American Horror Story Review by Nadim S.

American Horror Story 4.03: Edward Mordrake: Part I

American Horror Story 4.03: Edward Mordrake: Part I

Written By:
James Wong
Directed By:
Michael Uppendahl

Although every season of American Horror Story is a completely different animal, one element never changes: every year the show gives us a two-part Halloween episode. Last season's Coven zombie-fest was definitely better than Asylum's Anne Frank debacle, however I'm sad to report that the first part of Freak Show's Halloween attempt wasn't very promising. 

The writers probably envisioned Edward Mordrake as a complex antihero, but that didn't translate very well on screen. Wes Bentley is fine in the role, but the whole double-head backstory just wasn't very intriguing. I guess he's just an excuse to kill off one of the freaks in the next episode, although I doubt it's going to be anyone important (and thank God Ethel survived). 

Speaking of Ethel, this episode paid a lot of attention to the bearded lady. Although I don't get what kind of accent she's supposed to have, Kathy Bates is certainly excellent in the role. The scene in which her doctor told her she only has a year a to live was gut-wrenchingly powerful, and I was equally heartbroken when she asked Dell to play some sort of role in her son's life after she's gone.

Thankfully, Gloria, Dora and Dandy are still the most amusing element in Freak Show. I absolutely love all their scenes, from the Woody Woodpecker costume to Dandy's various tantrums as Gloria incessantly struggles to please and entertain him.

Finally, this episode also saw the introduction of Emma Roberts who plays a con-woman who tricks Elsa into thinking she's a fortune teller. I love how she played our leader using her dreams for fame. And hey, fainting at the end is always guaranteed to get you the job. 

Our Grade:
The Good:
  • The introduction of Emma Roberts to the story
  • Gloria, Dora, and Dandy!
The Bad:
  • Mordrake doesn't connect with the audience as the writers intended
  • What is with Ethel's accent?

Nadim S. is a regular contributor of review for Critical Myth; The Critical Myth Show is heard here on VOG Network's radio feed Monday, Wednesday & Friday. For more commentary from Nadim, go to You can follow him on twitter at @nadsreviews.

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