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AHS is based on the first four seasons of American Horror Story. Fiona (of Coven) is the Mayor/Supreme, and the residents are Violet (of Murder House), Lana (of Asylum), and Pepper (of Freak Show & Asylum). Even the villagers are themed after characters in the series! There are three costumes to choose from, and a bunch of treats.
The town is fully themed–the interiors are representative of locations from the show. The landscaping is meant to look like a well-manicured suburb–a pretty exterior to hide the evil going on behind closed doors.
I've never read the winners trilogy and you have me so curious about it. I've read the blurb online and stuff and it sounds kind of interesting but like. What has you so in love with the trilogy ?
first, the writing style! marie rutkoski writes the way i feel and i want so badly to be able to say things the way she writes them. its so beautiful. i wish i could explain it, but you’d have to read them to understand!!!
the other thing that got me was kestrel, who is the female protagonist. she, to me, is very different from a lot of protagonists and i just fell in love with how clever she is? and i felt all of her emotions so keenly, everything about her was so flawed and real.
and then there is arin. wonderful arin. he’s a mess. a beautiful, stupid, endearing mess. i love him. i want to keep him safe and protect him. he is such a big part of what makes the winner’s trilogy so emotional; he is vibrant and loud in his emotions. I love him i love him.
ALSO (i could go on forever i’ll try to wrap this up!) i think what drew me to the story is how human the whole thing is. everyone has terrible flaws and weaknesses. they are relatable, they are complicated, they are wrong and right and bad and good. not a single character is spared from this. there are ugly parts and beautiful parts to all of them. it’s fantastic.
there is truly not a single thing i dislike about the series. not even three years later, after reading them a couple times and knowing the entire story. there’s not a single thing i would change, or drop, and that’s rare to me to find. i…i love this story so much. i love the characters with my whole heart. i don’t know why i feel all of it so deeply, but i do, and i have cried so many times over it.
Fans of Arrow and The Flash on CW have 10 seasons of Smallville to thank for this golden age of superhero television. The WB/CW’s retelling of Clark Kent’s transformation into Superman might have soared closer to mediocrity more often than brilliance but there’s no denying the show’s winning formula. As Clark discovered the full extent of his powers, he battled “meteor freaks” and formed a support network of friends, family members and super-powered colleagues. The Flash and Green Arrow even showed up to form a nascent Justice League.
I was a diehard Smallville fan. I’ll defend the show even to this day, three years after its series finale. That show's blend of standalone episodes and mythology-heavy hours helped it survive 218 episodes spread across 10 seasons each with 20+ episodes. I thought I’d never see that kind of grind again given the shorter episode orders we see today. The second season of Arrow certainly made 23 episodes seem like a breeze. What’s funny is that as I watch The Flash sprint through a thoroughly entertaining first season, I’m seeing numerous parallels between Barry and Clark’s journeys.
I’ve come to believe The Flash is Smallville reborn. Here’s why:
Accidental abilities: Smallville was rocked by a meteor shower that gave the small town’s residents a crazy collection of powers and deposited a new hero in their midst. The particle accelerator designed by Harrison Wells exploded and rained down abilities on Central City’s best (Barry) and worst (pretty much everyone else).
One at a time: We’ve watched Barry slowly uncover the extent of his powers this season. We know more are on the way. Reminds me of the big reveal before each season of which super power Clark would be developing that year. (Never flight, sadly.)
Unrequited love interest: Barry loves Iris West, who’s dating Eddie Thawne, the pretty boy detective everyone loves. In Season 1 of Smallville, Clark loved Lana Lang, who was dating Whitney Fordman, the pretty boy quarterback everyone loved.
Tugging on the geeky heartstrings: With his true love unavailable, Barry has developed a simmering romantic connection to Felicity Smoak, the adorkable computer whiz from Starling City. Clark tread the same path in Season 1 and beyond with his love for Chloe Sullivan, burgeoning master hacker.
The mysterious mentor: Harrison Wells is from the future and might be Reverse Flash, Flash’s greatest enemy. (If not, don’t hurt me. I don’t read the comics.) For now, he’s Barry’s mentor at STAR Labs and a trusted ally. Sounds like Lex Luthor, who transformed over the course of seven seasons from Clark’s best friend into his greatest enemy.
A father and a dad: Barry was raised by Joe West after his father went to prison for the murder of Barry’s mom. Barry is working to get his father out of prison, but for the time being, he’s only a voice on the other end of a phone. Clark was also reared by an adoptive dad and stayed in touch with an absent father who was only available via a voice in the arctic (also a cave wall).
Episodic similarities: Both shows employ the “freak of the week” pattern that Smallville used exclusively its first season. The Flash has done a nice job setting up a season-long arc that ties together separate episodes into a larger narrative. That said, there are some similarities too obvious to miss. Such as:
There’s something magical about damsels held hostage at school.
All it takes is electricity to lose your powers?
Tornado CGI has come a long way in a decade!
There’s bound to be some similarities between Smallville and The Flash since they both take place in the DC Universe. That doesn’t explain the déjà vu I get sometimes watching Barry Allen’s earliest days unfold. I’ve been here before, many years ago, in a town called Smallville.