American Horror Story Review by Nadim S.

American Horror Story 4.04: Edward Mordrake: Part II

American Horror Story 4.04: Edward Mordrake: Part II

Written By:
Jennifer Salt
Directed By:
Howard Deutch

The one genuinely scary thing Freak Show had going for it this year was Twisty. The demented clown was positively terrifying, and he was the season highlight by far. 

Killing him off so soon into the season feels like a ridiculously dumb move, as American Horror Story is a show that flourishes when there's an antagonist supplying the proceedings with a sense of urgency and terror. It doesn't help that Twisty's backstory didn't end up being particularly enthralling, so I'm hoping Dandy taking over as the season's baddie will restore some luster.

I want to say Edward Mordrake ended up being a captivating character, but he was mostly utilised as a narrative device so our characters could divulge a whole lot of exposition and backstory.

On the bright side, I was fascinated by Elsa's disturbing history of sex and perversion. Furthermore, having her lose her legs in a vicious snuff film added a good dose of tragedy and unsettling undertones to the mix. Did anyone feel like the infamous Watchers could be making a return appearance some time this season? 
Our Grade:
The Good:
  • Elsa's backstory was fascinating and disturbing
The Bad:
  • Why kill off the breakout character so soon?
  • What did Mordrake really bring to the table?

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.

American Horror Story by - 11/3/2014 8:26 AM131 views

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