The second season of this show was just as good as the first, in my opinion. But in a completely different way. Whereas the first season was relatively creepier in a ghostly horror sense, this season is more psychological. As the title suggests, it's set in an asylum. There are two timelines: one set in the 60's, and one set in present day. The two are connected by a serial killer named Bloody Face, who makes an appearance in both decades.
I've loved how season two was set up to be a completely different story than the first. It gave some of my favourite actors from the first season - Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto being amongst them - the chance to come back and show off their range and skills by playing new characters. Jessica Lange in particular is really standing out this season. Last season I felt her character was just kind of there, but in Asylum she is by far the best. I wouldn't be surprised if she was nominated for an award for talking about a squirrel.
There are few lighter moments, though, and it seems as though the writers are going all out with the disturbing shock factor this year. Many scenes are incredibly uncomfortable to watch, and I often found myself wondering why I continued to watch this show. This season definitely isn't for everyone, even those who adored season one.
I do really enjoy watching for the most part, though. I love the mystery and the horror aspect in general. There are so many storylines this season, including: aliens, asylums, demons, a serial killer, zombies, Nazi experiments... the list goes on. They all somehow tie in together and part of the fun is trying to figure out how they do that.
Oh, and we get to see Evan Peters' butt. That's a plus, right?