On February 28, 1986, a 17-year-old Molly Ringwald graced the screen as as the working-class Andie Walsh, a heartbroken teenager in a prom dress that launched a thousand controversies over the words “pretty” and “pink.”
American Horror Story: Freak Show hasn’t had the slightest bit of subtlety when it’s come to conveying its themes and images, and this week’s episode, “Bullseye,” is no different. Though this heavy-handed dramatic approach has yielded uneven emotional results, “Bullseye” makes it work through its successful combination of shocking imagery and character development, as well as its clever connections between seemingly disparate elements.
American Horror Story: Freak Show has been making campy nods towards a variety of horror cliches throughout the season’s first three episodes, and “Edward Mordrake (Part Two)” points towards a new subset of the genre—torture porn. Even the most gruesome moments of the previous episodes carry a comic, winking touch to them that keeps them light (without allowing for a few chills). However, in “(Part Two),” the humor is replaced by a noticeably sadistic streak that’s neither as fun nor as scary as the previous tone.
Continuing from last week’s episode of True Blood, “Don’t You Feel Me?” keeps the entertainment level comparatively high. We left last week on two cliffhangers, both of which had characters’ lives at risk and neither of which followed through in killing any of those characters. But fans got two deaths in this episode to mull over – one relatively triumphant and one surprisingly devastating.