The Painter and the Thief
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"Head" churns out terrific dialogue and a series of surprising plot twists, even as the sheer number of narrative arcs and political themes induce a certain amount of viewer fatigue.
This week's episode of American Horror Story: Coven steers the series into unexpected and retrospectively logical narrative and thematic directions.
I know I say this basically every week, but I am always stunned by the caliber of camp Ryan Murphy manages to achieve. The last five minutes of this episode was pure insane trash.
This war is getting real, queens. Grab your coffee, guns, and pillows, 'cause this is one bumpy broom.
[The episode] that took the whole simmering racial/sexual subtext of the season and turned it into explosive text.
I look at the episode and the season as a whole, and I'm just exhausted by it, and not in a good way. I'm glad Coven has finally knitted all of its storylines together, but it's long past the point where I might care about it.
This would have been so much more interesting if it had unfolded just a little more organically, rather than the fits and starts of a typical Murphy joint.
Perhaps the worst part of this episode, and definitely one of the more deplorable aspects of this season in general, is the continued botching of their race material.
There were some satisfying twists and turns.
It never ceases to shock me how much this season has crammed into each episode, but I like it. Keep shocking me, show. Keep making me cry. Keep making me feel things in general. And above all else, keep giving us the gift of Angela Bassett.
As ever, some great dialogue throughout.
While the role that Hank has played was nominal at best, it raises an interesting question about the permanence of such things in the world that Coven has created.
The Hank storyline and his unexpected, violent turn on Laveau was very well done. The rest of "Head" felt undercooked though.