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The tried and true premise that emerges in "Chapter 2" is undermined by superficial exposition that damages its credibility -- even in the context of American Horror Story.
Time to go vomit. Can't wait till next week, guys!
In the excitement of a new seasonal arc, I forgot one thing: Enjoying unreliable narration means trusting that the story-building process is reliable. And reliability isn't American Horror Story's strong suit.
Now that the mystery of AHS's sixth season has evaporated, we've had another week to settle into the most miserable house this side of Roanoke Island, North Carolina.
If this is an uncomplicated, traditional, don't-go-into-the-woods exercise in making the viewer at home pee his or her pants, we would be dumb to complain.
American Horror Story is playing its cards very close to its chest - and it's hard not to feel like there's a trick hiding up its sleeve.
At least in the premiere, the characters were often separated and secretive with each other, both in the re-enactments and in "reality," but in 'Chapter 2' the talking heads are painfully perfunctory.
The docudrama style of the series was another surprise, and one that people either love or hate. I happen to be in the former camp of people because it finally feels like the creators are trying something new.
Roanoke continued its reign of terror this week with another bonkers episode. We learned a bit more about the monsters haunting Shelby and Matt's house (hint: it's all of them) while also checking off the boxes of some classic horror tropes.
This was another decent enough episode, albeit with some dubious moves made by all concerned.
Murphy's spent over half a decade paying tribute to horror classics, it appears that he's finally got around to homaging his own show.
The standout performance in this episode came from Angela Bassett's Lee.
It's almost too much to believe that they would still stay there, whether they can get rid of the house or not. Because of this, the reasons they do choose to stay feel forced while the series seems hesitant to offer up anything truly scary.