2 1/2 stars. This is really is a mix bag and some parts are down right awful. To me this is the 2nd worst season of the entire series. After watching this season or better yet, instead of committing your time to this particular season just go and watch the vasty underrated HBO's Carnivàle instead. It's only 2 seasons (got canceled far too soon, but it's following by shows fans is well earn).
I like it's overall look - but there are too many storylines going on and none of them get a propper ending. Again: cool characters, excellent art production and too little storytelling. If you wanna bite too much, sometimes you end up hungry. Finn Wittrock is very fun to watch, though.
It was a bit dull watching it for the first time but I had a chance to re-watch it and it surely has a lot of quality to it. I caught myself thinking how could I think this was boring when there's so much good drama (J. Lange singing was not my favorite part but she da bomb still).
It is a self-professed variation on Tod Browning's brilliant "Freaks" (1932) that doesn't quite transcend beyond it. Like the preceding seasons, the hours are padded with unnecessary filler like Twisty the Clown, Dandy Mott and Chester Creb - creepy as they are - instead of investing that time on the central arc. Mordrake's spectral visits are the exception, a first glimpse of AHS's greater potential.