Why Is American Horror Story’s Double Feature the Worst Season?

What happened in Season 6 of American Horror Story, Roanoke?

A Still Of American Horror Story
A Still Of American Horror Story

Season 6 of American Horror Story, Roanoke, was widely regarded as the worst season of the FX anthology series, but season 10’s Double Feature may have surpassed it. American Horror Story, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, has been one of the most popular horror TV shows for the past decade. Not only has the show regularly generated horrific tales that stretch the bounds, but Murphy and Falchuk have also constructed an anthology that is based on a universe full of connections and interwoven ideas. Unfortunately, the most recent instalment marked a low moment in the series’ history. The coronavirus epidemic delayed the debut of American Horror Story: Double Feature by about a year, until August 2021. Rather than a whole season, the tenth entry took a different approach, with two independent stories: Red Tide and Death Valley. Whereas Red Tide followed the Gardener family as they dealt with magical black pills and vampires in modern-day Provincetown, Death Valley alternated between the past and present, concentrating on the existence of aliens. Death Valley used a black-and-white tale to explain the beginnings of the Alien Treaty, beginning with the Eisenhower administration.

With a large number of season entries, avid fans often enjoy ranking installments:

A Still From American Horror Story Double Feature
A Still From American Horror Story Double Feature

With a high number of season entries, American Horror Story fans frequently enjoy ranking instalments. While Cult was criticized for its inclusion of politics, Roanoke from season 6 is often regarded as the weakest season of American Horror Story. Even AHS vet Sarah Paulson has stated that Roanoke is her least favorite season. Despite a good start, Roanoke never found its footing owing to the confusing storyline incorporating real-life events, reenactments, and a found-footage style, all centred on the horrors emanating from a Roanoke colony. The finale was likewise unimpressive, with Adina Porter’s Lee facing murder charges and returning to Roanoke before committing herself to rescue her daughter. Unlike Roanoke, Double Feature didn’t have the same promise after moving to Death Valley, making it the weakest season for a variety of reasons.

American Horror Story: Red Tide puts American Horror Story back on track.

Season Red Tide resurrected American Horror Story
Season Red Tide resurrected American Horror Story

One might argue that Red Tide resurrected American Horror Story, since it conveyed a mood reminiscent of fan-favorite seasons. The Red Tide conclusion was disappointing, but there was still intrigue coming into Death Valley because of the concentration on aliens, which hadn’t been a feature since season 2’s Asylum. The aliens had great aspirations in relation to Asylum, but Death Valley failed to connect the two seasons. To make matters worse, Death Valley lacked a cohesive plot and featured one of the show’s poorest casts in history. Many fans despised the Death Valley climax and the season as a whole for squandering the alien storyline while failing to link it to prior seasons and Red Tide. Though the epidemic may have had an impact on the plot, the entire season seems like a missed chance to create new chapters while developing links to prior editions. In addition to the negative response, American Horror Story season 10 got the series’ lowest ratings to date. It will be fascinating to observe if the underwhelming reception to Double Feature has an impact on future seasons. American Horror Story has been renewed for a 13th season, but the show will need to work hard to regain the faith of its viewers by delivering a compelling new season. Returning to an earlier AHS theme may be the answer, but it may be too late. Hopefully, Murphy and Falchuk have interesting stories in the works, so that the quality of Double Features isn’t the new normal.

Source: ScreenRant

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