In a resurrection worthy of regenerating cheerleader Claire Bennet, the canceled superhero drama HEROES is coming back to NBC in 2015 as a 13-episode miniseries called HEROES REBORN.
The original series was last seen in 2010, and while creator Tim Kring is back at the helm, it is unknown how many — indeed, if any — previous series stars will appear in HEROES REBORN. Hayden Panettiere, who starred as Claire, the unkillable cheerleader, has a new hit series in ABC’s NASHVILLE; Milo Ventimiglia, the “power sponge” Peter Petrelli, was just cast in ABC’s THE VISITORS; Zachary Quinto’s (Sylar) career has exploded on both the big and little screens; and producer/writer Bryan Fuller is running one of NBC’s few prime-time hits, HANNIBAL.
I think it is vital to get as many original cast members as possible to make some kind of appearance in order to give the new series some kind of credibility. Without at least a handful of familiar faces, the new project will feel like a ripoff rather than a successor. Especially important is getting Hayden and Milo, the backbones of the first series.
The teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness has done its job well, making me want to see the movie, but it accomplishes that feat by showing what I consider to be a lot of great stuff; more than usual in “teasers.” We are able to piece together the bones (no pun intended) of a story.
And, as if this great teaser isn’t enough, the Japanese version contains an extra scene, and it is a gobsmacker, hinting at a reprise of something major that happened in a previous movie. I will place that clip after the jump, because it could be considered spoilery…
Here is the American trailer:
You know what they say: Behind every serial-killer’s mask made out of human skin there’s… well, somebody’s face. In the case of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM, the face behind Bloody Face belongs to Dr. Oliver Thredson. They also say that every old black-and-white newspaper photograph hides the face of somebody still alive today – like Dr. Arden the Nazi mad scientist.
The Thredson/Bloody Face reveal was a little bit surprising, but not really too shocking, given his medical training and exposure to the thought processes of maniacs. It’s almost logical – especially since the pool of suspects was so tiny; who was it going to be – Frank the guard? Monsignor Howard? But a corollary question lingers: Is there more than one Bloody Face?
Yes, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM actually went there. Twice, really.
The show went ahead and made Dr. Arden a former Nazi scientist who experimented on victims in concentration camps. This is quite a cliché origin story for the guy, but then again AHS:A is not known for stretching itself I terms of originality, but rather employing familiar tropes in new ways. Let’s see if it can put a new and interesting spin on the secret Nazi war criminal.
The series doubled down on its Nazi horror by not only invoking mad scientists from pulp stories, but also by using a real-life historical figure, Anne Frank. Young Frank is an icon around the globe, so the-powers-that-be better be careful how they handle her. At this point, I’m skeptical that the new patient really is Frank, but we shall see.
It feels like the-powers-that-be at AMERICAN HORROR STORY ASYLUM have a lot of story to get through and are wasting no time getting there; this week’s episode gave us origin stories for Sister Jude and Shelley the Nymphomaniac, not to mention confirming my suspicions that Dr. Arden is precisely the twisted, self-loathing creep he appeared to be last week. And, not only is Zachary Quinto thrust into the story this week, his character is sketched in fairly quickly as the voice of “modern” medicine at the asylum.
Last week we learned that aliens exist in the AHSA universe, and this week shows us that the supernatural is real, as well. One does not often see those two elements mixed. I am interested to see if the “superscience” and supernatural will work together.
After those creepy and atmospheric — yet impenetrable — video teasers, the-powers-that-be have released a bunch of promotional stills for AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM that feature other characters besides those creepy nuns.
We get our first glimpse of Jessica Lange in her nun’s habit and Zachary Quinto in a lab coat, but don’t expect any quality spoilers from these images.
I’m really looking forward to the Oct. 17 premiere of AHS:A.
Mondays are always a horror story anyway, so let’s start the week by taking a look at four new creepy images from FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM.
The first image makes me think the Black Oil is crossing over from THE X-FILES, but that doesn’t seem very likely. I think my favorite image is the fourth one, with the woman clinging, spider-like, on the underside of the stairs. These still images certainly live up to the standard set by the series of creepy teaser clips that have already been released.
The second coming of AHS picks up with a new story and new characters and is set in an institution for the criminally insane apparently operated by nuns. And even though Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto are returning from last season, they are playing new characters. The new cast includes Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity), singer Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and NBC’s THE VOICE, James Cromwell (Babe), Joseph Fiennes (FlashForward), Chloë Sevigny (BIG LOVE) and Chris Zylka (still visible in some theaters as Flash Thompson in The Amazing Spider-Man).
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM premieres Wednesday, Oct. 17, on FX.