*fat free and mostly spoiler-free*
“The Morning After” wastes little time in diving into how the first episode ended. The story-line is pretty strong, allowing this episode to pose a lot of questions, as well as continue to tie in with connections from AHS: Murder House (season 1). Mostly dialogue and light on the scares, episode 2 works effectively in a several ways:
- More story is being built.
- Some characters are beginning to develop more depth.
- More questions are being posed, allowing viewers to want to continue to watch the rest of the season.
The first episode of this season got some rough feedback because it didn’t give us many scares, was too comedic, and didn’t give viewers the tie-in with Coven (season 3) they were “promised.” Unfortunately for those idiot viewers, they will be similarly disappointed with episode 2, which delivers equally enjoyable thrills, laughs, and intrigue as the previous episode. However, here, we’re asking some solid questions (i.e. the end of the episode!?).
The directing of this episode continues to fascinate. Episode 2 shows us the Rubber Man with some great contrasting scenes with him in the darkness or certain corners. I appreciate it most with its taking advantage of what little color is shown in the scenes, specifically scenes within the Outpost- oranges, blacks, grays- just drab colors. But the direction of the episode is unique in having the lesser folks in grey blend with the background until they physically move, for example. I’m prattling. I usually can guess plot points, but the surprise death and the additional twist at the end were not what I was envisioning. Brava!
The acting is finally, but slowly, starting to pick up for some. Sarah Paulson, however, will forever entrance me. She plays more of a “villain” (although if you really look at the big picture, is she?) as Venable. Yet she portrays vulnerability in fear of Langdon but only behind his back; and the scene of her being “tested” with her physical (and emotional) scars- BROWN COW STUNNING! Evan Peters, while I’ll never be a fan, is starting to show some depth and characterization as the sassy (and now kinky…) Gallant, with some well-times humor.
Overall, Episode 2 makes one want to continue watching, despite the sad ratings thus far for this season. Maybe AHS reached its peak back in season 4; maybe following the worst season yet, Cult, left viewers hesitant to even give this season a chance. Regardless, those viewers are, just like I thought….trash.