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The dramatic and suspenseful elements of "Blood Bath" are finally reaching a crowning point this season, as it effectively begins interweaving its multiple storylines into one.
For a series that showcases strong, older female actresses, I'm not sure how to go about giving superlatives for this week's "Blood Bath." Good job showing Grrrl Power? Really?
By this point, I'd rather read a stack of Garbage Pail Kids trading cards in quick looped succession than watch another episode of this cynical, programmatic ticker-tape of convoluted atrociousness.
The best part about this season so far is just how bright it is. Just think about it: The creepiest moments in last night's very good episode happen when the sun is out.
The title of this week's episode is appropriate in more ways than one. The death count spikes as loose ends are tied, revenge is sought and Dandy takes another step toward his goal of being the most terrifyingly evil brat of all time.
Twisted family imagery and language pervades "Blood Bath," and blood ties are no safer than figurative families.
When you title an episode of American Horror Story "Blood Bath," you know it's definitely figurative and you worry it might be literal. Then you see that "Blood Bath" is credited to AHS demon lord Ryan Murphy, and you know it's definitely literal.
When an episode is titled "Blood Bath," you kind of expect a lot. You don't necessarily expect it to be literal, though. Oh, wait. This is American Horror Story.
While it's tempting to find it a mixed blessing that great characters (and actresses) might no longer be on the show, I think anything that gets a rise out of us is worth it.
"Blood Bath" is used as a way to push our characters forward, to their final act.
"Blood Bath" was taut, tense, and filled with big moments that changed the course of the series.
All in all, "Blood Bath" does what it can to bring the various storylines together under one roof (or tent, as it were), and for the most part it succeeds.
It's still one of the most fascinating things on television, horror or otherwise, even if this season hasn't been my favorite.