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The action-filled "The Name Game" raises questions, offers closure to a couple of wicked characters, and climaxes with a shocking scene.
Just when you think American Horror Story: Asylum can't possibly get more Baroque, it shimmies up a gilded spire and tosses a zillion putti at your head until you beg for mercy.
This episode raised so many questions!
As the crematorium fire rages, Arden, um, climbs on top of her carcass and burns himself alive. That was a pretty great moment, you guys... I feel happy just knowing it happened.
I've started to get into the rhythm of this odd, weirdly rewarding season of television, to figure out the way that it seems to build to a season finale every other episode, then retreat into downtime.
The whole episode was one of the season's strongest hours, due in large part because it contained one of the most inspired scenes this series has ever given us... but we'll get to Satan's Great! Big! Music! Box!
I will say this is one episode that demands your full attention, even as it skips over more details than I would have liked.
"The Name Game," despite its dalliance with a Glee-inspired dance-macabre number, gave us some big game-changing deaths. It heaped a ton of woe onto Jude and Timothy, giving them both powerful ways to atone for their past misdeeds.
This show has nothing but good actors on it, and the worst aspects of some of the performers (accent work, mostly) can be overshadowed by more powerful visual signals.
What a fun episode; a strong and memorable return after the holiday hiatus, and one that was fairly tightly scripted, all things considered (like that this is American Horror Story).
For all its conflicts, 'The Name Game' isn't nearly as crazy as some episodes that have come before it, but mainly that's because it's still picking up the pieces after the Lee Emerson (Ian McShane) holiday disaster at Briarcliff.
I feel like we should work "The Name Game" from final scene to first scene since the entire episode just kept getting crazier and crazier!
Tonight's episode spent a little bit of time getting us reacquainted with our favorite patients and caregivers of Briarcliff, but quickly got back into the crazy head games, battle between good and evil and even threw in a few surprises.