The Painter and the Thief
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"The Dead" throws outlandish preposterousness at the wall, not the oddest of which is monstrous Franken-sex, and it sticks -- with extra stickiness.
"It wasn't only a different time. It was a different world," LaLaurie pleads with Queenie. It is a testament to Kathy Bates' phenomenal acting skills that her statement holds any emotional or narrative water whatsoever, because come on.
This episode was written by co-creator Brad Falchuk, and he injected it with his usual mixture of humor, awe, and dark, dark tomfoolery.
"The Dead" offers a bleak corrective to any potentially incoherent, pandering dissonances of the past.
We're in it for the long haul because we know it's going to surprise us. And besides, there hasn't been a season of this show yet where the writing didn't disappoint, especially around the middle of the season.
It's a great twist that works in more ways than one.
Tonight's episode mainly paired most of the main cast in teams of two to varying degrees of entertainment.
Loved the MMB/Marie/Queenie stuff, loved the Zoe/Spalding stuff... liked the Fiona having sex with Axeman a whole lot less. Fun episode, but not the best. The show however, still is.
Lange is a great talent who gets all the best material -- it's as if the writers expend all their creative energy on fleshing out Fiona and, exhausted, hand out whatever dribs and drabs they can to the rest of the characters.
This episode smelled VERY weird, you guys. I know it is TV and therefore shouldn't smell but I definitely had to put eucalyptus rub under my nostrils like in Silence of the Lambs. But "The Dead" was also a VERY good episode.
I gotta hand it to American Horror Story: Coven -- it really knows how to keep viewers guessing.
What the show is getting at with the rest of its subplots is only now becoming apparent, so there's still a chance something will come of what Murphy and Falchuk are getting at with the overarching premise of the season.
Maimings, killings, three-way zombie sex. This week's Coven will never be accused of not super-sizing the crazy.