What's it about?One of the creepiest true stories in history is that of the Roanoke Colony that up and disappeared, leaving all their belongings and only the word 'Croatoan' behind. In current times a family has purchased an old farm nearby in the hopes of starting over, only to find that the farm is haunted by the missing colony members. They manage to make it out alive and now are telling everything that happened to them, via a reality confession show with very realistic reenactments.
ThoughtsAmerican Horror Story is one of my favorite current tv shows and this season shows no sign of stopping. I love the variety of stories and characters and how they manage to capture different pieces of fear and use them against the audience.
Every season the story telling style changes and I suppose it shouldn't be surprising that they would eventually touch reality TV. The narrative style almost simulates a google search, specifically my own when I find a story that's super interesting and devour the entire internet to find everything I can about it. The footage does the same, showing you piece by piece and letting you piece it together. In the end the story is choppy and messy and a little hard to follow, but since it reminds me of myself, I really love it.
My favorite character this season has to be Lee, the real Lee. I didn't like her at first, but when the actual Lee took a more active role in the story she grew on me. I loved seeing her move from being the victim to the hero of the story - if you could call it that. Also, while Angela Bassett was awesome, I loved Adina Porter for her range and how easy it was to identify with her and what she was experiencing.
The most disappointing part of the series was the Polk family. The stereotypical hillbilly family, they provided a second threat to the main characters for daring to live on that land. What made them interesting was that they had ties to The Butcher and her ghost army which allowed them to survive - and yet they were also saddled with the standard inbreeding, druggie, stupid and mentally impaired cliches that fill the horror genre. It made them uninteresting and boring and honestly seemed a bit below the amazing writing I'm used to on this series. Also their need to have cameras everywhere became a tired gimmick plot device to keep the series going. While a single YouTube video was used toward the end with the death threat, I wish they'd peppered that in throughout as a reason why they recorded stuff so it didn't seem so contrived. They didn't seem fully realized and the series just kinda sank there.