Critic Consensus: Unlike any AHS installment to date, season six premiere "Chapter 1" manages to surprise still with a unique setup and a new multi-layered look and feel, even if it doesn't get around to revealing much of what's to come.
Critic reviews for Chapter 1
For all the hoopla and buzz and highly-marketed misdirects ... My Roanoke Nightmare felt markedly...flat. On purpose, for sure. But still...sigh.
However it happened, My Roanoke Nightmare is an injection of fresh blood into what was becoming a decaying formula. It's the American Crime Story version of American Horror Story.
"My Roanoke Nightmare" is a promising start with a central mystery as tantalizing as the ads teasing it. The marketing paid off, now Ryan Murphy has to, too.
For long-time viewers of the show, the "show within a show" format is a fresh shakeup from its traditional format. Additionally, the episode resonates as a more mature version of the storyline from the first season, Murder House.
So, was it worth the wait?... Hard to say just yet, but color my interest piqued- for now. We'll just have to wait and see where it goes from here before I make any serious judgment calls. Until then, it was okay, I suppose. Not great, but okay.
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