season always plays catch-up for a couple episodes. There’s plenty of pros and cons in the new season, and it’s crucial to bear in mind that it carried a uniquely summer theme with it this time. Now that you’re all done with barbecues and fireworks, here are ten improvements that season 3 has delivered.

10 Moral Ambiguity

There was a lot of black and white morality in the first season, thanks to the kids’ innocence. Now that they’re older, some more interesting questions come into play. The misuse of Eleven’s powers to spy, and Hopper’s threatening mania towards Mike, for example. There’s even a point where we are reminded why the doorway in Hawkins was opened to begin with. But then there’s the sleazy mayor. And smaller moments, like Mrs. Wheeler’s thoughts about cheating in the premiere. Or Joyce, unsure if she should move on, and date someone new. Even more fascinating, there’s the endearing enemy of the state, Alexei, who we should otherwise despise. It wasn’t absent before, but it’s more emphasized now, and it all adds up to a richer story.

9 Pacing

This show started out as more of a slow-burn mystery, something akin to The X-Files. This is definitely reinforced by the Halloween-themed release of season 2. But the subject matter of a kidnapped child is treated very seriously, and that mystery takes a while to get going. This manic new season decided to go for a breakneck pace, with almost non-stop action. It’s exactly what we needed after season 2, which had an entire subplot about Dustin finding his very own Gizmo. The mystery unfolds quickly, thanks to some sharp investigations from various groups of characters. Actually, it’s adapted the pace of an actual 80’s movie.

8 Convincing CGI

Alright, so maybe those fireworks don’t look especially convincing at all. However, the success of the series has clearly granted it a much higher budget. The new villain looks like it belongs in a Hollywood creature feature more so than any TV show. We’ve been spoiled by modern television, and have come to accept that such creations are simply made available. However, it’s actually pretty stunning, especially compared to something like Dustin’s pet in season 2. Also, those dog-creatures didn’t look quite so sharp. We’re thankful that the VFX department has kicked it up a notch. It’s more immersive this way, pushing the limits of CGI on television.

7 Relationships

A whole lot of puppy love is going on this season. It might be groan-inducing for some viewers, but the show seems to be pretty self-aware about all of it. Lucas and Max are a hilarious couple, and they seem to be racing ahead of their age. They function as agents of that self-aware tone, although the show often portrays precocious children, like Erica. There’s plenty of flirting all around, even between Hopper and Joyce. Then there’s Steve and Robin, the latter of which thankfully points out what a jerk Steve had been. But the relationships are a fun addition to the show, causing a lot of division among friends, and emphasizing change. Steve isn’t a bully anymore, Hopper is a neurotic dad now, and the kids are all falling for each other. It’s silly fun.

6 Comedy

The volume of jokes per minute was cranked up to, well, eleven for this season. Aiming for a 4th of July, summer bash attitude, the show has abandoned most of its gritty tone. Given that the majority of the comedy is surprisingly sharp, it’s a very welcome addition. This show hasn’t exactly been known for delivering the laughs. Now, every character makes light of a situation, and there’s even a lengthy truth-serum gag. Seeing Stranger Things take itself a little less seriously actually has a lot of charm, and its attempts to do so are far more successful. This is because it chose that lane, and stuck to its guns, rather than contrasting it with the prior mood.

5 Lots Of Music

If the show was going to adapt this new tone, it’s only sensible that they would soak the entire thing in music. It’s something an actual 80’s movie would do, and indeed, there’s a full montage set to Madonna. The series has always been steeped in nostalgia, and few things establish an atmosphere like music. Sure, it felt more organic before this season, but it’s also a lot more fun this time around. That seems to be the general goal for season 3, overall. Either way, the soundtrack has another set of great selections—and if you’re fueled by nostalgia, you may as well own it.

4 Cheese

Probably the most fascinating creative decision for this season is its determination to literally become an 80’s movie. Rather than simply pay homage to the decade, this season has become full of excess, and its references are more blatant than ever. More so than season 2, this is mostly a successful experiment. Much like Rocky IV or Red Dawn, the Russians are the bad guys. We even have a full-on Terminator, with matching appearance and depiction. We’re already invested in these characters, and this season was a chance to give them fun over logic. Sure, a lot of senseless things happen, with plenty of conveniences. But you’ll have to decide if the entertainment value outweighs the plausibility. There’s more cheese, but it’s done so effectively!

3 Structure

The habit of binging isn’t always helpful for a television show. You don’t allow the audience time to process and reflect, or even to miss the show between episodes. However, stories like Stranger Things were designed for sudden mass consumption. They’ve generally been one ongoing narrative, like a non-stop movie. However, this season, each episode has a tidy structure that allows people to enjoy them at a more reasonable pace. The plotting moves along nicely, there’s a cliffhanger at the end of every episode, and the story is more digestible for it. You can watch a single episode and feel like you got the full Stranger Things experience. Also, the easygoing tone doesn’t prevent the escalation throughout the season from being smoothly executed.

2 The Mystery

The mysteries actually unfold surprisingly well, especially given that we already know what the source of the problem is. It’s the manner with which the characters go about discovering them that’s so effective. The characters all become involved in an organic way. Joyce is understandably neurotic, Nancy has become a reporter; Eleven has the power to read minds. And Dustin sets an entire group of kids off on an adventure in the nerdiest way possible. It’s tightly woven, and playful. Season 2 didn’t quite deliver that, and mostly felt like a retread of the first season’s mystery. The symptoms of the new mysteries are also more intriguing, including rabid rats and people, rather than some decayed pumpkins.

1 Horror

The heavy emphasis on horror this season works like a charm. Again, this is a result of excess indulgence this season. There’s murder and monster mayhem galore. With nods to Aliens and other classics like The Blob, the new villain is fantastically disgusting. The revolting sound effects for its movement, and the sheer amount of gore are very effective. Given the villain’s goals, it’s fun that the show references Day of the Dead. But it’s also an indicator of what level of blood is in store. The kids are older now, and that’s the kind of movie they want to see—so, it makes perfect sense to allow the same for us. The stakes never felt quite as high without this degree of horror, which balances out the comedy.

NEXT: What To Expect From Stranger Things Season 4


2019-07-13 05:07:26

Anthony Fertino

Roswell Reboot, The 100 & More Renewed At The CW For Additional Seasons

The CW network announces the renewal of its TV shows still on the bubble, bringing back Roswell, New Mexico; All American; In the Dark and The 100 for additional seasons. This follows on from the news in January that its 10 other current shows including Riverdale and Supernatural had scored renewals.

A reboot of the teen drama, Roswell, New Mexico sees the daughter of a pair of undocumented immigrants discover that the love of her teenage life is an alien of the extraterrestrial variety whose secret she must keep as fear of alien life on earth begins to mount. All American follows a young football player from a rough neighbourhood as he is recruited to play for an upscale rival school. In the Dark sees a blind woman attempt to solve her friend’s murder when the police decline to investigate. With The 100 season 6 set to premiere next week, the show is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi series set a century after a nuclear war devastated life on Earth. In season 1, an orbital colony where humanity survived sent down a hundred juvenile delinquents to establish whether the planet is habitable, and must survive in the hard world.

