Critic Consensus: AHS returns in frightening form with "The End," a wickedly fun -- if unfortunately witch-free -- premiere that's equal parts camp, chaos, and Sarah Paulson chewing scenery like no one else can.
as Ms. Wilhemina Venable, Cordelia Foxx & Billie Dean Howard
as Michael Langdon
as Ms. Miriam Mead
as Dinah Stevens
as Mr. Gallant & Tate Langdon
as Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt
as Evie Gallant
Critic reviews for The End
The haunting setups are punctuated with showy flourishes of humor, making the start of "AHS: Apocalypse" feel just like Ms. Venable wants: a welcome beginning instead of a harrowing end.
It's "American Horror Story," so I guess we should have expected the first episode of "Apocalypse" to be weird and confusing, but this one feels particularly obtuse. That's not a criticism - just a note about how extra-weird this season is shaping up .
Apocalypse, on the basis of its first hour, will stand shoulder to shoulder with its predecessors. This was a silly, ghastly soufflé that bounced between horrific and hilarious and was never less than completely exhilarating.
This is broad satirical stuff, sure, but it's notable that the show's writers can't be bothered to reach past punch lines about our own world's fads of five years ago.
In true Horror Story fashion, the season's first supernatural moment comes paired with the season's first shower scene.
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