Confession of a lifelong horror fan: The first season of FX's American Horror Story left me cold, more appalled than terrified at the overindulgent mishmash of psychosexual poppycock ensnaring unpleasant characters, plus the overkill of a house teeming with too many tedious ghosts, proving the adage that more can be less — effective, that is, although the hype and the buzz carried it to a whopping 17 Emmy nominations (in the miniseries category, where the competition is less fierce).
The Pillars of the Earth
All good things must come to an end, and so it is with this compelling cable miniseries. In the two-hour series finale, Kingsbridge is thriving as a prosperous market center, which bothers Regan and William Hamleigh to no end, so they forge a drastic plan to destroy it. Meantime, diabolical and devious Waleran, hardly a pillar of the religious community, conspires with Alfred to lay a trap for Jack and get rid of him once and for all. Will the cathedral survive or is it destined to be a scene of holy hell?
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THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH (Friday, 10/9c, Starz)
The epic miniseries wraps as Jack returns to Kingsbridge to finish work on the cathedral, but not without more threats and attacks from the villainous likes of Regan, William and the ever-scheming Waleran. Expect the body count to rise before all is said and built...
Traditionally, if you wanted to be immortalized as a statue, you would either have to accomplish things in the course of your life that are worthy of remembrance or you could go the easy route by hiring a sculptor and striking a pose. But a find at the site of Jo's future home bypasses tradition and alarmingly starts to "rock" the townsfolk (into stone) while tensions between Carter and Grant over Allison become even rockier.
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Question: I've only recently started watching The Vampire Diaries, as I wanted to wait for the overall reception of Season 1. But once I started, I got fully sucked in and I'm absolutely loving it now. [POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT] However, I'm having a hard time letting go of my lovely namesake Anna. With her ambivalent personality traits and the story line she was given, I thought she was one of the most interesting characters on the show. I have to admit that her demise in the finale hit me quite hard. Is there really no chance at all that she survived somehow? — Anna
Matt Roush: Looked to me like she was a goner, but you know how it goes on shows like this: Just because you die, or die again as the case may be, doesn't necessarily mean you're dead for good. And even if she did bite the eternal dust, I'd think there's potential for some juicy flashbacks as we get more of everyone's back story. And don't you imagine she'd at the very least haunt Jeremy's dreams? Beyond that, I haven't a clue whether we'll see Anna again, as I refuse to get ahead of the story, especially on shows like this. From a critical point of view, though, it's important to believe that characters like this can actually perish even in a supernatural series, or there'd be nothing at stake (pun unintended). Keeps you caring, I'd think...