Welcome to another episode of ‘Soap Opera: Freak Show,’ in which we’ve (hopefully) reached peak melodrama. Although Jessica Lange’s Elsa subdues herself somewhat in “Test of Strength,” allowing for more theatrical performances from the father/son bonding of Michael Chiklis’ Dell and Evan Peters’ Jimmy, there’s still way too much heightened drama and not enough of that horror that the show’s title promises. And where’s all the bonkers weirdness that we’ve come to love from Ryan Murphy and Co.? This season has worked itself into a woefully boring rut.
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‘Arrow’ season 3 lets loose its seventh installment of the year with “Draw Back Your Bow,” as Oliver tangles with obsessed “Cupid” Carrie Cutter (Amy Gumenick), while Felicity finds herself in an unexpected encounter with Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), and Thea auditions DJs for the club’s reopening.
It’s never good to try to predict things when it comes to serialized television shows. And it’s an especially bad idea when those predictions involve something as slippery as time travel. But that’s where we are a scant six episodes into ‘The Flash,’ as tonight’s epilogue all but confirms what most of us have been thinking all along. This show is many things, but “subtle” isn’t exactly one of those.
Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ assembles its eighth season 2 installment in “The Things We Bury,” as Coulson dips back into ‘Agent Carter‘ (Hayley Aywell)’s past for clues to beating Hydra in the race to uncover an ancient secret, while Ward kidnaps his senator brother Christian (Tim DeKay) for a violent trip down memory lane.
‘Sons of Anarchy’ season 7 roars out its 11th episode of the final year, “Suits of Woe,” as Jax learns the truth about Gemma’s role in Tara’s murder, while Juice takes care of club business in prison.
FOX’s ‘Gotham’ detects its ninth installment in “Harvey Dent,” as Gordon turns to the city’s trustworthy ADA (Nicholas D’Agosto) for help solving the Wayne murders, while Bruce and Alfred take in Selina Kyle as a witness to the crime, and Penguin unravel’s Fish Mooney’s plot against Falcone.
‘The Walking Dead’ season 5 brings to life its 6th episode with “Consumed,” as Daryl and Carol make their way into the city in search of Beth, only to discover a more dangerous set of circumstances than they could have imagined.
After a heated encounter that sent Team Avatar racing along the streets of Republic City and warding off Earthbender gestapo atop a speeding train, Asami says what's on all of our minds: “It was kind of like old times.” Man, it really was.
We seem to have officially hit our lull in this season of 'American Horror Story' -- every year there comes a point when the melodrama takes over for an episode or two, when the horror takes a backseat to the scenery chewing. This week Jessica Lange goes full-on Joan Crawford in her role of Elsa Mars, and that's not really a bad thing (hello 'Mommie Dearest'!), but the familial dynamics overtake the macabre wackiness and the end result is a bit tedious.
‘Arrow’ season 3 lets loose its sixth installment of the year with "Guilty,” as Laurel is forced to defend her trainer Ted "Wildcat" Grant (J.R. Ramirez) from accusations of murder, while Roy wrestles with his guilt and recurring nightmares that suggest he was the one to kill Sara Lance.