I’ve watched this show, guiltily, for two seasons. I’ve considered writing about it, but mostly what I want to say is, OH WHY GOD WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF!!???? But I’ve stuck with it, and this is for anyone who wants to consider what did and didn’t work about this season, here are a hodgepodge of thoughts. Bring on yours.
The last three episodes worked for me as a trilogy. They were stellar. This was a different pace and storytelling from the rest of the season– I found myself holding my breath moment to moment, despite the fact that most of the horrors were already behind us. Lana getting into that cab– you were CERTAIN she was in danger. And there have been many of those moments– perfect suspense. Horror in your mind, just knowing what’s possible.
The alien plot-line did not work for me. I really don’t understand its purpose, although it granted access to some interesting plot developments. I loved the polygamy– it was a beautiful portrayal of a functional alternative family, and I was disappointed that they took it down the way they did. Although ultimately I guess it was PTSS from alien torture that did it. Right? (I might ask some questions here. This show is confusing, and things move quickly!)
Kit, I love you. That character was granted a self that never wavered from the moment we met him– open, loving, true– and that self brought him his relationships with Lana and then with Jude. (or wait, maybe it was Jude and then Lana.) OH and his take on forgiveness? That actually gave me something about forgiveness that I’ve never been able to get on my own.
The decision to advance things forward in time was truly effective. Unexpected. And very well done.
I actually didn’t love the Dylan McDermot Mulrooney storyline. While aspects of it were well played out, the fact he was BabyBloodyFace was expected, and for far too long. Predictable and for the most part uninteresting to me.
But c’mon, did you ever expect such an emotionally satisfying ending to a show like this? It was beautiful. It felt a little like Six Feet Under. And with everyone dead– everyone, right?
Jude and Kit, dance lesson– glorious moment. Jude finally asking for the kiss– so, so gorgeous.
And Lana’s final scenes. She called upon the same shrewd strength that kept her alive all those years back. In one short afternoon, she told the entire world her biggest secret, looked love and hate squarely in the face, and pulled the trigger. Oh Lana– I suspect a resurgence of nightmares, as the words she used (just calling him “Baby”–::shudder::) had to take her right back to that basement, and she is once again, blood-stained. Peace might not be the word for what she has permitted for herself, but something akin– her work, at last, is done. Her story is fully told. The circle of her past is completed and sealed. Lana’s good, and I was moved to see it.
Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson– Emmys. Duke it out.
Here are a couple of loose end WHYs??? for you:
That murdering little girl/Bad Seed.
The child that Jude didn’t kill. What was that? And it seemed there was an angry father red herring.
Please to enjoy what will be remembered for years and years to come: