Three big genre shows all ended in the last couple of weeks: Sleepy Hollow, Dracula, and American Horror Story: Coven. So how did it all pan out?
Sleepy Hollow turned out to be a very fun and entertaining show week after week. It fell in to a customary "monster-of-the-week" show for a while but with only 13 episodes, the main mythology quickly regained focus. The two leads, Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane and Nicole Neharie as Abbie Mills, were incredibly charismatic and harken back to the days of Scully and Mulder. The incredibly satisfying season finale was rich with revelations and callbacks from the entire season – and left us with a doozy of cliffhanger for all the leads. THAT is how you do a season finale!
Dracula was a beautiful show with a unfortunate casting, muddled plot, and a languid pace. Even though this was only 10 episodes long, it dragged on and on. I admired that it was a period piece (in theory) and the steampunk sensibilities, but all the set dressing didn't make it more interesting. Unfortunately, as time wore on, it was also clear that the main lead, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula, would not carry the weight of the show. The character had no sense of gravitas and seemed harmless as a kitten, until things went bad in the last 3 episodes and Dracula finally expressed some danger. Dracula should always be dangerous, unpredictable, and ruthless – not a domesticated house pet.
American Horror Story: Coven came to complete and tidy wrap-up and left you with a smile. It was a very different season, and as promised it was "lighter" in tone (which made the gory bits even more unsettling). There was a lot going on, lots of characters and lots of stories – too many in fact. I would have preferred a more focused season (either voodoo & New Orleans OR witchcraft, although I understand the overlap). Unlike last year's Asylum, I felt this season was less character-driven and more plot-driven (hence less heavy and more filling). But I don't feel I knew most of the main characters this time around like I knew Sister Jude, Lana Winters, or Kit Walker. Alums Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, and Lily Rabe were thoroughly underutilized, and guest stars like Patti Lupone and Stevie Nicks felt like unnecessary stunt casting. This season belonged to Kathy Bates as Madame LaLaurie, Gabourey Sidibe as Queenie, and Frances Conroy as Myrtle Snow. The show is always unpredictable and highly entertaining (their versions of hell were hilarious/sad) which makes for an overall great show and still one of the best genre shows on TV.