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"Edward Mordrake Pt. 2" was a nice change-up from the first three episodes, giving more reasons to care about Freak Show's characters.
It was an episode filled with stories; an episode that in many ways was all about storytelling.
Freak Show, by dropping a few characters, losing the obligatory song, and tightening its belt, got good this week.
"Edward Mordrake: Part 2" is all about backstory, making it something of a welcome departure from the first three episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show.
This is "Asylum" on steroids, and there's none of the camp of "Coven" to cut the darkness.
I must say, this episode went into some decidedly unexpected places, and I'm not just talking about that insanity in Berlin.
"Edward Mordrake, Pt. 2" was extremely disgusting and horrifying, yet it still managed to serve as a tribute to Murphy's ability to mix empathy with outrageousness. What insane acrobatics this show performs!
Not only is it a nice change of pace to finally get to see some of the secondary characters get their moment in the spotlight, but it's also a welcome addition to have flashbacks tell their stories.
I should've known it was nothing but an origin story.
Mordrake's method for collecting involves requiring all applicants to reveal their life story, which doubles as a nice way to get to know our characters.
"Edward Mordrake (Part 2)" finds Freak Show wallowing in the sort of dull, meaningless outlandishness that usually sets in right around the halfway mark of any given season of American Horror Story.
Alright, I have to give it to American Horror Story because this is the episode where it finally got good.