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The pace is quite measured in comparison to previous episodes in the season, but "I Am Anne Frank (Part 1)" ups the stakes in a major way with some earnest and empathic character development.
Tonight's episode is so entertaining largely because it abandons story entirely.
Wednesday's episode - part of a season-long story arc - examines the problems of gauging reality and identity, always issues in a mental hospital.
In Briarcliff, Grace, Lana, Shelly, and Kit are back, having successfully escaped the mutants but not the asylum.
"I Am Anne Frank" was about the importance of being... frank. And earnest and empathetic, too.
I found it to be the first episode to treat its characters like characters, and not like vessels for exposition or segues into different, incongruous horror stories.
This week's episode, "I Am Anne Frank (Part 1)," echoed Season 1's inclusion of an actual murder victim, but upped the ante big time. Seriously: ANNE FRANK.
We don't enjoy torture porn and we don't enjoy stories where one group of people (in this case, women) seem to be singled out for all the worst the story has to offer.
The latest episode and first of two parts, I Am Anne Frank, makes sure to give up a few more clues to ensure that we're still paying attention. If you weren't already, tonight's episode will have you glued to the screen.
Just when you think American Horror Story can't get any more weird or whacky... Anne Frank enters the Asylum.
While some might find this episode boring, I very much appreciated the slow-down in pace for some good old fashioned character development.
The episode might have been a little tougher to follow this week, but it's the sort of tough-to-follow that rewards multiple viewings.