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Per Deadline, all The CW’s shows have been renewed, including Roswell, New Mexico; All American and In the Dark for season 2 and The 100 for season 7. Many freshmen TV shows never make it past their first season, and for each of the network’s debuting dramas to survive cancellation is quite an achievement. Of the renewals, CW president Mark Pedowitz stated,

“We’re thrilled to have this roster of 14 exceptionally creative and distinctive series, including all five first year shows, as the foundation on which to continue to build the multiplatform future of The CW. One of our key long-term goals has been to continually add more original programming all year round, especially in midseason and summer, and with these returning shows and the new series we’ll order as we get closer to the May upfront.”

While the renewal of every one of the network’s shows is an unusual – perhaps even unprecedented – achievement, it does also mean that there will be that much less opportunity for any new shows to make an impact, or even be commissioned. With six pilots all vying for a series spot, including the prospective Arrowverse addition of the Ruby Rose-starring Batwoman, competition will be fierce. In addition to Batwoman, The CW has pilots that include the Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, Jane the Virgin spinoff Jane the Novela, The Lost Boys adaptation, an untitled Nancy Drew project and the series about a gender non-conforming high school grad titled Glamorous.

While some space will be offered by the recently finished Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, abridged final season of Arrow, and Supernatural, Jane the Virgin and iZombie each coming to a conclusion, this may be a year that further new programming might need to take a back seat. But since The CW expanded to Sundays with original programming, the network does have some room to expand.

Next: What To Expect From The 100 Season 6

Source: Deadline


2019-04-25 01:04:04

Andrew Marshall

The 10 Best Seasons Of South Park, Ranked

It’s difficult to believe that any show could still be going strong after 22 seasons. Very few shows even make it to a fraction of that longevity, and the ones that do, like The Simpsons, have gone downhill long before season 22. But that’s South Park for you, a show that’s been on the air for more than two decades and still manages to knock it out of the park on a regular basis.

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It may have had some ups and downs over the years, but on the whole, South Park is still as sharp and insightful and hilarious as it ever was. Here are The 10 Best Seasons Of South Park, Ranked.

10 Season 18

South Park dabbled in serialized storytelling in season 18 before doing a full-blown serial narrative in season 19. It was most effective in season 18 when the episodes were still standalone stories, but the consequences of previous episodes could be felt going forward.

For example, in the second episode, the boys are surprised that everyone remembers that they screwed them over in the first episode. The season tackles a plethora of satirical targets: drones, Uber, crowdfunding, gluten-free diets, the trans bathroom issue. The VR episode “Grounded Vindaloop” is a Matrix-style head trip and there’s a whole ongoing storyline that reveals Randy is secretly leading a double life as Lorde, which is as unusual and hysterical as it sounds.

9 Season 11

Why is bunny imagery used to celebrate a religious holiday? Do headlice have feelings? How many homeless people can Cartman jump on his skateboard? Season 11 answers those questions and more in true South Park fashion. The season opens with Randy saying the N-word on live television, which settles us in for a classic season of South Park.

This season has the Guitar Hero episode, the “Imaginationland” trilogy of episodes, the episode where Randy sets the world record for biggest crap and ticks off Bono, and a parody of 24 starring Hillary Clinton’s “snizz.” Plus, Cartman pretends to have Tourette’s syndrome in a surprisingly insightful installment of the show.

8 Season 20

While South Park didn’t quite nail serialized storytelling in the couple of years in which the creators experimented with it – which they reference themselves in the title of the season 20 finale “The End of Serialization as We Know It” – this season came pretty close.

Online trolling, nostalgia, and the 2016 election were covered extensively and woven together in a 10-part narrative that was nothing if not interesting. The season also had some surprisingly powerful moments, like when all the girls follow up on their promise to break up with their boyfriends if the trolling didn’t stop, culminating in Wendy’s heartbreaking “I can’t fix you” note to Stan.

7 Season 14

South Park’s fourteenth season combined both monumental multi-part episodes – like “200” and “201,” which ruffled so many feathers that they still aren’t available online or in reruns, and the three-part “Coon and Friends” superhero saga – and hilarious standalone episodes parodying then-current trends. “You Have 0 Friends” is a spot-on spoof of the Facebook craze that neatly ties its A-plot and B-plot together.

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“Insheeption” parodies the confusing nature of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, as well as hoarding. “Medicinal Fried Chicken” uses a weed dispensary replacing a KFC franchise to put the show’s two funniest characters in the spotlight: Cartman gets involved in a Scarface-like drug ring slinging fried chicken, while Randy gives himself testicular cancer to get pot prescriptions.

6 Season 22

While many fans think that South Park has lost its way in recent years, its most recent season – its 22nd one, staggeringly – finally found the balance it’s been searching for in the past few years. It has a serialized narrative, but it doesn’t rely too heavily on that.

There’s a good mix of characters to avoid having too much of some and too little of others. Plus, it hit all of its satirical targets perfectly, from school shootings to climate change to legalized marijuana to anxiety. And to top it all off, we get Jeff Bezos as a Talosian in the two-part season finale.

5 Season 9

Season 9 has some of the show’s best character-focused episodes, like “The Death of Eric Cartman,” the Butters-centric “Marjorine,” and the Jimmy-centric “Erection Day,” as well as some of its best satire, like the global warming episode “Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow” and the same-sex marriage episode “Follow That Egg!”

Also, “The Losing Edge” is perhaps South Park’s greatest sports-themed episode yet, with the boys trying to lose baseball games intentionally to avoid having to play all summer (only to find that the other kids are doing the same thing) making it the opposite of every sports story we’ve ever seen. Also, Randy’s obsession with getting into drunken fights at the games throws in some extra laughs for good measure.

4 Season 6

South Park’s sixth season has a healthy mixture of current affairs-based satire, like “Red Hot Catholic Love,” “Child Abduction is Not Funny,” and “Fun with Veal,” and more character-driven stories like “Bebe’s Boobs Destroy Society,” “My Future Self ‘n’ Me,” and “The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer.”

The show had truly found its feet. The season is a pop culture nerd’s dream, too, with its skewering of ‘80s skiing movies “Asspen,” its critique of special edition re-releases “Free Hat,” and its hilarious The Lord of the Rings parody “The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers.”

3 Season 10

The season 10 premiere dealt with Isaac Hayes’ departure in the most South Park way possible, as the creators used the voice recordings they had on file to piece together dialogue that turned him into a diabolical pedophile right before a brutal death – and that was just the start of the season.

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The rest of the season deals with hybrid cars, World of Warcraft, 9/11 conspiracy theories, and atheism in some of the show’s finest episodes. Plus, it has the great “Cartoon Wars” two-parter that addresses the comparisons that people draw between South Park and Family Guy. The only hitch is that it has “A Million Little Fibers,” one of South Park’s weakest episodes.

