After ten seasons on the air, it would be difficult for any show to do something new and different. American Horror Story has built up a reputation of taking its viewers into uncharted territory in order to explore unique stories and settings. So, it seems strange that for its eleventh season it would tell a tale in New York City — and yet it somehow had a season premiere that was both refreshing and offered something about the Big Apple that hadn’t been focused on before.
This season starts with a serial killer stalking the gay community in the early 1980s. The story primarily focuses on a couple (Russell Tovey and Joe Mantello) consisting of a detective and a reporter. Their relationship is still growing, yet the two of them clash over how to handle the murders. The reporter wants to pursue the story, and although the detective wants to as well, the police department doesn’t see any connection in the crimes yet. Meanwhile, a roommate (Charlie Carver) of one of the victim’s begins his own investigation into what is going on.
The episode was slow going, but that’s to be expected for many first episodes of any new season, especially for something like American Horror Story which starts from scratch each year. In terms of American Horror Story as a whole, various seasons have dabbled in many different things. There has been supernatural inclined stories as well as those more grounded with serial killers. While this one appears to fall into the latter, there is another storyline involving a virus in local deer. All in all, it’s still unclear as to how all of this will play out, but highlighting the gay scene of the early 1980s in New York City definitely has potential to add something positive to the show.
American Horror Story airs Wednesdays on FX.
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