AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM 1×02 – "Tricks and Treats"

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM 1×02 – "Tricks and Treats"

I enjoy the crazy-ass, batshit, random elements of American Horror Story, but I wish they were used with a little more purpose and planning. Even if the entire mission statement is to be scary, the show forgets that fear is a product of anticipation and dread: if you just fling things at our screens willy-nilly, none of them are going to register as they should.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY 1×11 – "Birth"

AMERICAN HORROR STORY 1×11 – "Birth"

"Birth" follows in the example of last week's "Smoldering Children" by being…well, not bad, really. "Birth" has an actual structure (rare for this show), it ties its threads together logically and with purpose (ditto), and—by American Horror Story standards, at least—is downright tasteful and restrained. (Granted, a gigantic antichrist baby kills its mother on the way out of the womb—but, you know, tastefully.)