2 Season 13

Season 13 deftly balances episodes based on current events – Cartman hangs out with Somalian pirates in “Redbeard,” Ike sees the ghosts of famous people in “Dead Celebrities,” Stan takes on Japanese whalers in “Whale Whores” etc. – with episodes focusing on character – Butters becomes a pimp in “Butters’ Bottom B****,” Kyle has a bad time at the water park in “Pee,” Cartman steals Jimmy’s joke in “Fishsticks” etc. – to give us one of South Park’s most definitive seasons.

“Eat, Pray, Queef” is the only weak episode in the whole season, and even that managed to ride on the coattails of the brilliant “Margaritaville” episode the week before, which won an Emmy for its tackling of the recession.

1 Season 8

There isn’t a single weak episode in the eighth season of South Park. And the gems that are in it are the classics: the Mel Gibson-centric “The Passion of the Jew,” the anime-inspired “Good Times with Weapons,” the timeless, evergreen political satire “Douche and Turd,” and the holiday special “Woodland Critter Christmas.”

The episode where Jimmy takes steroids, the episode where Cartman thinks he’s a psychic, the episode where a maniac the boys sent to juvie in pre-school is released, the episode where Cartman pretends to be a robot – they’re all in this season. Season 8 is the peak of South Park’s greatness.

NEXT: South Park: The 5 Best (& 5 Worst) Halloween Episodes


2019-04-24 03:04:21

Ben Sherlock

Ranked: Best Seasons Of The Walking Dead

While it’s not quite the massive phenomenon it once was, The Walking Dead is still going strong as it heads into its tenth season. Adapted from Robert Kirkman’s comic series, The Walking Dead has expanded beyond the main series and into a larger franchise, most notably with the spin-off series Fear The Walking Dead.

It all began with the story of Rick Grimes trying to find his family in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by zombies–commonly referred to on the show as walkers. Over time the show has gone far beyond the initial premise, offering some of the most suspenseful, devastating, and even uplifting moments on television in the past decade.

The series has experienced plenty of highs and lows in its nine season run. Let’s take a look at a ranking of the show’s best seasons so far.

9 Season 8

Season 8 featured some strong moments like the scenes between Negan and Gabriel when they were trapped together, but it also featured some of the most questionable decisions in the entire series. The decision to take the life of Carl Grimes at this juncture in the series left many fans angered and disappointed. The pleasant surprise of bringing back Morales–a character whose whereabouts fans had speculated about since his departure in season 1–quickly turned into a point of frustration as Morales was swiftly terminated after being reintroduced.

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To top it all off, the season ended with Rick slashing Negan’s throat and then ordering for his life to be saved, a decision that made sense with Carl’s last wishes, but still felt strange after all the promises Rick made about one day slaying Negan and avenging the demises of friends like Glenn and Abraham. Season 8 had its moments, but it was ultimately clouded by a number of questionable decisions.

8 Season 7

Season 7 introduced audiences to a variety of unique communities. In addition to learning much more about the Saviors and the Hilltop, fans were able to explore the Kingdom, Oceanside, and the Scavengers. The world of The Walking Dead felt larger than ever and fascinating new characters like King Ezekiel became central to the show.

Despite these positives, season 7 suffered from the very beginning as the overly brutal and grotesque demises of fan-favorites Glenn and Abraham in the premiere served to alienate and infuriate fans. While the story of each community and their struggles was intriguing, it took too long for all the pieces to come together. The moment where Alexandria, the Kingdom, and the Hilltop united against the Saviors in the finale was an uplifting and rewarding payoff, but it only came after what at times felt like disjointed storytelling.

7 Season 2

The moment where Carol’s daughter Sophia emerges from the barn as a walker remains among The Walking Dead‘s most intense and emotional moments. Season 2 made that possible through careful buildup. It was also the season that introduced Maggie, Hershel, and Beth Greene, three characters who would go on to be enormously integral to the series.

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Shane’s descent into becoming a darker character was fun to see, but the drama between him, Rick, and Lori grew tiresome. The plot eventually started to feel stagnant on the farm as well. The world of The Walking Dead started to feel rather small and contained, and that’s not something a show should be experiencing as early as the second season.

6 Season 6

Season 6 forever opened up the world of The Walking Dead. Rick and Daryl’s first encounter with Jesus led them to the Hilltop, which led them to the Saviors, a chain of events that opened the doors between Alexandria and many other communities. The season also featured one of the show’s calmer, yet strongest episodes with “Here’s Not Here”, a beautiful episode that provided tremendous insight into Morgan’s complex journey.

Alexandria becoming completely swarmed with walkers and how the community banded together to defeat the massive herd is a standout moment for the series. Despite these positives, the introduction of Negan and the Saviors felt a bit clunky, and the contrived storyline with the Anderson family in Alexandria was difficult to watch.

5 Season 4

Instead of a psychopathic human or a massive zombie herd, season 4 began with an entirely different threat. Rick’s group had to contend with a virus that quickly spread and infected other survivors. Hershel was given an opportunity to shine as he used his medical expertise and bravery to save the day. It was refreshing to see an older adult being the hero, using skills that are often underappreciated on The Walking Dead.

That storyline and Rick’s attempt to lead a more pacifistic life was a promising way to start the season. However, the Governor’s abrupt return and the devastation he caused at the prison forced the season in a new and less fruitful direction. With so many characters separated, the second half of the season meandered and at times felt too disconnected.

4 Season 9

Under the direction of new showrunner Angela Kang, season 9 breathed new life into The Walking Dead, once again making fans feel eager and excited for each new episode. It ultimately ended up feeling like two separate seasons–one being the first five episodes that culminated in the show’s exit for Rick Grimes–the seconding being the episodes that followed after Rick’s departure.

The show returned to the basics that made it so strong in the first place and made every episode count, never making anything feel like filler. Rick received an emotional and fitting sendoff and the threat of the Whisperers was introduced, an enemy unlike anything on the show before. Longtime characters like Daryl, Michonne, and Tara were given focus and compelling story arcs instead of being largely neglected as they’d been in recent seasons. The season finale felt a bit lackluster, but otherwise season 9 was an excellent return to form for the show.

3 Season 3

Back in season 3, the concept of Rick’s group encountering a community under the leadership of a charming–but actually psychopathic–individual was new territory for the show. The Governor was the show’s first major human antagonist from another community, and he did an excellent job setting the foundation for the other villains that would follow.

Season 3 was also where Carol started to truly shine and develop as one of the show’s best characters. Daryl became better developed than ever as he was unexpectedly reunited with his brother Merle, now the Governor’s right-hand man. Michonne solidified herself as one of the show’s fiercest and most complex characters. Some questionable decisions were made with other characters like Andrea, but overall, season 3 featured quality character development.

2 Season 5

Though it was split into a few different arcs, season 5 featured some of the show’s best storylines. It began with the epic destruction of Terminus, quickly fulfilling Rick’s assertion at the end of season 4 that Terminus messed with the wrong group of people. It continued into the hospital storyline in Atlanta where Beth had a chance to show her bravery and resilience like never before, finally letting her be the leader of her own story.

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The second half of the season brought Rick’s group to Alexandria, forcing the characters to question the kind of people they’d become and who they could still be, and what the idea of civilization truly meant in a walker-infested world. The isolated world of Alexandria was a far cry from the brutal world outside, and it was fascinating to see the two worlds collide and how Rick’s groups dealt with this new challenge.

