Joseph Brian Scott Profile
Member Since: 5/28/2011
American Horror Story Review: Baby by Beelzebub? (12/1/2011)I don't understand why Moira thinks it will help her "move on" for her bones to be discovered; even if they are moved off the property, she'll still be trapped there. The physical remains of most of the other souls trapped on the property were interred elsewhere.
American Horror Story Review: Here Piggy Pig Pig... (11/10/2011)So-so episode, but I don't expect or even want every one of them to be a pedal-to-the-metal, high adrenaline, jam-packed-with-revelations nail-biter. Maybe it's because I grew up watching TV in the 70s, but I can appreciate a show that's willing to take its time and let suspense and dread build. In fact, my biggest concern about AHS is that too much will be revealed too quickly; from what I've read in the comments of these reviews, it seems a lot of viewers have already sussed out the secrets of the house, and we're what--only 6 episodes in? I liked that this week included another guest-star side-story--Eric Stonestreet's date with Piggy Piggy--and think more of that should be done. It was a self-contained tangent that had little to do with the continuing mythology of the show, but was still entertaining and involving. If that aspect of the show is kept--Ben has a different "case" every few weeks or so, the same way legal or medical dramas, for instance, have serialized story arcs but also individual, self-contained situations that are wrapped up by the end of the ep--AHS might just be more than a 2-season phenom. Poor Eric Stonestreet's character; I can't help but feel that his ultimate fate was influenced, however, peripherally, by his bad luck of choosing Ben as a therapist and stepping foot inside the Mouth of Madness; that house casts a long, dark shadow. Other quick observations: 1) This episode vaugely, slightly hinted that the show might be moving from supernatural horror to religious supernatural horror, which I think would be a mistake; it's been done to death, and it means the stakes are becoming too big too fast. Then we'd not just be dealing with a creepy family drama playing out on a lonely L.A. side street, but a situation of global, apocalyptic proportions. I would rather the scares of AHS remain intimate and cozy. And when the Devil becomes the main villain of your story, the solution is all too apparent. 2) Constance and her proprietary attitude toward Viv's baby: I think another commenter hit the nail right on the head: I think the pregnancy presents hope that some--or at least one--of the souls trapped in the house might be reborn; but I think she's gonna be in for a bit of a letdown when she discovers the circumstances of the conception. Also, I hope Constance doesn't become toooo much of a sympathetic character; I like her when she's got a little venom under all that motherly concern. 3) Tate saving Violet from suicide: I thought the conflict here would be along the lines of "Seance on a Wet Afternoon", with Constance intending for Violet to join the ranks of the house's permanent residents as a companion to ease her son's loneliness, but apparently Tate would rather she remain hale and hearty among the living. 4) It was a hoot seeing Viv eat the raw sweetmeats--brainsssss!!!-and finding she actually has a taste for them. But pregnancy is often said to bring forth strange appetites ...
Law & Order: Los Angeles Review: "Big Rock Mesa" (5/28/2011)While I also believe that a pretty good case was made for the idea that the homeowner shot the guy in the garage out of anger over the lawsuit, I'm not surprised he was acquitted of murder; unknown intruder on your property vs. homeowner: I think you can pretty much blast away without consequences. Now, when the husband and wife homeowners chased down the two homeless people, as they were RUNNING AWAY, and killed them -- with the wife clubbing the homeless woman to death with a brick -- it just boggles the mind that they can get away with that scott free. AND THEN they tried to cover it up by burning the bodies, in the process starting another forest fire -- !! Man, they should have done some time for at least one of those things. If I had been on that jury I don't think I would have been able to vote not guilty for the husband and wife homeowners. Even if she did use to be Tasha Yar on "Star Trek: The Next Generation."