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"Nor'easter" tightens the focus on plot, while maintaining its trademark campy, scary thrills.
The season is developing some interesting ideas-like the continued fascination the series as with the Venn diagram intersection between sex and horror-but the story is stuck in neutral.
The devil made her do it, this week. One little devil and just look at all the turmoil. The devil has a way of making the past present, too, especially for Sister Jude.
Crazy sister Mary Eunice is full of the devil, which jumped from the cow-killer to her during the exorcism.
Inside the wasteland of The Asylum, the horror freaks are amusing themselves to death.
For those of you totally digging this season, more power to you. Have a blast. American Horror Story continues to be a campy, chill ride. I just want a little bit more from it than cheap thrills.
Overall, I enjoyed this episode, but I wasn't blown away by it. There are too few quiet moments to allow any revelations to really sink in; there's too much rushing around with multiple storylines to give any one in particular a chance to breathe.
We'll take Jessica Lange acting drunk and bitter any day of the week.
I will admit that "Nor'easter"-a terrific episode!-made me feel even more scared and anxious due to the news and images coming out of the Eastern Seaboard these days.
American Horror Story: Asylum has given us the best episode of the season thus far, tightening the focus of the plot while still maintaining the trademark insanity that makes it such a rush to watch.
By comparison, "Nor'easter" was a tame hour of television, spending far more time delving into the background of various characters than attempting to frighten those watching these individuals in action.
American Horror Story seems to be breaking new grounds for crazy stuff this season, all while telling stronger stories.