1 Season 1

From the image of Rick riding into a devastated Atlanta on horseback, to Rick and Glenn walking through the city lathered in walker guts, season 1 laid the groundwork for the show that would become a massive phenomenon. Unlike the overcrowded character ensemble of later seasons, the pilot episode mostly focused on Rick, allowing audiences to become fully invested in him from the very beginning.

Season 1 was more straightforward in its storytelling approach than other seasons, but it achieved the most important feat of making fans care about the characters and their struggle to survive. The game-changing finale where Dr. Edwin Jenner whispered into Rick’s ear that “We’re all infected” set the tone for the entire series as it would never be about a cure, but about the struggle for human survival and civilization.

What is your favorite season of The Walking Dead? Let us know in the comments!

NEXT: The 10 Most Chilling Walker Kills on The Walking Dead


2019-04-22 05:04:44

Matthew Rudoy

Ranked: All Seasons Of The Office

The Office is an iconic show that has made its place in pop culture in a big way. Even though the last episode aired nearly six years ago, the show still has many die-hard fans. Many of the quotes and scenes from the show are still favorites of the internet. While all fans have their favorite seasons, there are definitely some that are better than others.

Here are all of the seasons of The Office ranked from worst to best.

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9 SEASON 8

Season eight was a time where The Office was really struggling to restructure itself. Michael Scott left the show at the end of season seven, and most of season eight was about trying to fit Robert California into the narrative. This character never quite meshed well and wasn’t that funny.

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Many of the storylines of this season just fell short, such as the trip to Florida to establish a Sabre store. Of course, this season had its funny and great moments just like the rest. However, it was obvious the show was struggling to recover from Michael’s departure.

8 SEASON 9

The final season of the show was an improvement over season eight, but it was by far from the best season. This season was full of many twists including showing the camera crew on the show. The biggest storyline was about Pam and Jim’s relationship struggles as Jim started Athlead. While these moments were emotional, the season wasn’t as funny as many of the others. The finale episode was one of the most rewarding, however, as it gave a happy ending to most of the characters. But, even this episode couldn’t completely redeem this season.

7 SEASON 6

Season six wasn’t the worst season of The Office, but it wasn’t the best either. Jim and Pam’ wedding is a standout moment from this season that many fans enjoyed. The storylines with Michael Scott were a bit of a mess here though. He dates Donna as well as Pam’s mother Helene, and these relationships fall short in comparison to his connection to Holly. In this season, Dunder Mifflin merges with Sabre which is another moment of restructuring on the show that was a bit awkward to watch at first.

6 SEASON 7

Season seven is a bit of a mixed bag overall. This season had some hilarious episodes such as “Nepotism” and “Threat Level Midnight” that stand out from some of the others. However, Michael leaves with Holly in this season, so the last few episodes are pretty weak.

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The episodes where Michael proposes to say goodbye were effectively emotional, but this left The Office figuring out where to go next. Probably the worst part of this season was the focus on DeAngelo Vickers played by Will Ferrell. Even though Ferrell is a great comedic actor, the character was mostly just annoying, not funny.

5 SEASON 1

This season started it all, so it definitely deserves props for that. The first season is only six episodes, but it was able to pack a large punch and draw fans in a short amount of time. This season was really funny, but it could have been more effective if it was longer. The other downside of season one is that the characters and vibe of the show are still being established. Many of the important things about the series were set up in this season, such as the relationship between Pam and Jim. Considering this was the intro to the show, many things about season one worked really well.

4 SEASON 5

This middle season of the series had a lot of heavy hitter episodes. Overall, almost every episode in this season is really funny, and there aren’t a lot of big change-ups here. In season five, The Office is doing what it did best and focused on the main characters that fans loved the most. 

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The main reason that this season isn’t higher up on the list is because of the episodes with Michael Scott’s Paper Company. The introduction of Charles Miner wasn’t particularly funny, and Michael leaving to start his own paper company seemed mostly like a pointless plot that didn’t matter in the end.

3 SEASON 3

Season three was definitely funny, and there was enough drama going on to keep it interesting, too. This season had many funny episodes such as “Safety Training.”

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The main downside with this season was that the relationship between Jim and Karen was clearly just a plot to keep Jim and Pam apart longer. However, the episode “Beach Games” near the end of this season is a breakthrough moment for Pam that almost makes up for the Jim/Karen storyline.

2 SEASON 2

Season two is a great season of The Office, and there aren’t many downsides to it. The only reason season two isn’t number one on this list is that the show was still figuring itself out a little. In this season, Pam and Roy are dating, and Jim is falling more in love with her. Michael Scott is also at his most ridiculous and extra, which leads to many funny moments such as the Booze Cruise.

1 1.SEASON 4

After season one, the next few seasons of the series really hit their stride. These seasons are when the show was at its funniest, and there wasn’t any need to try and change up the pattern. In season four, Michael and Jan’s awful relationship provides a lot of humor. In fact, one of the funniest episodes of the entire show, “Dinner Party,” takes place in season four. Plus, this is the season where Pam and Jim officially start dating, which was something many fans were excited about. With many hilarious episodes and moments, there aren’t a lot of things wrong with this season. This is when the show was at its peak.

NEXT: The Office: The 5 Best Couples (And The 5 Worst)


2019-04-13 03:04:51

Amanda Steele

Ary and the Secret of the Seasons: Use Weather to Beat Enemies & Puzzles

Ary and the Secret of Seasons is a long way away, but it’s already shaping up to be one to watch in 2020, especially for fans of The Legend of Zelda.

Ary and the Secret of Seasons is shaping up to be a Zelda-inspired action/adventure which can actually hold a candle to its obvious inspiration thanks to strong mechanics, stunning visual design, and innovative gameplay systems. There are no shortage of games inspired by the iconic Legend of Zelda franchise, but a new title from Belgian indie studio eXlin looks like it might have what it takes to truly stand peer-to-peer with classics like Ocarina of Time.

During a recent event held by publisher Modus Games, we got to sit down with eXlin CEO Sebastien Le Touze for a hands-off demo of Ary and the Secret of Seasons. We were shown an alpha build of the game, but what was shown was more than enough to ensure that Ary is shaping up to be one to watch in 2020.

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The demo begins with Ary in her home, which remains emotionally devastated by the loss of her brother. Ary’s father is practically catatonic with grief, a theme which Sebastien promises will be explored in the full game, though it’s not the focus of this demo. Nevertheless, even in a non-story setting, the world is rife with personality, while Ary herself is charming and relatable; steadfast and determined, but also curious and even a little goofy, she has all the makings of a timeless video game hero.

When she leaves her house, that’s when the real magic begins, literally. The story sees Ary looking to aid the Guardians of Seasons to restore balance to her village’s weather, which leads to the main gameplay hook: the ability to control the seasons. Ary can use her slingshot to fire a pellet; the pellet detonates like an impact grenade, but instead of an explosion, the affected radius is given the properties of one of the four seasons. For example, firing Winter covers the area in snow, while Summer brings dead foliage back to life. In addition to being visually impressive (the game runs on Unity, which was chosen over Unreal 4 due to the ease of implementing various shaders related to the weather system), the different weather effects have profound impact on the gameplay.

