The series shows elements of realism over the supernatural in the gloomy debut titled "Something's Coming," which makes the episode even more unsettling.
We begin with two concurrent sequences in which helpless creatures are brutally executed: the killer's first victim shown on TV and a virally sick deer on the remote Fire Island.
After the recent global events, the infectious plot, particularly in the highly populated city, is even more disturbing.
It reflects Hannah's (Billie Lourd) unsettling finding and the warning in the title of the premiere.
The rapidly evolving and highly contagious virus might obliterate the whole population if left unchecked.
As if that weren't enough, a psychotic serial killer who targets only gay men is currently stalking the LGBTQ+ community and butchering and defiling them.
"Big Daddy" chases his prey as an enormously muscular predator dripping in seductive leather in the forced darkness of parks and bathhouses.
These specifics set up "American Horror Story: NYC" for a season that will go down in history and is already off to a fascinating and thrilling start.