UnderScoopFIRE Podcast #17 – American Horror Story

by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck on December 30, 2011

in Podcast, Television

Questions and answers need each other. Like Peter Parker and Norman Osborn, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, one is simply not as compelling without the other. We all want that payoff. Were all of your American Horror Story questions answered?

In this episode: we discuss the first season of FX’s American Horror Story. Was it TV’s best new show this fall? What were the best characters, episodes, and scenes of the season? How in the hell did Jordan Catalano make it into our discussion?

We breakdown the season finale, discuss the news regarding season 2, compare & contrast with other shows past & present, and wonder why Gumby made Tate & Hayden stand outside the during the Christmas party.

ESPN’s AJ Mass joined us to discuss the first season of American Horror Story, as well as UnderScoopFire regular Dan Fogarty (Fogsmoviereviews.com) and the ‘Ducer Corey Chapman.

We stayed on track pretty well this time, but as usual we worked in a ton of random pop culture references. A small sample of what you’ll hear about during this episode:

#reverseGriswold #PoliceSquad #MatthewPerry #TheAirUpThere #Amp #LOST #SadClooney #Beetlejuice #Whitney #BlackAdder #G.I.Joe #ScoobyDoo #RussianiIntheWoods #uglycry

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Show Notes:

NY Mag = Roll Call: All 24 Ghosts Living in theAmerican Horror Story House

Pajiba = Best and Worst New Shows of the 2011 Fall Season

AJ Mass = How Fantasy Explains the World: What Pujols and Peyton Can Teach Us About Wookies and Wall Street

Jason Gross (@SockOfFleagulls) December 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Good job, guys! I’ve only caught parts of a couple episodes, but was entertaining to listen your take. I, like others, are reserved about what continuous plot shows I’ll watch because of all the time I invested on Lost. I probably won’t try to jump in on AHS until Netflix streaming or unless there is a marathon.

Howard Decker December 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Jason, thanks for listening! I’d say FX would be well served to run a marathon before season 2. If so, definitely check it out. Thanks again!

Engineernerd January 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Okay, this is a show that Mrs. Nerd loved and I lost interest in part way through.

There’s a couple reasons.

1. I didn’t care about any of the characters. They were all flawed in ways that I just found unlikable. Not that they were bad people, but I really didn’t care if any of they lived or died through the series. To me, to get a real good visceral horror story, I need to feel something other than indifference towards at least some of the characters.

2. I thought they were playing up the mythology of the house early on. I really was thinking the house was going to be a character unto itself, and I don’t feel that really happened as the characters stories took over. (I really like the miniseries Rose Red for doing just that.)

Great show, and you guys really made me think on this one. I’ll keep watching, but there’s a few thing like Hell on Wheels, that I think have been better.

Howard Decker January 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

First, thanks for listening and commenting.

I can’t argue with your point about the characters, it seemed as if the writers went out of their way to make us dislike the “protagonists”. While I did watch it all the way through and enjoy it, after the pilot I expected something entirely different than what we got.

I need to check out Hell on Wheels.

Thanks again!

Paul G. January 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm

I’m impressed with the amount of prep you must have done for this show. Cool that you got a great guest such as A.J. Mass to come on as well. Are you friends or co-workers?

Keep up the good work looking forward to more.

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