Firing Winter at a pool of water causes the surface to freeze over, allowing Ary to walk across the newly-formed platform. Meanwhile, firing Summer at a seasonally empty body of water causes it to fill up, but only within the affected radius, which can lead to the visually-exciting sight of a ball of water floating in the air like some kind of high-tech fishbowl.

These weather powers are used to solve puzzles; in one instance, we witnessed some creative use of the various weather effects to bring a large box from one side of an obstacle-laden room to another, while another challenge saw Ary using her powers to scale an otherwise impassible vertical incline. Sebastien said the team anticipates and welcomes the idea of players using Ary’s powers to discover new ways to solve puzzles; thanks to the physics-based nature of many of the challenges, adventurous players are bound to discover unexpected solutions to the game’s myriad challenges.

Ary’s weather powers are also used to help take down enemies in Secret of Season’s Zelda-inspired combat. Ary is armed with a wooden sword, and combat consists of Zelda-esque lock-on targeting, while making heavy use of a parry/counter system similar to the one used in Breath of the Wild, though Sebastian joked that Ary’s wooden sword is more durable than any of Link’s blades, since there is no weapon degradation system in Ary and the Secret of Seasons. Enemies armed with shields made of ice can be disarmed by fighting them in areas affected by the warmer seasons, while burning projectiles can be reflected back at attackers if they are made to pass through Winter, which solidifies them into balls of ice.

While Ary and the Secret of Seasons wears its inspiration on its sleeve, it establishes its own identity thanks to a unique setting, a charming protagonist, innovative puzzles, and a clever hook in Ary’s weather powers. Ary and the Secret of Seasons is currently slated to release Q1 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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2019-04-11 08:04:10

Zak Wojnar

The Simpsons Seasons 1-30 Available On Disney+ From Launch

Disney has announced that all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be available on the Disney+ streaming service when it launches later this year. Following Disney’s acquisition of Fox earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before the company started utilizing Fox’s more popular properties for its streaming platform, and using The Simpsons to draw in subscribers seems like a smart move for the company.

The Simpsons premiered in 1989, and soon proved to be one of Fox’s most popular and profitable franchises, and it’s currently airing its 30th season. While Disney’s purchase of Fox allowed them to bring in even more popular Marvel characters into its Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are certainly other motivations for the company to make such a purchase. The Simpsons itself is worth quite a bit of money and, while it’s ratings aren’t as high as they were during its golden years, it’s still arguably one of the most popular animated shows on network television.

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During a Walt Disney Studios’ investor meeting, the company announced that all 30 seasons of The Simpsons would be available when the Disney+ streaming service launches in November and will be the exclusive home of the show from that point on. It’s unclear how soon after airing season 31 will make its way to the streaming service and if the show would go beyond its 32nd season, which it has already been renewed for.

While it may bother some fans that The Simpsons will no longer be available on the FX app following its debut on Disney+, the plethora of other content available on the upcoming streaming network at launch should be enough to offset that (especially considering its relatively cheap $6.99 a month price). Unlike the FX app, it’ll also be ad-free, meaning there will be no more intrusive commercials during an annual The Simpsons binge. Regardless, this is one of the first big moves that Disney’s made to integrate Fox content into its own library, while also selling those who are unsure on the merits of Disney+.

It’s also not the only show to be available at Disney+’s launch. At the same meeting, Disney also announced that The Mandalorian TV series, which is set in the Star Wars universe, will be available at launch. All Disney, Pixar and Star Wars content will also appear on Disney+ when it debuts (as well as most Marvel content). Regardless of all of this content available when the streaming service goes live in November, there are still some fans out there who may believe that the streaming market is simply too crowded to justify paying for another service. However, Disney has done quite a bit during its investor meeting to try and justify its existence, and including The Simpsons at launch was a major part of that pitch.

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2019-04-11 06:04:17

Corey Hoffmeyer

Every Loose Plot Thread Agents of SHIELD Has Left For Seasons 6 and 7

Agents of SHIELD Season 5 and 6

What could happen in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seasons 6 and 7? When the scripts were written for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5, the show’s fate seemed to be up in the air. As such, the season finale was carefully designed to wrap up as many plot threads as possible, so it could potentially serve as an end to the entire show. In the end, though, ABC renewed the series for an abbreviated sixth season, which will air in the summer; they then surprised everybody by announcing a seventh season as well, which is reportedly due to start filming in February.

So far, precious little is known about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seasons 6 or 7. Only two images have been released: one showing that Quake will get a new hairstyle, and the other confirming that Mack is still in place as Director (at least when season 6 begins). Chatter among the crew on social media has suggested that a trailer has been prepared, and that they’re pleased with it, but it will presumably still be a while before that trailer airs.

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For all season 5 did try to tie together as many loose ends as possible, there are still a lot of interesting ideas that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could toy with going forwards. Since 2013, the show has established its own unique mythology; while it fits comfortably within the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s telling a story all its own. That’s proved a remarkable success, so it’s safe to say that seasons 6 and 7 will continue to build on the foundations of what has gone before.

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The Fate Of Phil Coulson

Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson in Agents of Shield

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 came to a close with Phil Coulson facing imminent death. Hosting the Spirit of Vengeance had undone the miraculous effect of Project T.A.H.I.T.I., meaning his body was gradually shutting down. Although the S.H.I.E.L.D. team did everything they could to save Coulson, in the end they were forced to accept his fate. Phil settled down on the real Tahiti to live out the last few days of his life, with Melinda May staying with him.

But will Coulson actually die? This is a superhero show, after all, which means that nobody should truly be considered dead – not even when you’ve seen the body. Clark Gregg has had meetings with executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, but the outcome of those meetings is unknown. Certainly Gregg has been on set, but that’s partly because he’s taken on a role behind the camera as director, even taking charge of the season 6 premiere. Right now, it’s impossible to say whether or not Phil Coulson will return.

Retrieving Fitz From Space

The first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 is called “Missing Pieces,” and that seems entirely appropriate. Season 5 ended with the S.H.I.E.L.D. team heading into space to retrieve one of their members, Fitz, who was slumbering in cryogenic suspension somewhere in the depths of space. The season 6 announcement showed the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo against a backdrop of stars and swirling stellar gases, so it seems safe to say season 6 will remain in space – perhaps kicking off with S.H.I.E.L.D. retrieving Fitz. It’s sure to be a strange experience for his beloved Simmons, as she spent months of her life with a version of Fitz from a timeline that’s been averted – and even married him.

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The Chronicoms

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 introduced some major new elements into the show’s mythology. One of the most fascinating was the idea of the Chronicoms, ancient androids who have monitored human civilization for millennia. Forbidden to intervene except in the case of an extinction level event, the Chronicoms revealed themselves in order to help S.H.I.E.L.D. save the entire planet. One of the two Chronicoms, Noah, was killed; the other, Enoch, is currently in space watching over the sleeping Fitz, so picking up Fitz will inevitably mean the S.H.I.E.L.D. team cross paths with Enoch. Interestingly, there’s some evidence the Chronicoms could play an important part in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6. According to IMDb, Denney Pierce will play “Chronicom Hunter #1” in episode 5. Assuming this is accurate, it means Enoch will wind up hunted down by unknown forces over the course of the season.

