A bedeviling 'American Horror Story'
November 1st, 2012
10:34 AM ET

A bedeviling 'American Horror Story'

[Editor's Note: If you don't want to know what happened on the most recent episode of "American Horror Story: Asylum," stop reading now.]

You've gotta give "American Horror Story: Asylum" credit for being consistent in its inconsistency, just as it was last season.

After last week's excellent episode, Wednesday night's outing was a frustrating step back.

Take the opening scene, which brought us back to the present day in the asylum. After Bloody Face repeatedly stabbed Adam Levine's Leo, he went after Teresa, who was soon rescued by the armless, but apparently indestructible, Leo. Teresa then stabbed Bloody Face repeatedly.

As the two made their getaway, they met up with a second Bloody Face, and as they were cornered by two of them (Leo's not the only indestructible one around there, clearly) they were gunned down.

The two under the Bloody Face masks revealed themselves as ....  a couple of teenagers we've never seen before. Well, that was anticlimactic. But then they realize they didn't rip off Leo's arm. It would seem that was the "real" Bloody Face, who showed up right on cue.

Back to 1964, Sister Jude freaks out when she gets a 15-year-old newspaper referring to the girl she hit with her car - the event which drove her to become a nun. Jude spent the rest of the episode haunted by that incident, so we didn't get our usual over-the-top performance from Jessica Lange this week.

Instead, that role went to Lily Rabe as Jude's new tormentor, Sister Mary Eunice - a.k.a., Satan... from hell!

In no time at all, our possessed nun went from threatening to ridiculous. She attempted to seduce Dr. Arden, killed a suspecting patient, and wanted to watch the end of the asylum's special movie presentation of "Sign of the Cross," because she wanted to see Christians being killed. Because she's the devil, you see.

(Speaking of which, Dr. Arden's scene with a statue of the Virgin Mary won't win too many fans in the religious community.)

In the meantime, Kit (who it turns out may very well be telling the truth about the aliens), Grace and Lana plotted another ill-fated escape from the institution, which only served for them to discover Sister Mary Eunice's dead victim, and to meet up with a few of Dr. Arden's bloodthirsty, freakish creatures hanging out in the woods.

Sister Mary Eunice is almost a sideshow compared to Dr. Arden, the real villain of this season (it would be far too easy to assume he is Bloody Face - quite likely the killer is an experimental victim of Dr. Arden's). As the episode came to a close, a dazed Shelley awoke to see Dr. Arden staring down at her, hours after he assaulted her. His latest surgical endeavor brought new meaning to the term "cutting you off at the knees."

Like I said, there were far too many "seriously?" moments in this episode, not that it didn't have more than its share of disturbing moments. Hopefully next week will put the show back on the right track.

Did this week's installment annoy you as much as it did me? Share your view on video or post a comment.

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. JJ

    I liked the first season way better this is just stupid

    November 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jen

    Why hasn't anyone figured out that Mary Eunice is possessed?? And who else thinks she is that little girl that Sister Jude mowed down all those years ago? She has the glasses...the newspaper. etc. OMG and poor Shelley!! That was absolutely gruesome! And that demented Dr. stuck that alien thing back into poor Kit's neck! There was far too much going on, I must watch it again!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Your so cleva


    November 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chrisy

    I have to say even though parts are all over the place and jump from one thing to another...it keeps you interested from start to finish. Half the time I can't figure out what's going on but that make me love it even more!

    November 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kelly

    Did you not witness Sister Jude's intro to movie night?? That monologue was delightfully over-the-top! While I agree that Dr. Arden is a vile character with sociopathic tendencies, it must be noted that Ryan Murphy enjoys giving many of the characters backstories carrying loads of baggage. That's part of the fun.

    November 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. anonymous

    Once again the writers who took a good idea and did an initial amazing job with it (at least with the first season), have taken something and turned it into a mashup of sheer BS. It's like taking leatherface and throwing him into Waverly Hills with Damien... The show has become trite and not even imaginative. About the only thing that's enjoyable is Lange, and that's only because of her acting chops. Thanks for ruining the one thing I looked forward to watching all year. Now I'll go and smack my head into a wall.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rockman

    leave this lovely nun alone please!

    November 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marie Kan

    not sure if this is the right show for me..i would have to think about it.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sis M.

    hang out later?

    November 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Macintosh Baby

    are you turned on?

    November 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jane Rock

    i have to put some makeup on ...i'll be right back

    November 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ash

    I thought last night's episode was awesome. Seeing Sister Mary transform into a totally different character and have a lot of chaos is what I like in these kinds of shows/movies. I know it can sometimes cause confusion or have "too much going on" but it was still a great episode. I think we have a lot more in store for us fans than we really think.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thom

    I am so sick of jounralist bashing one of the most creative show's on air today. Last night was an INCREDIBLY good episode. The twist as always were unique and plot driven (Why wouldn't the villians in the modern day tale be horror fans gone wild? An then to confront the real killer! Too cool!!). Stop bashing these guys efforts. If you want to see this done badly, tune into 666 Park Avenue, which has lots of talent and no atmosphere thanks to god-awful lighting and cinmeatography, a lumbering script and some dubious special effects. This season is first-rate. Shut up and enjoy the magic!

    November 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rachel Cood

    i enjoy the show and there are no demons in this show!

    November 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kyphi

    This was a solid episode that hopefully is setting up the rest of the season. When Sister Jude sobers up, she should be able to put two and two together and realize the demon is in Sister Mary for the time being.

    November 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Boo

    I still like this show but it is not as good as last year. It's too derivative....

    November 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |

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