American Horror Story: Cult – Review

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American Horror Story: Cult is FX’s 7th season of the network’s horror series powerhouse. It stars Sarah Paulson as Ally Mayfair-Richards, Evan Peters as Kai Anderson, Billie Lourd as Winter Anderson, Cheyenne Jackson as Dr. Rudy Vincent, Alison Pill as Ivy Mayfair-Richards as well as a variety of other supporting cast members.

Plot Summary

This season picks up following the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It takes place in a town by the name of Brookfield Heights in Michigan. The town erupts into political division as a result of the election. Paulson’s character Ally, and her wife Ivy, are completely broken by the result. Lourd’s character Winter is similarly distraught by the result as she had campaign for Hillary Clinton.

 

On the other had, Evan Peter’s character Kai, is ecstatic and inspired. Kai believes that the political revolution has began and he turns that inspiration into developing a cult as well as inspirations for local government.

 

This cult terrorizes Brookfield Heights, killing locals and striking fear. Ally (Paulson) finds herself falling apart as she is seemingly being targeted by the cult. Though, she’s unsure if what she’s seeing is real or if she’s going crazy.

Analysis

The first season of AHS that I watched from beginning to end was Freak Show. I lost interest and never finished Hotel and picked back up watching the complete season of Roanoke. As you can see, this series can be hit-or-miss for me, but as I’ve really enjoyed certain seasons, I always give it a try.

 

The premise of the season is interesting. Implementing a cult that is inspired by the recent presidential U.S. election is certainly creative. The two main characters really were Peter’s Kai and Paulson’s Ally.

 

Ally (Paulson) is a bit of an annoyance, especially at the beginning of the season. Her constant crying and complaining is over the top at times. Though, she became more bearable as the season progresses. Her dynamic with her wife Ivy (Pill) and son Oz (Cooper Dodson) is entertaining.

 

Another highlight is Billie Lourd as Winter Anderson. She was great in Scream Queens and she is excellent in Cult. Her interactions with her brother Kai (Peters) is fascinating and at times, uncomfortable. I certainly felt her fear.

 

The best part of this season is definitely Evan Peters as Kai Anderson. After Trump is elected, Kai launches his own political revolution. Following his journey was nothing short of shocking and it made the show worth watching. The development of Kai throughout the season is enthralling. Evans continues to impress me and saved this season.

Pros VS. Cons

Pros

  • Interesting premise
  • Great cast
  • Evan Peter’s character Kai Anderson

Cons

  • The season dragged at times
  • Sarah Paulson's character was hard to support

The Defining Factor

Overall, this season was fine. I was invested enough to finish the season, but I wasn’t particularly invested in it. The defining factor was the insanity caused by Peter’s Kai Anderson. That character was the most entertaining part of the show. Though, credit is due to the entire cast as they did their job well and the acting was top notch. It was not my favorite season of AHS but it wasn’t the worst, I suppose it falls blandly in the middle.

Rating

I wouldn’t say this season was a “must watch” but it was entertaining. I give it 3/5 stars.

AHS: Cult

Starring: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Alison Pill, Adina Porter, Cheyenne Jackson, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, Chaz Bono, Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Billy Eichner, Colton Haynes

Creators: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk

Aired: September 5 – November 14, 2017

Number of Episodes: 11

Network: FX