Quake’s Power-Up

Quake could be more powerful than ever before in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6. Quake was forced to inject herself with the Centipede Serum in order to defeat Graviton, and blasted him into space with her enhanced powers. It’s unknown exactly what components were part of this version of the Centipede Serum. Extremis seems to have been in every version, so was probably part of the cocktail, but certainly S.H.I.E.L.D. had added Jiaying’s healing properties into the mix in order to keep Coulson alive. So, the sample Daisy injected herself with likely contained both Extremis and Jiaying’s powers. It also possibly contained a variant of the super-soldier serum, and perhaps even sources of Gamma radiation, both of which were common components in the Centipede Serum.

Chloe Bennet released a single image of her new Quake look in season 6, and it’s interesting to note that she’s back to wearing wrist gauntlets. There’s always been a cost to Quake’s abilities, and she’s previously needed to be emotionally centered in order to use them without damaging her own body. It’s possible that Quake’s amplified powers mean she needs to wear the gauntlets permanently now. Meanwhile, it will be exciting to see whether or not the Centipede Serum triggers any new abilities in Daisy – whether she gains Extremis-based enhanced strength, for example, or her mother’s regenerative powers. Some versions of the Centipede Serum have had detrimental affects upon their subjects, and it’s even possible Quake’s enhancement could backfire in some way.

Of course, what’s unknown is whether or not this affect will be permanent. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jed Whedon refused to give any indication. “Well, she’s definitely juiced up in some way,” he noted, “and how much that carries, we’ll see.

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The Sixth Race Of The Confederacy

The villains of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 were an alien Confederacy, a thousand-year-old alliance between different groups who plunder resources from other worlds and trade with one another. They included the Kree outcast faction House Kasius, the shadow-warrior race called the Remorath, the brutal Rajaks, a possibly-nomadic race called the Kallusians, and the metal-manipulating Astrans. It’s possible the Confederacy aren’t done with Earth; certainly the Rajaks may want revenge given Graviton killed their leader.

But here’s the catch: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. revealed that there’s a sixth member of the Confederacy, but didn’t identify who those aliens are. That’s led many to speculate that the sixth race in the Confederacy is intended to be the Skrulls, but that the show didn’t have permission to use them until after Captain Marvel. If that’s the case, the S.H.I.E.L.D. crew could be facing a terrifying and dangerous new threat.

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What Will Happen To Deke?

Jeff Ward has been promoted to a series regular for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6, which means the time-traveling Deke is sure to be important in some way. Deke originates from a now-averted future timeline in which the Earth was shattered like an egg, and he was last seen heading off to enjoy the Earth. How will he team up with S.H.I.E.L.D. again, and will Deke’s unrequited love for Quake ultimately mean he gets a shot at romance?

The Mystery Of Vijay Nadeer

Season 4 introduced viewers to Vijay Nadeer, the brother of an anti-Inhuman senator who unfortunately possessed an Inhuman gene. Exposed to Terrigen, he underwent an unusually gradual form of Terrigenesis, and emerged from a cocoon with some sort of combat instincts and enhanced reflexes. Vijay was shot by his sister, and his body was dumped into the ocean; curiously, trace elements of Terrigen in the water triggered secondary Terrigenesis, and a new cocoon formed around Vijay’s body. The idea of secondary Terrigenesis was revisited by Marvel’s Inhumans series, which revealed that it damages the Inhuman’s mind. Vijay hasn’t been seen since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4, so he’s surely overdue to return.

Could The Ghost Rider Return?

Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider in Agents of SHIELD

Of course, there’s one character from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 who every fan wants to see return; Gabriel Luna’s Ghost Rider. Luna played Robbie Reyes, a car mechanic from Los Angeles who became host to the Spirit of Vengeance, and he proved to be an absolute hit. The special effects were stunning, although they proved too expensive to keep the character for the full 22 episodes. Season 4 ended with Ghost Rider taking possession of the Darkhold, using his chain to open a portal, and stepping through it. He’s not been seen since – but there’s a huge appetite for the Ghost Rider’s return.

How Is Agent Davis Still Alive?

Played by Max Osinski, Agent Davis has been a recurring secondary member of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team – introduced all the way back in season 1. His fate appeared to be sealed during season 4, when he turned his back on Aida, failing to realize she was still alive. Davis curiously survived an encounter with the psychopathic ex-android, though, apparently walking away with only a scar. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has never explained what happened, but Davis quite enjoys telling the story – and it’s a rather spectacular one, prompting an astonished reaction from Deke.

But is it true? After all, Davis apparently survived an encounter with a powerful being known for creating android doppelgangers of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. What’s more, the show exists in a cinematic universe where there are at least two races of shapeshifters, the Skrulls and the Xartans (introduced in Runaways). Many fans believe that all is not as it seems, and that Davis was really killed by Aida – and replaced. Interestingly enough, Davis is the only cast member confirmed to be appearing throughout season 6 on IMDb. So this mystery may well be resolved.

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2019-01-13 01:01:25

How Game of Thrones Prevented Set Photos From Spoiling the Series Finale

When it comes to avoiding spoilers for Game of Thrones, filmmakers are taking no chances for season 8. The story of Game of Thrones started in 1996 when author George R.R. Martin published his book titled A Game Of Thrones, which stands as his first entry in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. His series of novels is what HBO decided to adapt into Game of Thrones which came on the air in 2011.

The show has been running for seven seasons, but Game of Thrones very quickly became one of HBO’s most popular TV shows. The series has a truly ensemble cast including actors like Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, and Lena Headey. All of these characters survived the end of season 7, but it is up in the air whether they will survive the eighth and final season. Thankfully, spoilers for the upcoming season haven’t leaked yet, which is because HBO is taking special precautions to ensure that doesn’t happen.

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According to EW, HBO is using new high-tech instruments to make sure drones cannot fly over filming locations called a “Drone Killer“. Previously, Game of Thrones has had leaks due to flying drones and even actual photographersAs explained by actress Sophie Turner at New York Comic Con, “If a drone flies above sets, there’s a thing that can kill the drones, which is really cool. It creates a field around it and the drones just drop. It’s very X-Men.” While this new development will no doubt help contain spoilers on the highly anticipated season, the show has still had trouble in the past keeping elements of the plot a secret.

Last August, hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO which contained Game of Thrones scripts as well as the cast’s personal information. The leak was a big blow to HBO as people were less inclined to tune in if the episodes had been spoiled. The filmmakers behind the newest season seem to not be playing games when it comes to season 8. In addition to this, the Game of Thrones scripts now supposedly vanish after the scenes have been filmed. It was also rumored that the show would film multiple endings, but those rumors have since been debunked by the cast.

