Thesh wrote:I have to say I really like how every season is completely disconnected and unrelated to the last. More shows should use this format. Long running TV shows tend to end up sucking towards the end, usually because they run out of ideas and don't know how to tie up their loose ends.
Most drama-themed TV shows seem to take inspiration from other sources. A lot of the crime-dramas, like the Law & Order franchise, CSI franchise, and Southland, seem to take their inspiration from real-life crime stories, or else popular crime stories of the past, but put their own twist on it. However, there's only so many ways you can retell the same story with different characters, so that the audience wouldn't pick up on it.
Two popular drama shows, Grimm and Once Upon A Time, seem to be taking their inspiration from the classic fairy tales or regional folklore. The only difference between the two is that with Grimm, it uses the crime drama formula, and is more sci-fi than anything, with all the strange creatures the protagonist has the ability to see. It leaves the viewer believing that some of the journals these "grimms" have kept over the centuries were compiled by the two Grimm Brothers, and with some heavy editing, made into the fairy tales we all know and love today. I haven't seen Once Upon A Time, but from what people who have seen it tell me, it sounds like a soap opera version of the classic fairy tales.
I think what makes American Horror Story different is that they're using settings that in modern or current times, are popularly believed to be haunted. A large, Victorian-style house is the common setting for ghost stories or movies, especially the classics like "The Haunting" or "House on Haunted Hill". An abandoned asylum has been known to be haunted. There is an asylum in Louisville, Kentucky called Waverly Hills, which has been listed as one of the top 10 most haunted places in the world, has been investigated by just about every paranormal investigation team that has a TV show, or been featured in some paranormal-themed TV show, and has just about as dark a history as the fictional Briarcliff.
In both seasons, the show didn't dwell too much on the fact the place was haunted; it looked at the history of the site, what would have caused the hauntings to occur. With all the deaths that happened in the house, it'd be no wonder the house was haunted. Same would be for the asylum. With all the experiments, the mistreatment of the patients, among other things, the asylum in its present-day state would have no excuse for not being haunted.
I'm thinking the setting for the next season will be either a school or a hotel.