The episode manages to get back to the inspired lunacy of the season’s first few installments.
The episode is at its most effective when charting the gut-wrenching effect of Kai’s madness.
The latest Cult understands how Kai Anderson’s power is made possible by concentric circles of enablement.
There’s plenty of room here to send-up Trump’s distraction politics, but Cult isn’t landing the punch.
The latest Cult manages to imbue its eventual villains with a level of empathy that’s new to American Horror Story.
The episode all too happily reminds us that strong emotions make people do crazy, often nonsensical things.
For better and worse, the horror on American Horror Story: Cult is all text and no subtext.