Even though Game of Thrones is still quite a ways away, the eighth season is looking to be the biggest one yet (despite being the shortest in number of episodes). After all, this season will feature the biggest battle in Game of Thrones history. The series will also have to effectively tie up each of the characters storylines and finally reveal who will sit atop the Iron Throne. Regardless of what HBO has in store for fans, they are doing everything they can to ensure that this season doesn’t get spoiled early.

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Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on HBO in 2019.

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2018-10-11 05:10:42 – Christopher Fiduccia

20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore

The horror anthology hit TV show American Horror Story just might be the magnum opus of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck. Scarier and more riveting than any of the duo’s other projects, the spine-tingling series features a new theme and characters every season that are all still linked to each other’s universe. From the casting announcements to the series hints, theme reveals, and each season’s unique introductory visuals, it’s riveting entertainment all around. Even so, some seasons fall further off the mark than others, with many episodes barely even registering on the “horror” radar while others left us scratching our heads wondering what the heck just happened.

The thing is, we tend to give glaring errors, plot flops, and other things wrong with the show a pass because we love it so much. From intriguing horror to irresistible characters, from unexpected plot twists to some of the best storytelling on TV, American Horror Story keeps us coming back, not because it’s flawless but because it’s still addictive despite, and sometimes because of, its many flaws.

We might love a character and conveniently forget that he or she is a monster. We’ll keep tuning in even after an entire sequence left us feeling disgusted, embarrassed for the actress who had to play out the scene, or even angry at the creators themselves. It’s just that addictive.

We love it and we’ll keep coming back for me, even with these 20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore.

20 Some Seasons Aren’t Scary

With a name like American Horror Story, you might expect every episode to be a scream-fest. That’s just not the case, especially in seasons four and five. While there’s no shortage of horror-inducing characters in these seasons, they didn’t really give us nightmares like previous and subsequent seasons were able to do.

Were we jaded from all the mutants, ghosts, zombies, and other creatures in previous seasons?

Both Freak Show and Hotel fell short on promises of terror, often vying for more intense drama (a calling card of Falchuck and Murphy) instead. While we still received interesting stories, Gaga’s vampire and Twisty the Clown just weren’t all that scary.

19 There’s No Reason Given For All The Hotel Vampire Kids

In season five, Hotel, Lady Gaga’s character, The Countess Elizabeth, is a little less fabulous than we expected her to be. Perhaps she couldn’t live up to the Gaga we all know and love already. One of the things that just made zero sense about the character was her propensity to collect children and turn them into little vampires. Does Elizabeth have an old woman in the shoe complex? Is she just that bored? What is the point?

Here’s the thing about kids in horror movies: they add instant scare-factor. Take a look at most scary film kids, from Village of the Damned to The Others and you’ll see the scariest moments. The fact that the vampire kid collection wasn’t even scary was a pretty big letdown.

18 Teeth Fall From The Sky For No Reason

Season six of AHS, Roanoke, was able to recover some of the lost ground from the previous two less-scary seasons but still suffered from the lack of the one and only Jessica Lang. The season saw a return to the haunted house theme, always popular in AHS history, and wove in some new elements, like the whole “based on a true story” theme.  Between Deliverance-like hillbillies and more incredible Kathy Bates, Roanake was much better-received than Hotel, but it had some weird unexplained moments, like teeth randomly falling from the sky.

Not only do the teeth inexplicably fall while Matt is at work, but they also disappear.

The reason why is never given, prompting us to chalk this one up to “random scare tactic.”

17 Queenie Tried To Hook Up With A Minotaur

While we definitely applaud Murphy and Falchuck’s use of mythology throughout American Horror Story, it often makes no sense. Gabourey Sidibe was fantastic as Queenie, the young and lonely witch who gave as well as she got, used LaLaurie as her own personal racist slave, and really deserved main credits billing. But there was that one time she tried to hook up with a grotesque Minotaur…

While the inclusion of adult content is pretty standard in AHS, getting involved with a man who has bull’s head sewed over his own is pretty far out there. It didn’t make any sense, nor did Queenie’s own survival following the incident (or anything else including the Minotaur, really), so we just move along and say that there’s nothing to see here.

16 Zoe’s Hell Is Just Life Without Kyle

Zoe Benson, portrayed by Taissa Farmiga, starts out as a compelling character in the third season of American Horror Story, Coven. She has unique powers that pay homage to classic horror and a long journey ahead.

Tossing in a love interest is a great way to derail a personal growth story.

That’s what happened to Zoe with Kyle, her resurrected boyfriend played by Evan Peters. While we’re glad that Murphy and Falchuck used Kyle to illustrate that mothers can be abusive to their sons just as much as fathers can, “life without Kyle” as Zoe’s own personal hell is really stupid and overly angst-ridden.

15 Aliens In Asylum Makes No Sense

When it comes to American Horror Story, many fans reacted to the inclusion of aliens in season two, Asylum, in the same way that fans of Indiana Jones reacted to the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For many horror fans, aliens don’t enter the territory without very specific rules, and you certainly don’t add aliens into an already-existing story for a scare factor.

The aliens of AHS also just weren’t scary. Sure, they made Pepper more interesting and gave convenient explanations for a few weird happenings, but at the end of the day mixing aliens in with mutants, a mean nun, demons, and war criminals just doesn’t work. It’s a hodgepodge of plot devices tossed together like a salad with too many kinds of dressing. Sometimes simpler is just better.

14 The Musical Sequences

We get that Sister Jude is losing her mind in this tenth episode of season two, Asylum, but must we lose ours as well? The episode itself was gripping, but watching Jessica Lange sashay through “The Name Game” wasn’t nearly as eerie as it should have been. It played off as more of an homage to the creators’ Glee in a way that didn’t work.

While some critics enjoyed the mind-boggling number, many of us like to pretend it never happened.

It’s not the last time the showrunners implemented a bit of music and dance, either. Season four, Freak Show, featured several ditties, including a rendition of “Come As You Are” by Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson’s “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, and Lange singing David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”.

13 What Happens To Dr. Arden’s Experiments?

The mutants created in Dr. Arden’s horrific experiments are the stuff of nightmares, and they definitely present an interesting side story among the rest of the godawful happenings at Briarwood Manor in season two of American Horror Story, Asylum. Their issue, of course, is that they disappear off the radar without much of a peep.

Once turned into a mutant and taken to a hospital, Shelley, played by Chloë Sevigny as a homage to the many women unjustly committed to asylums throughout history, seems as if she may be able to lead the authorities toward Arden, but alas, Joseph Fiennes’ conflicted yet greedy Monsignor Timothy Howard takes her out instead. We don’t hear much about them afterward. What happened to the mutants?

12 The Messed-Up Historical Figures

Anne Frank was lobotomized by the evil Dr. Arden from Briarcliff Manor in season two, Asylum. Not only does this make zero sense, but it also really does a disservice to Anne Frank’s memory. There is a lot of artistic license taken with historical figures throughout American Horror Story, from Delphine Lalaurie to James March. Even characters used as backgrounds for new characters, like Nellie Bly’s inspiration for Lana Winters, often seems a bit much, especially when the representation is so loose.

