(W/ LIGHT SPOILERS)
TWO EPISODES IN
AHS: DOUBLE FEATURE (2021)
Season TEN, Episodes 1 & 2
As if the American Horror Story franchise couldn’t get any more puzzling, we have been graced with AHS: Double Feature. It’s one season split into two parts. Part one is called Red Tide. Part two is called Death Valley. Maybe it was pretty self explanatory for most folks, but it took me an embarrassing amount of time to figure out what the heck was going on.
“But Tiffany, is it awful? Is it the worst season yet?” Honestly, so far, no. The first episode alone is already better than the entirety of AHS: 1984. If you read my review for that one, I don’t think I need to say much else. (And don’t even get me started on AHS: Stories). The show finally did what it’s been needing to do for about five years now, which is to settle down and pull back. Since season 5 Hotel. The show has been grasping at straws with each concept only to turn it on its head with no payoff. What the show runners failed to realize for years was that the first four seasons worked so well because they didn’t rely on backflips in mazes to keep audiences engaged.
Nevertheless, I do like the story set up. We follow the Gardner family of a young girl named Alma, her dad Harry (Finn Wittrock), and her very pregnant mom Doris (Lily Rabe) as they move into a temporary home in Charlestown, PA. Harry needed a place to write his screenplay so they rent an old house in a neighborhood without neighbors. Literally, we see no other townspeople. The story is a lot deeper, but the gist is that this family is being terrorized by creepy pale creatures who are quite literally coming for their necks. There are a lot of fun characters and some familiar faces I so dearly missed (EP = <3 ). If you’re like me and miss the essence of American Horror Story pre-2015, this is probably the closest thing we are going to get. I really think it’s looking up this time!
New episodes air on FX every Wednesday, but if you have Hulu, you can watch them the next day along with the previous episodes. For once I am truly curious to see how the season plays out as well as what everyone else thinks of it.