AHS: 1984 Episodes 3 & 4 thoughts. (SPOILER ALERT)

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(Spoilers ahead.)

Yes, I meant to write a recap for American Horror Story: 1984 episode 3 last week and forgot, so I’m combining weeks 3 and 4.

Wowsa. And, can I just say, nailed it! (Yes, that’s sort of a pun, but no, not really.) Let’s do this…

I KNEW Margaret was the one who did the original killing in 1970. Just fucking KNEW that crazy bitch couldn’t be trusted.

The story really did pick up last week, too. Which is good, because after episode 2, I was seriously starting to have my doubts. Glad to see it’s finding its stride. We started seeing more backstories, and I had a feeling Montana wanted to kill Brooke because of something to do with the wedding. (Nailed it!)

But holy shitballs, did shit get crazy really fast last week, and they just stuck a brick on the gas pedal for this week and totally Tesla-self-driving-carred that shit.

They’ve started flipping the script, so it’s not “just” a slasher story. And, honestly? I know the “slasher kills” are an homage to the source material, but they’re hokey as hell and don’t help the story much. They really don’t need them, and a lot of the blood and spatter is CGI, anyway.

I like what they’re doing with the storyline overall, though. And this week (week 4) we saw a return of the paranormal element (at the very end) that had been missing ever since we were first introduced to the hitchhiker’s ghost, who then disappeared.

“Rita,” of course, isn’t. Her real name is Donna, and she’s a batcrap crazy psychology doctorate researcher trying to study a serial killer “in the wild.” (RIP the real Nurse Rita last week.) Donna set it up so Mr. Jingles (aka Benjamin, aka the fall guy for crazy Margaret) would escape so she could study him. She’s convinced a combo of his Viet Nam experience and pornography turned him crazy.

The irony is, of course, that he’s innocent.

Well, he was innocent. He didn’t do what he was put in the asylum for, but he’s making up for lost time (and lost brain cells, thanks, drugs and electroshock torture).

I like how we’re seeing the humanity in the “killer,” and it turns out the killer was made, not born.

*Tim Curry voice* Pornography was just a red herring. (Apologies to Clue.)**

Donna is the one who dug/set the traps, and at the end of last week, she’d drugged Brooke and then…well, drug her off. We found her locked in a storage shed this week, and she busted her way out…just to get caught in one of Dona’s traps. So she confessed to everything and told Brooke she was leaving her there as a sacrifice to Mr. Jingles, to see if he’d kill captive bait or not.

We still don’t know the truth behind Brooke, if she really did sleep with the best man (Montana’s brother) who was then murdered on the altar by her fiancé. So we don’t know if she’s as sweet and pure and woe-begotten as she’s portraying herself to be. I mean, to be honest, she apparently sucks at picking guys, if her fiancé was that obsessive and controlling as to shoot his best man and her family and himself in the church on their wedding day, instead of, oh, you know, TALKING about it. (Toxic and fragile masculinity.)

By the way, poor Xavier. I feel sorry for him. Oven-roasted twink isn’t a good look on him. (And I have a feeling he’s going to go total psycho now.) Yes, we were supposed to sympathize with Brooke, but she’s a little too goody-goody. I actually felt sorry for Xavier being forced into doing gay porn, when all he wants to do is be a real movie star. (Let’s see if my guess about him going full psycho comes to pass.)

RIP Ray last week (chickenshit motherfucker), RIP the real Nurse Rita, and RIP the three fake Mr. Jingleses (two hits and a mistaken identity). This week, RIP Chef Bertie, and RIP Trevor, you well-hung, porn-stached bastard, you. And possibly RIP Benjamin aka Mr. Jingles, but we don’t know if he is dead and is now a ghost, or if he’s dying and just dragged himself out of the cabin while Margaret was turning Trevor into pincushion. And RIP and welcome back to Richard Ramirez, who was killed in a fight with Mr. Jingles, but then was apparently revived by supernatural powers.

Also, RIP our complacency, as the plot ramps up and we’re seeing the meat holding all these bones together. (Haha. #sorrynotsorry) We’ve got four more episodes in this season for allll sorts of shit to go sideways.

Last week (episode 3) there was a lot of humor (intended or not, I don’t know) mixed in, and it worked really well. There was some more this week, although it’s starting to slide more toward the sinister end of the spectrum. I’m enjoying this season. It’s too soon to say where it’ll rank in my list of AHS seasons, but it’s holding my interest.

Theories? Well, Sarah Paulson is supposed to make an appearance somewhere. Could she be in her psychic mode and it’s a time-jump and now Xavier is repeating history by opening the camp again? Could she be in Supreme mode (Coven) and dealing with forces there? Or…? Or maybe Brooke survives and the cycle repeats. Who knows, at this point?

I’m going to guess maybe we’ll have a time jump somewhere. Episode 6 of this season is the 100th AHS episode, and the title of the episode is literally “Episode 100”. I suspect it’ll get crazy, and that might be when we see Sarah Paulson show up.

I guess we’ll see.

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