THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS RELATING TO THIS AND/OR PAST SEASONS OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
American Horror Story has enjoyed an ever growing degree of success since its inception in 2011. For the uninitiated, American Horror Story is a anthology horror series with different focuses on narrative location each season. So far we have had Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show & Hotel. This latest series, Roanoke, relating to the lost American colony of Roanoke.
This season has been a strange one, in a good way. The season had a distinct split, two VERY different takes of the same core premise that on the whole, I felt, worked very well. AHS going meta was a very welcome addition. It’s understood by now that one approaches a new season of American Horror Story with a very open mind. Expect overacting, VERY dodgy accents (I’m looking at you Kathy Bates), overblown and incredulous plot twists, it’s what AHS does and does well. Roanoke may be requiring of this even more so than past seasons. You know you may be the kind of person that may have to persevere when Evan Peter delivers lines like “But first, let us rouge each other’s nipples” (which is the single most amazing line the show has come out with). There is a very twisted, yet brilliant vein of humour that permeates AHS, a sense of humour I have always dug and is thankfully still present.
AHS alumni are still present on mass, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Denis O’Hare, even Lady Gaga makes a return visit to the show. It’s testament to the writing and presentation of the show that these people keep returning for more, not one of them feeling out of place.
Although Roanoke has been a pretty enjoyable season in general, barking storyline and characters, requisite amounts of gore and a very original season structure, This season did feel like it maybe struggled to keep the core premise active for the full 10 episode run, the last episode in particular felt completely superfluous. Considering the surprising about turn in structure this season, it is going to be very interesting to see where AHS goes from here.