The misrepresentation or grand re-representation of historical figures is nothing new.

Our own history books present complete falsehoods about everyone from Christopher Columbus to Paul Revere. Perhaps it’s just so glaring because we acknowledge that now, particularly during an age of “fake news” awareness.

11 The Opening Sequence And Spoilers Promise More Than We Get

One of the most exciting elements of a new season of American Horror Story is always the opening sequence and the slowly-revealed spoilers. Cast announcements and cool visuals trickle in until we finally get to see that first episode with its incredible casting graphics. The creepy opening sequence does much more than announce the cast: it revs us up like the announcer for a really scary joust about to take place.

The only problem is that it often goes downhill from there. While season 1 typically delivered, the casting graphics in seasons like Freak Show were actually scarier than the episodes themselves. That’s a real problem if we are supposed to be watching a horror program.

10 We Have No Idea What Happened To The Pig Boys

They were a successful execution of “the scary children” in a way that the little vampire entourage of the previous season just couldn’t seem to manage, so maybe that’s why Murphy and Falchuck decided to never let the “pig boys” of season six be seen again.

Aside from the fact that the boys could have made for some truly scary storytelling, the problem here isn’t just that they had no deeper involvement in the story than “check out these creepy kids” but that they don’t even have a resolution. Why the kids say, “Croatoan!” and why they drink pig milk remains unknown, and we may never know what happened to the charming little tykes.

9 No Consequences for the bad things the “good guys” do

As fans of American Horror Story, we sure do forgive a lot of murderers, don’t we? When someone bad finally goes good, all of their wicked deeds don’t seem to be as problematic. Even sweet Nan takes out Joan. Misty Day, otherwise a kind hippie, offs a couple of guys with alligators.

Were these warranted attacks? Maybe, but that doesn’t erase the fact that many characters end the lives of others and we pretty much turn a blind eye toward it like we wouldn’t if they occurred in real life. Of course, from people returning from the grave to mutant attacks near an asylum, there’s really not a lot in the show that applies to real life.

8 There’s Really No War Between The Coven And The Voodoo Witches

During season three, Coven, there’s a big build up about an oncoming war between the coven and the voodoo witches of the area. Both are led by powerful women, and who wasn’t excited to see Fiona, played by Jessica Lange, and Marie Laveau, played by Angela Bassett, go up against one another?

While there was plenty of tension and a zombie attack, it pretty much stopped there, especially after the witch hunters came to town.

AHS often builds up to something we’re expecting and completely abandon it for another plot instead. While we get that they want to keep us on our toes, broken promises do leave us unsatisfied and underwhelmed.

7 Zoe And Madison Gave Their Souls To Azaezel And It Never Came Up Again

When the bus full of frat boys who assaulted Madison wrecks, taking out all of the monsters on board on Madison’s whim, it’s satisfying. Even seeing Kyle taken out doesn’t bother some of us, given that we’ve already seen Evan Peters return from the grave before and wouldn’t be surprised if he returned. He may have stopped his “brothers” but he certainly tried to help them not get caught, making him complicit in the attack.

When Zoe and Madison decide to put “boy parts” together to resurrect Kyle as the perfect Frankenstein boyfriend, they sell their souls to Azaezel in order to do so, and yet it never comes up again. Given that both girls bite the dust during the show, shouldn’t that at least be an issue?

6 Roanoke’s Reality Show Inception

It was one of the most pointless plot points to ever be inserted into a season of American Horror Story. During season six, Roanoke, we’re treated to a reality show type of setting where re-enactors help us understand what happened to the Millers in “My Roanoke Nightmare”, an obvious play on so many other popular reality-based ghost hunting and experience shows. That’s an intriguing concept that works well for much of the season, but then we’re hit with reality-ception.

Getting all of the actors and people involved in actual events together for the blood moon event is one thing, but what about the disclaimer that nobody even survived the ordeal? If that’s true (which makes sense, since this is Roanoke), how did we get the footage in the first place?

5 There’s No Point To Scathach

Scathach, the mythical warrior from the Isle of Skye in Irish folklore, is an incredible character. It’s too bad we didn’t really get to know her in season six, Roanoke.

Lady Gaga’s Scathnach has a plethora of powers, is said to be the first Supreme and yet has no real point in the series.

The witch does a few nefarious things here and there, from purchasing souls to rendering people evil and insane, but in the grand scheme of things she has no real point except to serve as one of those random elements of horror woven in to just be spooky. Given the history of the traditional character, it would be amazing to see Murphy and Falchuck to use this as a tie-in for a more myth-heavy season.

4 People Are Constantly Offed Only To Be Brought Back

Character losses in the American Horror Story realm are pretty much like those in any comic book series: you don’t ever count them as permanent. Even when an entire series ends and you believe a character to be truly gone, they may return in another season! It’s definitely not a new tactic to have characters return from the grave; it’s a strategy used in everything from Dallas to Supernatural.

It makes us feel a little more jaded and a little less invested when tragedy does strike.

Oh, Fiona is sick? Oh, Ethel’s not going to make it? It’s too often meaningless. We want to feel affected, and we can’t help but worry a bit because we do love these characters, but deep down we’re always still wondering when they’ll return.

3 Twisty’s “Resolution” Is Basically A Deus Ex Machina

Season four’s big villain, Twisty the Clown, turned out to be much more Bozo than Pennywise. Sure, he was scary-looking, and he had the tragic backstory to boot, but Twisty’s crimes felt more garden variety scary movie than the monstrous panache we’d expect from AHS.

Twisty, played by John Carroll Lynch, even had a disappointing resolution as a character. Not only was he never really sorted out by a main character or a victim bent on revenge, but he was literally yanked out of the show to join Edward Mordrake’s nightmarish troupe, collecting the clown’s soul after hearing his tale of woe.

2 Misty Day Was Unjustly Lost

One of the characters fans most resonated with in season three, Coven, was Misty Day, played by the talented Lily Rabe. Misty’s character screamed Supreme, from her unique abilities to her lack of really caring about the position.

Misty was all about fairness, being kind to animals, and protecting the vulnerable, making her a fantastic character to root for.

Unfortunately she was also a red herring. Falchuck and Murphy offed her in such a terrible way in a Hell made up of her own personal vivisection nightmare, which made zero sense given her ability to bring things back to life so easily. Misty didn’t deserve her ending, but neither did Nan and many other characters.

1 Tate Is A School Shooter

Tate Langdon is one of the most romanticized characters in the history of AHS. The season 1 character is a doting friend, devoted boyfriend who would do anything for Violet, and speaks volumes of teen angst to many a smitten heart. It doesn’t hurt that Evan Peters, who plays Tate, is easy on the eyes as well. Is that why it’s so hard to remember that Langdon is such a deplorable character?

Tate is a school shooter. He took the lives of several classmates and should represent what we most despise and do not condone in this nation right now. He also assaulted Violet’s mother, Vivian, causing her to become pregnant with his Antichrist baby. How can anyone still crush on this guy knowing what harm he’s done?

What other problems with American Horror Story do fans overlook? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-10 08:10:37 – Sara Schmidt